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7:00am Registration Desk Opens
Sponsors Move-in Display Materials
7:30am-8:30am Coffee, Tea & Networking in the Sponsor Display Area
[Newcomb Hall Ballroom]
8:30am Welcome
Mayra Ashton, Palm Beach County Environmental Resources Management
8:35am Introduction
Deborah Drum, Department Director, Palm Beach County Environmental Resources Management
8:50am Federal Partnering on Eco-Island Creation within Lake Worth Lagoon
LTC Todd F. Polk, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
9:05am Lake Worth Lagoon Wildlife Interconnectivity
Thomas Reinert, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
9:20am Assessing Climate Change Vulnerabilities and Impacts in Southeast Palm Beach County and Beyond
Megan Houston and Lindsey Nieratka, Palm Beach County Office of Resilience and City of Boca Raton Office of Sustainability
9:35am-10:05am Morning Refreshment Break & Networking
  [Newcomb Hall East] [Newcomb Hall West]
10:05am-11:55am Habitat & Biological Resources Water & Sediment Resources
Moderator Erin McDevitt, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Phyllis Klarmann, South Florida Water Management District
10:05am Session Introduction Session Introduction
10:10am Status of Seagrasses in the Lake Worth Lagoon: Palm Beach County’s Long-Term Monitoring Program
Cheryl Miller, Coastal Eco Group
Water Quality Patterns and Trends in Lake Worth Lagoon and Northern Biscayne Bay
Christopher Buzzelli, Coastal Ecosystems, LLC.
10:25am Historical Manatee Use and FPL’s Riviera Beach Energy Center
Kristin Eaton, Florida Power & Light
Changes in Nitrogen and Phosphorus within a Decade in Waters along a Major Canal and Estuary in South Florida
Mohsen Tootoonchi, University of Florida
10:40am A History of Fisheries Monitoring Effort in Lake Worth Lagoon, Palm Beach County, Florida
Jacob Schneider, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
C-51 Reservoir Project- Benefits to LWL and the Loxahatchee River
Ernie Cox, Family Lands Remembered, LLC.
10:55am Establishing an Acoustic Footprint in Lake Worth Lagoon Through Collaboration
Sarah Webb, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
C-51 Sediment Trap - Preventing Sediment Loading to Lake Worth Lagoon
Tom Conboy, South Florida Engineering and Consulting
11:10am Green Turtles (Chelonia mydas) in an Urban Estuary System: Lake Worth Lagoon, Florida
Jeffrey Guertin, Inwater Research Group, Inc.
PBC-ERM’s Role in Water Quality Monitoring Efforts for the Lake Worth Lagoon
Aleah Ardelean, Palm Beach County Environmental Resources Management
11:25am Research and Conservation of South Florida’s Juvenile Manta Rays
Jessica Pate, Marine Megafauna Foundation
Microplastics in the Surface Waters and Mangrove Sediments of the Lake Worth Lagoon
Kayla O’Brien, Florida Atlantic University
11:40am Shorebirds, Seabirds, and Management at the Lake Worth Lagoon
Kimberly Rigano, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
Historical Changes in the Lake Worth Inlet
Flood Shoal
Leonard Barrera Allen, Cummins Cederberg, Inc.
11:55am-1:05pm Group Luncheon on the Rooftop Terrace
  [Newcomb Hall East] [Newcomb Hall West]
1:05pm-2:55pm Environmental Restoration & Enhancement Education, Public Outreach & Partnerships
Moderator Jennifer Báez, Palm Beach County Environmental Resources Management Alicia Andersen, Palm Beach County Environmental Resources Management
1:05pm Session Introduction Session Introduction
1:10pm Evaluation of Shoreline Conditions of Lake Worth Lagoon
Melinda Donnelly, University of Central Florida
Sustainable Education: A Local Case Study in an Educational Paradigm Shift
Melissa Landis, Lake Worth Waterkeeper
1:25pm An Overview of Coral Monitoring, Restoration, and Education Efforts At Peanut Island
Leneita Fix, The Reef Institute
Virtual LIVE Field Trips: Connecting Kids with Nature
Benji Studt, Palm Beach County Environmental Resources Management
1:40pm 17 Years of Oyster Monitoring in the Lake
Worth Lagoon
Nicole Maloney, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
Using Citizen Science to Investigate Marine Debris Motion in the Lake Worth Lagoon Region
Amanda Waite, ANGARI Foundation
1:55pm Lake Worth Lagoon Restoration: Partnerships and Beneficial Reuse of Dredge Material at Tarpon Cove
Eric Anderson, Palm Beach County Environmental Resources Management
Manatee Lagoon: The Importance of Public Education and Outreach during an Unusual Mortality Event
Rachel Shanker, Manatee Lagoon
2:10pm The American Oystercatcher and Lake Worth Lagoon Habitat Restoration: A Fortuitous History of Success
David Carson, Palm Beach County Environmental Resources Management
Building an Innovative Resilient Island through a Public-Private-NGO Partnership
Joseph Schmidt, The Nature Conservancy
2:25pm The Harbor Branch Seagrass Nursery for Seagrass Restoration in the Indian River Lagoon
Dennis Hanisak, Florida Atlantic University Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute
Visualizing Sea Level Rise in West Palm Beach
Serena Hoemann, Florida Atlantic University
2:40pm Can Submerged Aquatic Vegetation be a Tool?
Ryan Brushwood, Sea & Shoreline, LLC.
Currie Park: Parks Equity and Resiliency in West Palm Beach
Cristobal Betancourt, Chen Moore and Assoc.
2:55pm-3:25pm Afternoon Refreshment Break & Networking
3:25pm General Session:
[Newcomb Hall Ballroom]

"Estuary Partner Panel – The Future of Florida Estuaries"
Moderator: Matt Mitchell, Palm Beach County Environmental Resources Management
Albrey Arrington, Loxahatchee River District
Irela Bagué, Biscayne Bay
Jennifer Hecker, Coastal and Heartland National Estuary Partnership
Deborah Drum, Lake Worth Lagoon
Kathy Hill, Indian River Lagoon National Estuary
4:15pm Featured Presentation:
Conservation through Collaboration, Tom Twyford, West Palm Beach Fishing Club
4:30pm Presentation of the Melissa Laser Fish Habitat Conservation Award
Kent Smith, Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission (FFWCC)
on behalf of the Atlantic Coast Fish Habitat Conservation

This award is bestowed annually upon individuals deemed to further the conservation, protection, restoration, and enhancement of habitat for native Atlantic coastal, estuarine-dependent, and diadromous fishes in a unique or extraordinary manner. The award was established in memory of Dr. Melissa Laser, who was a biologist with the Maine Department of Marine Resources where she worked tirelessly to protect, improve, and restore aquatic ecosystems in Maine and along the entire Atlantic coast.
4:40pm Closing Remarks
Mayra Ashton, Palm Beach County Environmental Resources Management
4:45pm Sessions Conclude
(Sponsors Remove Displays)
5:00pm-7:00pm Poster Session Social at Manatee Lagoon — An FPL Eco-Discovery Center

Lake Worth Lagoon