UF WATER INSTITUTE PROGRESS REPORT
1. STRATEGIC PLANNING
A Strategic Planning process was begun in August 2006 with an online survey of affiliated
faculty to elicit input about developing focus areas for the Water Institute; methods of
governance; and preferred forms of collaboration and communication. A planning retreat, led by
a professional facilitator and trainer, was held on October 16, 2006 with 34 Water Institute-
affiliated faculty attending. This meeting produced a vision of a successful Water Institute, a
definition of important thrust areas, and steps for moving forward as an interdisciplinary group.
In May 2007 a Draft Strategic Plan was prepared and circulated to Water Institute Affiliate
Faculty for review and comment. In August 2007 the Faculty Advisory Committee approved the
2007-2010 UF Water Institute Strategic Plan (see Appendix 1).
2. INTERDISCIPLINARY EDUCATION/OUTREACH PROGRAMS
2.1 Inaugural Progress Energy- UF Water Institute Symposium
The inaugural Water Institute Symposium will be held at the Gainesville Hilton University of
Florida Conference Center on 27-28 February 2008. The theme of the first conference will be
Sustainable Water Resources: Florida Challenges, Global Solutions. The purpose of the
conference is to: (1) bring academics, policy makers, water managers, industry and agriculture
representatives, consultants, lawyers, legislators, and citizens together to define current status of
water resources sustainability in Florida; (2) showcase new technologies/policies/incentives
available that show promise to promote sustainability; and (3) identify pressing issues,
knowledge gaps, research/educational programs needed to ensure sustainability.
A group of respected invited speakers from academia as well as federal agencies have committed
to participate in the opening plenary session of the symposium. The symposium will conclude
with a panel, comprised of the Executive Directors of each of the Water Management Districts
and the Secretary of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection that will focus on
current Florida policies and programs and future research and education needs. In addition we
received over 180 contributed abstracts for oral and poster presentations from faculty graduate
students, consultants and state and federal agency scientists in Florida. A preliminary symposium
agenda, including the names of some invited speakers, is included in Appendix 2.
2.2 The Smallwood- UF Water Institute Distinguished Scholar Seminar Series
This seminar series, which was initiated in Fall 2007, invites high profile scholars to UF on a
monthly basis to: conduct a general Water Institute seminar that will be of interest to a broad
audience; meet with the Water Institute Faculty Advisory Committee to discuss strategic
planning and partnering opportunities; and meet with interested Water Institute faculty to discuss
specific research/education issues. Each scholar is also asked to serve on the External Council of
Advisors for the Water Institute for a 12 month period following his/her visit. A list of the 2007
Seminar Series Scholars, seven of whom hold Eminent Scholar Chairs at their institutions and
five of whom are National Academy members, is included in Appendix 3;
2.3 Interdisciplinary Workshops and Focus Group Meetings
July 16-20 2007: The Water Institute hosted a week-long Agricultural Knowledge Initiative
Research Planning Workshop to kick off the USDA/ICAR Sustainable Water Resource
Management: U.S. Collaborative Research and Education Project. The workshop included
facilitated discussions and field trips and provided an opportunity for the detailed planning of the
funded research projects which will be conducted in India. Six participants from three Indian
Partner institutions, one participant from North Carolina A&T, and eleven participants from UF
attended the workshop.
August 21, 2007: The Water Institute hosted a one-day Springs Nutrient Workshop with about
70 faculty members, state and local scientists, organizers, managers, regulators and policy
experts. The workshop included synthesis presentations on the state of knowledge regarding
sources, transformations, sinks and ecological impacts of nutrients in springs, as well as
facilitated break out sessions to discuss information gaps and research needed to address these
September 12 2007: The Water Institute hosted a one day Hydrologic Information Systems
Workshop to assist the government of Australia in exploring how hydrologic databases and
integrated modeling tools can be used to manage water movement and accounting on a large
regional scale. Representatives from the three largest Florida Water Management Districts,
USGS, the Australian Meterologic Bureau, the Australia Commonwealth Scientific and
Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) Land and Water Division, University of Florida, and
University of Texas Austin participated in the meeting.
