Our People & Resources
Hyatt Regency Miami
October 2-4, 2002
Sponsored by Florida's Five
Water Management Districts
and the Florida Department of
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Our People & Resources
"WE HAVE BECOME NOT A MELTING POT BUT A BEAUTIFUL MOSAIC. DIFFERENT PEOPLE,
DIFFERENT BELIEFS, DIFFERENT YEARNINGS, DIFFERENT HOPES, DIFFERENT DREAMS.
FORMER U.S. PRESIDENT JIMM CARTER
'THE DIVERSITY OF THE PHENOMENA OF NATURE IS SO GREAT, AND THE TREASURES HIDDEN IN THE
HEAVENS SO RICH, PRECISELY IN ORDER THAT THE HUMAN MIND SHALL NEVER BE LACKING IN
JOHANNES KEPLER, GERMAN ASTRONOMER (157-1630)
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'THERE NEVER WAS IN THE WORLD TWO OPINIONS ALIKE, NO MORE THAN TWO HAIRS OR TWO GRAINS;
THE MOST UNIVERSAL QUALITY IS DIVERSITY.
MICHEL EYQUEM, SEIGNEUR DE MONAIGNE (1533-1592)
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"CIVILIZATIONS SHOULD BE MEASURED BY THE DEGREE OF DIVERSITY ATTAINED AND THE DEGREE OF
W H. AUDEN, 20TH-CENTURY ENGLISH POET
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IT IS TIME FOR PARENTS TO TEACH YOUNG PEOPLE EARLY ON THAT IN DIVERSITY THERE IS BEAUTY
AND THERE IS STRENGTH.
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SOUTH FLORIDA WATER MANAGEMENT DISTRICT
3301 Gun Club Road, West Palm Beach, Florida 33406 (561) 686-8800 FL WATS 1-800-432-2045 TDD (561) 697-2574
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 24680, West Palm Beach, FL 33416-4680 www.sfwmd.gov
WELCOME TO THE 27th ANNUAL CONFERENCE ON WATER MANAGEMENT
This year's conference theme "Celebrating Florida's Diversity, Our People and
Resources" reflects our appreciation for Florida's diverse population as well as
our appreciation for its precious natural water resources.
The conference itself is diverse in its subject matter. We have attempted to
provide something for everyone on important water related topics of the day,
Education and Public Information
How to do Business with Water Management Districts
Building Public-Private Partnerships
Assessment of Wetland Impacts
Comprehensive Planning and Water Supply Planning
We have also added four field trips for you to enjoy: Ft. Lauderdale's New River,
Biscayne Bay, Stormwater Treatment Area 1 West, and lunch with the Greater
Miami Chamber of Commerce. I encourage you to choose one of these interesting
venues to explore.
I hope you will also join us for the opening reception Wednesday evening and the
dinner/social on Thursday evening. These are great opportunities to connect with
old friends and make new ones.
South Florida Water Management District
GOVERNING BOARD EXECUTIVE OFFICE
Trudi K. Williams, Chair Michael Collins Patrick J. Gleason, PhD., P.G. Henry Dean, Executive Director
Lennart E. Lindahl, Vice-Chair Hugh M. English Nicolas J. Gutierrez, Jr., Esq.
Pamela Brooks-Thomas Gerardo B. Fernndez Harkley R. Thorton
You will receive an event pass in your registration material
listing the catered events for which you have registered.
Your event pass will be required for the Wednesday night
reception, the continental breakfasts in the Exhibit Hall,
and at the door for the lunches and the dinner/social.
Name badges must be worn to all conference events.
Your badge is your admission to all non-ticketed
The Exhibit Hall will be set up in the Tuttle room
throughout the conference, beginning on Wednesday
evening with a Welcome Reception from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.
A separate Exhibitor Directory is in your registration
material with information on each exhibitor and the
products/services they offer. All refreshment breaks will be
in the Exhibit Hall as well as the continental breakfasts on
Thursday and Friday. We invite you to visit with the
exhibitors to learn more about their role in water
management and related resource issues.
Conference sessions will be held in Brickell/Flagler, Orchid
BCD and Monroe. Both lunches and the dinner/social will
be held in jasmine/Hibiscus.
Field trips will be conducted on Wednesday afternoon to
Biscayne Bay, New River in Fort Lauderdale, Stormwater
Treatment Area 1 in West Palm Beach County and the
Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce Board of
Governors & Trustees Luncheon in Miami. You must be
pre-registered for a field trip in order to participate.
If you have not pre-registered and want to participate,
please check at the conference registration desk to see if
any tours are still available. A list and descriptions of each
field study can be found on page 3.
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Fort Lauderdale's New River A Tale of Stormwater Treatment Area 1-West
The "Two Forks" in Fort Lauderdale's New River offer a tale
of two cities the South Fork leads visitors through an
urbanized transportation corridor known as Marina Mile,
while the North Fork meanders through a shallow,
remnant section of the Everglades. Despite its scenic
values, there are major environmental challenges ahead
for the North Fork. Join South Florida Water Management
District and Broward Urban River Trails guides as they take
you on a boat tour along this historic river and provide
insight into the plans to restore and revitalize the river's
native and urban communities. Dress for the outdoors
with non-slip footwear. A box lunch will be provided on
Biscayne Bay Balancing the Environment
and the Economy
Biscayne Bay, a vast reservoir of natural riches, teeming
with delicate subtropical habitats, rare wildlife and marine
ecosystems, is also home to one of the largest ports of call
in the world. It is extremely important economically, as it
supports sport and commercial fisheries, and provides a
source of recreation to millions of visitors. Peering into the
crystal waters of Biscayne Bay, it is hard to imagine either
its past or future as clouded. Unfortunately, earlier this
century parts of the bay were dying. Now, this tropical
paradise, home to Biscayne National Park and Biscayne
Bay Aquatic Preserve, is again threatened. Find out what
restoration efforts are under way to protect, preserve and
enhance this unique resource, while maintaining its
important economic role. Join Theodora Long, Executive
Director, Marjory Stoneman Douglas Biscayne Bay Nature
Center, James Murley, Director, Biscayne Bay Partnership
Initiative, and Deborah Drum, Director, Florida Bay/Lower
West Coast Division, South Florida Water Management
District (SFWMD) and Jennifer Jorge, Ph.D., Director,
Lower East Coast Division, SFWMD, as they take you on a
guided, educational boat tour of beautiful Biscayne Bay.
Lunch and beverages will be served on board the boat.
Dress for the outdoors with non-slip footwear.
The South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD)
is the primary agency responsible for the design,
construction, operation and maintenance of the Everglades
Construction Project (ECP), consisting of six stormwater
treatment areas (STAs) located between Lake Okeechobee
and the Everglades. Together, these six STAs, totaling
47,000 acres of land, will use natural biochemical
processes to reduce the levels of phosphorous that enter
the Everglades to an interim goal of 50 parts per billion
(ppb) or less.
