Conference Dates & Schedule of Events

SHARING WATER CONFERENCE
The Floridan Aquifer in Alabama, Georgia and Florida
Conference Dates: 10/2/2014 – 10/4/2014
The 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. 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. 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.”
TENTATIVE AGENDA
Thursday, October 2, 2014
8:00 AM Registration
9:00 AM Moderator: Dr. Ann Shortelle, Executive Director, SRWMD
9:05AM OURWATER SUPPLY
· The Floridan Aquifer: Dr. Jon Arthur, PG, Florida State Geologist
BREAK: 10:00
10:20AM: Dr. Ann Shortelle
10:25 AM CURRENT TRENDS IN OURWATER SUPPLY
·Water Use and Supply Trends for the Aquifer: Dr. George Cole, PE, PLS, SRWMD Governing Board
11:20 – Lunch – in Monticello
1:00 PM CURRENTWATER MANAGMENT POLICY
· Panel Discussion
Florida: Professor Richard G. Hamann, University of Florida College of Law
Georgia: Professor David M. Moore, Emory Law School
Alabama: Professor Richard T. McNider, Distinguished Professor of Science,
University of Alabama in Huntsville
3:00 PM Break
3:20 PM NATIONAL TRENDS IN GROUNDWATER SUPPLY
· Groundwater Depletion in the United States: Dr. Leonard F. Konikow, Scientist Emeritus, USGS
4:20PM Close of Day One
Friday, October 3, 2014
8:00 AM Registration
9:00 AM Moderator: Douglas Manson, Attorney at Law, MansonBolves firm
9:05 AM POSSIBLE SOLUTIONS
· Conservation Practices: State Representative Halsey Beshears, President, Simpsons Nursery
10:00 AM BREAK
10:15 AM Replenishment Options and AlternateWater Supplies: Thomas Farkas, PE, Atkins Consulting
10:30 AM CONCERNS OF VARIOUS INTEREST GROUPS
· PublicWater Supply: Anthony Cunningham, PE, Gainesville Regional Utility
· Agriculture: TBA
· Industry: Chet Thompson P.E., Buckeye Florida, L.P.
· Environmental Groups: Eric Draper, Executive Director, Audubon Florida
12:00 PM Lunch
1:30 PMWHEREWE GO FROM HERE
· The Tampa AreaWater Crisis and its Ongoing Resolution:Robert Beltran, PE, Executive Director,
SWFWMD
2:30 PM BREAK
2:45 PM Panel Discussion:
Florida: Don Quincy, Chairman, SRWMD Board
Georgia: DougWilson, PG, Executive Director, GeorgiaWater Planning and Policy Center
Alabama: Dr. Bennett Bearden, Director,Water Policy and Law Institute, University of Alabama
4:30 PM – Hospitality event in Exhibit Hall
Saturday, October 4, 2014
8:00 AM Registration & Continental Breakfast
9:00 AM Moderator: Robert Beltran, PE, Executive Director, SWFWMD
9:05 AM Presentation: Bill Montford, Florida State Senator
10:30 AM
Field Tour of TypicalWater Reuse Project with SteveWingate, City of Monticello Manager
State Representative Halsey Beshears, President, Simpsons Nursery
WATER VENTURES Classroom Display open 8AM to 4 PM

WATER VENTURES Classroom Display open 8AM to 4 PM