The Florida Section, American Water Resources Association, Inc. (AWRA Florida) is a scientific and educational non-profit organization. Our mission is to promote understanding of water resources and related issues by providing a multidisciplinary forum for information exchange, professional development and education. Our vision is to be recognized as the preeminent organization for information exchange about water resources issues.
We accomplish our mission and vision through the following key strategies:
- Intensifying multidisciplinary activities
- Developing multiple opportunities for outreach to other organizations and to the public
- Creating multiple opportunities for committees to be the primary vehicle for education, member networking and organizational outreach
- Enhancing the relationship with AWRA student chapters and AWRA National
Each year, we organize six interesting and exciting meetings held every other month in various locations throughout the State. Meeting attendees consistently offer high praise for the quality of our technical sessions. You can review previous meeting agendas here.
AWRA Florida's strength is in its members. With approximately 400 active members, we are one of the largest and most active state chapters in the country. Members include professionals in the public and private sectors, academia and students. We encourage the leaders of the state's water management districts, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission to participate in our meetings to discuss water resources related topics of importance to their respective agencies.
In 1991, AWRA Florida established an education committee to take a more active role in the promotion of water resources education through student scholarships, science teacher grants, promotion of AWRA student chapters, involvement with the AWRA National education committee and contributions to the Richard A. Herbert Memorial Educational Fund. Through the end of the year 2010, the Florida section contributed in excess of $124,000 to these programs. You can read more about the Rosanne Clementi Education Program.
We encourage you to become a member of one of the best professional organizations in the State with one of the lowest membership dues available. Our annual membership dues are only $25 for professionals and $5 for students. We know you will enjoy the benefits of interacting with other top water resources professionals and helping to chart the course for the future of water resources education and policy in Florida.
If you have any questions about AWRA Florida, please contact any board member. We look forward to seeing you at our next meeting!