2018 DeLand Water Festival

The Volusia Water Alliance invites local chalk artists to participate in a competition to be held Saturday, April 28, during our 2018 Water Festival in DeLand, Florida. A total of 4 prizes will be given to the best chalk artwork.

Deadline for applications is March 30, 2018.
Space is limited and will be assigned on a first-come-first-served basis.

Click here to download information and application.


2017 Symposium Presentations

Friday, October 27, 2017

9:00 a.m. Registration, Coffee, and Networking

9:30 a.m. Welcome, Announcements, and Blue Spring Alliance Update
Saundra Gray, Chair, Blue Spring Alliance

9:40 a.m. Technical Presentations and Organizational Updates
Moderator: Jane Durocher, Middle Basin Advocacy Director, St. Johns Riverkeeper

West Volusia Audubon/Volusia Water Alliance
Stephen Kintner, Vice President and Conservation Chair, West Volusia Audubon Continue reading “2017 Symposium Presentations”

Casey Fitzgerald

“Outstanding Florida Springs of the St. Johns River System”

Mr. Fitzgerald has been involved in natural resource protection and management for over 30 years. He has served in the state capital as the Bureau Chief of State Lands Management in the former Florida Department of Natural Resources, as the Assistant Director of the Florida Conservation Association and is currently serving as the Director of the Springs Protection Initiative with the St. Johns River Water Management District.

In his 23-year career at the district, Mr. Fitzgerald served primarily as the Assistant Director of the Department of Water Resources overseeing regional ecosystem restoration programs for the St. Johns River, Indian River Lagoon, Lake Apopka and the Harris Chain of Lakes, among others. His current role is as the Director of the district’s Springs Protection Initiative.

Mr. Fitzgerald has also held numerous advisory posts, such as: Chair, Alachua County Environmental Protection Advisory Committee; Vice-chair, State of Florida Consumer Fertilizer Task Force; Member, State of Florida Pollutant Trading Policy Advisory Committee; and Board of Directors, Florida Stormwater Association.

Moira Homann

Moira Homann began her career at the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (department) in 2010 as an Environmental Specialist with the Watershed Evaluation and Total Maximum Daily Load (WET) Section. In 2014, she joined the department’s Watershed Planning and Coordination Section as an Environmental Consultant working as the Basin Management Action Plan (BMAP) coordinator for Wakulla Springs, Volusia Blue Spring, Wekiva, Lake Jesup and Lakes Harney and Monroe. Moira received a Bachelor’s Degree in Natural Resource Conservation Management from the University of Kentucky’s College of Agriculture in 2004; and a joint Master’s Degree in Environmental Science and Public Affairs from Indiana University’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs in 2009.

Robert A. Mattson, CEP, CSE

“The St. Johns River. A River. A Resource.”

Rob earned his B.A. degree in Biology and M.S. in Zoology from the University of South Florida. He is presently a Sr. Environmental Scientist with the St. Johns River Water Management District. He has been with the District for 12 years and is involved in conducting ecological studies in spring ecosystems in the St. Johns River basin. He is also an Adjunct Instructor at St. Johns River State College in Palatka. Previously he was an Aquatic Biologist with the Suwannee River Water Management District for 17 years. When not working, Rob enjoys fishing and researching the naval history of the Civil War in Florida; he has published a book on “The Civil War Navy in Florida.”


Raul Palenzuela

A Brief Overview of Orange City’s Water Resource Projects”

Raul Palenzuela, Orange City’s Deputy Public Works Director/City Engineer, is a Professional Engineer with over 30 years of experience across various industries including Water and Wastewater Utilities, Environmental Permitting, Water Resources Management, Power Generation, Oil & Gas and Renewable Energy.  Raul is a graduate of Florida State University and theUniversity of Central Florida. He is a Veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom and retired from the U.S. Navy with the rank of Captain.



Lisa Rinaman

The St. Johns Riverkeeper is the chief advocate and public’s voice for the St. Johns River.  Responsibilities include: holding regulatory agencies and those polluting the river accountable; identifying and advocating for solutions that will protect and restore the river; working with government entities, businesses, community leaders and citizens to resolve problems that impact the river’s health; and communicating with the media and the public to educate and raise awareness about important river-related issues.