November 15-16 2007: The Water Institute will host a free half-day instructional seminar on
the use of ArcHydro for water resource management applications. This seminar is open to UF
faculty, students, consulting firms, and Water Management District employees. A one-day
symposium to present the state of practice for the use of ArcHydro in Florida will follow. The
purpose of these meetings is to share information about hydrologic data management and tool
development for water research, education, decision-making, visualization and modeling efforts
November 30 2007: The Water Institute will host a one-day Water Conservation Research
Planning Workshop to review the status of Florida water conservation research programs
and develop a prioritized Water Conservation Research Agenda to support public water
supply utilities and water managers in developing effective and efficient water
conservation programs. The workshop is being developed in collaboration with the
Conserve Florida Group (a consortium of representatives from FDEP, all 5 Water
Management Districts, Florida Water Utilities, and UF) and other interested UF Faculty.
3.0 RESEARCH PROGRAMS
3.1 Externally Funded Water Institute Projects
In December 2006 the Water Institute Faculty Advisory established a Project Classification
policy for the Water Institute. There are three categories of projects depending on the level of
involvement of the Water Institute in project development.
3.1.1 Water Institute Directed Projects ($2.97 Million)
Cooperative Graduate Research Assistantships in Critical Water Resources Areas for South
Florida, South Florida Water Management District/Florida Water Resources Research
Center, $190K, Mar 2006- Mar 2009.
Demonstration of Water Quality Best Management Practices for Beef Cattle Ranching in
the Lake Okeechobee Basin Florida Department of Environmental Protection, $1.568
Million, Sep 2002-Jun 2008.
India Agricultural Knowledge Initiative, U.S. Department of Agriculture, $150K, Aug
2006- Jul 2009.
Suwannee River Hydrologic Observatory, National Science Foundation, $360K, Dec 2006-
Use of Seasonal Climate Forecasts to Reduce Risk in Regional Public Water Supply
Management in the Tampa Metropolitan Region, Tampa Bay Water, $175K, Apr 2007 -
Water Institute Distinguished Scholar Seminar Series, Smallwood Foundation, $28K, April
Water Institute Water Systems Collaboratory, Florida Legislative Budget Request, $500K,
July 2007-June 2008.
3.1.2 Water Institute Assisted Projects ($1.25 Million)
Conserve Florida Clearinghouse. J. Heaney P.I. (Environmental Engineering Sciences),
Florida Department of Environmental Protection, $620K, Apr 2006- Apr 2008.
Development of a Dynamic Decision Support System (D2S2) for Water Supply Planning.
J. Jawitz P.I. (Soil and Water Science), American Water Works Association Research
Foundation/Palm Beach County Water Utilities Department, $100K, Jan 2007 to Jan 2010.
Reducing nonpoint source loss of nitrate with in the Santa Fe Basin. M. Clark P.I. (Soil
and Water Science). Florida Department of Environmental Protection, $304K, Apr 2007-
Summary and Synthesis of the Available Literature on the Effects of Nutrients on Spring
Organisms and Systems. M. Brown P.I. (Environmental Engineering), Florida
Department of Environmental Protection, $227K, Apr 2007 Apr 2008.
3.1.3 Water Institute Affiliated Projects
Approximately $13,000,000 in 155 active externally funded projects has been designated by
Water Institute faculty as Water Institute Affiliated projects for 2006-07. These projects are
cataloged in a searchable database that will soon be web-accessible and integrated with the web-
accessible faculty expertise database.
3.1.4 Water Institute Proposals Pending
Center for Climate Technology and Preparedness, 2008 Center of Excellence
Proposal, being submitted jointly to the Florida Board of Governors through Florida
State University, $15Million total, $7.5Million to UF, approximately $lMillion to
Use of Intra-seasonal and Seasonal Forecasts to Reduce Risk in Regional Public Water
Supply Management, NOAA Sectoral Applications Research Program (SARP), $300K
Climate Prediction Applications Postdoctoral Program, NOAA/Tampa Bay Water,
Hydrologic Modeling Research and Development Services, South Florida Water
Management District (MOU, individual contracts to be negotiated).
Peer Review of the Watershed Assessment Model, Florida Department of
Agriculture and Consumer Services, $100K.
Predicting Responses of Aquatic Plants and Apple Snails to Global Change and
Altered Land Use, USEPA, $600K.
Water Institute Core Labs and Post-Doctoral Researcher Program, 2008 US
Congressional Budget Earmark, $5Million.
Water Institute Water Systems Decision Support Facility, 2009 US Congressional
Budget Earmark, $6Million.
