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October 7, 1998
Dear Conference Attendee:
Welcome to the 23" Annual Conference on Water Management in Florida!
The conference theme this year is Combining Strengths to Manage Florida's Water
Resources. We will focus on the cooperative efforts between agencies, the private
sector, and various organizations and institutions that are necessary to protect our
water resources and assure a sustainable supply for the future. We will see how
these various strengths combine to increase the etiectiveness of water management
decisions and provide results that are noteworthy.
We are pleased to highlight The Florida Aquarium and the Museum of Science and
Industry as our partners in promoting education and public awareness about water
management. We are also pleased to host the celebration of one million acres
conserved under the Preservation 2000 Program.
We hope that you will enjoy this program and take away an increased
understanding of the importance of partnerships in protecting and preserving
Florida's land and water resources.
hamen s L. AHen, Ti
Chair, Governing Board
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Program at a Glance
Registration and Opening Reception
Buses depart for Florida Aquarium
Reception at the Florida Aquarium
Coastal America Partnerships Awards Ceremony
Buses return to hotel
Achieving Success Through Collaboration
Registration and Continental Breakfast in Exhibit Hall
Refreshment Break in Exhibit Hall
Lunch and Speaker
Dessert Break in Exhibit Hall
Buses depart for Museum of Science & Industry (MOSI)
MOSI Reception and Dinner
Buses return to hotel at 9:30, 10:30 & 12:00 midnight
AM P2000 Myths & Realities Is One Million Acres Enough?
7:30 Keynote Speaker
8:30 Continental Breakfast in Exhibit Hall
10:15 Refreshment Break in Exhibit Hall
12:00 Lunch and P2000 Celebration
2:00 Conference Ends
DOWNTOWN AT TAMPA CITY
23rd Annual Conference
on Water Management
Opening Reception at the Florida Aquarium
Buses Depart for Florida Aquarium
Opening Reception (cash bar)
Coastal America Partnerships Awards Ceremony
Buses return to hotel
Dinner on your own
Achieving Success Through Collaboration
Governing Board Member, SWFWMD
REGISTRATION AND CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST
IN EXHIBIT HALL
James L. Allen, Im, Governing Board Chair, SWFWMD
E. D. "Sonny" Vergara, Executive Director, SWFWMD
KEYNOTE SPEAKER The Honorable John Thrasher,
Speaker Designate, Florida House of Representatives
Introduction James L. Allen, II Governing Board
Grey Oaks A Canal Enhancement Partnership
Michael C. Slayton, Deputy Executive Director, SFWMD
Stephen A. Means, P.E., VP., Wilson, Miller, Barton
Mark B. Morton, VP, PIC, Barron Collier Company
Clarence S. Tears Jr., Director, Big Cypress Basin/SFWMD
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Protecting the Apalachicola River and Bay
F Graham Lewis, Ph.D., Senior Environmental Scientist,
John R. Abendroth, Environmental Specialist, FDEP
Grady L. Marchman, P.E., Chief Surface WaterManagement
REFRESHMENT BREAK IN EXHIBIT HALL
The Lower St. Johns River Initiative
An Agenda for Revitalization
Henry Dean, Executive Director, SJRWMD
The Honorable John Thrasher, Florida House of
The Honorable John A. Delaney, Mayor, City ofJacksonville
Ernest E. Frey, Director, District Management NE District,
Division of Marine Resources:
Partnering to Teach & Protect
Rob Kramer, Operations & Management Consultant, FDEP
Doug E. Haymans, Operations & Management Consultant,
Michael D. Mullins, Supervisor Middle School Education,
Hillsborough County Public Schools
"Up To YourArmpits in Alligators"
John Paling, M.A., Ph.D., Pres., John Paling & Co., Ltd.
Introduction Rebecca M. Eger, Member SWFWMD
They Said It Couldn't Be Done
Stormwater Management for Madison
Brian C. Kauffman, P.E., Water Resources Engineer
M. Howell Waring IV, Governing Board, SRWMD
Thomas P. Moffses Sr., Manager, City ofMadison
I ~ ~ Thrdy Octbe 8tco .in
The Tampa Bay Partnership
E. D. "Sonny" Vergara, Executive Director, SWFWMD
James L. Allen III, Governing Board, Chair, SWFWMD
The Honorable Jack Latvala, Florida Senate
The Honorable Steven M. Seibert,
Pinellas County Commission
The Honorable Ed Collins, Pasco County Commission
DESSERT BREAK IN EXHIBIT HALL
Innovative Approaches to Permitting
John W. Heuer, Deputy Executive Director Resource
Paul W. O'Neil, Jr., P.E., Director Technical Services
Terrie Bates, Director Regulation Department,
Jeffry C. Elledge, P.E., Director, Resource Management,
W. Guy Gowens, Chief, Bureau of Ground Water
Michael S. Hickey, P.E., WaterFacilities Administrator
I Managing for Disaster
WELCOME AND INTRODUCTIONS
Gordon L. McClung, P.E., Engineering Manager,
Resource Projects Department, SWFWMD
The Future of Mitigation
Bel Marquez, P.E., Federal Emergency Management
Long-Term Redevelopment after the Disaster
Daniel Arlotti, Planning Manager, State ofFlorida
Department of Community Affairs, Division of
Housing and Community Development
DESSERT BREAK IN EXHIBIT HALL
River Forecasting in the Southeastern United States
Reggina Garza, Hydrologic Forecaster, National
Collaborative Achievements in Water Management
Richard E. Bonner, Deputy District Engineer
U.S. Army Corps ofEngineers, Jacksonville District
Audience Comments and Questions
1I Competing Applications A Modem Solomon's Puzzle
Competing Applications Idealistic or Realistic?