You will visit STA 1-West, located in western Palm Beach
County, which consists of 6,670 acres of effective
treatment area, 29 miles of levees, 80 water control
structures and the new, state-of-the-art G-310 pump
station, capable of pumping 3,040 cubic feet of water per
second or nearly 2 billion gallons of water per day. The
G-310 pump station releases the naturally filtered water
from STAl-West into the Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee
National Wildlife Refuge, also known as Water
Conservation Area 1 (WCA-1).
Your tour guide through STA1 -West and the G-310 pump
station will be Richard Meeker, Staff Environmental
Scientist at the SFWMD. Richard has been involved with
the ECP project since 1996 and is the Site Manager for this
and other STAs. His background in biology and wetlands
makes him an excellent choice to host you through
join Richard for an informative, interesting tour of the
largest ecosystem restoration program in the history of
Florida and possibly the nation. Dress for the outdoors
with non-slip footwear. A box lunch will be provided on
Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce
Board of Governors & Trustees Luncheon
You are invited to join Miami-Dade County's top business
leaders at their monthly gathering. This month's luncheon
features Henry Dean, Executive Director of the South
Florida Water Management District, and Colonel Greg
May, Commander, Jacksonville District, U.S. Army Corps
of Engineers. Mr. Dean and Colonel May will outline the
extensive ecosystem restoration efforts underway in
South Florida, including the Comprehensive Everglades
Restoration Plan (CERP). The luncheon will be at the
Renaissance Miami Biscayne Bay Hotel (formerly the Omni).
Wednesday, October 2
Registration Desk outside Orchid A
11:15 a.m. 11:30 a.m.
Outside Orchid A
11:30 a.m. noon
1:30 p.m. 6:30 p.m.
Registration Desk outside Orchid A
6:30 p.m. 8:00 p.m.
Field Trip check-in
Field Trips depart
* Biscayne Bay (noon departure)
* New River in Fort Lauderdale (noon departure)
* STA-1 West (West Palm Beach) (11:30 departure)
* Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce Board of Govemors & Trustees Luncheon (11:30 departure)
Registration open/ Exhibit set-up
Welcome Reception Visit with your peers and with exhibitors. A cash bar is available along with
hot and cold hours d'oeuvres. Enjoy entertainment by Florida Memorial College Steel Drum Band.
Thursday, October 3
7:00 a.m. 8:00 a.m.
8:00 a.m. 8:30 a.m.
8:30 a.m. 9.30 a.m.
9:30 a.m. 10:30 a.m.
10:30 a.m. 10:45 a.m.
10:45 a.m. noon
noon 1:30 p.m.
Continental Breakfast in Exhibit Hall
Welcome: Trudi Williams, Chair, South Florida WMD Governing Board
Manny A. Diaz, Mayor, Miami
General Session Water Management Districts: Accomplishments and Challenges
The Secretary of the Department of Environmental Protection will join with the Executive
Directors of Florida's five water management districts to review accomplishments of the past
year and to identify new and continuing challenges.
Moderator: David B. Struhs, Secretary, Florida Department of Environmental Protection
Panelists: Douglas E. Barr, Executive Director, Northwest Florida WMD
Henry Dean, Executive Director, South Florida WMD
Kirby B. Green III, Executive Director, St. Johns River WMD
Jerry A. Scarborough, Executive Director, Suwannee River WMD
E. D. "Sonny" Vergara, Executive Director, Southwest Florida WMD
General Session Partnerships in Flood Protection
The South Florida Water Management District was founded in 1949 as the state's local
sponsor for flood protection in Central and South Florida. Flood protection is still one of its
core missions. This session provides local governments the opportunity to discuss their needs
and expectations for flood protection with their state and federal partners.
Moderator: Harvey Ruvin, Miami-Dade County Clerk of the Court
Panelists: Henry Dean, Executive Director, South Florida WMD
lose "Pepe" Diaz, Mayor, Sweetwater
Colonel Greg May, Commander, lacksonville District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Rebeca Sosa, Commissioner, Miami-Dade County
General Session Public-Private Partnershps: How Working Together Sets Us Apart
Public-private partnerships are the key to Florida's most successful natural resource protection
programs. Panelists will highlight some of water mimagement's most successful and
promising partnership programs, and discusswvys to forge important new ones.
Moderator: David Pope, Chair, Suwannee River WMD CGpwing Board
Panelists: T Niles Glasgow, USDA Natural Ammat Cwnrvation Service
William W. Ken; St. Johns River W D Gamsbg Board
Grady L. Marchman, PE., No rtlnw bier ~ MD
David L. Moore, Southwest flr id1a W
Carolyn L. Williams, South Florida WMD
Honorable Mario Diaz-Balart Fkrida House of Representatives
Honorable Carlos Lacasa, Firida Howe of Representatives
Honorable Carrie Meek, U.S. House of R aesentaties (invited)
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1:30 p.m. 3:00 p.m.
3:00 p.m. 3:30 p.m.
3:30 p.m. 5:00 p.m.
6:30 p.m. 10:00 p.m.
General Session Taking the District Message to Our Community
Through formal and informal research, water management districts have developed various
communications strategies to reach our broad and diverse communities. This session will present
examples of three successful outreach initiatives including the St. Johns River Water Management
District Water Conservation Public Awareness Campaign, the Southwest Florida Water
Management District Promoting Watershed Education Through Grants and the South Florida
Water Management District Minority Outreach efforts.
Moderator: Ronnie E. Duncan, Chair, Southwest Florida WMD Governing Board
Panelists: Linda Bumette, St. Johns River WMD
Jo Ann Hyres, South Florida WMD
Linda McBride, Southwest Florida WMD
SESSION I: The Florida Water Conservation Initiative Moving from Good Ideas to
Over the summer, water managers and other resource stakeholders began Phase II of the Florida
Water Conservation Initiative, by embarking on implementation of the recommendations
contained in the Department's April 2002 report. This breakout session will provide an
opportunity to review and discuss the progress made by both public and private stakeholders
toward implementation of the priority recommendations of the Initiative. Join agricultural, public
water supply, industrial, commercial, and institutional water-users and managers in a discussion of
Initiative goals and the alternatives that are available and achievable for turning the
recommendations into realities.
Moderator: Tom Swihart, Florida Department of Environmental Protection
Panelists: Lloyd Hathcock, American Water Works Association
Wayne Kiger, Florida House of Representatives (invited)
Michelle Pearcy, South Florida WMD
Alan Peirce, Florida Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services
Kathy Scott, Southwest Florida WMD
David York, Florida Department of Environmental Protection
SESSION II: Statewide Methodology for the Assessment of Wetlands Impacts
Since the summer of 2000, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and water
management districts have been developing a wetland assessment method for use in determining
the extent to which mitigation is necessary to offset proposed impacts to wetlands and surface
waters. After a series of public workshops and field testing, proposed Rule 62-345, F.A.C., was
revised and redrafted to address technical, scientific, and policy-oriented concerns. The most
up-to-date information on the status of the statewide method and the nuances of its application
will be discussed in a panel presentation, followed by a question-and-answer session.
