environmentClimate and Environmental changes affect population trends, economic development, tourism, health (especially the health of children), food resources, temperature extremes, air quality, water quality and weather disasters like hurricanes, floods and sea level rise.


To promote government accountability and transparency regarding our precious, fragile Florida environment.


Nikki Descoteaux, nikkidescoteaux@gmail.com561-732-2023
Mary Mertz, marymertz@me.com561-512-6560


On Saturday mornings, usually every six weeks. Location: Okeechobee Boulevard Branch Library, 5689 Okeechobee Blvd, West Palm Beach, FL 33417


Videos produced by “PROTECT YOUR WATER”

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  • Fighting Pollution and Climate Chan
    Fighting Pollution and Climate Change
    FIGHTING POLLUTION AND CLIMATE CHANGE by Richard W. Emory, Jr.   The Environmental Issues Group held its first meeting of the new year on January 4, 2020. Richard Emory, an EIG member and author of the recently published book, Fighting Pollution and Climate Change: An EPA Veteran’s Guide How to Join in Saving Our Life on Planet Earth, introduced his...
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  • Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment 1
    Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment
      Palm Beach County and seven of its southeastern coastal cities have agreed to join forces in a year-long, comprehensive review of climate change impacts. The study will assess how sea-level rise, extreme temperatures, and strong storms will impact 300,000 residents in southeastern Palm Beach County now and in the future.   Palm Beach County will formally collaborate on this...
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  • October Cool Topic Report
    October Cool Topic Report
    The Environmental Issues Group, held Cool Topics on a Hot Issue: Climate Change, on October 5, 2019. The goal was to raise awareness and provide education regarding climate change. Three expert speakers addressed the audience. James M. Sullivan, Ph.D. Executive Director, FAU Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute Governor’s Blue-Green Algae Task Force Jim presented “The Relationship Between Global Warming, HABs, and...
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  • Megan Houston
    September Environmental Issues Meeting
    Speaker: Megan Houston Director, Office of Resilience Palm Beach County Megan Houston, Director, Office of Resilience, spoke to the LWV, Environmental Issues Group, on September 14, 2019. The Office of Resilience (OOR) works to ensure that Palm Beach County remains a great place to live, work, and play while addressing the effects of climate change. It is increasingly important to...
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  • Youth Climate Strike on September 20th
    Youth Climate Strike on September 20th
    By Nikki Descoteaux & Mary Mertz, co-chairs of the Environmental Issue Group The young people of the United States are joining with other action groups in the September 20th worldwide strike to call for immediate and strong action on climate change. This coincides with the United Nations Climate Action Summit in New York City. It is also only two weeks...
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  • Palm Beach County Solid Waste Authority
    Palm Beach County Solid Waste Authority Tour
    The LWV participated in a tour of the Palm Beach County Solid Waste Authority (SWA) on July 9th. The SWA was formed in 1975 by the Florida State Legislature. They provide solid waste disposal and recycling services to the county’s 1.4 million residents. Each person produces approximately 12 pounds of waste daily. That equates to nearly 17 million pounds of...
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