Two powerhouses are joining forces to tackle water quality issues. The University of Florida’s newly established Center for Coastal Solutions and SCCF will be working together to address water hazards in an effort to improve the resiliency and sustainability of Southwest Florida’s unique coastal area.
SCCF’s Marine Laboratory conducts long- and short-term research in the local waters and watersheds using real time sensors to collect data. RECON, which stands for River Estuary Coastal Observing Network, provides important information to those who are studying water quality issues and searching for solutions.
UF-CCS has formed a Comprehensive Coastal Observing Network (CompCON) in close coordination with SCCF to monitor, model, and immediately deliver data products useful for informing decisions related to addressing coastal hazards.
Given the importance of water quality to not only area residents but to the economy, this collaboration is significant. “Our entire region’s coastal ecosystems will benefit from our pilot participation in CompCON by advancing ways in which science can inform critical policy, which will serve our tourism-based economy and boost the quality of life for our residents and visitors.” said Ryan Orgera SCCF CEO.