UF/IFAS Manatee County Extension Water School
Manatee County Extension Water School
April 26-27, 2012
Day 1 – Presentations and Panel Discussions
8:00-8:30 Registration/Check-in and Morning Refreshments (Manatee County Extension Office, 1303 17th Street W, Palmetto, FL 34221)
8:30-8:45 Welcome, Introductions, and Opening Activity
8:45-9:35 Where freshwater and saltwater systems merge: environmental considerations in Manatee County (Dr. Jay Leverone, Sarasota Bay Estuary Program)
9:35-10:25 Urban Development and Land Management Impacts on Water Quality (Dr. Amy Shober, University of Florida IFAS)
10:40-12:00 PANEL DISCUSSION: Florida’s Future Water Availability and Needs – 2020 and Beyond
[Panel Members: Dr. Chris Martinez (UF/IFAS), Brian Armstrong (SWFWMD), JeffGreenwell (FDEP), Lindsay Cross (TBEP), Mark Simpson (Manatee Co Utilities), Mark Alderson (SBEP)]
12:00-12:30 LUNCH (provided)
12:30-1:50 PANEL DISCUSSION: Manatee County Success Stories in Water Issues
[Panel Members: Charlie Hunsiker (Manatee Co Natural Resources), John Stevely (UF/IFAS Sea Grant), Michelle Atkinson (UF/IFAS FFL), Mark Simpson (MC Utilities)]
2:00-2:50 Shifting Tides: Florida's Changing Water Quality Regulations (Dr. Chris Martinez, University of Florida IFAS)
2:50-3:40 Water Issues, Public Policy, and Civic Engagement (Dr. Marina D’Abreau, UF IFAS Manatee County Extension and Mr. Larry Bustle, Manatee County Commissioner)
3:40-4:00 Wrap-up and Evaluations
Day 2 – Bus Tour
8:00-8:30 Registration/Check-in at Manatee County Extension Office (1303 17th Street W, Palmetto, FL 34221)
9:00 Tour the Manatee County Water Treatment Plant.
10:05 Tour Lakewood Ranch stormwater pond project(s).
11:15 Tour SMR Farms.
12:15 LUNCH (provided)
1:25 Tour the Manatee County Extension Master Gardener Educational Gardens.
2:00 Wrap-up and Evaluations
A very big THANK YOU to our event sponsors: