2018 DeLand Water Festival

The Volusia Water Alliance invites local chalk artists to participate in an event to be held Saturday, April 28, during our 2018 Water Festival in DeLand, Florida. An honorarium of $150 will be given to each chalk artist.

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”

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.

Click here to REGISTER now

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Nutrients Can Be BAD

When we hear of nutrients, we might think of nourishment, food, growth, and good health.

But when it comes to our natural springs and rivers, too many nutrients is not a good thing at all.

As the human population grows and builds, fertilizers and chemicals from our lawns run down into our groundwater, rivers and springs and cause excessive growth of algae in our natural waters. This abundance of algae blocks out the sunlight from the plant life below causing the vegetation to die off and the underwater wildlife that depends on it to starve. As a result, all of the wildlife that depends on fish for food is also affected.



What is the Aquifer?

A popular dictionary defines aquifer as simply “a body of permeable rock that can contain or transmit groundwater.” But the Floridan Aquifer is a complex network of underground—and underwater—caves and crevices that divers can actually swim through and explore for many miles! If you have not seen it, you should watch the documentary, Water’s Journey: Hidden Rivers of Florida to see this amazing geographical world that is not far beneath our feet.

The Floridan Aquifer is underneath more than 100,000 square miles, spanning the entire state of Florida and well into four other Southeastern states.

Our aquifer is also the source of our drinking water and all of the water we use in our homes, at least here in Volusia County. It is also what our wells tap into for farming irrigation watering our lawns.