2018 Fall Symposium: The State of Our Water

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9:00 am Registration, Coffee, and Networking
9:30 am Welcome Commissioner Chris Cloudman, City of DeLand
9:35 am Introduction and Gemini Springs Alliance Announcement Saundra Gray, Gemini Springs Alliance Co-Founder
9:45 am Technical Presentations and Organizational Updates Moderator: Nancy Vaughn, Co-chair, Natural Resources Action Team, League of Women Voters of Volusia County
USGS in Florida – Hydrologic Data Collection and Analysis David M. Sumner, Ph. D., PG, Director, USGS Caribbean-Florida Water Science Center
Update: Volusia County Save Our Springs and Rivers Initiative Katrina Locke, Sustainability and Natural Resources Director, Volusia County
Update: Project H2O Jessy Wales, Conservation Science Coordinator, Marine Discovery Center
Impacts of Exotic Species on the Native Fauna of Springs & Rivers Melissa Ann Gibbs, Ph.D., Professor of Biology and Director of the Aquatic & Marine Biology Program at Stetson University; President of the Friends of Blue Spring State Park
Aquatic Preserve Alliance of Central Florida Deborah Shelley, Vice President, Aquatic Preserve Alliance of Central Florida
10:35 am Break 
10:45 am Technical Presentations and Organizational Updates (cont’d)
Update: Springs Monitoring and Projects Heather Obara, Esq., Associate Director, Florida Springs Institute
Update: Gemini Springs Septic Tank Abatement Program David Hamstra, Senior Project Manager, Pegasus Engineering
Update: Freshwater Spring Ecology Dr. Kirsten Work, Professor and Chair, Biology, Stetson University
Update: Springs BMAP and Appeals Clay Henderson, Executive Director, Stetson University Institute for Water and Environmental Resilience
Swimming the St. Johns River from Sanford to Mayport Luther F. Davis III, Open Water Swimmer and Physics and Astronomy Teacher, Lake Mary High School
11:35 am LUNCH
12:15 pm Keynote Film Clear Water, Clean Water? Exploring the Floridan Aquifer Schoolyard Films, Inc. 
12:45 pm Announcements and Introductions Moderator: Nancy Vaughn, Co-chair, Natural Resources Action Team, League of Women Voters of Volusia County
  Keynote Address: Reclaiming the Future: Science, Engagement, and Hope in Our State of Watery Peril Dr. Jason M. Evans, Associate Professor of Environmental Studies and Faculty Director, Institute for Water and Environmental Resilience, Stetson University
1:30 pm Springs Restoration: Science, Policy and Projects Casey Fitzgerald, Director, Springs Protection Initiative, Division of Water and Land Resources, St. Johns River Water Management District
OSTDS Advanced Treatment Options for Nitrogen Reduction Lisa Marie Prescott, M.Ed., CEHP, Florida Onsite Wastewater Association
Water Harvesting with Cisterns Stephen S. Kintner, Chair, Volusia County Smart Growth Review Committee, and Vice Chair, Blue Spring Alliance
Not Enough Green, or Too Much? Conservation Funding, Algae Blooms, and the St. Johns River’s Middle Basin Lisa Rinaman, Riverkeeper, St. Johns Riverkeeper
2:50 pm Break
3:00 pm West Volusia Utilities: Water Quantity and Quality Solutions Michael Ulrich, Volusia County Water Resources and Utilities Director, and Keith Riger, DeLand Public Services Director
Daytona Beach Demonstration Project to Convert Wastewater to Drinking Water Jo Ann Macrina, Deputy Utilities Director, City of Daytona Beach
Myth & Magic: Lessons from the History of Florida’s Waters Rick Kilby, Author and Historian
4:00 pm Concluding Remarks
4:30 pm  Beer Review Persimmon Hollow Brewing Co.  

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Volusia Water Alliance

2018 FALL SYMPOSIUM – The State of Our Water

Short presentations on the problems we face and possible solutions by leaders and experts
As our population grows in Central Florida, we are causing serious problems with our natural ecosystem and the Floridan Aquifer under our feet from which we get our water. There is no easy solution, but the best minds in the business are coming together to work on it. Join us.
Know about the problems. Be a part of the solutions.Featuring Keynote by DR. JASON EVANS “Reclaiming the Future: Science, Engagement, and Hope in Our State of Watery Peril” Dr. Evans is Faculty Director of the Institute for Water & Environmental Resilience, Associate Professor of Environmental Science and Studies at Stetson University, and Co-Editor-in-Chief for the Journal of Environmental Management.
Special Screening of Schoolyard Films’ Clear Water, Clean Water: Exploring the Floridan Aquifer

Friday, Oct. 26, 9 am – 4 pm

at the Wayne G. Sanborn Center, DeLand, FL

Admission: FREE. Optional catered lunch: $12 Limited seating, must register online. Catered lunch includes a large wrap, (choice of Tuna, Turkey with Cheese, or Vegetarian), a bag of chips, water, and a dessert item (e.g. brownie). Catered by DeLand Natural Market and Deli.  

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