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Florida\'s Water Supply Challenges: Issues and Answers [clear filter]
Wednesday, July 19
 

8:30am EDT

II. Linking Growth with Water Supply Availability

II.  LINKING GROWTH WITH WATER SUPPLY AVAILABILITY 

Discussion of integrating regional water supply plans of local government with the plans and projects of water utilities through a prescribed planning process requiring cooperation between water management districts and local and regional water management districts and local and regional water utilities; regulatory incentives for the development of alternative water supplies; financial assistance for utilities; linking the growth management plans of local governments with the plans and projects of water utilities; applying the principles of consistency with concurrency as set forth in Florida law and implementing rules. Audience participation is encouraged.

Moderators
SF

Segundo Fernandez

Partner, Oertel, Fernandez,Bryant & Atkinson

Speakers
RB

Robert Beltran

President, Hydro Solutions Consulting
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Victor Castro

Division Director, Regulatory Services, St. Johns River Water Management District
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Rey Malave

Associate Vice President, Dewberry
Mr. Malavé is a professional engineer with more than 42 years experience in civil engineering design. His background includes the design and permitting of infrastructure systems, including complex stormwater and utility projects, land development residential and multifamily projects... Read More →
MF

Mark Farrell P.E.

Principal and Senior Professional Engineer, Water Resource Associates


Wednesday July 19, 2017 8:30am - 10:10am EDT
Caribbean Salon I-II

1:30pm EDT

JJ. Minimum Flows and Levels

JJ.  MINIMUM FLOWS AND LEVELS:  FLORIDA’S NEXT GREAT REGULATORY CHALLENGE 

To prevent significant harm to the water resource, the water management districts must adopt minimum flows and levels for waterbodies and groundwater according to an annual priority list.  If the waterbody does not meet, or is projected not to meet, the adopted minimum flow or level, the district must adopt a recovery or prevention strategy.  Going through this process, the water management districts have found that many waterbodies are below their established minimum flow or level and thus require a recovery or prevention strategy.  Some districts are re-evaluating their minimum flows and levels to see if they were set correctly.  Minimum flows and levels and their associated prevention or recovery strategies can affect water users by causing cutbacks on existing sources, forcing development of alternative water supplies, and forcing participation in aquifer or surface water body recharge projects, in each case creating general uncertainty.  This course focuses on the process by which minimum flows or levels are developed and adopted, while also identifying where minimum flows or levels are already in place or are scheduled for adoption in the future, how water users are impacted, and what you can do to protect your water uses. 

Moderators
DM

Doug Manson

Shareholder, Manson Bolves Donaldson and Varn, P.A.

Speakers
avatar for Terrie Bates

Terrie Bates

Palm Beach Gardens
Retired after 35 years at the South Florida Water Management District. Former Water Resources Division Director with management responsibility for the Applied Sciences, Water Quality and Water Supply Bureaus. Focus areas include Minimum Flows & Levels and Water Reservations; Ecological... Read More →
MH

Mark Hammond

Director, Resource Management Division, Southwest Florida Water Management District
CH

Carlos Herd

Water Supply Division Director, Suwannee River Water Management District
Minimum flows and levels Water supply planning
avatar for Mike Register

Mike Register

Director, Division of Water Supply Planning and Assessment, St. Johns River Water Management District
In my current position with the District, I am responsible for overseeing the Bureaus responsible for performing surface water and groundwater modeling, developing minimum flow and levels (MFLs) and prevention/recovery strategies, and conducting the district's water supply planning... Read More →


Wednesday July 19, 2017 1:30pm - 3:10pm EDT
Caribbean Salon VII-VIII
 
Thursday, July 20
 

8:30am EDT

FF&GG1. Emerging Water Supply Issues (Part 1 of 2)

FF. & GG.  EMERGING WATER SUPPLY ISSUES, INCLUDING AN UPDATE ON THE CENTRAL FLORIDA WATER INITIATIVE

Advanced discussion of multiple issues including emerging challenges in meeting future water demands; innovative water supply projects; meeting the conceptual costs of distribution and storage of reclaimed water; legal and policy issues regarding the control of reclaimed water for future public and private reuse; and regulatory challenges and innovative approaches to addressing these issues. One such approach is the Central Florida Water Initiative (CFWI). The CFWI area covers all or part of five central Florida counties, includes portions of three water management districts, the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, as well as several regional public water utilities, landowners, local governments, agriculture and various other stakeholder interests.