3.1.4 Additional Water Institute Proposals Submitted
A Critical Zone Observatory for Humid, Warm, Low-Relief Watersheds (Santa Fe River
Basin, FL) NSF, $4.25Million.
Collaborative Program in Biological Control of Coral Bacterial Diseases, Smallwood
Influence of Hydrologic Variability on Carbon Processing and Fluxes in an Organic
Carbon and Carbonate Rich Watershed, Suwannee River Florida, NSF, $600K.
Integrated Springshed Management: Improving Water Quality By Linking Land Use,
Hydrologic And Socioeconomic Factors USDA/CSREES, $600K.
Interdisciplinary Graduate Research Fellowships in Water Resources and Annual Lecture
Series, Smallwood Foundation, $200K.
Solutions for Water Resources Sustainability, 2008 Florida Legislative Budget Request
Sustainable Land and Water Management: Comparative Analysis of Benchmark Basins
across Economic, Environmental, Hydrologic, and Social Gradients, Pre-proposal to
National Science Foundation Partnerships for International Research and Education
Water Resources of Carbonate Aquifers: A collaborative exchange between the
Universities of Montpellier (France) and UF, The French-American Fund for University
3.2 2007 Water Institute Program Initiation Fund Awards (Total Awards = $195K)
The following awards were made under the first Program Initiation Fund (PIF) Competition in
Protecting Florida's Water Quality: Identifying and Overcoming Barriers to
Implementation of Low Impact Development (LID) Practices. Mark W. Clark PI
(Soil and Water Science), Tom R. Ankerson (Conservation Clinic, Levin College
of Law), Pierce H. Jones (Agricultural and Biological Engineering), Barbra C.
Larson (Environmental Horticulture).
A Framework for Assessing The Hydrologic Footprint of Large-scale Biofuel
Production Matt Cohen PI (School of Forest Resources and Conservation),
Mark T. Brown (Center for Wetlands, Environmental Engineering Sciences),
Angela Lindner (Environmental Engineering Sciences).
Environmental Consequences of Nutrients and Organic Matter Injection into
Carbonate Aquifers; Implications for Water Quality in Aquifer Storage and
Recovery (ASR) Technology. Andrew R. Zimmerman PI (Geological Sciences),
Jean-Claude Bonzongo (Department of Environmental Engineering Sciences),
Willie Harris (Soil and Water Science).
Sediment Transport through Tidal Inlets During Extreme Forcing: Erosion or
Accretion? Arnoldo Valle-Levinson PI (Civil and Coastal Engineering), John M.
Yeager (Geological Sciences), Tian-Jian Hsu (Civil and Coastal Engineering),
Alexandru Sheremet (Civil and Coastal Engineering).
Coupling of Advanced Oxidation and Adsorption Processes onto Silica-Titania
Composites for Low Level Capture of Metals from Water Effluents. David W.
Mazyck PI (Environmental Engineering Sciences), Jean-Claude Bonzongo
(Environmental Engineering Sciences), Lena Q. Ma (Soil and Water Science).
Water, Gender and Equity in India. Whitney Sanford PI (Religion), Anita
Anantharam (Women's Studies), Vasudha Narayanan (Center for the Study of
Hindu Traditions, Religion).
We are currently redesigning the Program Initiation Fund to experiment with alternative
strategies of stimulating productive, externally funded, interdisciplinary research
4. OTHER LEADERSHIP/OUTREACH ACTIVITIES
Invited Presentation to the National Research Council Water Science and Technology
Board on the Water Implications of Biofuels, July 12, 2007.
Invited Speaker at the National meeting of the Soil and Water Conservation Society, July
Invited seminar at the SouthWest Florida Water Management District, July 25, 2007.
Invited speaker at the Jacksonville Rotary Club, September 10, 2007.
Invited speaker for the University of Florida "Florida Tomorrow" Campaign Kick-Off,
September 28, 2007.
Invited Panelist on Water Management Implications of Climate Change for Florida
Legislature Energy and Environment & Natural Resource Committees, November 6th,
Member of Board of Directors, Consortium of Universities for the Advancement of
Hydrologic Sciences, 2003-2008; Chair 2005-2006, Past-Chair 2007.
Member of Advisory Committee, Collaborative Large-Scale Engineering Analysis
Network for Environmental Research, 2005-2007.
Member of WATer and Environmental Research Systems Network (WATERS Network)
Design Team, 2006-2008.
