Title: Thirtieth Annual Conference on Water Management - Sept. 7-9, 2005, Sanibel Harbour Resort - Ft. Myers, FL
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Title: Thirtieth Annual Conference on Water Management - Sept. 7-9, 2005, Sanibel Harbour Resort - Ft. Myers, FL
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Sanibel Harbour Resort
Fort Myers, Florida
September 7 9, 2005

W welcome to the Conference ............................................................................ 1

Conference Information................................................................................................... 2

Conference Agenda .................................................................. ....................... 3

R eso rt In fo rm a tio n ........................................................ .............................................. 8

C on feren ce E xh ib itors .................................................................. ............................. 10

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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


This year's conference is a two-fold celebration of 30 years of water management in Florida and the
30th anniversary of the Annual Conference on Water Management. The conference will offer some
unique perspectives as we proceed with learning from the past... building for the future.

The conference traditionally offers a wide range of subject matter. We have attempted to provide topics of
interest for everyone, with a focus on our history and future. These include:

History of Water Management Districts
State of the Districts
St. Johns River Water Management District Online
History of Land Acquisition for Water Management
Florida Ecosystem Restoration
Alternative Water Supplies
Premier Projects
Future of Water Management

We have also offered three field studies to provide you with some outdoor recreation: Rookery Bay
National Estuarine Research Reserve, Corkscrew Marsh Management Area and J.N. "Ding" Darling
National Wildlife Refuge. I hope you have the opportunity to participate in one of these adventures.

Please join us for the welcome reception Wednesday evening and the luncheon with guest speaker
Former Governor Bob Martinez, who spearheaded the P2000 land acquisition program and the SWIM
(Surface Water Improvement and Management) program, on Thursday afternoon. These are two of
several opportunities you will have to connect with old friends and make new ones.

Enjoy the conference!


Carol Ann Wehle
Executive Director
South Florida Water Management District

Kevin McCarty, Chair Alice J. Carlson Lennart E. Lindahl, P.E. Carol Ann Wehle, Executive Director
Irela M. Bague, Vice-Chair Michael Collins Harkley R. Thornton
Pamela Brooks-Thomas Nicolas J. Gutidrrez, Jr., Esq. Malcolm S. Wade, Jr.

You will receive an event pass in your registration matenal
listing the catered events for which you have registered
Your event pass will be required for the receptions, the
continental breakfasts in the Exhibit Area, and at the door for
the lunches Name badges must be wor at all conference
events. Your badge is your admission to all non-ticketed
conference sessions

The Exhibit Hall will be set up in the Palms/Gardens Foyer
and Palms Ballroom Foyer throughout the conference.
beginning on Thursday morning at 7-30 a.m A separate
Exhibitor Directory is in your registration matenal with
information on each exhibitor and the products/services they
offer. All refreshment breaks and the continental breakfasts on
Thursday and Friday will be in the Exhibit Area We invite you
to visit the e3hibitors to lear more about their role in water
managemetgmnd related resource issues

Confljce sessions will be held in the Palms, Gardens,
ca oa and Everglades Ballrooms

^ eld studies will be conducted on Wednesday afternoon, and
will depart the hotel to the Rookery Bay National Estuanne
Research Reserve, Corkscrew Marsh Management Area and
J.N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge If you have
not pre-registered and want to participate, please check with
representatives at the conference registration desk to inquire
if any tours are still available for an additional fee of $35 A
! lihst and descnpton of each held study can be obtained at the
conference registration desk.



Registration open
Registration Desk Palms/Gardens Foyer

Field study check-in
Palms/Gardens Foyer

Load buses
Front of hotel at end of dnveway

Field study groups depart
* Rookery Bay National Estuanne Research Reserve
* Corkscrew Marsh Management Area
* J.N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge

9 a.m. 6 p.m.

6:30 p.m. 8 p.m.

1 p.m.

Exhibitor set-up
Palms/Gardens Foyer and Palms Ballroom Foyer

Welcome reception
Palms Pool Deck
Visit with your peers and inth exhibitors
A cash bar is available along with a vanety of hot and cold hors d'oeuvres.

Florida Greenways and Trails Council Meeting
Island Room

The Florida Greenways and Trails Council serves to advise and assist the Department of Environmental
Protection's Office of Greenways and Trails in its mission to create a statewide system of greenways and
trails, as established by Chapter 260 of the Florida Statutes. In addition to the conduct of regular business,
this meeting agenda will include presentations by representatives from each of Florida's Water Management
Districts concerning their efforts related to greenways and trails.


9 a.m.

10 a.m.