Moderator: Constance Bersok, Florida Department of Environmental Protection
Panelists: lean Evoy, Miami-Dade DERM
H. Clark Hull, Jr., Southwest Florida WMD
Glenn Lowe, St. Johns River WMD
Rob Robbins, South Florida WMD
SESSION II: 17 Million Partners! The Role of Education in Water Management
Florida faces serious water issues now and in the future. Even with hard-working staff and boards,
water management districts need the cooperation and participation of citizens, residents and
visitors to achieve our mission. Using selected programs as examples, staff from Southwest, South
and St. Johns River Water Management Districts will discuss how they design programs along a
continuum that begins with awareness, provides knowledge, changes attitudes and ultimately
equips people to conserve and protect water resources.
Moderator: Beth Bartos, Southwest Florida WMD
Panelists: Eileen Tramontana, St. Johns River WMD
Sandy Jurban, South Florida WMD
Carolyn Williams, South Florida WMD
Dinner/Social with Havana Soul and the Salsa Kings
Friday, October 4
7:30 a.m. 8:30 a.m. Continental Breakfast in Exhibit Hall
8:30 a.m. 10:00 a.m.
10:00 a.m. 10:30 a.m.
10:30 a.m. 12:00 noon
General Session Water Supply Challenges and Solutions:
The East Central Florida Water Supply Planning Initiative
The east-central Florida area has been identified as a priority water resource caution area by the
St. Johns River Water Management District, meaning that all future water supply needs may not
be able to be met from current and anticipated sources without causing unacceptable impacts to
water resources and related natural systems. Orange County Chairman Richard T. Crotty hosted
two meetings in January and February for elected officials and other stakeholders to discuss the
water supply situation in east-central Florida. The goal of this initiative is to develop a plan of
action called the "East-Central Florida Water Agenda." This panel discussion will focus on the
development, issues, challenges and associated successes regarding the initiative.
Moderator: lake Vam, Fowler, White, Boggs, Banker Law Firm
Panelists: Henry Dean, South Florida WMD
Kirby Green III, St. Johns River WMD
Honorable Glenda Hood, Mayor, City of Orlando
Randall C. Morris, Board of County Commissioners, Seminole County
Refreshment Break in Exhibit Hall
SESSION IV: So, You Want to Do Business with Water Management Districts?
A "hands on" workshop designed to provide insight and step-by-step information on how to
do business with Water Management Districts.
Moderator: Trudi Williams, Chair, South Florida WMD Governing Board
Panelists: Frank Hayden, South Florida WMD
Deon Long, St. Johns River WMD
Windell Paige, Executive Director, Office of Supplier Diversity, State of Florida
Malcolm K. Wilson, M.P.A., Southwest Florida WMD
SESSION V: Environmental Restoration Water Management Districts Are Making It
Happen! Creating Synergy on the Indian River Lagoon
The Indian River Lagoon South (IRLS) Feasibility Report, which includes one of the initial
components of the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan, has demonstrated that successful
environmental restoration will require a new approach to identifying and solving the complex
challenges associated with ecosystem-based restoration. This new approach, so successfully
utilized on the IRL, abandons the traditional single-agency, win-lose perspectives in favor of a
collaborative, win-win approach. Synergy bore of both positive thinking as well as recognition of
the value of a diversity of interests, benefits and alternatives helped produce a recommended plan
for the restoration of the southern Indian River Lagoon that enjoys a broad base of local
community support. The members of this session's panel represent the diverse interests that
engaged in crafting the recommended plan of the Indian River Lagoon South Feasibility Report.
Attend this session and hear their candid perspectives on the innovative and highly successful
"IRLS model" for environmental restoration.
Moderator: Col. Greg May, Commander, Jacksonville District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Panelists: Leon Abood, Chair, Rivers Coalition
Elmira Gainey, Chairperson, Board of County Commissioners, Martin County
Maggy Hurchalla, former Martin County Commissioner
Laura Mahoney, Lead Civil Engineer, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Paul Millar, Director, Martin/St. Lucie Service Center, South Florida WMD
Friday, October 4 (continued)
Monroe SESSION VI: Bridging the Land Use- Water Supply Divide: Effective Integration of Local
Government Comprehensive Planning and Water Supply Planning
Effective integration between local government comprehensive planning and water supply planning
is of critical importance to government officials, citizens and the regulated community alike. In
recent years, the need and desire for better "linkage" between land use planning, proposed
development and water supply has become a recurring topic in commission meetings, legislative
hearings and growth management seminars. Recognizing that improved interagency coordination
could address some of those concerns, staff from the Department of Community Affairs and
Environmental Protection and representatives of the five Water Management Districts have examined
the agencies' statutory and regulatory authority, as well as processes for providing technical
assistance to local governments, to determine the extent to which water supply planning and local
government comprehensive planning could be better integrated. The panelists will outline and
discuss the protocols that the agencies will implement to improve the integration of comprehensive
planning and water supply planning through technical assistance and the review of comprehensive
plan amendments and evaluation and appraisal reports.
Moderator: Steve Seibert, Florida Department of Community Affairs
Panelists: Carol Clarke, Manatee County Planning Department
janet Llewellyn, Florida Department of Environmental Protection
Douglas Manson, Carey, O'Malley, Whitaker & Manson, P.A.
Kathryn Mennella, St. Johns River WMD
Richard S. Owen, Southwest Florida WMD
Can Roth, Florida Department of Community Affairs
12:00 noon 1:30 p.m. Luncheon
jasmine/Hibiscus Keynote Speaker Governor jeb Bush (invited)
1:30 p.m. Closing Remarks by Henry Dean, Executive Director, South Florida WMD
Leon Abood, Chairman, Rivers Coalition
The Rivers Coalition is a broad-based 29 member organization
made up of business, environmental and civic groups
representing more than 100,000 individuals. The coalition was
formed in 1998 as a result of the massive fresh-water releases
from Lake Okeechobee. Its function is to provide a public forum
for community support of local water resource improvements.
Mr. Abood has been a resident of Martin County for over 20
years and a Realtor since 1984. He has served on the Realtor
Association of Martin County's Board of Directors for three years,
and served as its secretary/treasurer. In 1998, Mr. Abood was
named the association's Realtor of the Year. Currently, he is the
Realtor Association's president-elect for 2003.
Douglas E. Barr, Executive Director, Northwest Florida Water
Mr. Barr has been with the District more than 20 years and
during that time has also served as Deputy Executive Director
and as Director of the Division of Resource Management. He has
authored numerous professional reports and papers on the water
resources and has served as project director for more than 40
water resources investigations conducted throughout the area.
These projects have included ground water and surface water
assessments of the principal aquifers and river systems within
the District's region, as well as ground water contamination
assessments and regional water supply needs and sources
studies. A registered professional geologist in the State of Florida,
he has a bachelor's degree in geology from Bradley University in
Illinois and a master's degree from Texas Christian University with
a specialty in water resources.
Beth Bartos, Communications Manager, Southwest Florida Water
Prior to becoming manager, Ms. Bartos was the in-school
education coordinator for six years. During her tenure, the
in-school program was expanded to reach more than 54 percent
(310,000) of the 565,000 students and teachers within the
District's 16 counties. She has also served as secretary of the
Florida Envirothon Board and as Florida's Project WET state
coordinator. Before joining the staff at the District in 1996, she
earned her master's degree in English education from the
University of South Florida.