5. BUSINESS PLAN and BUDGET ISSUES
The following summarizes the business plan for funding Water Institute programs:
Base funds from UF for Water Institute Director and staff salaries
Endowment funds for operating expenses
Grant funding from Research and Outreach Partners for Programs
IDC returns for re-investment in internal Program Initiation Fund Awards
Industrial Membership Program to fund focus groups, working groups, etc.
Fee-based Short-courses and Symposia
Naming Opportunities for donors, e.g.
o Endowed Chairs
o Named Professorships
o Named Graduate Fellowships
o Named Undergraduate Research Fellows
o Named Lectureships or Visiting Fellowships
o Named Conferences
o Named Buildings, Labs, Computational Centers
Outstanding Budget Issues:
* Contributions from IFAS, CLAS, and COE for Director's salary
* Provost's budget cut & last year's shortfall
* Long-term base funding expectations
UF Water Institute: 2007- 2010 Strategic Plan
Florida's burgeoning human population and vulnerability to both climatological and
anthropogenic changes in the water cycle make the State a unique living laboratory to develop
new knowledge and test solutions to global water problems. In recognition of the importance
of water issues, and the need to address them in a new interdisciplinary manner, the University
of Florida (UF) established a campus-wide interdisciplinary Water Institute in May 2006.
The UF Water Institute brings together talent from throughout the University to address
complex water issues through innovative interdisciplinary research, education, and public
Interdisciplinary UF Water Institute Teams, comprised of leading water researchers,
educators and students, develop new scientific breakthroughs; creative engineering; policy and
legal solutions; and pioneering educational programs that are renowned for addressing state,
national, and global water problems.
Partnerships: The Water Institute recognizes the importance of developing strong inclusive
partnerships among Water Institute Affiliate Faculty, and with external stakeholders, to
identify and prioritize critical water issues requiring interdisciplinary expertise.
Expertise: The Water Institute is committed to developing the basic knowledge, practical
experience, and infrastructure required to respond to stakeholders' emerging water issues.
Excellence: The Water Institute is committed to provide excellent interdisciplinary water-
related research, education and outreach programs that are recognized within the state of
Florida, the nation and the world.
Respect: The Water Institute provides services that acknowledge and respect the expertise of
all Water Institute Affiliate Faculty; it also recognizes the personal values, cultures, and
socioeconomic context of its diverse external stakeholders.
The overarching goals of Water Institute research, education and outreach programs are to:
Improve basic knowledge of the physical, chemical, and biological processes in aquatic
systems (rivers, lakes, oceans, estuaries, wetlands, soil and ground waters).
Enhance understanding of the interactions and interrelationships between human attitudes
and activities, and aquatic systems.
Develop and promote the adoption of improved methodologies for water management
and policy (including quantity, quality and ecosystem services) based on a foundation of
science, engineering, management and law.
6. Thrust Areas
Research, Education and Outreach thrust areas are thematic cross-cutting initiatives around
which the Water Institute Affiliate Faculty joins forces to achieve Water Institute goals.
Thrust Areas provide broad outlines of emphasis areas rather than narrow definitions of the
Institute, and represent areas in which interdisciplinary collaborations are likely to produce
significant progress. Thrust areas are determined through an on-going process which reflects
current interests of Water Institute Affiliate Faculty and Stakeholders. Initial Thrust Areas for
2007-2010 are summarized in Table 1, with representative examples.
Table 1: Water Institute Thrust Areas (2007-2010)
Water Resources Sustainability
o Development of alternative water supplies and storage
o Water treatment, wastewater treatment, groundwater remediation
o Water quality protection, management of groundwater recharge areas
o Water conservation, reuse, demand management
o Impacts of alternative energy on water resources
Water, Land Use and Ecosystems
o Terrestrial and aquatic system linkages (springsheds, watersheds,
wetlands, estuaries and coastal zones)
o Land use change impacts
o Sustainable ecosystem thresholds (Total Maximum Daily Loads,
Minimum Flows and Levels)
o Ecosystem restoration
Water and Climate
o Extreme events (floods, flood control, droughts, hurricanes)
o Climate variability (El Nino Southern Oscillation, Multidecal Oscillations)
o Climate forecasts
o Climate change (global warming, sea level rise, rainfall redistribution)
Water and Society
o Water policy and law
o Water marketing and pricing
o Social impacts and implications
o Public health
This strategic plan will be reviewed tri-annually and changed as needed to respond to new
challenges and opportunities, and to achieve excellence.
