Mark Your Calendars! Three Water Events in January
December 19, 2011
January 2012 Is All About Water
2012 is shaping up to be all about water. SCCF invites you to join us in events to learn more about how our water is managed, the progress of restoration projects that can store, treat and provide water and what’s ahead to assure fresh water is available for the future.  The first two events are Everglades-related. The Caloosahatchee today is inextricably intertwined with the highly engineered greater Everglades water management system in South Florida, so the restoration and issues that impact the Everglades also impact the Caloosahatchee.
January 2012 Planner: Three Events 
January 5-7, 2012 Everglades Coalition Conference at Hutchinson Island, Stuart
January 17-18, 2012 Everglades Water Summit in Tallahassee with the Everglades Foundation 
January 31, 2012 SCCF Conservation Forum, Sanibel Speaker Author Cynthia Barnett    
Everglades Coalition Conference 
The Everglades Coalition Conference is the largest annual gathering of Federal, State and local decision makers and stakeholder advocates assembled to discuss greater Everglades restoration. Join like-minded conservation advocates for an exciting weekend of keynote addresses by top decision makers, plenary and breakout sessions covering critical issues, and field trips exploring the region. Don’t miss the chance to join over 300 attendees and engage in dialogue to advance the restoration of this treasured ecosystem; Everglades Restoration: Worth Every Penny. View the program and register at: 
Everglades Water Supply Summit 
On January 17th and 18th, 2012 the Everglades Water Supply Summit will be held in Tallahassee to bring together policymakers, business and civic leaders, and citizens from across Florida to aid in the effort to achieve appropriations for Greater Everglades restoration. The Everglades Foundation will be hosting this first of its kind event in Tallahassee, filled with informative, thought-provoking events designed to build momentum towards the restoration of a national treasure and secure Florida’s water supply. Join us in Tallahassee for the summit on
Tuesday and visits to legislators on Wednesday. To register:
SCCF Conservation Forum 
Closer to home and continuing the water theme, on January 31st, SCCF and the Everglades Foundation are jointly presenting a Conservation Forum. Our featured speaker will be Cynthia Barnett, a long-time journalist who has reported on freshwater issues from the Suwannee River to Singapore. She is author of two books on water. Her latest, Blue Revolution: Unmaking America’s Water Crisis, calls for a water ethic for America similar to the land ethic promoted by Aldo Leopold in the 1940s. Her first book, Mirage: Florida and the Vanishing Water of the Eastern U.S., won the gold medal for best nonfiction in the Florida Book Awards and was named by The St. Petersburg Times as one of the top 10 books that every Floridian should read. Mirage was also a “One Region/One Book” read in thirty Florida counties.
The Conservation Forum will be held at the Sanibel Community House on January 31 at 7 p.m.  Following Cynthia Barnett's presentation, there will be a Q&A with the author plus SCCF's Rae Ann Wessel and Kirk Fordham, CEO of the Everglades Foundation. The event is free, with a wine-and-cheese reception and book signing following.