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Title: Water Institute progress report
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Title: Water Institute progress report
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Creator: University of Florida Water Institute
Publisher: University of Florida Water Institute
Publication Date: November 2006
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Water Institute Status Report: November 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
Research and Agricultural and Biological Engineering
Purchased basic office equipment and furniture required for startup
Hired two part-time Research Coordinators: Kathleen McKee (M.S. Soil
and Water Science), Mark Newman (Ph. D. Civil Engineering)

Stakeholder Development
Conducted on-Campus Meetings with 25 diverse Faculty groups from
CLAS, CALS, COE, COB, CDCP, Law, Vet Medicine (see Appendix 1)
Conducted approximately 45 meetings with External Stakeholders including
state, national and international cooperators and funding agencies (see
Appendix 2)

Strategic Planning

On-Line Faculty Survey: Completed September 1 (see Appendix 3)
1-day Faculty Forum: Completed October 16th (see Appendix 3)
Conduct Election of Internal Advisory Board November 2006
Release Opportunity Fund Call Dec 8th, January 29th due date
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)

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
Began November 1, 2006

US Department of Agriculture India Agricultural Knowledge Initiative
"Sustainable Water Resource Management: U.S India Collaborative
Research and Education", $90,000
"Information and Communication Technologies for Capacity Building
in Water Management", $60,000
Began September 1, 2006

Water Institute Proposals submitted:

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 : declined
NSF, Partnerships for International Research and Education. "Sustainable
Land and Water Management: Comparative Analysis of Benchmark
Basins across Economic, Environmental, Hydrologic, and Social
Gradients" Pre-proposal for internal competition, $2,400,000:declined
Legislative Budget Request, "Solutions for Water Resources
Sustainability", $4,776,000
Congressional Budget Earmark, Water Institute Core Labs and Post-
Doctoral Researcher Program", $5,000,000
NOAA, "Use of Seasonal Climate Forecasts to Reduce Risk in Regional
Public Water Supply Management in the Tampa Metropolitan Region",

Water Institute Proposal Working Groups:

NSF Critical Zone Observatory RFP ($4,500,000 over 5 years) LOI due
October 1 2006 Proposal due December 15, 2006
FDEP : Summary and Synthesis of the Available Literature on the Effects
of Nutrients on Spring Organisms and Systems ($200K for 12 months)
AwwaRF- Palm Beach Utilities, "Refined Regional Data Decision
Support System", $200,000

Research Project Management

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency 319 Program, "Demonstration of Water
Quality Best Management Practices for Beef Cattle Ranching in the Lake
Okeechobee Basin", $1,349,785.00, Sept 2002-June 2007, Principal Investigator
for 7 faculty member team.

South Florida Water Management District/Florida Water Resources Center,
Cooperative Graduate Research Assistantship Program, $70,000, April 2006-May
2007, Principal Investigator for 5 faculty member team.
National Science Foundation, "Design and Demonstration of a Distributed Sensor
Array for Predicting Water Flow and Nitrate Flux in the Santa Fe Basin,
$360,000, November 2006-October 2008, Principal Investigator for 6 faculty
member team.

Research Project Participation

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency 319 Program, "Evaluating the
Effectiveness of BMPs for Reducing Nutrient inputs to Groundwater in the
Suwannee River Basin", $597,193, Jan 2000-July Jan 2007, Co-Principal
Investigator in 5 faculty member team.
National Science Foundation, Improved Estimation of Evapotranspiration and
Recharge from a Dynamic SVAT through Assimilation of Microwave
Brightness", $400,000, Jan 2004- Jan 2008, Co-Principal Investigator in 4 faculty
member team.


Teach CWR 6536, Stochastic Subsurface Hydrology (3 credits), Fall 2006

Appendix 1: On-Campus Stakeholder Meetings and Presentations

* 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
* August 17th, Aquatic Vet Medicine
* August 18th IFAS Extension Dean re Hastings Demonstration Facility
* September 1st IFAS Research Dean re SFWMD liaison
* September 15th, Soil and Water Sciences Department
* September 28th, School of Forest Resources and Conservation
* October 2nd IFAS Research and Extension Associate Deans
* October 5th Religion Group (Florida Organization on Religion
Environmental Sciences and Technology)
* October 9th School of Natural Resources and Environment
* October 13th Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences Department
* October 23rd Particle Science Engineering Research Center
* Novermber 1st, IFAS Tropical Research and Education Center,
* Novermber 3rd, Environmental Engineering Sciences Dept.
* November 6th, CLAS Ecology and Environment Committee

