Learning and educating about how to protect the environment broadly encapsulates the many efforts of the Environmental Affairs Committee. This groups examines a range of sustainability issues, including water resource protection, “smart” growth, and energy alternatives by bringing in outside speakers, meeting with local officials, and facility tours. Their efforts helped lead to a one million dollar federal grant from NOAA to conduct a 3 year sea level rise study in Collier County.
Another interest is the ongoing review of Collier county’s rural growth management plan. Members regularly attend Collier County meetings focused on the Rural Lands Stewardship Area (RLSA).
For more, read Environmental Affairs Updates.
Upcoming Environmental Affairs Events
2019-2020 Environmental Affairs Program
To learn what League of Women Voters at various state/ local levels have included in their “study and action” of community sustainability and to continue to gather resources re: what constitutes the responsibilities of Florida cities/counties with offices of sustainability, including the actions/programs of these offices.
To learn from knowledgeable speakers and/or films on issues of sustainability: water resource protection including stormwater management, growth management, energy use, the impacts of climate change including sea level rise.
To host field trips which enhance our understanding of the need for water resource protection, “smart” growth, alternative energy and related sustainability issues, including educating the public about Conservation Collier.
To meet with county staff and/or elected officials to gain a better understanding of their awareness and assessment of the environmental issues facing our county.
Study the consequences of the Bert Harris Law.
Action / Advocacy
Continue to advocate for the appropriate use and funding of Amendment 1 (Florida Water and Land Conservation Amendment), plus support full funding of the Florida Forever land acquisition program; as well as advocating for a ballot initiative for the renewal of Conservation Collier
Support city and county efforts to address sea level rise; continue working to build community support for SLR adaptation and mitigation strategies
Work in coalition with other organizations, pending board approval, on shared environmental issues related to water resource protection, preservation of environmentally sensitive lands, and related sustainability issues; review the status of our board-sanctioned collaborative efforts with Lee County to build a coalition among Southwest Florida counties to address the economic and social impacts of sea level rise on our region
Continue working with SUN on the current Solar Co-Op program and decide whether to re-open the project and work with HOA’s which are reviewing the prospect of going solar
Continue advocating for “smart growth” to protect environmentally sensitive lands (including wildlife habitat) as Collier County moves toward the conclusion of public workshops and towards adopting growth management plans for eastern Collier County; the Committee has been actively involved in determining how RLSA lands will be developed and how much will be developed; we will continue to review transportation plans and costs to taxpayers
Advocate for LWVFL natural resource positions re: (1)renewable energy (i.e., solar power); (2) a ban on fracking-like (i.e. acid and high pressure well stimulation ) drilling in Florida; and (3) standardizing appropriate fertilizer regulations.