7. Strategies, Objectives, Actions and Performance Measures
The Water Institute mission, vision and goals will be achieved through the following
strategies, objectives and actions:
Strategy 1: Develop partnerships with external stakeholders to identify and prioritize
critical water issues requiring interdisciplinary expertise; as well as to provide expertise
and support for addressing these issues.
* Provide a portal for external stakeholders seeking water-related expertise
* Provide a focal point for water-related research and education at UF
* Engage external state, national and international partners in prioritizing and executing
Water Institute programs
* Establish and maintain a web-accessible Water Institute Affiliate Faculty expertise and
awards database with appropriate links to departmental and center programs
* Invite external stakeholders to participate in monthly Distinguished Scholar Seminar
Series (as both speakers and attendees).
* Invite external stakeholders to participate in Water Institute Symposia (as members of the
planning committee, speakers, and attendees).
* Host stakeholder scientists for sabbaticals at the Water Institute
* Provide short-term assistance (i.e., peer review services, white/synthesis paper preparation,
short courses etc. ) to external stakeholders
* Serve on stakeholder advisory committees
* Coordinate undergraduate and graduate internship programs for external stakeholders
* Increase the pool of well-trained water-related scientists, engineers, planners for
employment with stakeholders
* Establish and maintain external financial resources to support basic and applied research
programs, and testing of new technologies, management strategies, regulatory strategies
and water policies that address stakeholders' interests
* Number of web visits by external stakeholders
* External stakeholder attendance at seminar series
* External stakeholder attendance at Water Institute Symposium
* Number of sabbatical visitors
* Numbers of short-term assistance projects completed
* Numbers of undergraduate and graduate interns placed
* Grants and contracts funded by external stakeholders
* Gifts and endowments to the Water Institute
Strategy 2: Build interdisciplinary teams to provide the knowledge base for, and to
develop and encourage the implementation of new technology and policy solutions for
state, national and international water issues.
* Focus faculty energy and intellect on important interdisciplinary water-related science,
engineering, policy and law problems of the state of Florida, the nation and the world
* Establish and maintain strong extramural funding for interdisciplinary programs
* Decrease the transaction costs associated with interdisciplinary research
* Define Water Institute Thrust Areas through an on-going process which reflects current
interests of internal and external Water Institute stakeholders.
* Form and coordinate Faculty Working Groups along Water Institute Thrust Areas
* Coordinate Faculty Working Groups to develop peer-reviewed white papers and synthesis
documents along Water Institute Thrust Areas
* Establish an annual Program Initiation Fund to provide funding for new, faculty-initiated
research, extension and outreach programs
* Provide proposal writing support for large interdisciplinary proposals
* Provide matching funds for extramural interdisciplinary proposals
* Provide project management support for large interdisciplinary projects
* Faculty participation in Program Initiation Fund
* Faculty participation in thrust area working groups
* Faculty participation on proposal writing teams
* Faculty participation on research project teams
* Faculty participation in short-term assistance projects
* Interdisciplinary grants and contracts funded
* Number of journal articles published by interdisciplinary teams in the Water Institute
Strategy 3: Integrate and strengthen UF water faculty expertise within existing
Departments and Centers.
