District Meeting

D.C. briefing on the state of the St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee Waterways

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0 Thursday, October 03, 2013 @ 09:00 | Contact: Contact: 202-225-3026 | comments

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IMPORTANT UPDATE DUE TO THE GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN:
As the government shutdown is addressed on the national level, Reps. Murphy and Radel remain focused on the issues of great concern to their constituents, especially this ongoing crisis in our local waterways, and  are moving forward with the briefing.  The shutdown will, however, have an impact on some panel members, especially those on the federal panel who are affected by the shutdown and furloughs within their agencies. Please find below the current draft agenda, updated to reflect changes due to furloughs.

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Congressman Murphy has been working to organize a meeting on Capitol Hill to make sure Congress is paying attention to the serious issues facing the St. Lucie River and Estuary as well as the Indian River Lagoon. This briefing, co-hosted by Reps. Patrick Murphy (FL-18) and Trey Radel (FL-19) will serve as an opportunity for local stakeholders to make their voices heard by Congress, and to discuss the serious problem Lake Okeechobee discharges are causing, the impacts these releases are having on local communities and economies, and what solutions must be pursued.

The briefing will be held on October 3rd from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in room 2167 of the Rayburn House Office Building on Capitol Hill.
  Please RSVP by Friday, September 27th by clicking here If you have additional questions, please call 202-225-3026.

The briefing will be live-streamed here.

Congressional Briefing on State of St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee Waterways

8:30 am to 12:30 pm
October 3, 2013
2167 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515

Meet and greet:  8:30 ā€“ 9:00

Introductory Remarks:   U.S. Representatives Patrick Murphy and Trey Radel

Panel 1: Water quality and management

  • Secretary Herschel Vinyard, Florida Department of Environmental Protection
  • Ernie Barnett, Assistant Executive Director, Everglades Ecosystem Restoration, South Florida Water Management District
  • Dr. Tom Van Lent, Senior Scientist, Everglades Foundation  
  • WRRDA Update: House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Chairman Bill Shuster and Ranking Member Nick Rahall

Questions from Members of Congress
Questions from Community Members

Panel 2:  State role and perspectives

  • Senator Joe Negron, Chair of State Select Committee on the Indian River Lagoon and Lake Okeechobee Basin
  • Representative Matt Caldwell, Florida House of Representatives - District 79
  • Representative Heather Fitzenhagen, Florida House of Representatives - District 78
  • Thomas MacVicar, MacVicar Consulting, Inc.         
  • Mark Perry, Executive Director, Florida Oceanographic Society

Questions from Members of Congress
Questions from Community Members

Panel 3:  Local role and perspectives

  • Martin County Commissioner Chair Sarah Heard
  • St. Lucie County Commissioner Frannie Hutchinson
  • Lee County Commissioner Larry Kiker
  • Mayor Kevin Ruane, Sanibel, Florida
  • Todd Bonlarron, Legislative Director, Palm Beach County
  • Mr. Roland Ottolini, Director, Lee County Division of Natural Resources
  • Dr. Brian LaPointe, Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute, Florida Atlantic University

Questions from Members of Congress
Questions from Community Members

 

A rally in front of the Capitol building at the House Triangle will follow from 12:45 ā€“ 1:30. 

How to get to the Capitol Complex:

By Metro:  To access the Rayburn House Office Building, you can take the blue or orange metro line to the Capitol South stop. At the top of the escalators, you will turn left (towards the Capitol) and at the first intersection, take another left.  Rayburn will be the third building on your right.  You will have to go through security to enter the building.  The briefing room is located on the first floor of the building. For more information on the D.C. metro, please visit: http://www.wmata.com/.

By Car:  There is a cab stand/drop off area located on Independence Avenue between First and South Capitol Streets in front of the Rayburn House Office Building. You will have to go through security to enter the building.  The briefing room is located on the first floor of the building.  For more information on taxi service in D.C., please visit: http://dctaxi.dc.gov/.

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