Constance Bersok, Environmental Administrator, Bureau of Beaches
and Wetland Resources, Florida Department of Environmental Protection
Ms. Bersok supervises the mitigation and mitigation banking
sections and has been employed by the Department since 1987.
She received a master's degree from the University of Florida's
Center for Wetlands.
Linda L. Burnette, Director, Office of Communications and
Governmental Affairs, St. Johns River Water Management District
Currently, Ms. Bumette oversees staff members who are
stationed in four offices within the 19-county jurisdiction of the
water management district. As the official spokesperson for the
District, she directs the outreach initiatives, including media
relations, education, production of publications and planning.
While Ms. Bumette has many years of experience in the public
relations field, she was drawn to her position at the District
because of her love for the environment and water resources.
She is a member of the St. Augustine ghthouse Society, the
Putnam County Chamber of Commerce, America Water
Resources Association, American Water Works Association and
the Florida Chamber of Commerce. Ms. Bumette received a
bachelor's and master's degree in journalism from the University
Governor John Ellis "job" Bush, (invited)
Serving since january 1999 as Florida's 43rd governor, Bush has
championed many water resource-related causes including the
Florida Forever program and the Comprehensive Everglades
Restoration Plan. Not only protecting but also restoring Florida's
environmental heritage has been a top Bush priority. In 2000,
he championed historic legislation in both Tallahassee and
Washington to restore the natural beauty and diverse ecosystem
of Florida's Everglades, and this year, he approved $100 million
for the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan. Other
environmental initiatives promoted by Governor Bush include
restoring the natural courses of key Florida rivers, acquiring
millions of acres of land through the $3 billion Florida Forever
program, improving water quality across the state, and
consistently opposing oil drilling in waters directly off Florida's
coast. In addition, Governor Bush's One Florida Initiative aims to
increase opportunity and diversity in the state's universities and
in state contracting without using policies that discriminate.
Carol Clarke, Planning Director, Manatee County, Florida
Ms. Clarke has been a practicing planner in Florida for 24 years.
She has worked for local government as an employee and a
consultant, and has also represented developers. She has been
Planning Director in Manatee County since 1992. A member of
the American Institute of Certified Planners, Ms. Clarke is the
president-elect of the Florida Planning and Zoning Association.
She received a bachelor's degree in urban affairs from Allegheny
College and a master's degree in city planning from the
University of Pennsylvania.
Henry Dean, Executive Director, South Florida Water
Mr. Dean became executive director at SFWMD in july 2001 after
having served 17 years in the same capacity at the St. Johns River
Water Management District. He also served as general counsel
at the former Florida Department of Natural Resources and as
acting director of the Division of State Lands. Mr. Dean now
leads the massive restoration work of the Florida Everglades and
previously led projects to restore the Upper St. Johns River Basin
at the headwaters of the St. Johns River and at Lake Apopka.
Mr. Dean received his bachelor's degree from the University of
Iowa and a law degree from Florida State University.
Jose "Pepe" Diaz, Mayor, City of Sweetwater
Mayor Diaz began his public service as chairman of the City of
Sweetwater Police Retirement Trust Fund Board. He later served
on the City Commission, a majority of the time being president
of the Commission and later became mayor. He has worked to
overcome various issues, including flooding which has been an
on-going problem in his community. Mayor Diaz has lobbied to
try to acquire the funds necessary for a Comprehensive Street
Drainage Project. He continues working with the local and state
Emergency Management teams as well as the South Florida
Water Management District to avoid any future floods. In the fall
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of 2000, the City began work on the first phase of the project to
alleviate the flooding and the second phase is currently starting.
Mayor Diaz attended Miami-Dade Community College and
served our country in the United States Marine Corps active and
reserves for six years.
Manny A. Diaz, Mayor, City of Miami
Mayor Diaz is currently a partner of Diaz & O'Naghten, L.L.P.
Throughout his career, Diaz has been deeply involved in local
and state political matters for nearly three decades. Since then,
Mayor Diaz has led significant voter registration drives. He has
supported, coordinated, or managed dozens of political races,
from local school board to Presidential races. He served or
continues to serve as a board member for numerous community
organizations including the Little Havana Activities and Nutrition
Center, the Spanish American League Against Discrimination
(S.A.L.A.D.), United Way Hispanic Leadership Development
Program and many more. Mayor Diaz is a graduate of Florida
International University and the University of Miami Law School.
Mario DIaz-Balart, Florida State Representative
Representative Diaz-Balart was first elected to the Florida House
of Representatives in 1988 and served there until 1992, when
he was elected to the Florida Senate. He served there until 2000,
at which time he was again elected to the Florida House of
Representatives. Representative Diaz-Balart was ranked the most
effective legislator in the Florida Senate by The Miami Herald in
1996 and has received numerous awards for his leadership,
including the Biscayne Bay Foundation 1999 Conservationist of
the Year. During his tenure with the Legislature, Representative
Diaz-Balart has served on committees having jurisdiction over
the protection of Florida's natural resources. His support and
guidance were critical to the passage of legislation relating to
Everglades restoration. He has been a tireless supporter of the
protection of Biscayne Bay and the Miami River.
Ronnie E. Duncan, Chair, Southwest Florida Water Management
District Governing Board
Mr. Duncan has been a member of the Southwest Florida Water
Management District's Governing Board since March 1999 and
currently serves as the chair. He is co-chair ex officio of the
Pinellas-Anclote River Basin Board. He has held several local and
national offices for the National Association of Industrial and
Office Properties (NAIOP) and is a recipient of its "Building the
Bridge" National Award for building bridges of understanding
and education between the development community and our
national resources at the chapter, state and federal levels.
Mr. Duncan is facilitator of the Water Conservation Task Force.
Jean Evoy, Director, Wetland and Forest Resources Section, Department
of Environmental Resource Management, Miami-Dade County
Ms. Evoy began her career with the county in the mid-1970s as
an environmental planner. Since joining DERM in 1994, Ms. Evoy
has supervised the county's freshwater wetlands and forest
resources permitting programs. She and her staff are also very
involved in the county's Environmentally Endangered Lands
Program and in several Comprehensive Everglades Restoration
Plan, Water Preserve Areas, Modified Water Deliveries, and C- 111
Canal committees. She received a bachelor's degree in biology
from Russell Sage College and a master's degree in urban and
regional planning from the University of Miami.
Elmira R. Gainey, Chairperson, Board of County Commissioners,
Ms. Gainey has served Martin County in leadership roles in
education and government since 1962. Throughout her career,
she has been an active supporter for initiatives to provide for
Martin County's citizens, prepare Martin County's youth and
preserve Martin County's environment and economy.
Ms. Gainey's community involvement has been recognized
through many civic awards. Currently, she is involved in the One-
Martin Initiative-Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Project.
She is also a board member for the County Coalition for Lake
Okeechobee and is an advocate for Leadership Martin County.
