Democratic Environmental Caucus of Florida State Science Officer John Capece, PhD, will present an overview of agricultural water quality issues and the state of inland and coastal waterways. Florida’s failure to achieve water quality goals over the past several decades is rooted in economic policy combined with a regulatory structure based on “presumed compliance” in which land managers are assumed to be doing their part to clean up Florida water problems simply by signing up to implement what are called “Best Management Practices.”
BIO: Dr. John Capece is a three-time graduate of the University of Florida Department of Agricultural Engineering and former faculty member at an IFAS research station where he was responsible for UF water quality programs in Southwest Florida. Having completed the establishment of the Calusa Waterkeeper program, he is now building a new Kissimmee Waterkeeper program. John was a founding officer of the UF Graduate Student Council in 1990 while also serving as UF Graduate Assistants United VP and President of the National Association of Graduate-Professional Students.
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