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2017 Annual Meeting

  • 10 Aug 2017
  • 11 Aug 2017
  • Key Largo, Florida


  • AWRA Florida members
  • Not currently an AWRA Florida member (fee includes AWRA Florida membership through Dec. 31, 2016)
  • College or High School student and AWRA Florida Member
  • College or High School student not currently an AWRA Florida member (fee includes AWRA Florida student membership through Dec. 31, 2016)
  • Friday evening's Awards Luau ONLY (and speakers attending dinner)

Meeting Location
Murray Nelson Government Center
102050 Overseas Highway
Key Largo, FL 33037

Organizations wishing to participate as meeting sponsors should contact Garrett Wallace at 561-504-6877. Pay your sponsorship online here.  

Preliminary Agenda

Thursday, August 10
12:30pm - Meeting Registration Opens
1:00pm - Call to Order and Welcome – Mark Diblin, President, AWRA Florida
1:05pm - Welcome - Holly Raschien, Florida House of Represenatives
1:20pm - Update of Florida Keys Initiatives - Rhonda Haag, Monroe County
1:30pm - Aquifer Storage and Recovery in Monroe County - TBD, Florida Keys Aqueduct Authority
2:00pm - Sampling Ocean Water to Test for Microscopic Plastics - Sarah Enger, MarineLab
2:45pm - Update on Ocean Outfall Legislation - TBD
3:15pm - Break
3:30pm - Florida's Invasive Species - TBD
4:00pm - TBD - TBD
4:30pm - U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Update - Eric Summa, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Jacksonville District
5:00pm - Closing Remarks
5:15pm - President's Reception - Network with presenters and attendees. Location: Sundowners, 103900 Overseas Highway.
Friday, August 11
8:30am - Registration Opens
8:55am - Call to Order - Mark Diblin, President, AWRA Florida
9:00am - Water Management District Update - Brian Armstrong, Southwest Florida Water Management District, Brett Cyphers, Northwest Florida Water Management District, Ann Shortelle, St. Johns River Water Management District, TBD, South Florida Water Management District, TBD, Suwannee River Water Management District
11:00am - Lunch (on your own)
12:00pm - 4:00pm EcoTour of the Florida Keys - Experience the coral reefs and other sea life in the crystal blue waters of the beautiful Florida Keys! This sailing and snorkeling adventure includes professional instruction, sanitized snorkel gear, freshwater shower, beer, wine and soft drinks. Transportation on your own. Note: Additional charge ($35 per person) for this event; spaces are limited. Location: Quicksilver Snorkel, Mile Marker 100, Oceanside, next to Courtyard by Marriott Hotel.
6:00pm - Reception and Awards Dinner and Ceremony - Join us for a pig roast (and vegetarian options) as we celebrate the achievements of the previous year, participate in fundraising activities in support of the Rosanne Clementi Education Program, and have lots of fun!
Note: one dinner included for each registrant. Additional charges for guests; see registration form. Location: Lobby at the Government Center.

Online meeting registration payments are processed by PayPal. However, a PayPal account is not required. Click on the "Register" button to get started. After being directed to the PayPal website, just click on "Don't have a PayPal account?" to pay with a credit or debit card. ONLINE REGISTRATION ENDS AUGUST 8, 2017. You can also register and pay in person (via cash, check or credit/debit card) at the meeting.  

Hotel Information
AWRA Florida does not have a host hotel for this meeting but several options are close by:
Hampton Inn Key Largo (next door to the meeting)
102400 Overseas Highway
Courtyard Key Largo
99751 Overseas Highway
Holiday Inn Key Largo
99701 Overseas Highway

AWRA Florida Board of Directors Meeting
Date/Time: Thursday, August 10 from 10am-12pm
Location: Murray Nelson Government Center
All are welcome to attend as the Board of Directors handles the business of the section.

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