The Water Festival

The Water Festival

Join us to have a good time and to learn about our most precious resource— our WATER!

April 28, 2018 On West Indiana Avenue
in Downtown DeLand


From the aquifer beneath our feet, to our natural springs and rivers, and even to the faucets in our homes, our sources of fresh water are becoming increasingly threatened. It is now time to raise awareness and start working together to protect this vital resource—our natural waters.
Plan to join us for The Water Festival 2018!

Bring the whole family for a great time of
discovery and fun!

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Click below to read the Press Release!Water Festival Press Release

There are things that all of us can do to turn things around and preserve our fresh, natural water sources for a long time to come…

See you at The Water Festival!

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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

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 (more…)

Fall Symposium 2017

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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Water issues affect us all.
Join the discussion.


The Water Festival

The Water Festival

Save the Date and
Save Our Springs!

VOLUSIA WATER ALLIANCE produces The Water Festival in DeLand, Florida, geared to all ages to increase awareness about the conditions of our natural water sources, and to foster collaboration and engagement toward strategic solutions.

Make plans to attend the upcoming Water Festival
Saturday, April 28, 2018
Indiana Avenue, Downtown DeLand


Last year’s Water Festival website