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Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld
October 10, 2014

Associated Industries of Florida (AIF) will host the 5th Annual Florida Water Forum on Friday, October 10, at the Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm.  The Forum will address critical issues related to Florida’s water crisis and will feature distinguished speakers and environmental experts discussing agricultural water supply, permitting, alternative water supply projects, Numeric Nutrient Criteria, Everglades legislation, and the EPA’s proposed rules relating to WOTUS (waters of the United States), as well as a preview into the 2015 legislative session.  This Forum has garnered overwhelming recognition by business community leaders, regional and local government officials and members of the general public. 


Sights from the 2013 Florida Forum

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2013 Speakers
Speaker Presentation Videos Available Below
Rep. Ben Albritton
Agricultural Water Supply Planning Presentation
Drew Bartlett
Florida DEP, Director
of Environmental Assessment and Restoration
Numeric Nutrient Criteia (NNC) Legislation Presentation
Ernie Barnett
South Florida Water Management District, Interim Executive Director

Everglades Legislation Presentation
Rich Budell
Florida Department of Agriculture, Office of Agricultural Water Policy
Agricultural Water Supply Planning Presentation
Rep. Matt Caldwell
(R-Lehigh Acres)
Numeric Nutrient Criteia (NNC) Legislation Presentation
Rep. Ray Pilon
Rep. Elizabeth Porter
(R-Lake City)
Adam Putnam
Commissioner, Florida Department of
Agriculture & Consumer Services
Ann Shortelle, PhD
Suwannee River Water Management District, Executive Director
Sen. Wilton Simpson
(R- New Port Richey)
Everglades Legislation Presentation
Herschel Vinyard
Secretary, Florida Department of Environmental Protection
Rep. Dana Young
30 Year Water Planning Presentation


Florida is at a water crossroads. The state’s three largest urban-economic regions, Tampa Bay, southeast Florida and the greater Orlando area, have effectively run out of available groundwater. The three largest water management districts have determined that increased pumping in these regions will result in unacceptable, environmental impacts, such as drawdowns of wetlands and lakes, reduced flows to springs and rivers, and increased risk of saltwater contamination into fresh groundwater resources.

In Tampa, the water authority has already been required to reduce groundwater pumping by 90 million gallons a day. Utilities in southeast Florida have learned that groundwater connected to the regional canal system will be limited to pumpage levels of 2006. In central Florida, communities face the fact that no additional groundwater will be available beyond 2013 demands. And this groundwater crisis is not limited to major metropolitan areas. Even tiny Flagler County has been directed to pursue desalination of ocean water for its future water supply.

The growing scarcity of water supplies has already resulted in: acrimonious and expensive litigation among local governments, challenges to water management district permits, restrictions on new economic development, and in some areas, a continued decline in natural resources. Ultimately, an unstable water future will continue to wreak havoc on Florida’s economy and environment.

For more information on
Associated Industries of Florida go to aif.com

Florida Water Forum ● 516 North Adams St. ● Tallahassee, FL 32301 ● (850) 224-7173