Ms. Gainey received a bachelor's degree in physical
education/health from Bethune Cookman College, Florida, a
master's degree in guidance counseling from Florida Atlantic
University, and education specialist in administration and
supervision from Nova University in Florida.
T. Niles Glasgow, State Conservationist, U.S. Department of Agriculture
Natural Resources Conservation Service
In this position for the past 12 years, Mr. Glasgow has played a
key role in natural resource issues and restoration efforts in the
Everglades Ecosystem and Suwannee River Basin, and in
implementation of Farm Bill conservation programs throughout
the state. He also has worked on watershed and river basin
programs in Arizona, Alabama, Colorado, South Carolina and
Washington, D.C. Mr. Glasgow received a bachelor's degree in
agricultural economics from Mississippi State University.
Kirby B. Green III, Executive Director, St. Johns River Water
Prior to his appointment in July 2001 to lead SJRWMD, Mr. Green
served as deputy secretary of the Florida Department of
Environmental Protection. He also held various director positions
at the Florida Department of Natural Resources in the divisions
of Beaches and Shores and State Lands, where he was also
involved with surveying and mapping. Mr. Green was
instrumental in establishing a comprehensive beach management
plan and in developing Florida's Conservation and Recreation
Lands program and Florida's Preservation 2000 land acquisition
program. Mr. Green received his bachelor's degree at the
University of Florida and completed advanced course work
at George Washington University.
Lloyd Hathcock, City of North Miami Beach Public Services &
Chair of the Florida Water Wise Committee of the Florida Section of the
American Water Works Association
North Miami Beach's water conservation program has been
recognized and has received various awards for its innovative
measures and best management practices. In addition,
Mr. Hathcock cultivates and helps manage various interagency
partnerships to promote, enhance and define water conservation
initiatives locally, regionally and statewide.
Frank Hayden, Procurement Director, South Florida Water
As procurement director for the South Florida Water
Management District, Mr. Hayden manages annual expenditures
of more than $500 million. Prior to joining the District in April
2001, Mr. Hayden spent 35 years working in city government,
holding management positions at the Detroit Water and
Sewerage Department's Contracts and Grants Group and Public
Affairs Division. He is a member of the Public Affairs Council
and International Committees of the American Water Works
Association. Mr. Hayden holds a bachelor's degree in political
science from the University of Michigan.
Honorable Glenda L Hood, Mayor, City of Orlando
Mayor Hood's administration reflects a vision for Orlando that
has been shaped by her years as a businesswoman, her
involvement in community work and her leadership position with
advisory boards at the national, state and local levels. Prior to
becoming mayor, Hood served as an Orlando City Council
member and was president of her own public relations firms.
She has been a board member for both the city-owned Orlando
Utilities Commission and the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority.
Mayor Hood has also served as chairman of Lynx and is past
president of the National League of Cities, the Florida League of
Cities and the Florida Chamber of Commerce. Currently, she
serves as chairman of Partners for Uvable Communities and the
Urban Land Institute's Mayor's Council. Mayor Hood received a
bachelor's degree in Spanish from Rollins College and has also
completed the Executive Program at Harvard's Kennedy School
H. Clark Hull, Jr., Environmental Program Director, Southwest Florida
Water Management District
Mr. Hull has been with the District for 17 years and his current
responsibilities include programmatic oversight for water use
permitting, environmental resource permitting, and rule and
policy development, as well as the District's Sovereign Lands
Programs and the Mitigation Program of the Florida Department
of Transportation. He received a bachelor's degree in biology and
a master's degree in zoology from the University of South Florida
and obtained his M.BA. from St. Leo College.
Maggy Hurchalla, Former Martin County Commissioner
Ms. Hurchalla served as Martin County Commissioner from
1974 to 1994. From 1993-97, she served on the Govemor's
Commission for a Sustainable South Florida. Ms. Hurchalla
worked on the Indian River Lagoon Study Team for the
Everglades Restudy. Among the many committees she serves on
include the Martin County Comprehensive Plan, Martin County
Save Our Coast beach acquisitions, Martin County Wetlands
Protection, and Lands for You Wilderness Acquisitions. In 1981,
she was named the Florida Audubon Environmentalist of
the Year. Ms. Hurchalla graduated Phi Beta Kappa from
Jo Ann Hyres, Director, Department of Public Information, South Florida
Water Management District
As director of the South Florida Water Management District's
Public Information Department, Jo Ann Hyres manages the
outreach program for the District's 16-county area and oversees
a $4.5 million budget. Ms. Hyres brings over 20 years of
experience to the publications/communications arena. Her
extensive knowledge includes all components of developing
and implementing public information for a technical agency.
Ms. Hyres has been honored with numerous design, excellence
and achievement awards.
Sandra Jurban, In-School Education Coordinator, South Florida Water
In her current position, Ms. Urban initiates and coordinates the
District's water-related educational programs. She works with
school districts in each county to develop comprehensive
in-school water resource education programs by providing
materials and training teachers. Along with the U.S. Army Corps
of Engineers, she is working on the development of an
environmental education outreach program focused on the
Everglades. She is also responsible for coordinating other
educational projects and activities with other water management
districts, utilities, national, state and local agencies.
William W. Kerr, St. Johns River Water Management District
Mr. Kerr is a current member and past chairman of the
St. Johns River Water Management District governing board. He
has served as chairman of the Citizens Action Committee for
the Indian River Lagoon National Estuary Program, and state
appointee to East Central Florida Regional Planning Council,
and has been active in state, national and international Wildlife
Federations, Marine Resources Council of East Central Florida,
and National Association of Environmental Professionals.
Wayne Klger, Florida House of Representatives, (invited)
Carlos Lacasa, Florida House of Representatives
Representative Lacasa was first elected to the Florida House in
1994 and subsequently re-elected three times. Representative
Lacasa's many awards include being named as 1997 Sierra
Legislator of the Year, 1997 Florida Local Environmental Resource
Agency Legislator of the Year, 1998 League of Conservation
Voters Top Score Award (highest score ever recorded), and
Tropical Audubon Society Legislator of the Year for 2000.
Representative Lacasa has been a consistent leader in protecting
Florida's natural resources. This past legislative session,
Representative Lacasa co-sponsored HB 813 to provide a funding
mechanism for the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan.
As chairman of the Fiscal Responsibility Council in 2001 and
2002, Representative Lacasa helped secure continued funding for
the restoration of critical areas including Lake Okeechobee, the
St. Lucie Estuary, Biscayne Bay and the Miami River.
Janet Uewellyn, Deputy Director, Division of Water Resource
Management Florida Department of Environmental Protection
Ms. Uewellyn currently oversees the Office of Water Policy, the
Bureau of Beaches and Wetland Resources, and the Bureau of
Mine Reclamation. The Office of Water Policy has worked closely
with the water management districts to develop the regional
water supply plans, and has recently been involved in the
resolution of conflicts between counties and water management
districts regarding the authority to regulate water withdrawals.
Prior to her current position, Ms. Uewellyn was the Assistant
Director of DEP's Division of Environmental Resource Permitting,
where she supervised permitting programs for dredge-and-fill
activities, the use of state owned sovereign submerged lands,
coastal permitting, mine reclamation and aquatic plant
management. She received a bachelor's degree in biology from
the University of Nebraska and a master's degree in biological
oceanography from Oregon State University.
