Florida Weekly

November 23, 2016


26th annual water conference topic is cooperation among agencies




The steering committee of the Southwest Florida Water Resources Conference has announced the lineup of speakers for this year’s conference, to be held at Florida Gulf Coast University, Cohen Center Ballroom, on Jan. 13.

This year’s theme, “Cooperative Solutions: Working Together to Address Water Challenges,” recognizes the region’s need for all elements of society to cooperate in the pursuit of actions that will improve the water systems and environment. The conference will showcase how agencies, engineering firms and non-profit organizations have worked together and can continue to join forces on specific projects and larger initiatives. Registration will open at 8 a.m. Sessions will conclude around 4:30 p.m. and will be followed by a networking social.

The conference brings together researchers, managers, agency staff, consultants and other interested parties to discuss ongoing technical and social research and innovative projects, to share ideas and to increase awareness of the issues of water supply, water use efficiency, water body protection, watershed health and environmental sustainability facing Florida.

As has become its tradition, the conference is Florida’s premier student poster contest for water resources students statewide. Cash prizes are offered for the best research posters, with first-, second- and third-place awards in two divisions, graduate students and undergraduate/ high school students.

Carol Collier of Drexel University and Chesapeake Bay Cooperative Programs for Water Management Improvement, is keynote speaker.

Advance registration is recommended. The full technical program and other details are available at www.awra.caloosahatchee.org/2017.

For 26 years, the Southwest Florida Water Resources Conference has provided opportunities to share technical information, exchange views from a wide range of diverse perspectives, and engage the community of water resources expertise in our region. This past year the conference drew over 200 attendees who represented a broad section of scientists, engineers, geologists, natural resources managers, jurists and other professionals involved in both the public and private sectors.

Conference host organizations are American Society of Civil Engineers Southwest Florida Branch, American Water Resources Association Florida Section, Audubon of Southwest Florida, Caloosahatchee River Citizens Association, Waterkeeper Alliance Affiliate, Florida Association of Environmental Professionals, Florida Engineering Society Calusa Chapter, Florida Gulf Coast University, Real Estate Investment Society and Southwest Florida Watershed Council.