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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, 2017)
  • 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, 2017)
  • Friday evening's Awards Luau ONLY (and speakers attending dinner)

Registration is closed

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


Northstar | Manson Bolves Donaldson Varn | GHDAmec Foster WheelerCardno | HDR | GunsterGannett Fleming | Taylor Engineering | Creech Consulting
Organizations wishing to participate as
meeting sponsors should contact Garrett Wallace at 561-504-6877. Pay your sponsorship online here.  


Thursday, August 10
12:30pm - Meeting Registration Opens
1:00pm - Call to Order and Welcome – Mark Diblin, President, AWRA Florida
1:05pm - Welcome - Kate DeLoach, Senior District Aide for Holly Raschien, Florida House of Represenatives
1:20pm - Update on Florida Keys Initiatives - Rhonda Haag, Monroe County
1:45pm - Sampling Ocean/Bay Water to Test for Microscopic Plastics - Sarah Egner, MarineLab
2:15pm - South Florida USACE Issues - Luna Phillips, Gunster, and Beth Ross, Gunster
2:45pm - Oyster-provided Ecosystem Services in the St. Augustine Region of Florida - Carrie Schuman, Interdisciplinary Ecology PhD Candidate, University of Florida
3:15pm - Silver Springs Initiative - Projects to Improve One of the World's Largest Artesian Spring - Lee Wiseman, CDM Smith 
3:45pm - Break
4:00pm - The Nature Conservancy Cities Program - Sonia Succar, The Nature Conservancy
4:30pm - Geotechnical Engineering Considerations for the C-43 Reservoir - Kevin Aubry, Terracon
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; Ann Shortelle, St. Johns River Water Management District; Terrie Bates, South Florida Water Management District; Hugh Thomas, Suwannee River Water Management District
11:00am - Lunch (on your own)
11:30am - 4:30pm - EcoTour of the Florida Keys - Experience the coral reefs and other sea life in the crystal blue waters of the beautiful Florida Keys! This snorkeling adventure includes snorkel gear and cold drinking water; drinks and snacks are available for purchase; transportation on your own. Note: Additional charge ($35 per person) for this event; spaces are limited. Location: Park at Holiday Inn and meet at Skippers Tiki Bar.
6:00pm - Reception and Dinner - Join us for a pig roast (and vegetarian options) as we participate in fundraising activities in support of the Rosanne Clementi Education Program
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 | 102400 Overseas Highway | 305-451-1400 (Next door to meeting)
Courtyard Key Largo | 99751 Overseas Highway | 305-451-3939
Holiday Inn Key Largo | 99701 Overseas Highway | 800-315-2621

AWRA Florida Board of Directors Meeting
Date/Time: Thursday, August 10 from 10-11:30am
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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