The 2nd  University of Florida Water Institute Symposium begins tomorrow Wednesday February 24 at 8:30am the Gainesville Hilton!

The theme of the symposium is Sustainable Water Resources: Complex Challenges, Integrated Solutions.   The symposium includes a mix of more than 200 invited and contributed oral, poster and panel presentations addressing complex water issues from multiple perspectives.  A recent addition to Thursday's agenda includes a report from Senator Lee Constantine, Chair of the Senate Select Committee on Florida's Inland Waters on the status of that Committee.

For those unable to attend in person, the opening and closing plenary sessions will be broadcast by streaming video.

Wednesday's Opening Plenary Session (see schedule below) can viewed live at

Wednesday, February 24th, 2010
 8:30-10:00 am Open Plenary Session

Dr. W. Graham, Director, University of Florida Water Institute
Dr. J. Bernard Machen, President, University of Florida
Mr. Vincent Dolan, Progress Energy
Dr. Brian Richter, Director, Sustainable Waters Program, The Nature Conservancy: Life Cycles: Sustaining the Flows of Water, Fish, and Human Culture

10-10:30 am Break

10:30 am - 12:00 pm Opening Plenary Session

 *   Dr. Radley M. Horton, Research Scientist at NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies and Center for Climate Systems Research, Columbia University
 *   Dr. Aaron Wolf, Professor, Oregon State University: Shared Waters: Conflict and Cooperation
 *   Mr. Dan Bena, Director of Sustainability, Health, Safety, and Environment, PepsiCo International Division

Thursday's Closing Plenary Session  (see schedule below) can viewed live at

Thursday, February 25th, 2010
3:15pm -5:00pm Closing Plenary Session
Panel: Sustainable Water Resources - Recent Progress, New Challenges, Future Trends
(moderator: Wendy Graham, Water Institute Director, University of Florida Water Institute)

This panel consists of a diverse group of scientists, engineers, managers and policy makers representing agriculture, industry, public water supply, non-governmental organization and public agency interests at state, national and global levels. Panel members will discuss major challenges to water resource sustainability from a variety of personal and institutional perspectives, as well as recent breakthroughs and future actions needed to ensure progress toward sustainability. The panel will conclude with open questions and dialogue with the audience.

 *   Daniel Bena, Director of Sustainable Development, PepsiCo
 *   Eric Draper, Executive Director, Audubon of Florida, Audubon of Florida
 *   Hugh M. Gramling, Executive Director, Tampa Bay Wholesale Growers and Member SWFWMD Governing Board, Southwest Florida Water Management District
 *   Janet G. Llewellyn, Director, Division of Water Resource Management, Florida Department of Environmental Protection
 *   Donald J Polmann, Director, Science & Engineering, Tampa Bay Water
 *   Brian Richter, Director, Global Freshwater Program, The Nature Conservancy

More than 450 people are registered to attend the Symposium.  For a complete Symposium agenda please see

Wendy Graham, Ph. D.
Carl S. Swisher Chair in Water Resources
Director UF Water Institute
PO Box 116601
University of Florida
Gainesville, Florida 32611-6601
Phone 352-392-5893 x 2113
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