Sustainable Water Resources in Florida

Dec 14 to 15, 2016 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM


The Sustainable Water Resources Roundtable (SWRR) is a Federal advisory committee that is a subgroup of the Advisory Committee for Water Information (ACWI) created by the Federal Advisory Committee Act of 1972.  SWRR meets in Washington DC at least once a year and goes to other locations in the US at least once a year.  For more information about SWRR visit the linked site or click here for a SWRR brochure.  For this meeting, Florida Earth Foundation hosts SWRR in Southwest Florida at Florida Gulf Coast University and uses Babcock Ranch, America's newest "City of Tomorrow" as a case study of innovation and inspiration for water-related solutions to environmental and development problems





Florida Gulf Coast University and Babcock Ranch, Florida

Water Resource Challenges and Solutions in Florida

December 14 & 15, 2016


Wednesday, December 14


8:30 AM  Registration and Coffee


9:00 AM  Welcome Remarks: Florida Gulf Coast University, Florida Earth


9:10 AM  Welcome Remarks: David Berry, Executive Director, SWRR


9:20 AM  Sustainable Water Resources Roundtable Activities & History: John Wells and Robert Wilkinson. 


9:30 AM  Brief Round of Self Introductions


9: 50 AM  Keynote (via video): Agriculture and the City – Solutions to Competition for Water Resources, Adam Putnam, Florida Commissioner of Agriculture


10:15 AM Break


10:30 AM    Babcock Ranch Orientation  - Speakers from Kitson & Partners, Florida Power & Light, etc.


12:00 - 12:30 Lunch at FGCU


12:45 PM  Leave FGCU on buses


1:30 PM  Tour of the Ranch


6:00 PM Reception at Holiday Inn Airport.  Address below.


Thursday, December 15


Day Two takes the Babcock Ranch Case Study and explores ways to share, accelerate and implement sustainability and resilience in water resources solutions nationally and beyond


8:30 AM Registration, Coffee and Networking


9:00 AM Welcome and Plan of the Day - Ernie Cox, President, Family Lands Remembered LLC


9:15 AM Keynote setting the tone for the day:  Visioning the Future – Michael E. Sullivan, Global Cognitve Solutions Leader, Water and Environmental Management at IBM


10:00 a.m.  Panel on State of the Art Water Technologies and Methods - Moderator, Robert Wilkinson, UC Santa Barbara, 

Research opportunities - Chuck Drake, Board Member, Water Evironment Research Foundation

Those Amazing Satellites - Cathy Johnson, Catapult Satellite Applications

Water Innovation from California - Marianna Grossman, Minerva Silicon Valley


11:00 AM  Break


11:15 AM  Water resources opportunities from Federal perspective - Moderator, Sandy Wiggins, Principle, Consilience LLP


USGS - Dorothy Sifuentes, Senior Hydrologist, Florida-Caribbean Water Science Center

EPA -Jeff Lape, Deputy Director, EPA Office of Science & Technology,

NIST - Stephanie Hooker, Chief, Chemical Analysis & Materials


US Bureau of Reclamation - Yuliana Porros-Mendoza, Advanced Water Treatment Coordinator


12:15 PM Lunch and Speaker - TBA


1:30 PM Breakouts on Water Innovation with leaders.  Presentations followed by two breakout sessions of attendees choice


The Water-Energy Nexus - Mike Sole, VP, State Government Relations, Florida Power & Light (Invited)

Business and Environment - Dan Vermeer, Director, Duke University's Center for Energy, Development & the Global Environment (EDGE)

Public-private solutions - Denver Stutler, President, Polston Technologies and fomer Chief of Staff for Governor Jeb Bush

Engaging Academia - Tom Frazer, Interim Director, The Water Institute at University of Florida

The State of the State in Water - Frank Bernardino, President, Anfield Consulting

Water Management in Cities of the Future -  Kebreab Ghebremichael, USF's Patel College for Global Sustainability

4:00 PM Breakout session reports and follow-up assignments


4:30 PM  Adjourn


This conference is open to the public and is free.  However, we would encourage you to help with the expenses of this meeting by making a donation.


To download the SWRR2016 Florida Brochure click here.