10:30 a.m.

11 a.m.


7:30 a.m. 5 p m.

7:30 a.m. 8:30 a m

8:30 a.m. 10:00 a m

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Palms/Gardens Foyer

Continental breakfast. ... .
Exhibit Area

General Session History' of Water Management Districts ;-
Palms Ballroom

Join these esteemed water managers as they take us through Florida's watery history. You'll learn how water
management evolved to what it is today through lessons learned from past decades in the areas of ecosystem
restoration, water supply, nood protection and water quality. Beginning with the Water Resources Act of 1972
and ending with outcomes Irom this years legislative session, you'll see how Florida's water law has evolved
over the past 30 years

Patricia Strayer. BEM Systems, Inc

Dave Fisk. Assistant Executive Director, SJRWMD
Bob Higgins. PE. President. Higgins Engineering
Janet Llewellyn. Deputy Director. Division of Water Resource Management, FDEP
Jack Maloy. Chief Executve Consultant. SFWMD

10 a.m. 10:30 a m

10:30 a.m. 12 noon

Refreshment break
Exhibit Area

General Session State of the Districts
Palms Ballroom

The Secretary of the Department of En\ironmental Protection will join the Executive Directors of Floridas
hie water management distncts to review accomplishments of the past year, and to identify new and
continuing challenges The audience is invited to participate through a popular question and answer
penod following the discussion

Colleen M. Castille, Secretary. FDEP

12 noon- 1:30 p m

Douglas E. Barr. Executive Director, NFTWMD
Kirby B. Green III, Executive Director, .JRWMD
David L. Moore, Executive Director. SWFWMD
Jerry A. Scarborough, Executive Director, SRWMD
Carol Ann Wehle, Executve Director, SFWMD

Luncheon featuring Former Governor Bob Martinez
Everglades Ballroom

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1:30 p.m. 3 p.m. General Session SJRWMD Online: Using Technology to Benefit People, Nature and Water Resources
Palms Ballroom

The St. Johns River Water Management District is taking full advantage of the latest advances in technology
to assist educators in engaging children in learning about critical water conservation practices, and to make
applying for water resource permits easier for staff and the regulated public. With the assistance of a group
of Florida teachers, the Distnct has developed an interactive computer curriculum "The Great Water
OdysseyM"" that uses lessons in history. geography, math, social studies and science. Lessons for students
in grades three, four and five employ and enhance critical thinking skills, are correlated to Floridas Sunshine
State Standards and have questions to help students prepare for the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test.
The package is wrapped up in a fun. animated adventure. On the regulatory side, the District made applicant
handbooks, agendas and general permitting information available online when it introduced "E-Perrmtting"
in 2001. At the same time, the Distnct spearheaded development of the statewide E-Permitting portal that
directs an Internet visitor to the correct w ater management.district for permit processing. Now in 2005,
visitors can apply for permits, track data and retrieve a wealth of information online. Presenters will discuss
partnerships, challenges and successes in undertaking such far-reaching projects.

Ann Moore, Governing Board Member. 5JRWMD

VieVie Baird, Environmental Education Specialist, Florida Department of Education
Linda Burnette, Director, Communications and Governmental Affairs, SJRWMD
Vicki Crisp, Program Development and Training Specialist, NEFEC
Peggy White, Director, Information Resources Department, SJRWMD

3 p.m. 3:30 p.m. Refreshment break
Exhibit area

3:30 p.m. 5 p.m. Breakout Sessions

History of Land Acquisition for Water Management
Gardens Ballroom

What's land acquisition got to do with water management in Florida? This panel will discuss the importance
of land as it relates to water management and protecting our precious water resources. Youll learn how this
process has evolved as these land acquisition experts showcase significant property acquisitions through
Florida's water management history

Deborah Poppell, Chief of Public Land Administration, FDEP

Steven Blaschka, Land Acquisition Manager. SWFWMD
Robert Christianson, Director. Department of Operations and Land Resources, SJRWMD
Ruth P. Clements, Director. Land Acquisition Department, SFWMD
Pam Mac'Kie, Esq., Assistant Deputy Executive Director, CERP Land Resources, SFWMD

Florida Ecosystem Restoration
Caloosa Ballroom

From Mallory Swamp to the Everglades, this session will feature significant ecosystem restoration projects
that Flonda has undertaken to ensure the missions of Florida's water management districts are accomplished.
Project leaders will highlight some of the most innovative science, technologies and engineering to achieve
restoration goals.

