Thu, Mar 05|
Peter & Julie Cummings Library
Living Shorelines: Restoring Shorelines on the Treasure Coast
Time & Location
Mar 05, 2020, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Peter & Julie Cummings Library, 2551 SW Matheson Ave, Palm City, FL 34990, USA
About The Event
TALK SYNOPSIS: Dr. Vincent Encomio will discuss recent efforts to restore shorelines on the Treasure Coast and how waterfront residents can play a role as environmental stewards through support of these efforts.
Dr. Encomio works with local communities to help plan, design and install “living shorelines,” a phrase that describes shoreline restoration techniques that use natural materials such as oysters, mangroves, marsh grasses, and seagrasses. Living shorelines offer a “softer”, more sustainable approach to protecting shorelines from erosion and storms versus traditional methods of shoreline hardening, such as seawalls or bulkheads. This nature-based approach to stabilizing shorelines can also improve the health of our estuary by improving habitat function, biodiversity and water quality.
SPEAKER BIO: Vincent Encomio is the Florida Sea Grant agent with UF/IFAS Extension in Martin and St. Lucie counties. He was formerly the Director of Scientific Research at the Florida Oceanographic Society.
In his new role, Dr. Encomio develops educational programming related to coastal habitat restoration, water quality and enhancing knowledge of our local coastal habitats. He is involved in stormwater education efforts to encourage residents to adopt “estuary-friendly” practices to reduce the impacts of stormwater runoff. Harmful algal bloom education has also been incorporated into his extension programming, including working with citizen scientists to expand algae monitoring efforts in the southern IRL.
Dr. Encomio received his Bachelor’s, Master’s and Ph.D. from UC San Diego, San Francisco State University and the Virginia Institute of Marine Science at the College of William and Mary, respectively. In addition to his habitat restoration efforts, he has conducted research on disease tolerance in oysters and its application to aquaculture and the effects of freshwater releases on wild and cultured shellfish populations.