Ometrias Deon Long, Vice Chairman, St. John River Water
Management District Board
An attorney, Mr. Long is president of the O.D. Long & Associates,
P.A. law firm. He was appointed to the Governing Board in 1999
to an at-large seat. Mr. Long is a member of the American and
National Bar associations, the University Club, the National
Association of Securities Professionals, the Children's Educational
Opportunity Foundation of Central Florida and New Covenant
Baptist Church. He is a graduate of the University of Florida and
the University of Michigan law school and has practiced law for
Glenn Lowe, Director, Division of Environmental Resource Management,
St. Johns River Water Management District
In his current position, Mr. Lowe is responsible for training and
supervising the Department's Regulatory Scientists in their review
of permit applications. He has also been involved in several rule
development efforts undertaken by the district. Prior to his
district career, he was an environmental planner in Florida and an
environmental consultant in California and Louisiana. Mr. Lowe
received a bachelor's degree in biology from Ohio University and
a master's degree in botany from Texas A&M University.
Laura Jiminez Mahoney, Lead Civil Engineer, Jacksonville District,
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
During her 22 years of service in the Jacksonville District,
Ms. Mahoney held positions in budget development, computer
programming, regulatory permitting and enforcement, and civil
works restoration planning. Her past work experience with
natural resources in Florida has led to her current keen personal
interest in the application of engineering to environmental
restoration in the state. She assisted in writing of the
Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan in 1999, and is
co-leader in the development, writing and compilation of the
Indian River Lagoon South Draft and Final Feasibility Study
Reports and Supplemental Environmental Impact Statements.
Ms. Mahoney has a bachelor's degree in engineering, computer
and information sciences, from the University of Florida.
Douglas Manson, Esquire, Carey, O'Malley, Whitaker & Manson, PA.
Mr. Manson's practice involves litigation and counseling in water-
related environmental law including water use and surface water
permitting, rule challenges, sovereignty submerged land and
ordinary high water line issues, water and soil contamination
remediation and regulatory compliance and enforcement issues.
He is a frequent speaker at environmental seminars and has
spoken on topics such as surface water permitting and water use
and water rights. Mr. Manson is an appointed member of the
Hillsborough County Agriculture Economic Development
Council. He represents public supply, industry, development and
agricultural clients seeking regulatory authorization for their
operations. Mr. Manson graduated from Florida State University
with his undergraduate and law degree.
Grady L "Lee" Marchman, P.E., Chief, Surface Water Bureau,
Northwest Florida Water Management District
In his current position, Mr. Marchman facilitates the design and
construction of innovative stormwater management facilities to
retrofit "built out" drainage basins. He also has worked for the
City of Jacksonville as a pollution control engineer, and for the
Jacksonville Branch of Florida's Department of Environmental
Protection as a stormwater engineer. Before becoming an
engineer, he worked as a medical technologist in hospitals in
Alaska and Florida. He still maintains both professional licenses.
Colonel James G. May, Commander, Jacksonville District,
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Colonel Greg May, in leading the Corps' Jacksonville District, is
responsible for the federal development of water resources in
Florida east of the Aucilla River and in all of Puerto Rico and the
U.S. Virgin Islands. As District Engineer, Colonel May has
furthered the Corps' mission in Florida by cultivating and
maintaining strong partnerships with the State's water
management districts and the Department of Environmental
Protection. Before assuming command of the Jacksonville District,
Colonel May served as the Deputy Engineer for the U.S. Central
Command, MacDill Air Force Base, Florida, and was responsible
for the engineer aspects of War Plans, Exercises, Theater
Engagement Plans, and troop construction. He is a 1998
graduate of the Army War College. Among his many awards are
the Bronze Star Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, and
Meritorious Service Medal with four Oak Leaf Clusters.
Linda McBride, Communications Director, Southwest Florida Water
Ms. McBride began her career in 1976 in public relations and
marketing working with national corporations such as
Consolidated Foods Company, the 3M Company, and Schering-
Plough, Inc. In 1984, she began her career in water management
as a public information specialist for the South Carolina Water
Resources Commission and later became its public affairs
director. When the South Carolina Water Resources Commission
merged with other state agencies to form the South Carolina
Department of Natural Resources, she served as research and
planning administrator until August 1998 when she joined the
District. Currently, her responsibilities include strategic
communication planning, public opinion research, media
relations, public information programs, publications, in-school
and public education programs, and Web site overview. Linda
received a bachelor's degree in business administration and
marketing from the University of South Carolina where she was
named as the university's first Wall Street journal Scholar.
Carrie Meek, Congresswoman, U.S. House of Representatives (invited)
Congresswoman Carrie Meek, the first African-American elected
to Congress from Florida since Reconstruction, has had successful
careers as a public servant, college administrator and educator.
Elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1992 from
Florida's 17th Congressional District, she is a member of the
powerful House Appropriations Committee, which funds all
executive branch programs and independent agencies. She
serves on the Subcommittee on Treasury, Postal Service and
General Govemment, and the Subcommittee on Veteran Affairs,
Housing and Urban Development, and Independent Agencies.
Before her election to Congress, Representative Meek was a
member of the Florida House of Representatives and the Florida
Senate, where she chaired the Education Appropriations
Kathryn Mennella, General Counsel, St. Johns River Water
Kathryn Mennella has been employed as an attorney in the
SjRWMD's Office of General Counsel for 18 years and has served
as the District's General Counsel for the last seven years. Prior to
assuming her current position, her work with the St johns River
Water Management District focused on regulatory litigation,
rulemaking and legislative work. She was part of the legislative
work group which drafted the permit streamlining provisions of
the Florida Environmental Reorganization Act of 1993, and was
part of the Environmental Resource Permit (ERP) rulemaking
team which drafted and successfully defended the ERP rules.
Paul Millar, Director, Martin/St. Lucie Service Center, South Florida
Water Management District
Mr. Millar oversees the activities of one of the South Florida
Water Management District's seven regional Service Centers,
where he has served as director since its creation in 1995. The
Service Center's primary role is the implementation of the
Indian River Lagoon Feasibility Plan, the St. Lucie Issues Team
(Mr. Millar is co-chair), and the implementation of the urban and
agricultural best management practices (BMP) programs within
the two-county area. Mr. Millar has had more than 25 years of
water resource experience in the State of Florida after receiving
his bachelor's degree in biology from Comell University.
David L. Moore, Deputy Executive Director, Resource Management
Department, Southwest Florida Water Management District
Mr. Moore's responsibilities include community affairs, resource
projects, land resources, Surface Water Improvement and
Management program, resource data, and Sarasota Bay National
Estuary Program. Mr. Moore received a bachelor's degree in
geology from the College of Charleston and a master's degree
from the University of South Florida.