Overview of competing application statute
Roger W. Sims, Esquire, Holland & Knight, LLP
The Honorable John F. Laurent, Florida Senate
Edward P. de la Parte, Jr., Esquire, de la Parte,
Gilbert and Bales
Richard Hamann, Esquire, University ofFlorida College of
Law, Centerfor Governmental Representing
Audience Comment and Questions
DESSERT BREAK IN EXHIBIT HALL
A Modern Solomon's Puzzle
Roger W. Sims, Esquire, Holland & Knight, LLP
Ansley Samson, Esquire, Earthjustice Legal Defense
Douglas Manson, Esquire, Carey, O'Malley, Whitaker
and Manson, PA.
Jacob D. Vam, Esquire, Fowler White, Gillen, Boggs,
Villareal and Banker, PA
Stephen Walker, Esquire, Lewis, Longman and Walker
Audience Comment and Questions
5:45 Buses depart for Museum of Science & Industry (MOSI)
6:15 MOSI Reception and Dinner (cash bar)
7:00 Showing of IMAX Movie "Everest"
8:00 Strolling Dinner Through Exhibits
8:45 Dessert and Coffee
11:30 "Last Call"
Buses return to hotel at 9:30, 10:30, & 12:00 midnight
P2000 Myths & Realities Is One Million Acres Enough?
7:30 CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST IN EXHIBIT HALL
8:30 KEYNOTE SPEAKER Secretary Virginia B. Wetherell,
Florida Department of Environmental Protection
Introduction Sally Thompson, Secretary,
SWFWMD Governing Board
Land Acquisition and Management
Moderator Thomas H. Dyer, The Dyer Group
9:00 The Honorable John F. Laurent, Florida Senate
Ann Peery, Executive Dir, Florida Communities Trust,
Frank W. "Sonny" Williamson, Jr., Williamson Cattle Co.
George W. Willson, Dir., LandAcquisition, Florida
Region, The Nature Conservancy
Clay Henderson, Constitution Review Commission
Fritz H. Musselmann, Dir., Land Resources Department,
Robert Christianson, Dir, Operations & Land Resources,
William F. Malone, Dir., Construction & Land
Charles H. Houder, Deputy Executive Director, SRWMD
William O. Cleckley, Dir., Division of and Management
& Acquisition, NWFWMD
Percy "Pete" W. Mallison, Dir., Division of State Lands,
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P2000 Myths & Realities Is One Million Acres Enough?
REFRESHMENT BREAK IN EXHIBIT HALL
Partnerships and Public Use
Thomas H. Dyer, The Dyer Group
William W. Abberger, AICP, Dir. of Conservation
Services, Trustfor Public Lands
The Honorable Judy D. Johnson, Marion County
Mark W. Glisson, Coordinator, Private Lands Initiative,
Pamela P. McVety, Executive Coordinator,
Ecosystem Management, FDEP
Gregory Brock, Ph.D., Environmental Program
William F. Malone, Dir., Construction & Land
William O. Cleckley, Dir., Division of Land
Management & Acquisition, NWFWMD
John J. Morgan, Jr., Dir., Okeechobee Service
Fritz H. Musselmann, Dir., Land Resources
Lisa A. Northrop, Land Management Coord., Div.
of Land Management, SJRWMD
Jerry A. Scarborough, Executive Director, SRWMD
Music by Reg Furlough
E. D. "Sonny" Vergara, Executive Director,
Douglas Barr, Executive Director, NWFWMD
Jerry A. Scarborough, Executive Director, SRWMD
Dewberry and Davis
ETI Environmental Professionals, Inc.
Federal Emergency Management Agency
Florida Yards & Neighborhoods Program
Hillsborough River Greenways Task Force
R. H. Moore & Associates, Inc.
Rain Bird Sales, Inc.
Storm Water Lakes Management Plan
Storm Water Resources of Florida, L.C.
Tampa Bay Water
U. S Army Corps of Engineers
USDA Natural Resources Conservation Services
Water Management Institute
Carey, O'Malley, Whitaker & Manson, P.A.
Camp Dresser & McKee Inc.
Holland & Knight, LLP
Water Resource Associates, Inc.
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Dr John Paling, Corporate Speaker and Trainer. Dr. Paling is recognized
as a pioneer in the field of communicating relative risks to community
groups, regulators and the media. He is a proven resource to major corpor-
ations and associations and has over 15 years experience as a popular
resource for the Young Presidents Organization worldwide. Dr. Paling is
an author and also has numerous award-winning films to his credit. Re-
cently, he served on the faculty of the Center for Human and Environmental
Toxicology at the University of Florida. Dr. Paling received a doctorate
degree from Birmingham University in England and then went on to teach
biology and environmental sciences at major universities internationally. He
was awarded an honorary degree by the University of Oxford in England
and a Regents' Professorship by the University of California.
Virginia B. Wetherell, Secretary, Florida Department of Environmental Protec-
tion (FDEP). Over the last two decades, Secretary Wetherell has developed
a reputation as an environmental advocate and a government pioneer. Prior
to her current position, Secretary Wetherell served three terms in the Florida
House of Representatives. After a distinguished career as a state representa-
tive, she accepted key leadership positions at the Department of Natural
Resources and the Department of Environmental Regulation. Serving as
secretary of FDEP, Ms. Wetherell is responsible for managing 4,200 employ-
ees, administering a $1.4 billion budget and managing all of Florida's natural
resources. She also implemented the nation's first meaningful environmental
performance measures and made the results of these measurements avail-
able to elected officials and the public via the Secretary's Quarterly Perfor-
mance Report. Secretary Wetherell received a bachelor's degree in psychol-
ogy and biological sciences from Auburn University.