Alice Carlson, Governing Board Member, SFWMD

Ken Ammon. Deputy Executive Director. Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Program, SFWMD
Jeff Elledge, Director. Department of Water Resources, SJRWMD
Brandt Henningsen, Ph D., Senior Environmental Scientist, SWFWMD
Charlie Houder, Deputy Executive Director, SRWMD
Chip Merriam, Deputy Executive Director, Water Resources, SFWMD

Alternative Water Supplies
Palms Ballroom

This year. the State Legislature passed one of the most significant pieces of legislation affecting water
management since 1997. Senate Bill 444 refines the definition of alternative water supplies, provides
permitting incentives for the development of alternative water supplies, changes the process and criteria used
to select projects for financial assistance, enhances the link of the regional water supply planning process
to that of local governments and creates the Water Protection and Sustatabiity Pogram to fund new
alternative source water projects Panelists will discuss the implementation of this legislation, the important
role of regional partnerships and funding mechanisms to construct the projects.

Heidi B. McCree, Chair. Governing Board, SWFWMD

Patrick J. Lehman, PE Executive Director, Peace River/Manasota Regional Water Supply Authority
Jerry L. Maxwell, General Manager, Tampa Bay Water
Richard Owen, Director, Planning Department, SWFWMD


7 30 a m 12 noon Registration open
Palms/Gardens Foyer

7 30 a.m 8 30 a m Continental breakfast
Exhibit Area

8:30 a.m 10 am General Session Premier Projects
Palms Ballroom

A significant project will be presented by each water management district and DEP The audience will have an
opportunity to explore implementation steps and issues involved with each project in a questdi and answer
session following the presentations

Carol Ann Wehle, Executive Director. SFWMD

Ernie Barnett, Director of Policy and Legislation, SFWMD
William O. Cleckley, Director. Division of Land Management and Acquisition, NWFWMD
Paul Dumars, Chief Financial Officer. SFWMD
Gene A. Heath, Assistant Executive Director, SWFWMD
Kirk B. Webster, Deputy Executive Director, SRWMD
Hal Wilkening, Director. Department of Resource Management, SJRWMD

10 a.m. 10 30 a.m Refreshment break
Exhibit Area

10:30 a.m 12 noon General Session Future of Water Management
Palms Ballroom

Managing Flonda~s water is a delicate balance that requires increasing attention to ensure water quality
and quantity are continuously improved to meet the demands of a booming population and the natural
environment Advanced technologies, water conservation, growth management and alternative water supply
programs are key factors that will shape water management through the year 2035 and beyond. These leaders
of water management will discuss the challenges we are sure to face along the way

William W. Kerr, Governing Board Member, SJRWMD

Ernie Barnett, Director of Policy and Legislation, SFWMD
Joyce Estes, Chair, Governing Board, NWFWMD
Watson L. Haynes, II, Governing Board Member, SWFWMD
Lennart Lindahl, PE., Governing Board Member, SFWMD
David Pope, Chair, Governing Board. SRWMD

12 noon 1 30 p m. Luncheon
Everglades Ballroom

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2005 ACOWM Exhibitors
as of 08/22/05

Company: Booth Number

BCI Engineers & Scientists, Inc. 24
BEM Systems, Inc. 2
CDM 29
Diversified Drilling Corporation 13
Dyer, Riddle, Mills & Precourt, Inc. (DRMP) 19
Dynamic Solutions, LLC 26
EarthMark Companies Mi igation Serv. 15
Envirodyne Technologies. Inc 10
Golder Associates, Inc. 28
HDR Engineering, Inc. 7
Holloway Technology, Inc 5
Jones, Edmunds & Associates. Inc. 30
Locher Environmental Technology, LLC 6
Mitigation Marketing, LLC 22
Plato Consulting, Inc. 23
R.H. Moore & Associates. Inc. 21
Rinker Materials 25
St. Johns River WMD 16-17
Storm Water Resources of FL, LC (SWRF) 27
Tampa Bay Water 14
TVA Resource Management 18
U.S. Geological Survey 8
University of FL TREEO Center 20
URS Corporation 1

Conference on
Learning from the past...
building for the future

Kenneth G. Ammon, P.E. is Deputy Executive Director
of the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Program for
the South Florida Water Management District. In this role,
he oversees implementation of the federal-state partnership
to restore America's Everglades including the fast-tracked
"Acceler8 Program," land acquisition/stewardship and
computer modeling. He initially joined the District in 1991
and has served in a number of management positions.
Mr. Ammon is a graduate of the Florida Institute of
Technology and has been a professional engineer registered
in the state of Florida since 1983.

