Florida Water Forum will address water management districts, numeric nutrient criteria and consumptive use permitting

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Hosted by Associated Industries of Florida (AIF) and the Florida Section of the American Water Works Association (FSAWWA), the 2012 Florida Water Forum will address Florida’s water crisis and critical issues impacting Florida’s water future. Set for Sep. 6, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Renaissance SeaWorld in Orlando, the third annual Florida Water Forum will feature a legislative panel reviewing recent and upcoming water legislation, information on the restructured Water Management Districts, Numeric Nutrient Criteria update and presentation on consumptive use permitting consistency.

“Associated Industries of Florida continues to take a leadership role on issues related to water because a healthy, sustainable water supply is absolutely essential for business operations and our state’s overall economic vitality,” said Tom Feeney, AIF President and CEO. “We are pleased to once again partner with the FSAWWA to bring policy makers and experts together to create frank and forward-thinking dialogue about Florida’s water future.”

2012 Florida Water Forum presentations include:

  • A panel discussion featuring Rep. Steve Crisafulli, Rep. Steve Perman, Rep. Elizabeth Porter and Rep. Dana Young, which will review new reclaimed water legislation, use of agriculture lands for water storage, Water Management Districts inter-agency cooperation and water issues to be addressed during the 2013 Legislative Session.
  • Florida Department of Environmental Protection Secretary Herschel Vinyard will reveal the budget and new look of the Water Management Districts.
  • A Numeric Nutrient Criteria update featuring Sen. Chris Smith via video, Drew Bartlett (Florida Department of Environmental Protection), David Childs (Hopping Green & Sams), John Urbanchuk (Cardno Entrix) and Paul Steinbrecher (JEA Utilities).
  • Concluding the day will be Florida Department of Environmental Protection Deputy Secretary Greg Munson to address consumptive use permitting consistency.

“Florida is in the midst of a water crisis. Increasingly scare groundwater supplies have been exacerbated by burdensome and unscientifically based regulations, acrimonious litigation, challenges to water management district permits, restrictions on new economic development, and in some areas, a continued decline in natural resources,” said Rick Ratcliffe, Chair of the FSAWWA. “An unstable water future will ultimately wreak havoc on Florida’s economy and environment. We are honored to work with AIF to host this forum and, together, help identify solutions that will ensure the availability of safe, sustainable and affordable water resources.”

Sponsors of the 2012 Florida Water Forum include: Associated Industries of Florida, Florida Section of the American Water Works Association, Florida Section of the American Water Works Association – Utility Council, CF Industries, CH2M Hill, Rayonier, Florida Farm Bureau, Manson Law Group, Mosaic, Florida Crystals, de la Parte & Gilbert Law Firm, Florida Beverage Association, Arcadis U.S., Inc., and HDR.

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