Appendix 2: External Stakeholder Meetings and Presentations

* 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 27th Florida Institute of Phosphate Research (Paul Clifford)
* July 28 Swisher Foundation (JAX)
* August 3-14 ICRISAT (Hyderabad India), Ranga Agricultural
University (Hyderabad India), International Water Management
Institute (Colombo, Sri Lanka)
* September 6-8 Annual Water Management District/DEP Conference,
Tarpon Springs
* Sept 13th, USDA Washington DC
* September 21, St. Johns River Water Management District, Palatka
* September 25, NSF Washington DC
* October 2nd, Florida Natural Areas Inventory
* October 18th University of Florida Foundation Orlando Regional
Planning Committee
* October 23rd, Tampa Bay Water
* October 31st, South East Climate Consortium/NOAA
* November 1st, South Florida Water Management District, West Palm
* November 8th, UF Foundation and Holloway Farms, Leesberg
* November 9th, SJRWMD Hastings
* November 10th, Florida Federation of Garden Clubs, Jacksonville

* November 11th, UF Foundation Advisory Board
* November 13th, USGS Orlando
* November 14-17th CUASHI, NSF Austin TX
* November 20th, Marion County
* November 29-30th, NSF CUAHSI-CLEANER Planning meeting

Appendix 3: Results of the Water Institute Faculty Survey and Retreat

October 16, 2006 9:00-4:00
Austin Carey Forest Lodge


9:00 Welcome: History and Context of WI (click for power point presentation)

9:10 Introductions (click for attendee list)

9:40 Objectives and Participant Expectations

10:00 Faculty Survey results (click for power point presentation)

10:20 Break

10:35 Scenarios Exercise: What will the Water Institute look like? (click for results)

12:30 Lunch

1:30 Thrust areas and criteria for Research and Outreach (small groups)
Establish criteria (click for criteria considered)
Define thrust areas (click for thrust areas defined)
Discuss in plenary

3:00 Break

3:15 Next Steps:
In thematic groups, define what, when, who and how (click for next steps)

3:50 Summary, Evaluation and Closure

Water Institute Fall 2006 Retreat: Summary of Scenarios Exercise

1. Scenarios Exercise: What will the Successful Water Institute look like in 2011?
(Common characteristics suggested by 4 break-out groups)

The Water Institute is recognized for...

an engaged interdisciplinary faculty disciplinary isolation (disciplinary
silos) have been broken down
an excellent reputation within UF as well as within the state, nation, and
strong partnerships with the Water Management Districts and local
governments (long term funded research--demonstration sites have been
established in all Water Management Districts)
facilitating discussions between regulatory agencies, industry, and
being an honest broker, the go-to place to have problems solved
training excellent students
impacting water policy at the state level
strong externally funded grants program from state, national and
international sources
distributing indirect costs in an equitable manner that fosters
interdisciplinary work and does not threaten department chairs or deans
building/recruiting water faculty at UF in under-represented disciplines
(especially social sciences, policy sciences, and the humanities)
obtaining funding for 5 endowed professorships
a strong visiting scholar program
a strong annual symposium
a robust, well-respected external advisory board
supporting operating expenses with endowments
research and outreach programs that are self-sustaining through state and
federal earmarks
being called on by the state and national press (e.g. NPR) for issues
regarding water
excellent Water Institute staff including grants facilitator, communication
director, IT director, and accountant
a strong publication record in top peer reviewed journals, as well as white
papers and synthesis articles for agencies and op-ed pieces in newspapers
supporting the development of technologies for state, national and
international applications
world renowned water faculty who receive prestigious awards, and are
members of NAS, NAE, etc.

2. Scenarios Exercise: What will Unsuccessful Water Institute look like in 2011?
(Common pitfalls to avoid from 3 break-out groups)

The Water Institute failed because...

there was not adequate incentive to encourage faculty participation and support
no realistic metrics for success were established early on
failed to get Deans' support of metrics for success
there was limited administrative support
there was no increase in external funding
very few departments were engaged failed to break down disciplinary isolation
the internal advisory board was too biased or narrowly focused
failed to engage social scientists
not enough outreach
external advisory board was neglected
insufficient grants, papers, post docs, grad students, public awareness
there was no Water Management District or Legislative support
unable to strike an effective balance between basic and applied research
unable to strike an effective balance between local, state, and international
takes advantage of ideas and plans of others and is viewed as a parasite
becomes too narrowly focused (e.g. focuses only on hydrology)
no early 'success stories'
there is a lack of incentive for top performers to affiliate
not able to address issues of overlap/conflict with existing UF centers/institutes

Water Institute Fall 2006 Retreat:
Criteria proposed for consideration in determining Thrust Areas

The thrust areas should be...