VieVie Baird has been a Florida educator for over thirty
years. She has experience as a classroom teacher, a district
curriculum resource specialist in science education and
has held various positions with the Florida Department of
Education. She spent three years as a coordinator in the
Department's Office of Environmental Education and also as
a coordinator for energy education projects at Florida State
University. Ms. Baird worked as a consultant for a software
company and has done other private consulting work at the
state, national and international levels.

Ernie Barnett is the Director of Ecosystem Projects at
the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. His
responsibilities include coordinating the development and
implementation of ecosystem restoration and protection
projects and coordinating the department's efforts in south
Florida ecosystem restoration, including the Everglades.
Mr. Barnett has been with the department 21 years where
he served previously as a shellfish biologist, aquatic
preserve manager, Environmental Administrator, and Water
Management Administrator. He has authored or co-authored
32 publications and agency reports on beach management,
shellfish management, sea turtle nesting, natural resource
damage assessment, and ecosystem management.
Mr. Barnett has contributed to the passage of several landmark
environmental laws in the State of Florida and in Congress.
He received a bachelor's degree in environmental resource
management and planning and a master's degree in biology
from the University of West Florida.

Douglas E. Barr serves as Executive Director of the
Northwest Florida Water Management District. He has been
with the water management district for over 25 years and has
also served as Deputy Executive Director and as Director of
the Division of Resource Management. Mr. Barr has authored
numerous professional reports and papers on the water
resources of northwest Florida and has served as project
director for over 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 Districts region as well as ground
water contamination assessments and regional water supply
needs and sources studies. Mr. Barr is a registered professional
geologist in the State of Florida. He received a bachelor of
science degree in geology from Bradley University in Illinois
and a master of science degree from Texas Christian University
with a specialty in water resources.

Steven Blaschka is the Land Acquisition Manager
for the Southwest Florida Water Management District. He
has extensive experience as a real estate appraiser on the
county and state level. Appraisal assignments have included
vacant land and improved commercial properties with a
specialization in agricultural uses and agribusiness operations
including farms, ranches, citrus groves, tropical fruit groves,
citrus packing houses, citrus processing plants, vegetable
packing houses and cold storage warehouses. Mr. Blaschka
has negotiated fee simple acquisitions for riht-of-way, public
parks, water resource development and conservation purposes
and has negotiated less than fee acquisitions including,
right-of-way easements, pipeline easements, tempowy
construction easements and conservation easements. He is a
State Certified General Appraiser and is determined by the
Circuit Court in both Hillsborough and Desoto County to
be an expert witness for appraisal and valuation issues.
Mr. Blaschka received a bachelors degree in political science
from Florida State University.

Linda Burnette is the director of the Office of
Communications and Governmental Affairs for the St Johns
River Water Management Distrct. In this position, which she
has held since 1996, Ms Bunette oversees 31 staff members
in four offices within the Distnct' 18-county junsdiction
As the Distnct' official spokesperson. Ms Burnette
directs outreach initiatives, including media and public
relations, education, volunteer efforts and the production
of publications She also oversees coordination between the
District and local governments, state and federal governments.
and vanous agencies Ms Burnette received a bachelors and a
masters degree in journalism from the University of Georgia

Colleen M. Castille is Secretary of the Flonda
Department of Environmental Protection Secretary Castille
oversees Flonda" environmental regulatory and law
enforcement programs, the acquisition and management
of pubic lands, including Flondas award-winning state
parks, and the development and regulation of Flondas water
resources through the state's water management distncts Pnor
to this appointment, she served as Secretary of the Flondai
Department of Community Alfairs and was formerly the
Governor' chief cabinet aide, specializing in environmental
issues. Secretary Castille was named 2003 Conservationist of
the Year by the Audubon Society She received a bachelors
degree in international affairs from Flonda State University

Robert Christianson is the Director of the Department
of Operations and Land Resources at the St Johns River Water
Management Distnct He is responsible for land acquisition,
land and facilities management and operations and
maintenance of extensive water management infrastructure
He is a graduate of the University of Flonda and has over
18 years experience acquinng and managing lands for water
resource protection

William O. Cleckley is Director of the Division of
Land Management and Acquisition at the Northwest Flonda
Water Management Distnct Mr Cleckley has been with
the distinct for the past 19 years and currently oversees the
management of over 200,000 acres of distinct property In
addition, he purchases properties for water resource protection
and preservation purposes under the States Florida Forever
land acquisition program, as well as acquinng other wetland
properties to satisfy DOT mitigation needs. Mr Cleckley
received a bachelor's degree in forest management from the
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complex litigation, including dnet i
2002, Ms. Clements was given the o
the Districts land acquisition program. C
responsible for the acquisition of over 220,000
for the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration
the completion of the Kissimmee Restoration Project.