William W. Abberger, AICP, Director of Conservation Services, Southeast
Regional Office, Trust for Public Land (TPL). Prior to his current position,
Mr. Abberger served as an Associate with World Wildlife Fund and The
Conservation Foundation's Successful Communities Program in Washington,
D.C. He also served as Field Representative for this program in Florida.
Mr. Abberger is currently responsible for providing technical assistance to
state agencies, local governments, and community organizations to protect
open space, directing TPL's southeast land Trust Program, and Government
Affairs. He received a bachelor's degree in English from Davidson College
and a master's degree in urban and environmental planning from the
University of Virginia.
John Abendroth, Environmental Specialist, Office of Water Policy,
Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP). Mr. Abendroth
has been with FDEP for eight years and currently serves as the SWIM
Program Coordinator for the Northwest Florida Water Management District
and also as Apalachicola Coordinator, particularly involved in the ACF/ACT
Comprehensive Water Resources Study and development of an allocation
formula for the ACF Basin Compact.
James L Alien, III, Facilities and Maintenance Specialist, Sumter County
School District. Currently serving as Chairman, Mr. Allen was appointed
to the Governing Board for the Southwest Florida Water Management
District in 1995. He has also been active with several other organizations
including the Sumter County Commission, the Sumter County Planning
and Zoning Board, the Withlacoochee Regional Planning Council and
the Florida Association of Counties. Mr. Allen is a state certified building
contractor and holds a certification from the Florida Department of
Education as a uniformed building code inspector. He currently serves as
co-chair of the Governing/Basin Board Coordination Committee and is
on the Board of Directors for the Central Florida Area Health Education
Center, Inc. and the Langley Medical Center. Mr. Allen received a B.A.
degree in public administration from the University of Central Florida.
Daniel Arotti, Planning Manager, Long-term Redevelopment Section,
Division of Housing and Community Development, Department of
Community Affairs. Mr. Arlotti's main responsibilities focus on the establish-
ment of a State program to assist local governments in developing coordi-
nated mitigation strategies. Prior to joining the Division, he worked in the
Division of Emergency Management where he administered the application
processing requirements surrounding the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program.
Mr. Arlotti also has three years of experience in the financial services indus-
try and has served two years as a United States Peace Corps Volunteer in
the Countries of Antigua and Barbuda.
Richard E. Bonner, Deputy District Engineer for Project Management,
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Mr. Bonner serves as the principal advisor
to the District Commander concerning the development and management
of the military, support for others and civil works programs budget, schedul-
S ing and funding, including the major areas of general investigations,
preconstruction engineering and design, construction general, operations
and maintenance, flood control and coastal emergency. He is also Chairman
of the Project Review Board and serves as District spokesman on project
programs and budget-related matters and as point of contact with local
sponsors. Mr. Bonner is on the board of Directors for the Northeast Florida
Chapter of Quail Unlimited, a conservation and habitat organization, and
does volunteer work with the Boy Scouts. He received a bachelor's degree
in civil engineering from Auburn University and a master's degree in
public administration from Georgia State Univerisity. Mr. Bonner is
also a registered Professional Engineer in Georgia and Alabama.
Robert Christianson, Director, Department of Operations and Land Re-
sources, St. Johns River Water Management District. Mr. Christianson is
responsible for the land acquisition, land and facilities management and
operations and maintenance of extensive water management infrastructure.
Prior to his association with the District, he worked with the Southwest
Florida Water Management District and the Department of Environmental
Regulation. He received a B.S. degree in mathematics and a M.S. degree
in environmental engineering sciences from the University of Florida.
William 0. Cleckley, Director, Division of Land Management and Acquisition,
Northwest Florida Water Management District. Mr. Cleckley has been with
the District for the past 12 years and currently oversees the management of
approximately 180,000 acres of District property. In addition, he purchases
properties for water resource protection and preservation purposes under
the state of Florida's Save Our Rivers and Preservation 2000 land acquisition
programs. Mr. Cleckley received his bachelor's degree in forest management
from the University of Florida.
Commissioner Ed Collins, Pasco County Board of Commissioners. Mr.
Collins has served on the board of numerous organizations including, the
Metropolitan Planning Organization, the Pasco County Committee of 100,
Coastal River Basin Board, and Pasco County Council of Business and
Industry. He is currently serving as a board member for HRS, DUI Advisory
Board, West Coast Regional Water Supply Authority, Community Health
Purchasing Alliance, Florida Association of Counties, and is President Elect
for the Boys & Girls Club of Pasco. Commissioner Collins has 30 years
experience in the transportation industry. He also worked for General
Foods and was responsible for distribution, operations and departmental
budget. Commissioner Collins is a native of Bronx, New York, but has
been a resident of Pasco County since 1985.
Jeffrey C. Elledge, PE., Director, Department of Resource Management,
St. Johns River Water Management District. Mr. Elledge is responsible for
the general oversight of the District's surface and ground water regulatory
management programs. He has been instrumental in the development of
numerous rules at the District. Prior to his current position, Mr. Elledge has
served as Chief Engineer in the regulatory department and as an Engineer in
the Water Resources Department. He has also served in the U.S. Peace Corps
in Bangkok, Thailand working with local government officials and villagers
to design and construct rural water supply projects for irrigation and domes-
tic uses of water. Mr. Elledge has 19 years experience in water resources
engineering and management. He received a B.S. in civil engineering and
is a registered Professional Engineer.