" interdisciplinary
" related to existing expertise at UF (or identifiable partners)
" related to outcomes that stakeholders are interested in
" related to research, education and outreach that stakeholders are willing to
" focused on areas with long term potential
" dynamic and complementary
" local, regional and international
" capable of encouraging student involvement
" able to contribute to fundamental understanding of important topics
" inclusive of Extension / Education
" related to issues in which UF is a leader
" compelling due to current situations and events
" based upon a portfolio of possible research efforts (comparison of projects
that are sure to get funded with success and risky ventures)

Water Institute Fall 2006 Retreat:

* Water Resources Sustainability
Development of Alternative Water Supplies (Desalination, ASR,
Water Treatment, Water Remediation
Management of Groundwater recharge areas
Water Conservation, Reuse, Demand Management
* Water and Ecosystems
Linking Terrestrial and Coastal Systems (Estuaries and Coastal Zone)
MFLs, TMDLs, BMPs, Ecosystem restoration
* Water and Climate
Extreme Events (Floods, Flood Control, Droughts, Hurricanes)
Climate Variability (ENSO phase, MDO)
Climate Change (Global warming, sea level rise, rainfall redistribution)
* Water and Society
Water Policy and Law
Water Pricing
Social Impacts and Implications (religion, poverty, social equity)
Public Health

Water Institute Fall 2006 Retreat: Next Steps

* Hold elections for Internal Advisory Board
* Form faculty working groups for each thrust area
* Organize seminar series based on thrust areas: invite expert speakers to stimulate
ideas and help gel faculty groups to prepare for proposal writing (webcast through
* Investigate and circulate RFPs in thrust areas
* Design internal RFP to jumpstart faculty groups in thrust areas, including:
Funds for bringing in external speakers
Support for preliminary data collection and external proposal preparation
Matching funds for competitive proposals
Synthesis papers for refereed journals
White papers for setting research agendas with agencies
* Plan External Stakeholder Outreach and Form External Advisory Board
* Plan first Water Institute Symposium

Water Institute Fall 2006 Retreat: Retreat Attendees

Amy Shober
Arnoldo Valle Levinson
Chuck Jacoby
Craig Stanley
Dorota Haman
Greg Kiker
Hannah Covert
Iske Larkin
Jasmeet Judge
Jean-Clade Bonzongo
Jim Heaney
Jim Jawitz
Joan Bradshaw
John Jaeger
Kathleen McKee
Ken Campbell
Kirk Hatfield
Lou Motz
Mark Brown
Mark Clark
Mark Newman
Matt Cohen
Michael Dukes
Mike Annable
Nancy Peterson
Rafael Muioz-Carpena
Richard Hamann
Rick Stepp
Roy Yanong
Ruth Francis-Floyd
Sandra Russo
Sandy Berg
Sanjay Shukla
Spyros Svoronos
Tom Obreza
Tom T-J Hsu
Wendy Graham

Soil and Water Sci
Coastal & Ocean Eng
Coastal Extension Specialist, Fisheries & Aqu Sci
Gulf Coast Res and Ed Ctr Bradenton
Ag & Bio Eng
Ag & Bio Eng
Ctr for Latin American Studies
Aqu Animal Health Ed Coord., Vet Medicine
Ag & Bio Eng
Env Eng Sci
Env Eng Sci
Soil and Water Sci
Nat Resource Extension, Citrus Cnty
Water Institute
Ag & Bio Eng
Civil Eng
Civil Eng
Ctr for Enviro Policy; Env Eng Sci
Soil and Water Sci
Water Institute
Ag & Bio Eng
Env Eng Sci
Ag & Bio Eng
Env Law
Fisheries & Aqu Sci
Aqu Animal Vet Medicine
Prog Devel, International Ctr
Ag & Bio Eng
Chemical Engineering
Soil and Water Sci
Civil Eng
Water Institute

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