Vicki Crisp has been with the Northeast Florida
Educational Consortium for the past nine years. In this
position she has worked with numerous partner agencies
on projects such as "Chest of Learning Activities for Marine
Science" (CLAMS) and "Mathematical Journeys through
Florida's Watersheds." Ms. Crisp has a background in science
teaching and more than 24 years experience in education
which includes 15 years in the classroom in grades 3 to 5 and
10 years in program and professional development for K-20
educators as well as project coordination. Her professional
training includes Project WILD, Aquatic WILD, American
Wilderness Leadership, Schoolyard Wildlife, and Florida's
Forests and Environmental Education.

Paul D mars is the Chief Financial Officer of the South
Florida Water Managemem District and aumes a key role
in the development and evalatdon of Disictpoliy and
strategic planning. His Innmoatveatleptneurial thinking in
formulating business strategies and his willingness to assume
responsibility and/or accept risk in decision-making is vital to
the District's mission. A native of Louisiana, Mr. Dumars has
over 22 years experience within the fields of Accounting and
Internal Auditing. He has served as an Assistant Director of
Finance, Director of Community Developmeit, and Assistant
Director for Administration for the Department of Opertional
Services (DOS) for the City of Shreveport, Louisiana.

Jeff Elldg is director of the Department of Water
Resources at the St. Johns River Water Management District.
Mr. Elledge is responsible for the management of all. of
the District surface water restoration programs and the. ,.
Environmental Resource Peratting Program. Th DI7a:t,*t.
surface water restoration and regulation programs are
responsible for the protection and restoration of water quality
and wetlands, and the prevention of flooding damages.
Mr. Elledge has worked for an engineering firm in Chicago


and with the Peace Corps. He received a bachelor's degree
from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana.
Mr. Elledge has worked for an engineering firm in Chicago
and with the Peace Corps.

Joyce Estes has served as Chair of the Northwest Florida
Water Management District Governing Board since June
of 2003. Before being elected Chair, she served as
Vice Chair of the Governing Board for four years. She was first
appointed to the Governing Board in March of 1999 as an
"at large" member. A resident of Franklin County for 27 years,
Ms. Estes has been active in numerous conservation and
local community efforts, such as the Save Our Rivers land
acquisition program, and was instrumental in securing the
Outstanding Florida Water designation for the Apalachicola
River. She also served on the Eastpoint Water and Sewer
Commission for 12 years and as National Resource Chair for
the Florida Federation of Woman's Clubs.

Dave Fisk joined the St. Johns River Water Management
District in February 2002 as Deputy Executive Director,
and was named assistant executive director in June 2003.
With more than 30 years of water resources experience,
Fisk is experienced in a variety of fields, including water
resource regulations, projects and project management,
and budgets and administration. As the assistant executive
director, he is responsible for the direction of staff, budget
and other functions of the District, including water use and
wetland permitting, water resources research, environmental
restoration, planning, land acquisition, administration,
operations, and legislative and interagency coordination.

Kirby B. Green, III has been the Executive Director
of the St. Johns River Water Management District since
July 11, 2001. He oversees the daily operation of
approximately 700 employees who serve an area of 18
counties in northeast and east-central Florida. The agency
is responsible for regulating water use and protecting
wetlands, waterways and drinking water supplies. Prior
to his appointment with the District, Green was the deputy
secretary of the Florida Department of Environmental
Protection, served as director of the Florida Department of
Natural Resources' Division of Beaches and Shore, and held
leadership positions in DNR's Division of State Lands and
Bureau of Survey and Mapping.

Watson L. Haynes, II is the Chair of the Southwest
Florida Water Management District Governing Board. Prior
to this position he served as Vice Chair and Treasurer.
Mr. Haynes received a master's degree in management from
the National Louis University Tampa Campus and a bachelor's
degree in public administration from Eckerd College. He is a
member of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity

Gene A. Heath is the Assistant Executive Director for
the Southwest Florida Water Management District. During
his tenure, he has played a key leadership role in developing
and implementing the recovery plan, permitting rules, and
minimum flows and levels for the Northern Tampa Bay Water
Use Caution Area. Mr. Heath also worked on developing and
implementing the Tampa Bay Partnership Agreement, and
the Flatford Swamp and Shell/Prairie/Joshua creeks recovery
strategies through public-private partnership with agricultural
and public supply interests. Prior to joining the District, he
was president and principal engineer of HSW Engineering.
Mr. Heath received a bachelor's degree in biology from
Butler University, a master's degree in public health from the
University of North Carolina, and a master's degree in business
administration from Wilkes University.

