Monday, November 29, 2021

Conference Addresses Water Challenges

Photos by Tom James: Students showcase their research.

Photos by Tom James: Students showcase their research.


Southwest Florida Water Resources Conference has announced the lineup of speakers for this year’s conference, held at Florida Gulf Coast University, Cohen Center Ballroom, Ft. Myers on January 13, 2017.

This year’s theme “Cooperative Solutions: Working Together to Address Water Challenges” recognizes our region’s need for all elements of society to cooperate in the pursuit of actions that will improve our water systems and environment. The conference will showcase how agencies, engineering firms, and non-profit organizations have worked together and can continue to join forces on specific projects and larger initiatives. As always, we have arranged for presentations by some of the leading experts in water resources, and will include some of the top decision-makers responsible for water resource planning and management in Southwest Florida, the state and the nation.

The conference brings together researchers, managers, agency staff, consultants, and other interested parties to discuss ongoing technical and social research and innovative projects, to share ideas, and to increase awareness of the issues of water supply, water use efficiency, water body protection, watershed health, and environmental sustainability facing Florida.

As has become its tradition, the conference is Florida’s premier student poster contest for water resources students statewide. Cash prizes are



offered for the best research posters, with first, second, and third-place awards in two divisions, graduate students and undergraduate/high school students.

Topic Sessions include: Successful Cooperative Projects / Realities of Cooperative Projects; Regional Cooperative Approach to Water Management Projects – Carol Collier, Drexel University: Chesapeake Bay Cooperative Programs for Water Management Improvement, Keynote Speaker; Blueprints for Cooperative Projects.

Local Speakers include Ray Judah, former Lee County Commissioner, Jennifer Hecker, Charlotte Harbor NEP, and Dr. Richard Bartleson, Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation.

Advance registration is recommended. Registration will open at 8 AM. Sessions will conclude around 4:30 PM and will be followed by a networking social. The full technical program and other details are available at

For twenty-six years, the Southwest Florida Water Resources Conference has provided outstanding opportunities to share cutting-edge technical information, exchange views from a wide range of diverse perspectives, and engage the community of water resources expertise in our region. This past year the conference drew over 200 attendees who represented a broad section of scientists, engineers, geologists, natural resources managers, jurists, and other professionals involved in both the public and private sectors.

Sponsorship and exhibitor opportunities are available online at under “Sponsorships.”

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