Edward P. de la Parte, Jr., Esquire, de la Parte, Gilbert & Bales. For over 20
years, Mr. de la Parte has represented both public and private clients in the
fields of environmental and land use law before state and federal courts and
administrative tribunals. Although he has wide experience in many areas of
14 environmental law, his primary focus has been in the area of water law.
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Mr. de ia Parte has represented atboad range of dients in several very,
w cae at wer cases, in.uding the Wst Coast itegional Water Supply
Author, the couries of Pinelas, Manee,. Saraspa, DeSoto, Charlotte
and bUr as wlash the City of Samoa and the City of Cocoa. He is a
ni.bewri the nvirgonom ae and Jad'Use Sction, the Adminintrave
LawSeatiqa tihoe tocal G'ovemmnrSetxio) of the Floidd l Bar. He is
aso a -ma mer ,f s t t pfess mal asodiadons. Mr. Ide la Parte
is aed "AV" and 4si ed Preeminet Attomeyin Environiensal Law
by the law Drec.try. He 'rceved a BA degree fiom
She Universaty fSouth torida Atd a JJ. degree iom' the Univeristy of
lor ida, bth-with 'boors. .
. RcnaGnZa, Senior Hydrlogit Foecaster, NWS, Souiheast River fFre-
cast Cent P tor tp M Gaza~' curnt position, she was a groundwater
' odeler-for the .S. Geoogica Survey, WRD Geomia Distict and has also
Worked as ao for the depaartma of Public Works inhe. She
is a Dmnibear the iouxx ater Asbogiatio the America Meteo-
mlogKal Society and tA ,ydrog y Coei*o m Ms. GCaa has authored
and. authored several publication, including smeamflow in South Geor-
gia, Wacr Supply Poerial of the.Florid. Aqu. r System in Coastal Oeorgia
and Optoralr ecas~ g and Goon tr ofake Lanier. She received a B.S.
degree in. chivigieering from the University of Chile and a M.S. degree
in civil enrgineerig fiomGeagia Institute of Technology:
Mprk W Glsari, Coortinatr, Private Lands Initiative, Florida Deparment
of invteonrentai Prbtiecion (FDEP). Mt.Glissoa began his career with the
.EP. W Glissori received an animal sence degree froman the University
of loiida. .
W G GotAen, Chief, Bureau of Gound Water Repilation, Northwest
Friday WOterMpagemn nt Disbhct. Mr. Gowens has servedtae Disrict for
10 years, w h he as played an itnuentarl roe in the ptection of the
water resopus of Northwest Flrida, including te, estbfishment and
adiiina.wt~ioef t.marasof Wie Resources Concern. He received .a
mster's degte in public .adninisation fim the University of West Florida.
Richa n, Assistant Director, Center for Govemmenta Responsibility,
Unhefsty of dlrida Coalge of Law: Pior to his cunent position, Mr.
Hamaon sevrvd as a research assistant to Frank E. Maloney, Dean Emeritus
and N s of. law,.Eistes tmr law Centei Urivessity of Florida
of w lit has over 15yii of research pedqneand has written
:p0bcatios Wand reports. Mr. anann has taught iany classes
B Bl^ -wentfands iw and Adpoic, enVhonmenral law, Plorida
environmentall Issues h the Americas He is
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Doug E. Haymans, Operations and Management Consultant, Division of
Marine Resources, Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP).
Currently, Mr. Haymans is the coordinator of the statewide Kids' Fishing
Clinic series and has helped develop and serves on the board of the Florida
Foundation for Responsible Angling. He is also responsible for developing
partnerships with private, public, governmental and non-governmental
agencies and will be coordinating the State's first Youth Rod Loaner
program and accompanying Activities Book. Prior to his association
with FDEP, Mr. Haymans served the Department of Natural Resources in
the Fish Biology Section at the Florida Marine Research Institute in St.
Petersburg. He received a B.S. degree in zoology from the University
of Georgia and is completing a M.S. degree in marine science from the
University of South Florida.
Clay Henderson, President, Florida Audubon Society. Mr. Henderson has
held a number of public positions generally relating to state environmental
policy. He currently serves on the Florida Constitution Revision Commission
and chairs the Florida Greenways Coordinating Council. Mr. Henderson has
long been associated with habitat conservation. He founded Volusia
County's environmental department and its Endangered Lands Acquisition
Program, served on the original coordinating group for Preservation 2000
and the Florida Communities Trust. In conjunction with his service as a
member of the Volusia County Council for six years, Mr. Henderson served
on the Indian River Lagoon National Estuary Policy Committee, East Central
Florida RPC, Endangered Lands Committee, and the Volusia Water Supply
Cooperative. He has also served on the board of directors of numerous
organizations including Florida Conservation Foundation, Save the Manatee
Club and Governor's Council for a Sustainable Florida, to name just a few.
Mr. Henderson is listed in Who's Who in the World and has also been the
recipient of numerous awards. He attended Stetson University and
Cumberland Law School in Alabama.
John W. Heuer, Deputy Executive Director of Resource Regulation, South-
west Florida Water Management District. Mr. Heuer began his career with
the District 20 years ago as a planner. He has held the position of hydrolo-
gist, manager of Well Construction and Enforcement, and Director of Tampa
Regulation. Mr. Heuer is a professional geologist and received a B.S.
degree in geology from the University of Florida.
Michael S. Hickey, P.E., Water Facilities Administrator, Florida Department
of Environmental Protection. Currently, Mr. Hickey is responsible for
administering the Industrial and Domestic Wastewater, Drinking Water and
Underground Injection Programs. He is a registered Professional Engineer
in Florida and Illinois and is a member of the Florida Water Pollution Control
Operator's Association. Mr. Hickey received a B.S. degree in industrial
engineering from the University of Illinois and a master's degree in
business administration from the University of Iowa.