Brandt E Henningsen, Ph.D. is a Senior Environmental
Scientist with the Surface Water Improvement and Management
(SWIM) program at the Southwest Florida Water Management
District. Dr. Henningsen is a marine coastal ecologist by
training and 33 years of experience and has worked as a
consultant, governmental regulator (environmental permitting),
artificial reef coordinator, professor, and an environmental
scientist specializing in coastal ecosystem restoration. He
received a bachelor's degree from Lamar University, a master's
degree from Texas A & M University and a doctoral degree
from the University of South Florida.



Robert W Higgins, P.E. is currently the President
of Higgins Engineering, Inc. He has been involved in the
engineering industry in a variety of positions for 29 years.
Mr. Higgins began his career with the New York State
Department of Environmental Conservation and has since
worked for the South Florida Water Management District and
Gee and Jenson E-A-P, Inc. He has received numerous awards
from the Florida Engineering Society and has been involved
with the American Water Resources Association and the Water
Management Institute. Mr. Higgins received a bachelor's
degree in civil engineering from the University of South
Florida and a master's degree in water resource engineering
from the University of South Florida.

Charlie Houder is currently a Deputy Executive
Director and the Director of the Land Acquisition and
Management Department at the Suwannee River Water
Management District. In addition to coordinating the
day-to-day administration, planning, operations, and public
use of District lands, Mr. Houder oversees major acquisition
and restoration projects such as those at Mallory and Pinhook
swamps. He received a bachelor's degree in forestry from the
University of Florida and is a Certified Forester. Mr. Houder
is a member of the Society of American Foresters and the
American Water Resources Association.

William W. Kerr is president and principal ecologist
of B.K.I., Inc. and has had more than 20 years experience
dealing with and working on environmental issues. He was
first appointed to the Board of the St. Johns River Water
Management District for a one-year term beginning in
March, 1999, and was subsequently reappointed in
March 2000 and again in March 2004.

Patrick J. Lehman, P.E. is Executive Director of the
Peace River/Manasota Regional Water Supply Authority
in Sarasota, Florida. The Authority is a wholesale water
supplier to its member governments of Charlotte, DeSoto,
Manatee and Sarasota counties located on the west coast of
Florida. Mr. Lehman has been with the Authority since 1992,
serving initially as the Authority's engineer. He received a
bachelor's degree in civil engineering and a master's degree in
environmental engineering from the University of Iowa.
Mr. Lehman is a registered professional engineer in the state
of Florida and has over 25 years of experience in consulting
and public water utility management.

Lennart Lindahl, RE. has been involved in all aspects of
water resources in Florida during his career. He has served on
the Governing Board of the South Florida Water Management
District since 2001 and served as Vice-Chair from 2002-2004.
Additionally, Mr. Lindahl has served as Staff Engineer for the
United States Geological Survey, engineer for the South Florida
Water Management District and Senior Principal for LBFH
Consulting Engineers. Mr. Lindahl is a member of the
National Society of Professional Engineers and the Florida
Engineering Society.

Janet G. Llewellyn is the Deputy Director of the
Department of Environmental Protection's Division of Water
Resource Management and oversees the Office of Water Policy
and the Bureau of Beaches and Coastal Systems. The Office of
Water Policy is the Department's lead office for water policy
analysis and development, and coordination with the state's
five water management districts. Ms. Llewellyn has worked
for the DEP since 1983. 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.

Heidi B. McCree is the Chair of the Governing Board
for the Southwest Florida Water Management District.
Ms. McCree is an attorney and former executive director
of the Hillsborough River Greenways Task Force. Her prior
experience includes working for the Florida Department of
Environmental Protection, and for two governors of Maryland
in their Chesapeake Bay and Save Our Streams programs.
Ms. McCree brings to the board experience in facilitating
and achieving community-wide, consensus-based solutions
to complex environmental public policy issues. She received
a bachelor's degree in political science from Vanderbilt
University and a juris doctor from George Mason University
School of Law.