Part I of the course will explore innovative water supply projects that are emerging around Florida, including the CFWI, and the role of utilities and other significant water users now and into the future. 

Part II will explore how Florida will be meeting future water supply needs via new or alternate funding and public acceptance of new technologies: For example: How will recent developments in the implementation of the Florida Land and Water Conservation Amendment impact future water supply? How do we engage the public and improve awareness of future water supply needs? Here’s your chance to listen, learn, and participate during this “must attend” course. 


Moderators
avatar for Craig Varn

Craig Varn

Shareholder, Manson Bolves Donaldson Varn, P.A.

Speakers
BA

Brian Armstrong

Executive Director, Southwest Florida Water Management District
DC

David Childs

Shareholder, Hopping Green & Sams P.A.
SJ

Stephen James

Director, Office of Water Policy, Department of Environmental Protection
ED

Ed de la Parte

Shareholder, de la Parte & Gilbert, P.A.
avatar for Beth Ross

Beth Ross

Shareholder, GUNSTER
Water supplyElizabeth Ross is an of counsel attorney who joined Gunster in 2015. Beth is board certified by the Florida Bar in state and federal government and administrative practice. Prior to joining the firm, she served as a lead attorney for the South Florida Water Management... Read More →
avatar for Ann Shortelle

Ann Shortelle

Executive Director, St. Johns River Water Management District
RS

Roger Sims

Partner, Holland & Knight LLP
Environmental and water law; land use law; administrative law.
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Mark Thomasson

Vice President, WSource
Environmental Resource PermittingCutting-edge stormwater management and reuseWater policyWater quality credit tradingAquifer recharge and UIC permitting


Thursday July 20, 2017 8:30am - 10:10am EDT
Caribbean Salon IV

8:30am EDT

HH. Applications and Benefits of Integrated Hydrologic Modeling

HH. APPLICATIONS AND BENEFITS OF INTEGRATED HYDROLOGIC MODELING

This is a new and exciting course for 2017! Integrated hydrologic models can simulate both surface water and ground water flow and the dynamic interactions between them. Over the past decade, Tampa Bay Water and the Southwest Florida Water Management District have developed and calibrated an integrated model which covers 4,000 sq mi of the Tampa Bay region. This model has been used to develop minimum flows for rivers and springs, evaluate the influence of uncertainty in streamflow and aquifer water levels due to rainfall on minimum flows for rivers, evaluate the influence of global circulation model output for rainfall and potential evapotranspiration on future streamflow and aquifer water levels, optimize the spatial and temporal distribution of well pumping for environmental recovery, evaluate delivery system reliability for a large public water supply utility, and support applications for Consumptive Use Permits. Given the ongoing water management challenges across the State of Florida, course participants will benefit from learning about the broad range of issues to which integrated modeling can be applied. Bring your questions for this expert panel!

Speakers
avatar for Jeff Geurink, Ph.D., P.E.

Jeff Geurink, Ph.D., P.E.

Principal Water Resources System Engineer, Tampa Bay Water
I have over 30 years of hydrology and water resources engineering experience and 25 years of experience developing and using integrated surface water / groundwater models. I have provided significant contributions to the development of the code for the Integrated Hydrologic Model... Read More →
avatar for Patrick Tara P.E.

Patrick Tara P.E.

Senior Engineer, Intera
avatar for Nisai Wanakule Ph.D., P.E.

