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32nd Annual Southwest Florida Water Resources Conference

  • 03 Feb 2023
  • Fort Myers, Florida
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  • Sponsors for Student Poster Contest Award, Student Scholarship, Program, Luncheon, and Exhibitors eligible

Registration is closed


Academic Building 9

Home of the FGCU Water School

10501 FGCU Blvd. S.

Fort Myers, FL 33965


Parking passes are required and will be sent to all registrants two days prior to the event.


Thank You to Our Sponsors!

Sponsorship opportunities are still available!  Please support our partners and students by sponsoring the 32nd Annual Southwest Florida Water Resources Conference!  Review the sponsorship levels and use the donate page to pay online.

AWRA Board of Directors Meeting

The AWRA Board of Directors meeting will be held on Thursday, February 2, 2023 from 5:30 to 6:30 PM at the offices of Kimley-Horn in downtown Fort Myers.  AWRA Members are welcome to attend.   For more information please contact Kellie Clark.


Registration is limited to 200!

Conference Theme

Hurricanes of 2022: Effects on the Built and Natural Environments of Southwest Florida

Conference Agenda (agenda may be subject to change)

 8:00 am


8:20 am 

Welcoming Remarks

DR. MIKE MARTIN,  Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU) President

DR. GREG TOLLEY,  FGCU Water School Executive Director, FGCU

ALLISON LEWIS, PE,  President, American Water Resources Association-FL

DRESDEN FARRAND, CEO, American Water Resources Association (AWRA)

8:45 am

Session 1: Hurricane Ian


Forecasting, Recording, Understanding What Happened


ALLYSON RAE, Chief Meteorologist, NBC 2

Hurricane Ian Forecast vs. Reality

MATT DEVITT, Chief Meteorologist, Wink News

Hurricane Ian Storm Surge Effects

JENNIFER HECKER, Coastal & Heartland National Estuary Partnership (CHNEP)

Data Acquisition / Callaboration for Water Quality Post Hurricane Ian

MICHAEL SAVARESE,  Professor, FGCU Department of Marine & Earth Sciences

Hurricane Ian Modeling, Prediction and Comparison to Actual Events

10:00 am


10:30 am  Session 2: Infrastructure Impacts and Recovery

How Are Local Communities Recovering?

KELLIE CLARK, PE, Kimley-Horn and Associates, Moderator

NICOLE MONAHAN, PE, City Engineer, City of Fort Myers

BILL VEACH, Council Member, Town of Fort Myers Beach

Hurricane Ian Preparation, Consequences & Recovery

CHAD WASHBURN, Vice President of Conservation, Naples Botanical Garden

Storm Surge Impacts and Recovery: A Case Study of Natural Coastal Buffers and Infrastructure impacts at Naples Botanical Garden

LESLI HAYNES,  Marine Project Manager, Lee County Natural Resources

Hurricane Ian: Impacts to Marine Assets

11:45 am

 Special Session: Sanibel Causeway Reconstruction After Ian

KATI SHERRARD, PE, CPM, Corridors Program Engineer, FDOT

Restoring Access After Hurricane Ian – Sanibel Causeway Emergency and Permanent Repairs

12:15 pm  Lunch

Student & Professional Networking Lunch


Student Poster Session

1:45 pm Keynote Speaker

MARIA LEHMAN, PE, US Infrastructure Market Leader, GHD


President ASCE; Vice Chair, National Infrastructure Advisory Council

2:30 pm 

Session 3: Water Quality Impacts After the Storm


Panel Discussion

DON DUKE, Professor, FGCU Water School, Moderator

Effects of Storm Surge on Bacteria, Oxygen, and Other Constituents in Estero River

ERNESTO LASSO DE LA VEGA, Professor, Florida Southwestern State College

Effect of Salinity in Stormwater Ponds After the Tidal Surge Caused by Ian

SERGE THOMAS, Associate Professor, FGCU Water School

Post Hurricane Ian Salinization Effects on 12 Urban Stormwater Ponds of Sanibel 

JAMES DOUGLAS, Associate Professor & PUSPA ADHIKARI, Assistant Professor, FGCU Water School

Effects of Hurricane Ian on Offshore Sea Bottom Habitats

3:30 pm


3:45 pm Session 4: Ecological Disturbances of Extreme Events

Panel Discussion

LINA RAMIREZ GRANADA, Naples Botanical Garden, Moderator

CHAD WASHBURN, Vice President of Conservation, Naples Botanical Garden

WILLIAM CINEA, Founder, Jardin Botanique des Cayes, Haiti

THRITY VAKIL, Director of Tropic Ventures Sustainable Forestry & Rainforest, Puerto Rico

4:45 pm Closing Remarks

Don Duke, FGCU

5:00 pm Networking Reception in Water School Building Atrium

Continuing Education Hours (CEHs)

CEHs will be provided to attendees.

Conference Coordinators

Don Duke and Karen Miller

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