Pamela S. Mac'Kie is the Assistant Deputy Executive
Director of CERP Land Resources for the South Florida Water
Management District. She oversees the land acquisition and
management programs, as well as West Coast resources and
policy. For more than 15 years, Ms. Mac'Kie was a practicing
real-estate lawyer in the private sector. She also served seven
years as an elected Collier County commissioner. She has long
taken an active interest in environmental issues. She was a
member of the Governor's Commission for a Sustainable South
Florida, which helped develop the Comprehensive Everglades

Restoration Plan, and served on the executive committee
of the Corkscrew Regional Ecosystem Watershed Trust.
Ms. Mac'Kie is a graduate of Leadership Florida, Leadership
Collier and Leadership Southwest Florida and was a founding
member of the Women's Political Caucus of Collier County.
She received a bachelor's degree from Delta State University
and a law degree from the University of Mississippi.

John R. (Jack) Maloy is Chief Executive Consultant at
the South Florida Water Management District. Prior to his
current position, Mr. Maloy worked for the St. Johns River
Water Management District, MET Water District of Southern
California, A. Duda & Sons, Inc, C&SFFCD (now SFWMD)
and Karl Riddle Associates. Born in Brooklyn, NY, he
emigrated to Florida in 1957 and is a Korean War Veteran.

The Honorable Bob Martinez is Managing Director of
Carlton Fields Government Consulting. Prior to this position,
he was appointed by President George H. Bush as the
United States second Drug Czar after serving as Governor of
the State of Florida for 4 years. During his tenure as Governor
he was best known for his environmental agenda. The
Preservation 2000 environmental land acquisition program
was the largest land-purchasing program in the nation and
he supported new initiatives for surface water improvement,
solid waste management, Everglades restoration, manatee
protection, beach erosion mitigation and growth management.
Governor Martinez was Mayor of Tampa for seven years
after serving on the Governing Board for the Southwest
Florida Water Management District and serving as Executive
Director of the Hillsborough Classroom Teachers Association.
Currently, he also serves on several corporate boards and his
community interest remains high. Governor Martinez received
a bachelor's degree in education from the University of Tampa
and a master's degree in labor and industrial relations from the
University of Illinois.

Jerry L. Maxwell is the General Manager at Tampa Bay
Water. He brings more than 35 years of public administration
experience to public and private infrastructure management.
Under his direction, Tampa Bay Water completed a $610
million Master Water Plan to secure the Tampa Bay area's
water future through 2013, while achieving the largest
environmental set-aside to affect reductions in groundwater
withdrawal undertaken in the southeast. Mr. Maxwell has

extensive experience in city and county management as well
as utility management. Prior to directing the water supply
authority, he served as the chief deputy city manager for the
city of Tallahassee FL. He also served as the director of the
Florida Innovation Group/Advisory to National Innovation
Group Network and has held other city and county
administrative positions. Mr. Maxwell received a bachelor's
degree from Southern Illinois University and studied
mechanical engineering at the University of Illinois.
His graduate studies include public administration at
Southern Illinois University and political science at the
University of Florida.

Chip Merriam is Deputy Executive Director of Water
Resources for the South Florida Water Management District.
He is responsible for overseeing the broad functions of
environmental research and data collection, permitting and
water supply planning. Mr. Merriam previously served as the
Director of the agency's Lower West Coast Service Center in
Fort Myers. He is a native Floridian and a graduate of the
University of Florida with an educational background in
chemistry, zoology and marine benthic ecology

Ann Moore is a Governing Board Member for the
St. Johns River Water Management District. A civic activist,
she is the coordinator of Lake Disston Lake Watch, a grass
roots group successful in obtaining the outstanding Florida
Water designation for Lake Disston in Flagler County. In
September 2004, Ms. Moore completed the 4th Florida
Natural Resources Leadership Institute and was chosen to
represent her class as an advisor to the program. She served
six years on the Florida Developmental Disabilities Council
and has served on the boards of the Museum of Arts and
Sciences in Daytona Beach, Florida Special Olympics, Central
Florida Council Boy Scouts of America and Trinity United
Methodist Church. She also serves on the boards of Hospice in
Volusia and Flagler counties. A graduate of Stetson University
and Columbia University (with a nursing degree), she received
a master's degree in liberal studies from Rollins College. She is
vice president of Florida Manufacturing Company.




