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    Florida´s Water Crossroads


    With the passage of the 2016 Water Bill (SB 0552) and the influx of money
    from Florida’s newest constitutional provision – the Water and Land Conservation
    Amendment – Florida is devoting the time, money, and attention to water that it
    has not done in many years. Time is of the essence, as our state is facing some
    significant challenges with some of its largest economic regions having to plan
    for running out of affordable, sustainable groundwater in the not-too-distant future.

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2016 Water Forum

September 22-23
Orlando, Florida


The 7th Annual Florida Water Forum, presented by Associated Industries of Florida, will bring together Florida’s policy leaders in the legislature, industry experts, as well as local, regional and state government officials to discuss the on-going, critical water issues facing our state.   Our business climate, our ability to grow as a state, and our quality of life are all directly tied to the availability and sustainability of our water resources. As The Voice of Florida Business representing over 10,000 employers in Florida, AIF has a long history of engagement in water issues. 
We invite you to join us for the 2016 Florida Water Forum to be held on September 22-23, at the Loews Royal Pacific Resort at Universal Orlando.  Confirmed speakers and panelists will be announced in the coming weeks. 

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FLORIDA’S WATER CROSSROADS

With the passage of the 2016 Water Bill (SB 0552) and the influx of money from Florida’s newest constitutional provision – the Water and Land Conservation Amendment –  Florida is devoting the time, money, and attention to water that it has not done in many years.  Time is of the essence, as our state is facing some significant challenges with some of its largest economic regions having to plan for running out of affordable, sustainable groundwater in the not-too-distant future.

Florida inches closer to water shortages and the associated acrimonious and expensive litigation among water users, challenges to water management district permits, restrictions on new economic development, and in some areas a continued decline in natural resources.  The challenges have not grown any less daunting.  Southeast Florida must still balance water supply with environmental needs, both heavily dependent on Lake Okeechobee, and face saltwater intrusion concerns.  Southwest Florida remains wrapped in a water-use caution area and is also vulnerable to saltwater seeping into the aquifer.  Central Florida is still planning for a long-term groundwater shortage, and North Florida continues to see controversy and concern stemming from its abundant springs.

Innovative solutions and expanded infrastructure hold a great deal of promise.  Does Florida embrace these possibilities, or slide further toward problems like those in California?  These issues and more will be discussed during the 2016 Florida Water Forum, where you will have a unique opportunity to hear from Florida’s top technical experts, policymakers and elected leaders.