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NBC's Chuck Todd to headline Everglades summit



Chuck Todd, NBC News chief White House correspondent, will hold the Tallahassee Water Supply Summit on Jan. 17-18, the Everglades Foundation announced today.

Here's the release:

Dec. 11, 2011

Contact:  Brian E. Crowley
561.776.7659, cell: 561.568.5709
[email protected]

Chuck Todd of NBC News will be moderator of Tallahassee Water Supply Summit

On January 17th and 18th, 2012 the Everglades Foundation will be hosting a first of its kind event in Tallahassee, Florida. The Everglades Water Supply Summit will be filled with informative, thought-provoking events designed to build momentum towards the restoration of a national treasure and to secure Florida's water supply.

Moderator for the event is NBC News Chief White House Correspondent Chuck Todd. A Florida native, Todd, also is NBC’s political director as well as host of the morning MSNBC show, The Daily Rundown. Todd also appears frequently on the NBC Nightly News, Meet the Press, and other programs as a political analyst. Before joining NBC, Todd was editor-in-chief of The Hotline.

“We are thrilled that Chuck is joining us for this historic event,” said Paul Tudor Jones, II, chairman of the Everglades Foundation. “He is an important and thoughtful voice in our nation’s political discourse.”

The Water Supply Summit will also feature a performance by singer Gavin Degraw, at The Moon, on the evening of January 17.

Our sense of urgency has never been greater. In 2011, Florida suffered from one of the worst drought’s in the state’s history. It was the third drought in ten years and meteorologists are predicting another drought in 2012.

Lack of rain has sparked wildfires across the state. Destructive algae blooms harmed the Caloosahatchee River and the economy that depends on the river. The city of West Palm Beach and the Town of Palm Beach were within days of running out of water.  In Palm Beach County a war over scarce water supplies is looming. And those are just some examples of the extraordinary, ongoing damage caused by the drought.

During the Water Supply Summit, we will focus on the need to provide a secure and reliable water supply for the 7 million Floridians who depend on the Everglades ecosystem as their main source of fresh drinking water.

We will exam long overdue remedies – storing rainwater, cleaning it, and supplying it those who need it. We will renew the call to restore the Everglades not only as a critical supplier of our water but as crucial part of Florida’s economic wellbeing.

Our Tallahassee Water Supply Summit follows the successful 2010 America’s Everglades Summit in Washington, D.C. That summit featured top state and federal leaders, as well as hundreds of supporters of the Everglades. Former NBC News anchor Tom Brokaw hosted a discussion on the challenges facing Everglades Restoration.

“The success of our Washington Summit told us that legislators and policy leaders are eager to participate in discussions about how to improve and enhance our fresh water supply,” said Kirk Fordham, Everglades Foundation CEO. “We look forward to bringing that discussion to Tallahassee at a time when legislators will be in session making critical decisions about the future of Everglades restoration.”
Jones said the Water Supply Summit is a unique opportunity for Gov. Rick Scott and Florida lawmakers to discuss with business leaders and concerned Floridians possible solutions to our growing water crisis.

“Anytime you can bring together people who care deeply about Florida’s economy, the Everglades and the future of our water supply, you create an opportunity to find answers that will work,” said Jones.

The Water Supply Summit will also be a high-energy, entertaining, multi-media event, said Jerry Karnas, Everglades Foundation communications director.

“Our approach is to enlighten, educate and entertain,” said Karnas. “We’re particularly excited about having singer, songwriter Gavin Degraw, perform at The Water Supply Summit. Degraw’s albums have topped the charts and he will bring excitement and energy to the summit.”

Schedule for Water Supply Summit:

Summit Kick-Off Luncheon
January 17, 2012 | 11:30AM – 1:00PM
Augustus B. Turnbull III Florida State Conference Center
555 West Pensacola Street, Tallahassee, FL

Water Supply Summit*
January 17, 2012 | 2:00PM
Augustus B. Turnbull III Florida State Conference Center
555 West Pensacola Street, Tallahassee, FL
Government Officials, business leaders and concerned Floridians will discuss the growing water
supply crisis and how Everglades Restoration is the key to solving it.
*This event has limited seating. Attendees must request tickets during registration.

Everglades Jam with Gavin Degraw
January 17, 2012 | 5:30-9:00PM
The Moon
1105 East Lafayette Street, Tallahassee, FL
Meet with fellow conservation community representatives to celebrate the Everglades and its impact on Florida.

Legislative Briefing Breakfast
January 18, 2012 | 7:30AM - 9:30AM
Augustus B. Turnbull III Florida State Conference Center
555 West Pensacola Street, Tallahassee, FL

Capital Lobby Day
January 18, 2012 | 9:30AM – 4:00PM
Augustus B. Turnbull III Florida State Conference Center
555 West Pensacola Street, Tallahassee, FL
A day of briefings, meetings and advocacy to save Florida's Everglades

[Last modified: Monday, December 12, 2011 3:45pm]


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