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Charles H. Houder, Deputy Executive Director, Suwannee River Water
Management District. Prior to his association with the districts, Mr. Houder
served a forestry consultant for 10 years. He began his career with the
districts at the St. Johns River Water Management District as a senior
acquisition agent and ending as the division director. Mr. Houder joined
the Suwannee River Water Management District in 1989 and is currently
responsible for bringing land purchase offers to the governing board,
negotiating the purchase of new lands for the District, and overseeing the
management of acquired property. He received a bachelor's degree
in forestry from the University of Florida.
Judy D. Johnson, Commissioner, Marion County Board of County
Commissioners. Prior to Commissioner Johnson's involvement with the
commission, she served as associate general counsel for Florida State
University, was a staff attorney for the School Board of Leon County,
chaired the School Board of Alachua County, served in various positions
at the University of Florida, and taught high school English. She has served
as a member of many organizations including the Withlacoochee Regional
Planning Council, Florida Association of Counties Board of Directors, the
Governor's Growth Management Advisory Committee, League of Women
Voters, and Florida School Boards Association, to name just a few. Commis-
sioner Johnson has also been an invited public speaker for many organiza-
tions and has spoken on topics such as "U.S. Agriculture Policy", "Florida's
Problems: Solid Waste Management and Water Management," and has
provided testimony to Florida Legislative Committees on constitutional
initiative petitions, unitary tax, sales tax, state subdistrict boundaries,
growth management, and obstacles to voter participation. She received
a B.A. degree in English from Augsburg College and a J.D. degree from
the University of Florida.
Brian Kauffman, PE., Water Resources Engineer, Suwannee River Water
Management District. Prior to his association with the District, Mr. Kauffman
served as a project engineer with Yoder Brothers, Inc., a privately owned
worldwide farming corporation. In his current position, his primary role is to
provide local governments with cooperative engineering assistance in water,
wastewater, and stormwater infrastructure planning. Mr. Kauffman received
a B.S. degree in agricultural engineering from the University of Florida.
Rob Kramer, Operations and Management Consultant, Division of Marine
Resources, Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP). Current-
ly, Mr. Kramer is responsible for the administration and management of the
Division's Angler Outreach/Aquatic Education Section. He works on the
development of grants to fund marine outreach and aquatic education activi-
ties and on the development and public distribution of materials that present
scientific information on marine and estuarine environments. Mr. Kramer is a
member of the National Marine Fisheries Service Billfish Advisory Panel and
the FDEP representative to the American Sportfishing Association's
Sportfishing and Boating Partnership Council. He received a B.S. degree
in physical geography and chemistry from Florida State University. 17
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Senator Jack Latvala, The Florida Senate. Senator Latvala is chairman of the
Natural Resources Committee and also serves as a member of the Education,
Transportation, Executive Business, Ethics & Elections, Ways and Means, and
Rules and Calendar senate committees. He also is Alternating Chairman of
the Joint Committee on Everglades Oversight and formerly chaired the Select
Committee on Water Policy. Senator Latvala has been the recipient of many
awards and recognition throughout his legislative career. In 1998 he re-
ceived the Silver Star Award, the Legislator of the Year Award, the Florida
Dental Association Senator of the Year Award, and the Florida Veterinary
Medical Association Appreciation Award. Senator Latvala is the founding
president of North Pinellas Republican Club and is a member of the Pinellas
County Republican Executive Committee, the Upper Pinellas Association for
Retarded Citizens Foundation, the Pinellas Education Foundation, North
Dunedin Baptist Church, and Florida Conservation Association. He received
a B.A. degree from Stetson University.
Senator John F. Laurent, The Florida Senate. Senator Laurent serves on the
Agriculture, Natural Resources, Transportation and Ways and Means legisla-
tive committees. He has also served as Assistant State Attorney and has been
in private practice for over 20 years. Senator Laurent is a member of several
organizations, a few of which include the Florida Bar Association, Citrus
Mutual, Nature Conservancy and the Florida Conservation Association. He
has also served on the Water Management District Review Commission, and
is past chairman of the Board of Trustees for Polk Community College and
Past President of the Bartow Chamber of Commerce. Senator Laurent has
received several legislative awards, a few of which include the Florida Fruit
& Vegetable Association's Legislator of the Year in 1997, the Florida Chamber
of Commerce Top 40 Legislators for 1997 & 1998, and the Coastal Conserva-
tion Association Florida Legislative Conservation Award for 1998. He re-
ceived a B.S. degree in economics from the University of Florida and a Juris
Doctor degree from the University of Florida.
F. Graham Lewis, Ph.D., Senior Environmental Scientist, Resource Manage-
ment Division, Northwest Florida Water Management District. Dr. Lewis
joined the District in 1991 to develop a biological research program to be
coupled with a state-of-the-art, three-dimensional estuarine circulation
model for Apalachicola Bay, Florida. The program is part of a large, multi-
disciplinary study being conducted by the states of Florida, Alabama and
Georgia, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on the Apalachicola-
Chattahoochee-Flint River system. Dr. Lewis' primary area of focus is estua-
rine benthic ecology where he has specialized in the biology of
crustacea and fishes. He received a M.S. degree in oceanography and a
Ph.D. in biology, both from Florida State University.
William F Malone, Director, Construction & Land Management, South Florida
Water Management District. Prior to his association with the District, Mr.