As a former senior staff member for Jacksonville Mayor John Peyton, Lisa Rinaman has extensive experience building consensus around issues and helped implement numerous environmental initiatives and policies. Lisa was instrumental in leading the effort to develop and implement irrigation, fertilizer and Florida Friendly landscaping ordinances to better protect the St. Johns and local waterways. She also played a key role in securing state funding for water quality improvements, organizing the city’s successful Manatee Protection Plan, and pushing for programs necessary to fulfill the River Accord restoration plan for the Lower St. Johns River.

Before being named the St. Johns Riverkeeper, Lisa served as a valuable member of the St. Johns Riverkeeper Water Policy Group (WPG), a group that advocates for water conservation and reuseand policies that are more protective of our water resources.


Dr. Katie Tripp

Community-Scale Enhancement & Restoration of the Rose Bay Watershed- Phase 1″

Dr. Katie Tripp is a resident of Harbor Oaks in East Volusia County & a member of her Neighborhood Association’s Board of Directors.  She works as Save the Manatee Club’s Director of Science and Conservation. She received her bachelor’s degree with honors from Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, FL, where she majored in Marine Science and received minors in both Chemistry and Environmental Policy. Dr. Tripp earned a Master’s Certificate in Environmental Policy and Management from the University of Florida’s College of Engineering and also received her Ph.D. in Veterinary Medical Sciences from UF. Following appointment by Florida’s Governor, she served on the State’s Boating Advisory Council and is currently an elected Supervisor with the Volusia County Soil and Water Conservation District. She has served as Chair of the Manatee Rescue and Rehabilitation Partnership; on the Executive Committee of the Florida Springs Council; and on the Steering Committees of the Blue Spring Alliance and Floridians’ Clean Water Declaration. She is currently a Steering Committee member for Volusia County’s Project H2O and in 2016, she was appointed to the newly formed Indian River Lagoon Citizens’ Advisory Committee.

Fall Symposium 2017

Fall Symposium 2017


Detailed Schedule of Presentations HERE.

9:00 am – Coffee, Registration and Networking

9:30 am – “Water Our Options?”

Hear short presentations by and for civic leaders, utility departments, and water management organizations about problems we’re facing and possible solutions.

Kids Swimming in Blue Spring


Jane Durocher, Middle Basin Advocacy Director
St. John’s Riverkeeper

“Water’s Journey: Hidden Rivers of Florida”

Enjoy lunch and an eye-opening film that follows a team of divers through the Floridan aquifer, with a presentation about the source of drinking water beneath our feet. Catered lunch of organic wraps and chips provided for $11 per person. Choices include Turkey with Cheese, Tuna, or Gluten-free Vegetarian wraps. Select lunch preferences with registration HERE.


12:00 PM – “Don’t Water It Down”

Attend informative, public-oriented presentations about our water levels and flows, protection and recovery strategies, saving our springs, the St. Johns River, and the urgent need for neighborhood involvement. Then, participate in round-table discussions to share your ideas.

Speakers include:

Clay Henderson  (Moderator)
Executive Director
Stetson University Institute for Water and Environmental Resilience

Robert A. Mattson
Environmental Scientist V
St. Johns River Water Management District

Casey Fitzgerald
Director, Springs Protection Initiative
St. Johns River Water Management District

Raul Palenzuela
Deputy Public Works Director/City Engineer
Orange City

Lisa Rinaman
St. Johns Riverkeeper

Moira Homann
BMAP Coordinator
Florida Department of Environmental Protection

Dr. Katie Tripp
Harbor Oaks Neighborhood Association

4:45 pm – “Beer Review”

Top off the day with craft beer tastings, a brief presentation and tour of the brewery at Persimmon Hollow Brewing Co.

Register NOW to reserve your place

Admission is FREE to attend all sessions; with an optional catered lunch for $11. Lunch includes a large wrap, chips and water, with your choice of Tuna, Turkey w/cheese, or Vegetarian wrap. Make your wrap selection in advance with your registration.

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