January 31, 2012 — Registration is now open for the 2012 Sarasota Bay Watershed Symposium, to be held February 15-17 in Sudakoff Conference Center at New College of Florida. This year’s event marks the 25th anniversary of the area’s first watershed symposium, which took place at New College in 1987. Tickets cost $20, which covers attendance and meals on all three days of the event. The general public is invited.
The 2012 Sarasota Bay Watershed Symposium, which is presented by New College of Florida in partnership with the Sarasota Bay Estuary Program, will bring together scientists, managers, policy makers, educators and the interested public for exciting discussion, networking, and learning about Sarasota Bay and her watersheds. With symposium sessions on a wide variety of current topics from fisheries to bird rookeries, from growth management to stormwater management, from ecotourism to economics, we’re expecting lively discussion and some fresh perspectives to emerge!
The program features leaders from across our community including: Sarasota and Manatee County Commissioners Jon Thaxton and John Chappie, scientists from Sarasota Bay Estuary Program, EPA, Mote Marine Laboratory, Audubon, and Fish & Wildlife Research Institute, professors from New College of Florida and Eckerd College, as well as Sarasota County specialists, environmental consultants, business leaders, environmental nonprofits, neighborhood association members, and fishermen. Session moderators include Sarasota Herald-Tribune Editorial Page Editor Tom Tryon, Bradenton Herald Executive Editor Joan Krauter, ABC 7 news anchor Scott Dennis and Sarasota EDC Director Mark Huey. Keynote speakers include historian Cynthia Barnett and futurist Joe Tankersley, who will will book-end the program with a historical perspective and a future outlook.
Sudakoff Conference Center is located at 5845 General Dougher Place, Sarasota. From U.S. 41, turn east onto General Spaatz Boulevard, one traffic light north of the intersection of University Parkway and U.S. 41. Turn right onto General Dougher Place for free event parking.
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Founded in 1960, New College of Florida is a national leader in the arts and sciences. Consistently ranked among the top public liberal arts colleges in America by U.S. News & World Report, Forbes and The Princeton Review, New College attracts highly motivated, academically talented students from some 40 states and nearly 25 foreign countries. A higher proportion of New College students receive Fulbright awards than graduates from virtually all other colleges and universities.