Randall C. Morris, Board of County Commissioners, Seminole County
Commissioner Morris is a business and marketing consultant and
was formerly the mayor of Lake Mary and served on the city
commission. In his current position, he supports the
Comprehensive Land Use Plan for the protection of Seminole
County's rural areas to prevent urban sprawl. He also sponsored
the 2001 countywide voter-approved Natural Lands/Trail
referendum. Commissioner Morris is very active in the
community and has served on numerous boards, such as the
Florida Association of Counties, juvenile justice Council Executive
Committee, Seminole County Industrial Development Authority
and the East Central Florida Regional Planning Council. He
received a bachelor's degree from the College of Business &
Public Management at George Washington University.
Richard S. Owen, Director, Planning Department, Southwest Florida
Water Management District
Mr. Owen is responsible for a variety of planning efforts and
related programs. His office prepares and updates the District
Water Management Plan (DWMP), Comprehensive Watershed
Management plans, and Basin Board Five-Year Plans, among
others. Mr. Owen has been with the District since 1982 and
previously worked for environmental and economic consulting
firms in Florida. He is a member of the American Institute of
Certified Planners, American Water Resources Association and
American Economic Association. Mr. Owen has a master's in
economics and a master's in public administration.
Whidel Paige, Executive Director, Office of Supplier Diversity for the
State of Florida
Mr. Paige has over 15 years experience in the Minority Business
Development Area serving as MBE Coordinator for Southern Bell
for six years before starting his own business in 1991. Mr. Paige
was one of the first groups of citizens in 1985 appointed to the
Governor's Advisory Council on minority business in the State of
Florida and served as chairman for two years. He has also served
as president and chief executive officer of the Florida Regional
Minority Purchasing Council Inc. Mr. Paige serves as project
manager on several disparity studies to include the State of
Florida, Broward County, the South Florida Water Management
District, Port Everglades, North Broward Hospital District and the
School Boards in Palm Beach and Broward Counties. Mr. Paige is
a graduate of Florida A&M University.
Michelle Pearcy, Water Conservation Supervisor, South Florida Water
As Water Conservation Supervisor for the South Florida Water
Management District, Ms. Pearcy manages District initiatives
such as the Alternative Water Supply Grant Program, Water
Reuse Program, Water Conservation Grants Program, Mobile
Irrigation Labs, and water conservation public awareness and
education. Prior to joining the District in December 2001, she
spent 14 years working in city government for the Detroit Water
& Sewerage Department in management positions in contract
administration and engineering program management.
Ms. Pearcy holds a bachelor's in organizational psychology from
the University of Michigan. She is a member of the American
Water Works Association and the Water Environment Federation.
Alan Peirce, Environmental Manager, Office of Agricultural Water Policy,
Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
Mr. Peirce previously served as an aquaculture specialist for both
the Department of Environmental Protection and the
Department of Agriculture. Prior to working in state government,
he managed commercial aquaculture facilities in Arkansas and
Arizona. He received a master's in aquaculture from Auburn
University and a bachelor's in biology from Georgia Southern
David Pope, Chair, Suwannee River Water Management District
Mr. Pope is employed with N. G. Wade Investment Co. in
Gainesville as an Agricultural Manager, and serves on the board
of the Florida Fertilizer & Agricultural Association. Mr. Pope is a
member of the Florida Farm Bureau Federation, and holds a
degree in political science.
Rob Robbins, Director, Natural Resource Management Division,
South Florida Water Management District
Mr. Robbins began his career with the Florida Department of
Environmental Protection and thereafter initiated Palm Beach
County's wetlands regulatory program. He currently oversees the
Environmental Resource Permitting program for the 16 counties
that make up the South Florida Water Management District. He
received a master's degree in biology from the University of
Carl L. Roth, General Counsel, the Florida Department of Steve Selbert, Secretary, Florida Department of Community Affairs
Prior to joining the Department in July 1999, Ms. Roth was a
partner in the Tallahassee office of Lewis, Longman & Walker, P.A.
She is a graduate of the Florida State University College of Law.
Harvey Ruvin, Clerk of the Courts, Office of Miami-Dade County
Mr. Ruvin was first elected to public office in 1968 as the Mayor
of the City of North Bay Village and was later elected to the
Metro Dade County Commission where he served for 20 years.
He was elected to his current position in 1992. Through over
30 years of community involvement, Mr. Ruvin has performed a
leadership role within scores of civic, cultural, environmental and
charitable organizations. He has been the recipient of numerous
awards ranging from the Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce
Man of the Year Award to the coveted Tropical Audubon Society
Conservation Award. Mr. Ruvin has also received environmental
service awards from the Sierra Club as well as from the
Environmental and Industry Association. He received a degree
in industrial engineering from the University of Florida and a juris
doctor degree from the University of Miami Law School.
Jerry A. Scarborough, Executive Director, Suwannee River Water
Mr. Scarborough has served as SRWMD Executive Director since
january 1, 1990. Under his leadership, the District has initiated a
number of groundbreaking programs, including the Suwannee
River Partnership, Quality Communities, and Suwannee Basin
Interagency Alliance. Prior to joining the District, Mr. Scarborough
served on the District's Surface Water Improvement and
Management advisory committee and as chairman of the
Suwannee River Resource Planning and Management
Committee, a panel appointed by former Govemor Bob Graham
to develop ways to protect the Suwannee River. Following his
graduation from the University of Florida, where he eamed a
bachelor's degree in journalism, Mr. Scarborough was named
editor of the Suwannee Democrat newspaper. He also served as
Suwannee County Clerk of the Court for 14 years.
Kathy Scott, Manager, Conservation Projects Section, Resource
Conservation and Development Department, Southwest Florida Water
Ms. Scott's section is responsible for working with local
cooperators to develop and manage water conservation,
reclaimed water, and other alternative water supply projects. The
Section is also responsible for reporting annual water use at the
District, tracking and promoting the efficient use of reclaimed
water, and projecting future water supply needs. She is a
member of the American Water Works Association and the
Florida Water Wise Committee, and is a work group leader for
Florida's Water Conservation Initiative. She served for three years
on the advisory board for the Florida Yards and Neighborhoods
programs in Pasco and Pinellas Counties; and served for five
years on the Board of Directors for the Florida Water Wise
Council. Ms. Scott received a bachelor's degree in biology, and
has taught Xeriscape Landscaping for the Home Gardener at the
Hillsborough County Community College as well as other
Xeriscape classes for the general public and master gardeners.
After serving as a law clerk at the Department of Community
Affairs, he retumed to Pinellas County and worked in the County
Attorneys office for five years. In 1986, Mr. Seibert joined the
Johnson, Blakley law firm in Clearwater. He is a certified mediator
and has gained a statewide reputation for helping resolve
contentious environmental and land use disputes. Mr. Seibert
was elected to the Pinellas County Commission in 1992, where
he was significantly involved in the resolution of the Tampa Bay
water wars. He has also chaired the Tampa Bay Regional Planning
Council and the Agency on Bay Management, and served on the
Tampa Bay National Estuary Program. Mr. Seibert is a member of
Leadership Florida, Class XIII (1995) and received a bachelor's
degree in philosophy and international affairs from George
Washington University and is a graduate of the University of
Florida Law School.
