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Natural Resource Policy Director

Local Address: , Florida, United States
900A Tarpon Bay Rd.
Sanibel , Florida 33957
United States

Company Description: SCCF (the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation) is dedicated to the conservation of coastal habitats and aquatic resources on Sanibel and Captiva and in the...   more

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Fort Myers Beach News - Water Storage, 14 May 2015 [cached]
On Monday, we spoke with Rae Ann Wessel, Natural Resource Policy Director of the Sanibel Captiva Conservation Foundation, who told us that, between weather predictions and the current lake levels, the immediate future of our water quality does not look good. She asked us to urge folks to contact their representatives in the Florida House and Senate and pressure them to dedicate Amendment One funds for the creation of more storage areas south of the lake before the legislative special session convenes on June 1. After failing to pass a budget during the regular session, a special session has been scheduled for June 1-20.
"Lake Okeechobee has been at higher levels than it was in 2013 when we had the disastrous summer of brown water," she said.
Wessel sent us an overview of the extended hydrologic outlook prepared by the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) that called for 'the current El Nino to strengthen during the spring, causing above normal rainfall and an early start to the wet season."
El Nino is caused by above average water temperatures in the Pacific Ocean and has traditionally been linked to wetter summers and higher lake levels in south Florida.
"The one good thing is that El Nino typically subdues tropical activity, so hopefully we won't have too many big storms, but with the lake levels already so high, I'm afraid we're in for some trouble this summer," Wessel said. "People see that the water is so beautiful right now so it's hard to make them understand that the releases are already impacting the things we can't see - oysters, fish larvae and tape grass - which are the things that fish like snook and redfish eat."
Wessel told us that this is why it's more important right now than ever that folks get on the phone and demand their local legislators use the $750 million in Amendment One funds expected to be available this coming fiscal year tpurchase more storage areas south of the lake. This must happen before June 1st, when lawmakers will begin their special session to set the budget for the coming fiscal year.
"Right now only 1% of that money is allocated to land acquisition," she said.
"We're doing all these projects to increase water flow through the Glades but it's against federal law to allow water containing excess nitrogen and phosphorous to flow into the Glades," Wessel pointed out.
Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation Staff members, 30 April 2015 [cached]
Rae Ann Wessel, Director
Rae Ann Wessel Director
Rae Ann Wessel is a limnologist and marine scientist with over 30 years of experience working in the environmental field in South Florida. She currently serves as the Natural Resource Policy Director for SCCF, the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation.
Riverwatch welcomes you, 29 Aug 2014 [cached]
Rae Ann Wessel - CRCA Director, Ecologist (239-731-7559)
The Sanibel-Captiva ... [cached]
The Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation team, including Riverwatch founding member Rae Ann Wessel, will host the 2008 annual meeting of the Everglades Coalition - perhaps Florida's most significant annual environmental event. [Announcement]
Riverwatch welcomes you [cached]
Rae Ann Wessel of SCCF explains.
A court ruling requiring agencies to get a permit when transferring polluted water was 11 years in the making, says Rae Ann Wessel of SCCF.
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