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One Water Summit

  • 13 Oct 2023
  • 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Winter Haven, Florida
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  • Not currently an AWRA Florida member (fee includes membership through Dec. 31, 2023)
  • Full-time College or High School student and AWRA Florida Member
  • Full-time College or High School student not currently an AWRA Florida member (fee includes student membership through Dec. 31, 2023)


We are happy that you will be in Winter Haven attending the One Water Summit!  We encourage you to stick around after the event and submerge yourself into a true One Water experience by reviewing the importance of local, regional and statewide water management practices with a view from the water.

Tours are given by a local company Living Water Boat Cruises with a passion for the local natural resources.  Please use the link below to register for a 2-hour Chain of Lakes Tour from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturday, October 14.  

Chain of Lakes Boat Tour

Meeting Location

AdventHealth Fieldhouse & Conference Center

210 Cypress Gardens Blvd., Winter Haven, FL

    Meeting Sponsors

    Contact Samuel Palermo at 561-351-5278 to sponsor this meeting. Or, pay your sponsorship online here.


    Friday, October 13

    7:30 am

    Registration and Networking Continental Breakfast

    8:30 am

    Opening Remarks - Allison Lewis, PE, AWRA Florida Section President

    8:40 am

    Welcoming Remarks – T. Michael Stavres, City Manager, City of Winter Haven

    8:50 am

    Keynote Address (TBD)

    9:20 am

    Southwest Florida Water Management District - Southern Water Use Caution Area/Upper Peace River Projects

    Randy Smith, PMP, Bureau Chief, Natural Systems & Restoration Bureau

    9:50 am

    Networking Break

    10:20 am

    Regional Approach to Watershed Management

    Jennifer Hecker, Executive Director

    Coastal & Heartland National Estuary Partnership

    10:50 am

    City of Winter Haven One Water Program - The Local Perspective

    Keeli Carlton, Winter Haven Water Program Administrator

    Mike Britt, P.E., Sustainable Water Communities

    Jon Dinges, P.E., Regional Water Resources Lead, Black & Veatch

    Pete Sechler, PLA, AICP, Director, GAI Community Solutions Group

    12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

    Lunch (Catered) and Networking

    Trail Town Presentation

    Andy Palmer, Parks Planning & Strategic Initiatives Manager

    1:00 pm

    Utility Case Studies Panel Discussion

    Moderator:  Gary M. Hubbard, P.E., Director, Winter Haven Water

    Ryan R. Popko, P.E., Engineering Manager, JEA

    Gabi Sullivan, Water Resources Conservation Coordinator, City of Ocala

    2:00 pm

    Funding Panel Discussion

    Moderator:  Keeli Carlton, Winter Haven Water Program Administrator

    Tabitha Biehl, Land and Water Natural Areas Manager, Polk County Parks & Natural Resources Division

    Lee Hale, P.E., President, Hale Innovation

    Katie Britt Williams, CFM, Project Manager/Marine Scientist at Cummins Cederberg

    3:00 pm

    Networking Break

    3:30 pm

    Industry & Innovation Panel Discussion

    Melissa Meeker, Chief Executive Officer, The Water Tower

    Bart Weiss, Chief Officer, Innovation and Resiliency, Hillsborough County

    Megan Ross, Vice President, SediVision, LLC

    5:00 pm

    Closing Remarks - Allison Lewis, PE, AWRA Florida Section President

    AWRA Florida Board of Directors Meeting

    6:00 - 7:30 pm

    Location TBD

    All are welcome to attend as the Board of Directors handles the business of the section.

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