YOU ARE INVITED!
CELEBRATE CLEAN WATER EVENt
Would you like to know how to keep our waters clean?
SATURDAY OCTOBER 5, 2019
3:00 PM Kickoff & Socialize
4:00 PM Speakers & Reef Install
2880 BECCA AVE, NAPLES, FL
Free Event - FGCU Marine and Environmental Sciences Researchers will show you how coastal waterways can be cleaned up with artificial oyster reefs and habitats made from an unlikely material: broken hockey sticks. See how easy the Rink2Reef™ hockey stick habitat is to install, and celebrate clean water by enjoying a variety of tasty local food and drink options at this food truck paradise.
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What to expect
- Get up close & personal with an artificial reef constructed using broken carbon fiber hockey sticks and watch it being installed under the docks of Celebration Park.
- Learn from esteemed scientists & local leaders about what is being done for cleaner water and specific things you can do to help
- Enjoy a great vendue along with other members of the community who are passionate about cleaner water in SWFL
- Try a special event drink created by Absolute just for our special celebration.
Did you know?
- Every adult oyster filters 50 gallons of water a day contributing to clean water.
- Rink2Reef™ reefs provide a habitat for oyster, barnacles and provides protection to juvenile fish, creating an abundant ecosystem.
- Each Rink2Reef™ reef has the potential to house up to 400 oysters. Each oyster can filter up to 50 gallons of water per day, resulting in 20,000 gallons of water cleaned every day in our waterways.
- We are installing 16 reefs... so if you do the math, collectively, they could filter over 300,000 gallons of water every day.
The 16 mini-reefs that are being installed under the docks of Celebration Park & Three60 Market were constructed at the Vester Marine Station at FGCU through the Rink2reef program. They were built using broken hockey sticks that would otherwise be sent to landfills by group of people led by the Naples Board of Realtors (NABOR) 2019 Leadership Academy and was funded by contributions from NABOR.
When placed under a dock, the reefs create a perfect habitat for oysters to live. Each reef has the potential to house up to 400 oysters. That is important because oysters are natural water filters. In fact, each oyster can filter up to 50 gallons of water per day. If you do the math, 15 reefs times 400 oysters times 50 gallons equals 300,000 gallons of water filtered every day!
The Conservancy of Southwest Florida said it best when they proclaimed that "Water is the lifeblood of Florida, for people, nature and the economy."
Water impacts our health, our economy, our quality of life and our future. Individually, we all have the opportunity to educate ourselves on what we can do to contribute in a positive way to our water quality. Collectively, we can have an enormous impact on water quality for generations to come.
Wanting to be a part of the growing focus on water quality improvement in Southwest Florida, the 2019 NABOR® Leadership Academy began to research ways we could become personally involved. We found an exciting program that FGCU and the NHL are partnering on called Rink2Reef™ Oyster Habitats Waterways Restoration Program.
Broken hockey sticks and reduction water pollution may seem unrelated. However, there is a nexus between the two -- Florida Gulf Coast University's hockey players and their coach, Bob Wasno, have created a program that converts broken sticks into artificial reefs.
Researchers at FGCU's Vester Marine and Environmental Sciences Research Field Station, FGCU's Hockey Clubs and the NHL's Green Initiative Program have teamed up to help clean up coastal waterways by creating artificial oyster reefs and habitats from an unlikely material: Broken hockey sticks.
You can learn more about this fantastic program along with other related clean water topics at our CELEBRATE CLEAN WATER event on October 5, 2019. Get details on the event.
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"Individually, we are one drop.
Together, we are an ocean."
– Ryunosuke Satoro
The Naples Area Board of REALTORS® (NABOR®) is the foundation for REALTOR® professional services and promotion of the REALTORS® value to the community. The 2019 NABOR® Leadership Academy, a group of real estate professionals and members of NABOR®, is honored to bring the "Celebrate Clean Water" event to our Southwest Florida neighbors. The eleven members of 2019 NABOR® Leadership Academy conducted extensive research on viable solutions and impactful ways they could contribute toward the pursuit of improved water quality.
This group's efforts led them to the work that Dr. Michael Parsons and the team at FGCU and Vester Marine Station are doing on Rink2Reef™. As a result of the synergy between them, the "Celebrate Clean Water" event was created. Once the 2019 NABOR® Leadership Academy chose to become involved in the Rink2Reef™ hockey sticks to oyster reef restoration program, their mission was to find a locations to install the fifteen artificial reefs they plan to build. Their goal was to maximize the potential their fifteen hockey stick reefs could offer in their clean water efforts. As their luck would have it, the group found Rebecca Maddox, a local entrepreneur and owner of Celebration Park. Not only would Rebecca's hip and successful food truck park provide a great home to a number of NABOR® provided reefs, but her Celebration Park was the perfect venue to hold their "Celebrate Clean Water" event.
This "Celebrate Clean Water" event is the culmination of a successful partnership between the 2019 NABOR® Leadership Academy, FGCU, Celebration Park and Bean to Cup, another recipient of the hockey stick reefs provided by NABOR® that will be installed under their docks.
2019 NABOR® Leadership academy