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