* Develop and promote individual Water Institute Affiliate Faculty programs
* Promote department and center water-related research and education programs
* Enhance departments and centers by building water faculty expertise in underrepresented
* Enhance faculty recruitment and retention within departments and centers
* Establish and maintain a web-accessible Water Institute Affiliate Faculty expertise and
awards database with appropriate links to departmental and center programs
* Provide campus-wide planning regarding water-related faculty positions required to fill
gaps in existing expertise and coursework, and seek funding to fill those positions in
departments and centers
* Create and co-host a Visiting Scholar program with departments and centers
* Create and co-host, with departments and centers, a network of interdisciplinary
laboratories and field facilities to support water-related research conducted by Water
Institute Affiliate faculty
* Host a monthly Distinguished Scholar Seminar Series to provide a venue for
interdisciplinary faculty interaction
* Host regular Water Institute Symposia to provide a venue to highlight faculty and
departmental programs, and a venue for interdisciplinary interaction with external
* Distribute indirect costs in an equitable manner that encourages participation of faculty,
Department Chairs, Center Directors and Deans
* Use of expertise database by External & Internal Stakeholders
* Number of new water- related faculty positions requested/filled
* New interdisciplinary laboratories and field facilities supported
* Number of Visiting Scholars co-hosted
* Number of Water Institute Affiliate Faculty
* Faculty Attendance at Seminar Series
* Faculty Attendance at Water Institute Symposium
* Number of workshops for strengthening interdisciplinary understanding and cooperation
* Faculty publications in high quality journals
* Faculty publications of widely cited books and journal articles
Strategy 4: Recruit and train excellent students to pursue careers in water-related
science, engineering, policy, planning, and management, bringing with them an
* Increase number and quality of graduate students studying water-related science,
engineering, humanities, policy and law
* Train graduate students to work on interdisciplinary teams
* Increase the number of post-doctoral associates working on interdisciplinary water projects
* Provide access to state of the art tools and technologies for use in graduate and post-
* Establish externally funded graduate assistantship/fellowship programs
* Establish externally funded post-doctoral fellowship programs
* Establish externally funded internship programs to provide real-world experience with
Water Institute external stakeholders
* Create a network of interdisciplinary laboratories (both existing and new facilities) for use
in graduate student and post-doctoral programs
* Encourage and support the development of new courses to expose students to state-of-the
art tools and technology
* Involve graduate students and post-doctoral associates in interdisciplinary faculty working
groups working on synthesis papers, proposals, and projects
* Number graduate students funded by Water Institute Projects
* Number of post-doctoral associates funded by Water Institute Projects
* Number of funded internships
* New interdisciplinary laboratories and field facilities available to students and post-docs
* New courses developed as a result of Water Institute initiatives
* Student/post-doctoral associates participation on proposal writing teams
* Student/post-doctoral associates participation in short-term assistance projects
* Student/post-doctoral associates attendance at Seminar Series and Water Institute
* Student/post-doctoral publications acknowledging Water Institute support
The Water Institute is led by a full-time director, who reports to the Vice President for
Research. A team of research coordinators with advanced degrees assist the director in the
development, execution and evaluation of Water Institute Programs. An internal Faculty
Advisory Committee for the Water Institute consists of 12 members of the Water Institute
Affiliate Faculty, 8 elected and 4 appointed on staggered 3 year terms. Individual faculty
association with the Water Institute is through voluntary registration in the on-line faculty
expertise database. All registered faculty are considered Water Institute Affiliate Faculty
members and eligible to vote for the Faculty Advisory Committee members, and other
governance issues. All Affiliate Faculty members retain their positions in their tenure
department homes where all administrative and performance review functions are carried out.
For the first 3 years following the establishment of the Water Institute, participants in the
monthly Water Institute Distinguished Scholar Seminar Series will constitute an ad-hoc
External Council of Advisors for a 12 month period following their seminar. A Formal
External Science Advisory Board will be formed at the conclusion of the third year (May
2009). This board will consist of representatives leading academic institutions in the field of
water science, engineering, policy and law; state and federal governmental agencies; industry;
non-governmental organizations and other private entities with an interest in water related
9. Business Plan
The following summarizes the business plan for funding Water Institute programs:
* Base funds from UF for Water Institute director and staff salaries
* Endowment funds for operating expenses
* Grant funding for research, education and outreach programs
* Indirect cost (IDC) returns for re-investment in internal Program Initiation Fund Awards
* Industrial Membership Program to fund specific working groups, review panels etc.
* Fee-based short-courses and symposia
* Naming opportunities for donors, e.g.
Endowed chairs and named professorships
Named graduate fellowships
Named undergraduate research fellows
Named lectureships or visiting fellowships
Named buildings, labs, computational centers
Appendix 2: Water Institute Symposium
Sustainable Water Resources: Florida Challenges, Global Solutions
Wednesday February 27th, 2008 Thursday February 28th, 2008
8:30-10:00am Plenary Welcome and Keynote 8:30am-10am: Concurrent Panel Sessions:
Seeking Solutions to Major Issues
Dr. W Graham, Director, UF Water Institute Water Sources and Water
Dr. J. BernardMachen, President, UF Availability/ Impacts of Transfers: Who
Governor Charlie Crist (invited) Water Needs Emerging decides?
Keynote Speaker Dr. Peter Gleick, President and Contaminants People, Policy
Co-founder, Pacific Institute and Politics.