Malone served in the U.S. Army from 1965-1986, retiring as Lieutenant
Colonel in the Engineering Branch. He joined the District over 10 years ago
18 and has served as Deputy Department Director and Department Director of
the Land Management Department. In his current position, Mr. Malone
directs the activities of the 150-person Department to plan, justify and
execute the District's Capital Construction Program, and for the acquisition
and management of all District lands and rights-of-way, including a $40M/
year acquisition program and management of 125,000 acres of Save Our
Rivers lands, 1M/acres of water conservation areas and 1,500 miles of canal
rights of way. He received a degree, with honors, in civil engineering from
Douglas Manson, Esquire, Carey, O'Malley, Whitaker & Manson, P.A.
Mr. Manson's law practice involves litigation and counseling in water related
environmental law, including water use and surface water permitting,
sovereignty, submerged land and ordinary high water line issues, water
and soil contamination remediation and regulatory compliance and enforce-
ment issues. He has litigated major administrative law trials before the
Division of Administrative Hearings and also has extensive experience with
Florida's five water management districts as well as the Department of
Environmental Protection. Mr. Manson is a frequent speaker at environmen-
tal law seminars, including The Florida Bar Water Law, the American Water
Resources Association and the Florida Chamber's Environmental Permitting
Short Course. He is on the board of directors of the Florida Section of the
American Water Resource Association and President of the Water Manage-
ment Association. He represents public supply, industry, business and
agricultural clients seeking regulatory authorization for their operations.
Mr. Manson received his undergraduate and law degree from Florida
Grady L. Marchman, P.E., MLT (ASCP), Chief, Surface Water Management
Bureau, Northwest Florida Water Management District. Prior to his current
position, Mr. Marchman was a pollution control engineer for the City of
Jacksonville, the stormwater engineer for the Jacksonville branch office of
the Department of Environmental Protection, and served as a medical
technologist with several hospitals in Alaska and Florida. He received a B.S.
degree in environmental engineering from the University of Florida and a
M.S. degree in engineering management from the University of South
Florida. Mr. Marchman also maintains licenses as a Professional Engineer,
a Medical Technologist, and a Certified Environmental Assessor.
Bel Marquez, PE., Senior Civil Engineer, Federal Emergency Management
Agency Region IV (FEMA). Ms. Marquez has been with FEMA for over 10
years working in the Hazard Identification & Risk Assessment Branch
overseeing the Flood Insurance Study process. She is also involved in
damage assessments & recovery efforts during presidentially-declared
disasters. Prior to her association with FEMA, Ms. Marquez worked in the
private sector doing site development design. She is a graduate from New
Mexico State University and is a registered Professional Engineer in the
state of Georgia.
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Gordon L McClung, PE., Engineering Section Manager, Resource Projects
Department, Southwest Florida Water Management District. Mr. McClung is a
member of the American Society of Civil Engineers and is Chairman of the
Computer Technology, Technical Subcommittee at the Local Chapter. He
received a B.S. degree in engineering with the major field of concentration
in civil engineering and environmental sciences.
Pamela P. McVety, Executive Coordinator for Ecosystem Management,
Florida Department of Environmental Protection. Ms. McVety has been
involved in environmental work for the state of Florida for over 20 years.
She has worked in dredge and fill permitting, the Secretary's Office in
policy coordination and development, and has directed marine resources.
Currently, Ms. McVety is leading the new Department's effort to implement
ecosystem management and she also directs four offices that guide and
implement water policy and planning, environmental education, interagency
coordination, and greenways and trails. She received a master's degree in
Stephen A. Means, P.E., Vice President and Director of Water Resources,
Wilson, Miller, Barton & Peek, Inc. Mr. Means has over 14 years of experi-
ence as a registered civil engineer specializing in water resources including
utilities, water supply, water reuse, hydraulics and surface water hydrology.
He directs the feasibility, design and permitting of utilities, water supply
systems, surface water management systems, and hydrologic studies for
private, commercial, and governmental entities. Mr. Means also has consider-
able experience with the master planning, design, and permitting of
mixed use subdivisions and commercial sites. He received a bachelor's
degree in environmental engineering specializing in hydrology and a
master's degree in civil engineering specializing in groundwater hydrology,
both from the University of Florida.
Brenda Menendez, Community Relations Manager, Cargil Fertilizer.
Ms. Menendez is responsible for issues management, media and community
relations. Prior to joining Cargill Fertilizer, she worked with Tampa Electric
Company. Ms. Menendez was appointed to the Governing Board for the
Southwest Florida Water Management District in 1997 and is chair of the
Planning Committee and the Diversity Committee, and is vice chair of the
Resource Management and Development Committee. She is active in a
variety of organizations including the Legislative Affairs Committee for
the Agency on Bay Management, University of Florida/Hillsborough County
Cooperative Extension Officer's Water Issues Coalition Committee, Greater
Tampa Chamber of Commerce, the Florida Conservation Association and the
League of Women Voters, Hillsborough County. Ms. Menendez received a
B.A. degree in mass communications from the University of South Florida.
Thomas P. Moffses, Sr., City Manager, City of Madison. Mr. Moffses began
serving the City of Madison in 1975 as the City Manager. He has also been
the General Manager of several companies including Hatchet Bay Plantation
20 in Eleuthera, Bahamas, International Systems and Controls in Managua,
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Nicaragua and Relief Printing in Madison. Mr. Moffses was the first City
Manager of the City of Greenville where he served for almost 2 years
before returning to his current position as City Manager of Madison. He
is a graduate of the University of Florida.