Rebecca Sosa, Commissioner, Miami-Dade County
Commissioner Sosa served as the mayor of the City of West
Miami for seven years. She also served West Miami as a
Commissioner from 1992-1994 and as Vice-Mayor from 1990 to
1992. Commissioner Sosa's civic activities are extensive and
include serving as the first-vice-president of the Miami-Dade
League of Cities, the West Miami Hurricane Preparedness
Committee and the Governor's Commission for the Everglades
Restoration, to name just a few. Commissioner Sosa has been an
educator for more then 23 years and is currently a teacher-trainer
for Miami-Dade County Public Schools. She received a bachelor's
degree in elementary education from Biscayne College, now
Saint Thomas University, and a bachelor's degree in secondary
education from the University of Puerto Rico.
David B. Struhs, Secretary, the Florida Department of
Prior to being appointed by Govemor jeb Bush in January 1999,
Secretary Struhs served as the commissioner of the Massachusetts
Department of Environmental Protection for four years working
with business interests and environmental advocates to
streamline the permitting process. He began his environmental
career in 1986 as executive assistant to the U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency's Region I administrator. In 1989, Mr. Struhs
was named chief of staff to the Council on Environmental Quality
by President George Bush. He graduated from Indiana University
with a bachelor's degree in journalism and political science and a
certificate of African studies. He received a master's degree in
public administration from Harvard University's Kennedy School
Tom Swihart, Administrator, Office of Water Policy, the Florida
Department of Environmental Protection
Mr. Swihart's office is primarily responsible for several tasks,
including the Florida Water Plan and the State Water
Conservation Initiative. In addition, his office coordinates with
the five water management districts on activities such as the
District Water Management Plans, Regional Water Supply Plans
and Minimum Flows and Levels. He is a graduate of the
University of South Florida and Florida State University.
Elleen Tramontana, Education and Volunteer Supervisor, St. Johns
River Water Management District
In her current position Ms. Tramontana supervises community and
youth education programs within 19 counties. Prior to working
with St. johns, she was the education coordinator with the
Suwannee River Water Management District. In 1996, she received
the prestigious Golden LEEF award for her environmental
education programs and efforts. Ms. Tramontana has served as a
member of the Florida Envirothon Board, past board member of
the League of Environmental Educators in Florida, Project Leaming
Tree Steering Committee, Project WET coordinator, Florida EE
Initiative Working Group, and Silver Springs Working Group. She is
a graduate of the Barry University and has been involved in
Florida's environmental and water resource education field for over
Jacob D. Varn, Fowler, White, Boggs, and Banker, PA.
Throughout his career, Mr. Vam has specialized in the areas of
environmental and land use law, administrative and governmental
law and transportation law. While in law school, he worked with
Dean Frank Maloney in writing the Model Water Code and upon
graduation joined the Southwest Florida Water Management
District as the District's first general counsel. Mr. Vam 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 groundwater and was also responsible for
fostering a close, working relationship between the water
management districts and FDER. Mr. Vam was also the principal
drafter of the "Save Our Rivers" program. In addition to
practicing law, he served as the Chairman of a special blue-ribbon
task force appointed by Govemor Chiles, was co-chairman of
FDEP's Extemal 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. He is
currently a member of the Florida Bar's Govemment,
Environmental and Land Use Department. Mr. Vam received his
bachelor's degree in civil engineering from the University of
Florida and his j.D. degree from the University of Florida College
LE D. "Sonny" Vergara, Executive Director, Southwest Florida Water
Mr. Vergara has been involved in public water supply and water
management in Florida since 1972. He has served as department
director of Interagency Coordination for the District, special
assistant to the secretary of the Florida Department of
Environmental Regulation (currently FDEP), executive director of
the St. Johns River Water Management District and has owned
his own planning and engineering firm. He has also served as the
executive director of the Peace River/Manasota Regional Water
Supply Authority. He received a bachelor's degree in mass
communications from Califomia State University and is a veteran
of the Vietnam War.
Carolyn L WViamns, Project Manager, Environmental Studies and
Community Outreach Program, South Florida Water Management District
Previously, Ms. Williams directed the District's supplier diversity
and business outreach programs, for which she was named
"1997 Administrator of the Year" by the U.S. Department of
Commerce, one of many professional and service awards she
has eamed. Ms. Williams received a bachelor's degree in
communications from the University of South Florida.
Trund K. Wllmms, PE., Chair, South Florida Water Management
District Govering Board
Ms. Willams is chair of the South Florida Water Management
District nine-member Governing Board, which oversees water
resources in the southem half of the state. A Professional
Engineer with a bachelor's degree in civil engineering from
Florida International University, Ms. Williams is owner and CEO of
TKW Consulting Engineers Inc. in Fort Myers, one of the largest
structural engineering firms in South Florida. She also serves on
the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta's Small Business, Agriculture
and Labor Advisory Council, and is a trustee of the Corkscrew
Regional Ecosystem Watershed Trust. Among her numerous
affiliations, Ms. Williams is a member of the Florida Engineering
Society, National American WaterWorks Association, National
Society of Professional Engineers and American Red Cross.
Malcolm K. Wilson, M.PA., Manager, Purchasing, Southwest Florida
Water Management District
Mr. Wilson retired from the United States Air Force in 1989 as
a 1st Sergeant. Before coming to the Southwest Florida Water
Management District, he managed procurement programs for
the Florida Departments of Health and Corrections. A resident of
Florida for 47 years Mr. Wilson eamed a bachelor's degree from
Florida International University and a master's degree in public
administration from Troy State University.
David York, Reuse Coordinator, the Florida Department of
Mr. York's professional experience in water reuse and
environmental planning and management spans 30 years. Prior
to joining the Department, he was active in environmental
planning and assessment, water quality analysis, and systems
analysis for several consulting engineering firms. Employed by
the Department for more than twenty-one years, Mr. York has
served as Florida's Reuse Coordinator since the start of Florida's
Water Reuse Program in the mid 1980s. He is a member of the
Water Environment Federation's Water Reuse Committee, the
Florida Water Environment Association's Water Reuse Committee
and the Research Advisory Board of the National Water Research
Institute and he also chairs Florida's Reuse Coordinating
Committee. Mr. York received a bachelor's degree in civil
engineering from Case Westem Reserve University, a master's
degree in sanitary engineering from the University of Tennessee,
and a Ph.D. in environmental systems engineering from
Angie Brewer & Associates, L.C.
BCI Engineers & Scientists, Inc.
Boyle Engineering Corporation
Florida Department of Environmental Protection
Florida Earth Foundation
Florida's Water Management Districts
George F. Young, Inc.
Older Associates, Inc.
Jones, Edmunds & Associates, Inc.
Keith and Schnars, P.A.
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Conference Program subject to change without notice.
Plato Consulting, Inc.
Post, Buckley, Schuh & Jernigan (PBS&J)
R.H. Moore & Associates, Inc.
South Florida Regional Planning Council
Storm Water Resources of Florida, L.C.
Tampa Bay Water
UF TREEO Center
UF/IFAS FL Yards & Neighborhoods Program
USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Vogel Bros. Building Co.
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