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2016 Annual Meeting

  • 04 Aug 2016
  • 05 Aug 2016
  • Key Largo, Florida


  • Friday evening's Awards Luau ONLY.
  • 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)

Registration is closed

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.

EcoTour is SOLD OUT (as of July 31, 7:45pm). Contact Quicksilver Snorkel to find out if there are any other available spots.


Thursday, August 4
12:30pm - Meeting Registration Opens
1:00pm - Call to Order and Welcome – Kristin Bennett, President, AWRA Florida
1:05pm - AWRA National and 2016 Annual Water Resources Conference Update - Rafael Frias, AWRA President-Elect
1:20pm - Update on Florida Keys Initiatives - Rhonda Haag, Monroe County
1:30pm - Climate Change and Florida - Jim Murley, Miami-Dade County
2:00pm - Drainage Impacts of the Southern Golden Gate Estates Development in Southwest Florida and the Results of 15 Years of Hydrologic Restoration - Mike Duever, Natural Ecosystems
2:45pm - Designing, Constructing and Operating a 15,000-acre Shallow Storage Impoundment to Improve Everglades Water Quality - Jeremy McBryan, South Florida Water Management District and Brent Anderson, Northstar
3:15pm - Break
3:30pm - Naples Bay Presentation - Katie Laakkonen, City of Naples and Daniel Hammond, Cardno
4:00pm - Lakewood Ranch/Braden River Utilities Pilot Project Update - Steve Suau, Progressive Water Resources
4:30pm - Improving the Indian River Lagoon by Restoring Flows in the St. Johns River? - David Watt, St. Johns River Water Management District
5:00pm - Closing Remarks
5:15pm - President's Reception - Network with presenters and attendees. Location: Sundowners, 103900 Overseas Highway.
7:30pm - Student Networking Dinner - CDM Smith Inc. is proud to once again host this event. All registered students are invited to watch the famous Key's sunset and learn more about AWRA Florida and how it can benefit careers. Location: TBD.
Friday, August 5
8:00am - Registration Opens
8:30am - Call to Order - Kristin Bennett, President, AWRA Florida
8:35am - Water Management District Update - Brian Armstrong, Southwest Florida Water Management District; Brett Cyphers, Northwest Florida Water Management District; Len Lindahl, South Florida Water Management District; Ann Shortelle, St. Johns River Water Management District; Noah Valenstein, Suwannee River Water Management District
10:00am - Break
10:15am - Water Farming Report - Boyd Gunsalus, South Florida 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 ($35.00 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 great pig roast 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. 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 1, 2016. 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 4 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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