John J. Morgan, Jr., Director, Okeechobee Service Center, South Florida
Water Management District. Mr. Morgan joined the District's management
team over 10 years ago, starting as the Director of the Ft. Myers office. He
then transferred to headquarters to assume responsibilities as the Director of
the Government Assistance Division and later became the Director of
Outreach Operations for the Office of Government and Public Affairs. In
this position, Mr. Morgan continued the management of local government
outreach, developed and administered a competitive process for providing
cost share funding for local government projects, and facilitated the expan-
sion of service centers throughout the District's 16-county jurisdiction. Prior
to his association with the District, Mr. Morgan served as the Administrator of
the state's Water Management District Coordination Program, worked in the
Governor's Natural Resources Policy Unit and worked as a Wildlife Manage-
ment Specialist for the Game and Fresh Water Fish Commission. In addition
to his water management district responsibilities, he has served on the board
of directors for the American Water Resources Association, the Center for
Okeechobee, Kissimmee and Everglades Education and Florida's Heartland
Rural Economic Development Initiative.
Michael D. Mullins, Supervisor, Middle School Education, Hillsborough
County Public Schools. Since 1979, Mr. Mullins has had responsibility for the
District's K-12 environmental education program. Currently, he has program
responsibility for the Nature's Classroom Environmental Studies Center and s
working closely with the Dowdell Middle Magnet School for Environmental
Education and Technology. Mr. Mullins has been a trainer and supporter of
the Ecoventures Program for the past four years.
Fritz H. Musselmann, Director, Land Resources Department, Southwest
Florida Water Management District. Mr. Musselmann began his career with
the District in 1975 acquiring lands for flood control and other water re-
source purposes. Currently, he is responsible for directing the acquisition,
surveying, management, use and security of all District-owned lands. Under
his direction, the District has acquired over 200,000 acres of land through
the Save Our Rivers and Preservation 2000 programs. Mr. Musselmann also
serves as chairman of the District's staff Land Acquisition and Management
Task Force and serves on the Green Swamp Land Authority.
Lisa A. Northrop, Land Management Coordinator, Division of Land Manage-
ment, St. Johns River Water Management District. Prior to her association
with the District, Ms. Northrop worked under contract with the U.S. Agency
for International Development on a natural resources management project in
Nicaragua. She received a B.S. degree in environmental science from the
University of California, Riverside, and a M.S. in geography with an
emphasis in paleoecology from the University of Tennessee. 21
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Anne Peery, Executive Director, Florida Communities Trust, Department of
Community Affairs (DCA). Ms. Peery brings a broad range of experiences
to her current position. Her background includes conservation real estate
project management with a national non-profit organization, 11 years of
private sector real estate brokerage and land use consulting, almost six
years on the Tallahassee County Planning Commission, and legislative and
Cabinet staff positions. Under Ms. Peery's leadership, the staff of Florida
Communities Trust received the Secretary's Team Performance Award for
1995. She was DCA's Employee of the Year in 1995 and was also recog-
nized by Governor Chiles during the 1995 Salute to Florida's Model Public
Servants. Ms. Peery served as the Management Sponsor for the 1997 DCA
Team of the Year.
Ansley Samson, Attorney, Earthjustice Legal Defense Fund. Prior to her
association with this public interest law firm, Ms. Samson worked on envi-
ronmental and poverty law issues with legal service organization and non-
profit groups including the World Wildlife Fund in Washington, D.C. and
with international organizations. Currently, she represents individual and
non-profit organization clients in complex administrative, state, and federal
trial and appellate proceed regarding water resource protection, fisheries,
offshore oil drilling, Florida public trust law, and other environmental issues.
Ms. Samson has testified on, and participated in, drafting legislation related
to water policy issues in the Florida legislature on behalf of Earthjustice
Legal Defense Fund and other environmental organizations. She received
her degree in literature and environmental studies from Yale College and
received a J.D. from Harvard Law School.
Jerry A. Scarborough, Executive Director, Suwannee River Water Manage-
ment District. Prior to his association with the District, Mr. Scarborough
was Suwannee County Clerk of the Court for 14 years and former editor
of the Suwannee Democrat newspaper. Before his appointment to executive
director, he served on the District's Surface Water Improvement and Manage-
ment advisory committee, and as chairman of the Suwannee River Resource
Planning and Management Committee, served on a panel appointed by
former Gov. Bob Graham to develop ways to protect the Suwannee River.
Mr. Scarborough received a bachelor's degree in journalism from the
University of Florida.
Steven M. Seibert, Commissioner, Pinellas County Commission. Commis-
sioner Seibert served almost five years with the Pinellas County Attorpey's
office and then became a partner in a respected local law firm. He is a
certified mediator and has gained a statewide reputation for helping to
solve environmental and land use disputes. Commissioner Seibert has been
serving on the Pinellas County Board of Commission since 1992. He gradu-
ated with honors from the George Washington University and received a
law degree from the University of Florida.
Roger W. Sims, Holland and Knight, LLP. Mr. Sims practices in the area of
water use and supply, environmental law and land use law. He is experi-
enced in groundwater, surface water, wetlands, solid waste and hazardous
waste issues. Mr. Sims has served on an ad hoc rule development committee
for surface water matters at St. Johns River Water Management District. He
has also served as Chairman of the Environmental and Land Use Law Section
of the Florida Bar and currently serves on the American Bar Association
Section on Natural Resources, Environmental and Energy Law. Mr. Sims has
authored numerous publications and articles and lectures frequently on
environmental and land use matters. He received a B.A. degree and a J.D.
degree from the University of Florida.
