Sharing Water Conference

Sharing Water: The Floridan Aquifer in Alabama, Georgia and Florida

By Main Street Monticello Florida, Inc.

Contact: Anne H. Holt, Conference Coordinator- ahholt@ahholt.com

(Registration & Sponsorship Forms at bottom of this page)

Conference Dates: 10/2/2014 – 10/3/2014 Monticello Opera House – 185 Courthouse Cr. Monticello, FL 32344 This conference, to be held in the historic Monticello Opera House, is one in a series of annual conferences held in Monticello, addressing critical contemporary issues and offered free to the public. This conference will address the question of water supply for the growing world population, using the Floridan Aquifer as an example. This issue is especially appropriate for its location in the Big Bend area of Florida, surrounded by wetlands, numerous springs and pristine rivers and springs.  In the words of a recent USFWS publication, “This region is primarily defined by water: surface water, ground water, and rivers that transition into estuaries and eventually the salt waters of the Gulf of Mexico.”

AGENDA

Thursday, October 2, 2014          8:00 AM to 9:00 AM REGISTRATION OF GUESTS

9:00 AM – Moderator: Dr. Ann Shortelle, Executive Director, SRWM introduces speakers (confirmed)

9:05 AM – Welcoming Comments

  • 9:15 AM – Keynote Address:  Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam
  • 10:00 AM – The Floridan Aquifer: Dr. Jon Arthur, PG, Florida State Geologist
  • 10:45 AM – BREAK
  • 11:00 AM – Statistics on Water Use and Supply Trends for the Aquifer: Dr. George Cole, PE, PLS, Governing Board,  Suwannee River Water Management District
    • 11:45 AM – Lunch 
    • 1:30 PM – Current  Water Management Policy  (Panel)
      • 1:30 PM – Georgia  – David M. Moore Emory Law
      • 2:00 PM – Alabama  – Heather Elliott U of Alabama
      • 2:30 PM – Florida Richard G. Hamann U of Fl College of law
      • 3:00 PM – Discussion
  • 3:30 PM – Break
  • 3:45 PM – Groundwater Depletion in US Leonard F. Konikow, Scientist Emeritus, USGS (confirmed

Mixer hosted by Jefferson County Historical Association

Friday, October 3, 2014

Moderator: Hans Tanzler III, Executive Director, SJRWMD – introduces speakers 

  • 9:05 AM – Welcoming Comments: Florida State Representative Halsey Beshears
  • 9:15 AM – Keynote Address
  • 10:00 AM – BREAK
  • 10:15 Panel And Discussion – Concerns of Special Groups:
    • 10:15 AM – Environment – Eric Draper, Exec. Dir, Audubon Florida
    • 10:45 AM – Public Water Supply, Tony Cunningham, PE, Gainesville Reg. Util
    • 11:15 AM – Agriculture, Paul Geno Land Manager – Mormon Church
    • 11:45 AM – Industry, Chet Thompson P.E., Buckeye Florida, L.P.
    • 12:15 AM – Discussion
    • 12:45 AM – LUNCH
      • 2:00 PM – Panel And Discussion: Where do we go from here?
        • 2:00 PMFlorida: Don Quincy, Chairman, SRWMD Board
        • 2:30 PM – Georgia: Cliff Lewis, GA DEP, Water Management
        • 3:00 PM – Alabama: Water Management Representative  ??????
        • 3:30 PM – Discussion
  • Senator Dean – Future Water Policy
  • 4:30 PM   – Social Hour with wine and cheese

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Moderator:  Jon Steverson, Executive Director, NWFWMD

  • 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM Registration of Guests
  • 9:00 AM  Breakfast Presentation: WATER FOR OUR FUTURE: Sharing Water for Recreation, Agriculture, Industry and Drinking – Florida Senator Bill  Montford
  • 10:15 AM – BREAK

(We will invite student representatives from public and private high schools in Florida, Alabama and Georgia and 4-H and FFA representatives)

  • 10:30 – Field Tour of Typical Water Reuse Project – Monticello

Steve Wingate, City of Monticello Manager 

State Representative Halsey Beshears, President, Simpsons Nursery

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