David L. Moore is the Executive Director of the
Southwest Florida Water Management District. Mr. Moore
has extensive experience in all aspects of Florida water
resources management activities. Prior to being named the
executive director, Mr. Moore served for 11 years as deputy
executive director of the Division of Resource Management
and Development. During Mr. Moore's tenure he has played
a key role in restoration and preservation of water bodies,
establishment of minimum flows and levels, watershed
assessments, maximizing the beneficial use of reclaimed
water, development and implementation of regional water
supply plans, land acquisition and management activities,
data collection network establishment and permitting rule
revisions. Mr. Moore is a certified professional geologist
with a bachelor's degree in geology from the College of
Charleston, S.C., a master's degree in geology from the
University of South Florida (USF) and a graduate certificate
in public administration, also from USE

Richard S. Owen is the Director of the Planning
Department for the Southwest Florida Water Management
District. He is responsible for developing, implementing,
evaluating and enhancing the District's planning functions.
Mr. Owen confers with the Governing Board, Basin Boards,
senior staff and others to facilitate planning activities, and
assists in the development of long-range objectives, goals and
policies relating to the various programs and projects of the
District. He began his career at the District as a Planner II
and was later appointed manager of the Finance Department's
Planning Section. Prior to the joining the District, he worked
as an economist and as an associate scientist in Tampa.
Mr. Owen is a certified professional planner and received a
bachelor's degree in food and resource economics from the
University of Massachusetts Amherst. He also received a
master's degree in economics and public administration from
the University of South Florida.

David Pope is chairman of the Suwannee River Water
Management District Governing Board. He is a Certified Crop
Adviser through the American Society of Agronomists, and
is employed as an Agricultural Manager with N. G. Wade
Investment Co. Mr. Pope is on the board of the Florida
Fertilizer & Agricultural Association, and is a member of the
Florida Farm Bureau Federation. He attended the University of
Florida before earning his bachelor's degree in political science
at Georgia State University

Deborah Poppel has more than 25 years of Florida
Real Estate experience in both the public and private sector.
Over the past 8 years she has served the Department of
Environmental Protection, Division of State Lands, in various
capacities including Chief of Land Acquisition, Chief of
Public Lands Administration and currently as Assistant
Director of State Lands. With a strong working knowledge
of real estate and business, Deborah has been instrumental
in streamlining the Division of State Lands, acquisition and
land administration programs. In 1999, to maximize the
state's real estate assets, she successfully established the Asset
Management Program. In 2005, to maximize land buying
efforts, she implemented the Land Acquisition/Project Triage
program. Deborah is a native Floridian and lives in Tallahassee
with her husband and son.

Jerry A. Scarborough has been Executive Director of
the Suwannee River Water Management District since 1990.
A lifelong resident of Suwannee County, Mr. Scarborough has
channeled his commitment to natural-resource protection
and rural economic development into a number of innovative
and successful District programs, including the Suwannee
River Partnership, Suwannee River Wilderness Trail, and
Quality Communities.

Kirk B. Webster is currently a Deputy Executive Director
and the Director of the Water Resources Department at the
Suwannee River Water Management District. He is responsible
for the development of minimum flows and levels, ground and
surfacewater data collection and studies, springs programs,
and technical assistance programs for the Suwannee River
Partnership. Mr. Webster received a bachelor's degree from
Brigham Young University, a master's degree in geography
from the University of Florida, and has completed the Senior
Executive Institute Public Management program at the
University of Virginia.


Carol Ann Wehle was unanimously named Executive
Director of the South Florida Water Management District
effective June 2005. A civil engineer, she has extensive
public and private sector water resource knowledge and
executive-level expertise. Ms. Wehle initially joined the
South Florida District in 2001, following nine years of service
with the St. Johns River District. She was a Brevard County
Commissioner and served six years on the Sebastian Inlet Tax
District Commission. Ms. Wehle has also worked as a civil
engineer for NASA and private-sector firms. She received a
bachelor's degree in engineering from Massachusetts Institute
of Technology.
Peggy White is the Information Resources Department
Director and CIO for the St. Johns River Water Management
District (SJRWMD). As an active member of a core team
that was charged with implementing a district-wide project
delivery system, she had direct responsibility for training,
and the technical design and development of a Project
Controls System, linking financial information with project
timelines. Ms. White provided leadership for development
of a four-year strategic plan to implement E-Permitting at
SJRWMD, collaborating with all five water management
districts to create a statewide permitting portal. Environmental
Resource Permit (ERP) and Consumptive Use Permit (CUP)
applications have been available online since December 2004.
Additionally, she has been the technical liaison for creation of
The Great Water Odysseys, an interactive, multidisciplinary
educational software program for third-, fourth- and
fifth-grade students.

Harold A. Wilkening, III, P.E. is the Director
of Resource Management at the St. Johns River Water
Management District. He is responsible for implementing
the District's mission of water supply planning, water
supply resource development, water use permitting, and
minimum flows and levels. Mr. Wilkening has over 23 years
of professional experience with the District in water resources
engineering, water supply management, and regulation. He
received a bachelor's and a master's degree in civil engineering
from the University of Delaware and Maryland, respectively,
and is a registered Professional Engineer in Florida.


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