Representative John Thrasher, Florida House of Representatives. Representa-
tive Thrasher currently serves as co-chair of the powerful House Rules,
Resolutions and Ethics Committee and is a member of the Civil Justice
and Claims, Education Appropriations, and Utilities and Communications
committees. He was unanimously elected as the Speaker-designate for the
1999-2000 term by the Republican Conference of the House of Representa-
tives. Previously, Representative Thrasher was in private law practice before
serving a general counsel for the Florida Medical Association. He is currently
counsel to Smith, Hulsey & Busey. Representative Thrasher served in the
United States Army where he received the Army Commendation Medal,
was awarded two Bronze Stars and attained the rank of captain before his
honorable discharge. He received a bachelor's degree in business from
Florida State University and a law degree from the Florida State University
College of Law.
Jacob D. Varn, Fowler, White, Gillen, Boggs, Villareal and Banker, P.A.
Throughout his career, Mr. Vam has specialized in the areas of environmental
and land use law, administrative and governmental law, and transportation
law. In 1972, he joined the Southwest Florida Water Management District as
the District's first general counsel. Mr. Vain also served as the assistant
executive director for the District. He later joined Carlton, Fields, Ward,
Emmanuel, Smith & Cutler, PA to begin an environmental and land use law
practice. Mr. Vam has also served as Secretary of the Florida Department of
Environmental Regulation (currently FDEP) and Secretary of the Florida
Department of Transportation. As Secretary of FDER, he was instrumental in
calling attention to the need for comprehensive legislation to protect ground-
water and was also responsible for fostering a close, working relationship
between the water management districts and DER Mr. Vain was also the
principal drafter of the "Save Our Rivers" program. In addition to practicing
law, he has served as the Chairman of a special blue-ribbon task force
appointed by Governor Chiles, was co-chairman of DEP's External Steering
Committee on Ecosystem Management, is a member of The Florida Bar and
has served on the board of directors of the Bar's Environmental and Land
Use Section. Mr. Vam received his B.S. degree in civil engineering from the
University of Florida and his J.D. degree from the University of Florida
College of Law. 3
E. D. "Sonny" Vergara, Executive Director, Southwest Florida Water Manage-
ment District. Mr. Vergara has been involved in public water supply and
water management in the state of Florida since 1972. He has served as
department director of Interagency Coordination for the Southwest Florida
Water Management District, special assistant to the secretary of the Florida
Department of Environmental Regulation, executive director of the St. Johns
River Water Management District, and has owned his own planning and
engineering firm. Most recently, Mr. Vergara served as executive director of
the Peace River/Manasota Regional Water Supply Authority. He received a
bachelor's degree in mass communications from California State University
and also served in the U.S. Marine Corps for six years.
Stephen A. Walker, Lewis, Longman & Walker, P.A. Mr. Walker has practiced
law in the areas of natural resources-water, wetlands, water quality, water
rights, flood rights, flood control, environmental law, environmental adminis-
trative, permitting, environmental regulation, drainage and levee, riparian
rights and water supply planning. He has served as general counsel for the
Southwest and South Florida Water Management Districts. Mr. Walker is a
member of the Palm Beach County and American Bar Associations and the
Environmental and Land use Section of the Florida Bar. He received a B.S.
degree from Pennsylvania State University and a J.D. degree from the
University of Florida.
M. Howell Waring, At-large Representative, Suwannee River Water Manage-
ment District. Mr. Waring served on the Governing Board for the District for
four years. He is retired from the Executive Vice-President position of the
Madison Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Waring holds offices in the Florida
Farm Bureau Federation, is the current President of the Madison County
Farm Bureau and is a State Director for the District. He has also served as a
public representative at hearings sponsored by the Suwannee River Water i
Management District and the North Central Florida Regional Planning |
Council. Mr. Waring is currently serving as a Crop Insurance Adjuster. He
received a degree in animal husbandry from Abraham Baldwin Agriculture
Frank W. "Sonny" Williamson, Jr., Owner, Williamson Cattle Company. Mr.
Williamson was appointed to the South Florida Water Management District
(SFWMD) Governing Board in 1991 and is currently serving as its chairper-
son. He is also involved with a variety of other organizations including the
University of Florida Foundation Board, Okeechobee Non-Profit Housing,
Inc., Okeechobee Historical Society, Florida Farm Bureau and Economic
Council of Okeechobee, to name just a few. Mr. Williamson has also served
on the Okeechobee Planning and Zoning Commission, the Okeechobee Soil
and Water Conservation Board, the Agricultural Advisory Committee of the
SFWIMD, and the Kissimmee River Resource Management and Planning
Commission. He has been given several awards including the Honorary
Chapter Farmer from the Okeechobee Chapter of Future Farmers of America
and the Award for Leadership and Dedication from the Agricultural Advisory i
Committee of the South Florida Water Management District. Mr. Williamson
94 received a B.S. degree in agriculture from the University of Florida.
Geore W. Wison, Director of Land Acquisition, The Nature Conservancy
Florida Region Prior to hi current position Mr. Wllson.served seven
year with the Dpament o Environmental Regulation where he was a
keystaff mentber of the Govemor's Save Our Everglades programs arid
helped to s ff EEL,.CARL, SOR and LMAC. In his current position, he
oveCsees program functions including scientiMf resource evaluation
acqusidop and land manageme Mr. Willson has worked with federal
Agencies to bring Lad and W~er Conservation Fund money to Florida
for the purchase of a number of sites and has also worked with state
agencies to protect various natra) areas. He is an at-large member of the
SBoard of Govemors for the Northwest Florida Water Management District
and dur~endy serves on the Goveror's Florida Gtenways Commission.
SMr. Wlson conducted his undegraduate and graduate studies in regional
planning at Florida State Univetsity.
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