Nisai Wanakule Ph.D., P.E.

Lead Water Resources System Engineer, Tampa Bay Water
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Ron Basso P.G.

Chief Hydrogeologist, Water Resources Bureau, Southwest Florida Water Management District
Ron Basso is a chief hydrogeologist with the Southwest Florida Water Management District. He has over 30 years of experience in groundwater modeling, resource regulation, and resource management activities in the state of Florida. Ron works with a team of scientists and engineers... Read More →
avatar for Wendy Graham Ph.D.

Wendy Graham Ph.D.

Director, Water Institute, University of Florida


Thursday July 20, 2017 8:30am - 10:10am EDT
Caribbean Salon I-II

10:30am EDT

FF&GG2. Emerging Water Supply Issues (Part 2 of 2)

FF. & GG.  EMERGING WATER SUPPLY ISSUES, INCLUDING AN UPDATE ON THE CENTRAL FLORIDA WATER INITIATIVE

Advanced discussion of multiple issues including emerging challenges in meeting future water demands; innovative water supply projects; meeting the conceptual costs of distribution and storage of reclaimed water; legal and policy issues regarding the control of reclaimed water for future public and private reuse; and regulatory challenges and innovative approaches to addressing these issues. One such approach is the Central Florida Water Initiative (CFWI). The CFWI area covers all or part of five central Florida counties, includes portions of three water management districts, the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, as well as several regional public water utilities, landowners, local governments, agriculture and various other stakeholder interests.

Part I of the course will explore innovative water supply projects that are emerging around Florida, including the CFWI, and the role of utilities and other significant water users now and into the future. 

Part II will explore how Florida will be meeting future water supply needs via new or alternate funding and public acceptance of new technologies: For example: How will recent developments in the implementation of the Florida Land and Water Conservation Amendment impact future water supply? How do we engage the public and improve awareness of future water supply needs? Here’s your chance to listen, learn, and participate during this “must attend” course. 


Moderators
avatar for Craig Varn

Craig Varn

Shareholder, Manson Bolves Donaldson Varn, P.A.

Speakers
BA

Brian Armstrong

Executive Director, Southwest Florida Water Management District
DC

David Childs

Shareholder, Hopping Green & Sams P.A.
SJ

Stephen James

Director, Office of Water Policy, Department of Environmental Protection
ED

Ed de la Parte

Shareholder, de la Parte & Gilbert, P.A.
avatar for Beth Ross

Beth Ross

Shareholder, GUNSTER
Water supplyElizabeth Ross is an of counsel attorney who joined Gunster in 2015. Beth is board certified by the Florida Bar in state and federal government and administrative practice. Prior to joining the firm, she served as a lead attorney for the South Florida Water Management... Read More →
avatar for Ann Shortelle

Ann Shortelle

Executive Director, St. Johns River Water Management District
RS

Roger Sims

Partner, Holland & Knight LLP
Environmental and water law; land use law; administrative law.
avatar for Mark Thomasson

Mark Thomasson

Vice President, WSource
Environmental Resource PermittingCutting-edge stormwater management and reuseWater policyWater quality credit tradingAquifer recharge and UIC permitting


Thursday July 20, 2017 10:30am - 12:10pm EDT
Caribbean Salon IV

10:30am EDT

MM. Dispersed Water Management

MM.  DISPERSED WATER MANAGEMENT 

The Dispersed Water Management Program administered by the SFWMD encourages private property owners to retain water on their land rather than drain it, accept and detain regional runoff for storage or do both.  Landowners typically become involved in the program through cost-share cooperative projects, easements, or payment for environmental services.  Managing water on these lands is one tool to use in reducing damaging amounts of water diverted into lakes and estuaries for flood protection.  Dispersed water management also offers many other environmental and economic benefits, including providing valuable groundwater recharge for water supply; improving water quality and rehydration of drained systems; enhancing plant and wildlife habitat; and helping sustain the local economy by incentivizing landowners to provide great environmental stewardship.  This timely and informative course will tell you all about it.  Audience participation encouraged. 

