Environmental Lecture Series

The popular Environmental Lecture Series presented by the Tobacco Free Partnership of Martin County will be held on six Monday evenings in February and March at 7 pm in the Environmental Studies Center’s auditorium, 2900 NE Indian River Drive, in Jensen Beach. The series is set to begin February 6 and conclude March 27. No lecture is scheduled Feb 20 and March 13. The lectures are FREE and open to the public. Seating is on a first-come first-served basis. Doors open at 6:30 pm.

2017 Schedule:

Monday, February 6, 2017

Title
The Role of the Environmental Consultant

Speaker
Grant Baysinger
Environmental Specialist with Ecological Associates, Inc.

Talk Summary
From cleaning up contaminated property to researching endangered species, environmental consultants work in a variety of fields and industries.  This lecture will describe the role of the environmental consultant, why they are necessary, and the typical background and educational requirements to enter this area of work.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Title
US Life Saving Service–Florida’s East Coast

Speaker
Sandra Thurlow
Author and local historian

Talk Summary
“U. S. Life Saving Service ― Florida’s East Coast” is a new book in the Arcadia Images of America series by Sandra Thurlow and Tim Dring. Our Gilbert’s Bar House of Refuge is the only remaining U. S. Life-Saving Service facility on Florida’s east coast. Once there were ten houses of refuge and two life-saving stations stretching from Charleston to Miami. Come learn (through photographs) how they were connected and the important role they played in the development of Florida.

Monday, February 20, 2017
NO LECTURE SCHEDULED ON THIS DATE

Monday, February 27, 2017

Title
Martin County Solid Waste Programs

Speaker
Wendy Parker
Solid Waste Program Manager

Talk Summary

The following curbside and solid waste programs will be discussed in detail:
1) Recycling. What you can and cannot recycle in Martin County. Why certain items are not recyclable. What is contamination in the recycling. Where Martin County’s single stream recycling is taken to be processed and sorted.
2) Residential Hazardous Waste program. What you can bring to the Hazmobile and what you can bring to the Household Hazardous Waste Facility. Where this material is taken, sorted and processed for disposal or recycling.
3) Solid Waste curbside vegetation pickup. How to get your vegetation picked up quickly, how to package the materials properly for curbside pickup. Where the vegetation is taken and how it is processed.
4) What Martin County is recycling. Concrete for the reef, vegetation for Ethanol. Construction and Demolition recycling

Monday, March 6, 2017

Title
Dolphins and the Deepwater Horizon Spill in the Gulf

Speaker
Laura Engleby
Chief, Marine Mammal Branch- NOAA Fisheries Southeast Region

Talk Summary
Bottlenose dolphins in the Gulf of Mexico were affected by the largest oil spill in US history–the Deepwater Horizon (DWH) oil spill.  What happened to the dolphins and the future road to restoration will be discussed.

Monday, March 13, 2017
NO LECTURE SCHEDULED ON THIS DATE

Monday, March 20, 2017

Title
The Status and Research of Florida’s Smalltooth Sawfish

Speaker
Beau Yeiser
Biological Scientist, Florida Fish & Wildlife Commission

Talk Summary
I will give a brief description of sawfish biology and life history followed by specific examples of research results from studies in southwest Florida and Everglades National Park.  I will also briefly discuss local sawfish sightings in recent years..

Monday, March 27, 2017

Title
Indian River Lagoon Aquatic Preserves

Speaker
Irene Arpayoglou, M.S.
Manager, Indian River Lagoon Aquatic Preserves (IRLAP)

Talk Summary
IRLAP office manages seven aquatic preserves for DEP’s Florida Coastal Office ranging from the Banana River, down to the Jupiter Inlet, the North Fork of the St. Lucie River, and the Loxahatchee River-Lake Worth Creek. This lecture will introduce you to those seven preserves, the work we do, and how you can become involved in them.

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