10-10:30am Break 10-10:30am Break
10:30 12:30: Plenary Session: 10:30 noon: Concurrent Panel Sessions
Complex Challenges to Sustainable Water Resources Seeking Solutions to Major Issues
Dr. Robert Hirsch (Associate Director for Water, Water Nutrient Public
USGS) Population Growth and Land Use ( hw.gc- Conservation as Enrichment of Perceptions,
* Dr. Steve Zebiak (Director of International Research an Alternative Surface, Ground Values and
Institute for Climate and Society, Columbia University) Water Supply and Coastal Practices
Climate Variability and Climate (C I/hi, g Waters toward Water
* Dr. Lora Fleming (Co-Director of the National Issues
Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, University
of Miami) Public Health, Wildlife Health, Ecosystem
12:30-1:30pm Lunch (included) Noon 1:30pm Lunch (included)
1:30-5pm Concurrent Oral Presentations 1:30-5pm Plenary Session: Visioning the Future
Population Climate Public, Wildlife 1:30-2:00pm Symposium Synthesis: A Bird's Eye
Growth & Land Variability & & Ecosystem View (Report from Si ,th, u 'i iinurg Team: Drs. S.
Use Change Climate Change Health (invited Berg, M Brown and R. Hamann)
(invited (invited speakers) 2:00-3:30pm Florida Policies and Programs:
speakers) speakers) Challenges and Opportunities: Water Management
District Executive Directors: Carol Wehle, David
Moore, Kirby Green, David Still (confirmed) and
Department ofEnvironmental Protection Secretary
Michael Sole (invited)
3:00-3:15pm Break 3:30-3:45pm Break
Population Climate Public, Wildlife 3:45-4:45 Town Hall : Implications for Florida's
Growth & Land Variability & and Ecosystem Research and Education Agenda: Information,
Use Change Climate Change Health Technology and Policy Needs for Sustainable Water
(contributed (contributed (contributed Resources
presentations) presentations) presentations) Graham with Visioning Policy Teams, Water
Management District Executive Directors, and FDEP
4:45-5:00pm Closure: Wrap up and Future Action
5:00-7:30pm Poster Session and Reception (included) 7:30pm: Opening Reception of the 14th Annual
University of Florida Levin College of Law Public
Interest Environmental Conference, UF President's
House. Reception Speaker: Ms. Shannon Estenoz,
Director, Sun Coast Region National Parks
Conservation Association, and South Florida Water
Management District Governing Board
Member (Optional -requires registration for PIEC
2007-2008 Water Institute Distinguished Scholar Seminar Series
September 6-7, 2007
Donelson Wright, Chancellor Professor of Marine Science, Virginia Institute of Marine Science, College of William and
Mary. www.vims.edu/physical/faculty/wright ld.html
October 18-19, 2007
Edward L. Miles, Virginia & Prentice Bloedel Professor of Marine & Public Affairs, and Senior Fellow Joint Institute for
the Study of Atmosphere and Oceans, School of Marine Affairs, University of Washington.
November 1-2, 2007
Lonnie Thompson, Distinguished University Professor, Department of Geological Sciences, and Byrd Polar Research
Center, Ohio State University. www-bprc.mps.ohio-state.edu/Icecore/GroupP.html#lonniethompson
December 6-7, 2007
Charlie Vorosmarty, Research Professor Global-Scale Hydrology, Dept. of Earth Sciences & Institute for the Study of
Earth, Oceans & Space, University of New Hampshire. www.unh.edu/esci/vorosmarty.html
January 10-11, 2008
George Homberger, Ernest H. Ern Professor, Environmental Hydrology, Department of Environmental Science,
University of Virginia. www.people.Virginia.EDU/~gmh3k/
February 7-8 2008
Len Shabman, Natural Resource Economist, Resident Scholar in Energy and Natural Resources, Resources for the Future
,Washington DC. www.rff.org/rff/Shabman.cfm
March 27-28 2008
Sandra Zellmer, Natural Resource and Water Law professor and Havelone Research Chair at the University of Nebraska
College of Law watercenter.unl.edu/FacStaffProfiles/ZelmerSandv.asp
April 17-18 2008
Tissa Illangasakare, AMAX Distinguished Chair of Environmental Sciences and Engineering, Colorado School of Mines.
www mine s.edu/Academic/envsci/neonle/facultv/tillan aO01 html