LAKE POWELL – An Emerald Coast Treasure Did you know that Lake Powell is our largest coastal dune lake and our only dune lake designated a Florida Outstanding Waterway? Coastal Dune Lakes are rare and occur only in three places, one being Walton County where we have 15 lakes. Want to learn more about our coastal dune lakes? On Thursday evening May 22 at 7PM at the Coastal Branch Library, the South Walton Community Council hosts Emily Ellis who will talk about the treasure that is Lake Powell. Set to a compelling soundtrack, highlights begin with Lake Powell history and scenic vistas and waterscapes followed by a deluge of imagery depicting indigenous flora and fauna and concludes with an overview of recreation, preservation, conservation and activism. The movie was created for the 2013 World Paddle for the Planet, a four day event which culminated in a 24 hour endurance paddle on Lake Powell. Emily Ellis is an award-winning painter and photographer. She earned her Bachelor of Arts from Auburn University in 1989. In 1993, she received her Master of Fine Arts from the University of South Florida. And in 2010, she completed the Florida Master Naturalist Program. Emily is a member of the Bay County Audubon Society, Friends of Camp Helen State Park and the Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance, among other organizations. She is the Founding Director and Vice President of the Lake Powell Community Alliance and has worked with the University of Florida LAKEWATCH Program for 17 years as a water sampling volunteer. The SWCC is an organization of residents, business owners and property owners whose mission is to advocate for the preservation, protection and enhancement of the quality of life and natural environment of south Walton County. To contact the SWCC call (850) 314-3749 or visit its website at www.southwaltoncc.org.