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Wednesday, July 19 • 10:30am - 12:10pm
H&I2. Lake Okkechobee and Estuaries (Part 2 of 2)

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In its second year being offered, this panel is presenting on the very critical issues affecting Lake Okeechobee and the Northern Estuaries.  This year, the 2017 Legislature is considering various options to solve and address water storage issues affecting Lake Okeechobee and the Northern Everglades and Estuaries, including Senate committee meetings on this very critical and controversial issue. This 2-part course of advanced discussion will focus on the latest issues facing the management of Lake Okeechobee and the estuaries and their effect on water supply, water resources, and environmental restoration throughout South Florida. The panel represents a diverse cross section of government (federal, state, and local), private landowners, tribal entities, and environmental and agricultural interests.

The panel will discuss how Lake management decisions affect their differing interests and obligations and the varying issues that must be balanced to make effective decisions.  They will focus on the very latest developments affecting the Lake and estuaries, including the latest update from the Legislature, applicable provisions of the Water Policy Bill, status of the Lake Okeechobee Regulation Schedule, schedule for the Herbert Hoover Dike Rehabilitation, endangered species, latest studies and status of the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan projects and what can be expected over the coming year.  In Part II of this panel, the speakers will openly discuss the various options and solutions for addressing the issues.

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Luna E. Phillips

Shareholder, Gunster
Luna Phillips is a Florida Bar board certified Gunster shareholder who practices in the area of environmental, administrative and governmental law. She leads the firm’s Environmental practice.Prior to joining the firm, Luna was a senior attorney for the South Florida Water Management... Read More →

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Ernie Barnett

Owner, Water and Land Advisors, Inc.

Drew Bartlett

Deputy Secretary for Ecosystem Restoration, Department of Environmental Protection
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Michelle Diffenderfer

President, Lewis, Longman and Walker, P.A.
Michelle Diffenderfer is the President and a Shareholder of Lewis, Longman & Walker, P.A., a statewide environmental law firm. Mrs. Diffenderfer assists landowners, businesses and governments with local, state and federal, environmental, natural resource and land development legal... Read More →

Eric Draper

Director, Audubon of Florida

Jason Kirk

District Commander, Jacksonville District, US Army Corps of Engineers

Ernie Marks

Division Director, Everglades Policy and Cooordination, South Florida Water Management District

Bob Progulske

Everglades Program Supervisor, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Wednesday July 19, 2017 10:30am - 12:10pm EDT
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