Title: Water Institute progress report
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Permanent Link: http://ufdc.ufl.edu/UF00088890/00001
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Title: Water Institute progress report
Series Title: Water Institute progress report
Physical Description: Serial
Language: English
Creator: University of Florida Water Institute
Publisher: University of Florida Water Institute
Publication Date: August 2006
Subject: University of Florida.   ( lcsh )
Spatial Coverage: North America -- United States of America -- Florida
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Bibliographic ID: UF00088890
Volume ID: VID00001
Source Institution: University of Florida
Holding Location: University of Florida
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Water Institute Quarterly Report
May 15-Aug 15, 2006

Acquired 1300 sq ft space in 570 Weil Hall requiring minor renovations
Arranged for phone and IT services to be provided courtesy of the Civil and
Coastal Engineering Dept.
Arranged for fiscal services to be provided courtesy of the IFAS Dean for
Purchased basic office equipment and furniture required for startup
Hired two Research Coordinators: Kathleen McKee (M.S. Soil and Water
Science), Mark Newman (Ph. D. Civil Engineering)

Stakeholder Development
Conducted the following on Campus Meetings with Faculty groups
March 30 CLAS Ecology and Environment
April 13 Florida Water Resources Research Center
April 14 School of Natural Resource and Environment
April 19 Interdisciplinary International Water Interest Group
May 5 Hydrologic Sciences Academic Cluster
May 8 IFAS Extension
May 9 Center for Latin American Studies
May 11 Public Utilities Research Center
May 18 Soil and Water Science Department
May 22 UF Geoplan Center
May 23 UF Office of Sustainability
May 26 Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences Department
June 20 Program for Resource Efficient Communities

Conducted the following Meetings with External Stakeholders
March 23, Frank Rij sberman, Director of International Water
Management Institute (Sri Lanka)
May 2 Florida Century Commission (in conjunction with SNRE)
May 12 Stan Bronson, Director Florida Earth Foundation (WPB)
May 12 South Florida Water Management District (WPB)
May 22 Delegation from Punjab Agricultural University (India)
May 24 Hilary Swain, Director Archbold Biological Station
May 25 Florida Pesticide Review Council Meeting
May 25 Dean of Science, Makerere University, Uganda
May 30 NSF Geosciences Director, Washington DC
June 1 US Geological Survey
June 6 Progress Energy
June 12 Suwannee River Water Management District
June 15 Florida Association for Water Quality Control, Naples

June 16 Tampa Bay Water
June 20 Delegation from Ranga Agricultural Univ (Hyderabad, India)
June 22 Conserv Florida Clearinghouse Steering Committee
June 27 Delegation from the Florida Chapter AWWA
June 29 Lake Okeechobee Interagency Meeting (SFWMD, DACS,
July 25 Nancy Johnson International Center for Tropical Agriculture
(CIAT Columbia)
July 26 Florida Department of Environmental Protection & Florida
Department of Agriculture (Tallahassee)
July 28 Swisher Foundation (JAX)
August 3-14 ICRISAT (Hyderabad India), Ranga Agricultural
University (Hyderabad India), International Water Management
Institute (Colombo, Sri Lanka)

Strategic Planning
Planned formal On-Line Faculty Survey of interests and priorities for
release in late August
Planned 1-day Faculty Forum for Late September/Early October
Planned Opportunity Fund Call for November release, January due date

Water Institute Projects Initiated:
Conserve Florida Clearinghouse ($150K for 1 year, planning grant)
Funded by DEP, and the WMDs
Joint effort by COE (Heaney) CALS (Haman) and COB (Berg)
Mission is to collect, analyze and make available research information
and technical assistance to public water supply utilities and water
managers for use in developing effective and efficient water
conservation programs
Began Summer 2006

Suwannee River Hydrologic Observatory
Funded by NSF ($460K for 2 years, planning grant)
Joint effort between COE (Delfino, Slatton), CALS (Graham, Cohen),
CLAS (Martin)
Member of group of 8 watersheds serving as test beds for a national
network of observatories
Will address the relative roles of climate change and human
development on water dynamics, water quality, and ecology across US
hydroecoclimate regions
Begins Fall 2006

Pending Water Institute Proposals:

National Science Foundation, "Influence of Hydrologic Variability on Carbon
Processing and Fluxes in an Organic Carbon and Carbonate Rich Watershed,
Suwannee River Florida", $2,407,910
Legislative Budget Request, "Solutions for Water Resources Sustainability",
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, "Use of Seasonal Climate
Forecasts to Reduce Risk in Regional Public Water Supply Management in the
Tampa Metropolitan Region", $300,000
US Department of Agriculture India Agricultural Knowledge Initiative,
"Sustainable Water Resource Management: U.S India Collaborative Research
and Education", $90,000

Water Institute Plans
Aug 15, 2006- Dec 31, 2006

Continue office space development
Evaluate the need for a full-time Communications Coordinator (web manager,
meetings manager, office manager, proposal writer, etc.)


Teach CWR 6536, Stochastic Subsurface Hydrology (3 credits)

Stakeholder Development

September 18-23, 2006 Participate in Joint U.S.-India AKI Water Workshop in
Delhi India ( One of 10 faculty members from the US invited to participate)
September 2006 Meeting with St. Johns River Water Management District
October 2006 Meeting with Sou7th Florida Water Management District
October 2006 Meeting with SouthWest Florida Water Management District

Strategic Planning
Execute Faculty Survey and Faculty Forum
Issue Opportunity Fund Call
Write Draft Strategic Plan to be circulated by Dec 31, 2006
Conduct Election of Internal Advisory Board January 2007
Plan External Stakeholder Summit for Early Spring 2007
Plan Formation of External Advisory Board for Late Spring 2007
Plan First Annual Water Summit ( Tentative date Feb 2008)

Proposal Development
Form and manage faculty group to submit proposal to NSF Critical Zone
Observatory RFP ($4,500,000 over 5 years) LOI due October 1 2006,
Proposal due December 15, 2006

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