Speakers
EB

Ernie Barnett

Partner, Water and Land Advisors, Inc.
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Ernie Cox

President, Family Lands Remembered, LLC
EV

Eva Velez

Section Lead - Dispersed Water Management, South Florida Water Management District
BW

Benita Whalen

Managing Member, Dispersed Water, LLC


Thursday July 20, 2017 10:30am - 12:10pm EDT
Caribbean Salon I-II

3:30pm EDT

KK. Emerging Water Supply Sustainability

KK.  EMBRACING WATER SUPPLY SUSTAINABILITY:  THE CRITICAL ROLE OF ALTERNATIVE WATER SUPPLY AND REUSE 

As Florida’s demand for water grows, the water pie must also grow in order to satisfy these future demands.  While conservation is an important tool, states must incorporate reuse as a source of water to meet growing needs and protect against environmental degradation.  Is it time to recognize that there may be better uses for reuse water than residential irrigation?  Is Florida ready to accept indirect or direct potable reuse?  Is the future for reuse related to aquifer replenishment?  Join us for an intriguing discussion on the policies needed to advance reuse in the Sunshine State including a discussion on 2017 legislation, upcoming regulatory activities, national reuse activities, direct and indirect potable reuse, end-users’ concerns, while also highlighting successful projects and future projects such as regional aquifer replenishment.

Moderators
avatar for Laura Donaldson

Laura Donaldson

Shareholder, Manson Bolves Donaldson and Varn, P.A.

Speakers
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Randy Brown

Utilities Director, City of Pompano Beach
CD

Chuck Drake

Vice President, Tetra Tech
MH

Mark Hammond

Director, Resource Management Division, Southwest Florida Water Management District
SJ

Stephen James

Director, Office of Water Policy, Department of Environmental Protection
KK

Kerry Kates

Director of Water and Natural Resources, Florida Fruit and Vegetable Association
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Lynn Spivey

Director of City Utilities, City of Plant City


Thursday July 20, 2017 3:30pm - 5:10pm EDT
Caribbean Salon IV
 
Friday, July 21
 

8:30am EDT

LL. Using Public Private Partnerships to Solve Water Challenges

LL.  USING PUBLIC-PRIVATE PARTNERSHIPS TO SOLVE FLORIDA’S WATER CHALLENGES

Florida is faced with significant water shortages projected to be an estimated 2 billion gallons per day by 2025 unless proactive action is taken. Florida is also confronting significant water quality challenges, including meeting recently enacted Numeric Nutrient Criteria, TMDLs and restoration targets. How can the private sector help public entities with these issues? Part of the solution may be the development of long-term contractual arrangements between public utilities and private land owners in the storage, production, reuse and treatment of water. The panel will discuss advantages and difficulties in developing public-private partnerships, recent legislative changes at the state and federal level, and success stories in meeting Florida’s future water needs. This is a very timely and highly recommended course!

Moderators
avatar for John Fumero

John Fumero

Shareholder, Nason Yeager Gerson Harris & Fumero P.A.
John J. Fumero has over 30 years of experience in the areas of environmental, water, land use, administrative and governmental law. Mr. Fumero, formerly General Counsel of the South Florida Water Management District, provides strategic counsel to landowners, developers, industry... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Ernie Cox

Ernie Cox

President, Family Lands Remembered, LLC
JF

John Fiveash

CEO, National Stormwater Trust, Inc.
John Fiveash is the CEO of National Stormwater Trust, Inc. (NST) and a partner at Steinmeyer Fiveash LLP. NST is a stormwater management company that recently partnered with the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) to provide regional, offsite stormwater treatment services... Read More →
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Pat Lehman

Executive Director, Peace River Manasota Regional Water Supply Authority


Friday July 21, 2017 8:30am - 10:10am EDT
Caribbean Salon IV