Associated Industries wraps-up water forum

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The Associated Industries of Florida (AIF) today held its 5th Annual Florida Water Forum, where Florida lawmakers, business leaders and environmental experts gathered to address critical issues related to Florida’s water crisis and held discussions regarding agricultural water supply, permitting, alternative water supply projects, Numeric Nutrient Criteria, Everglades legislation, and the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed rules relating to the Waters of the United States, as well as a preview into the 2015 Legislative Session.

“This year’s 5th Annual Florida Water Forum brought together lawmakers, business leaders and environmental experts from across the state to address the important water crisis happening right here in our backyards,” said AIF President & CEO Tom Feeney.

Speaking at the forum in order of appearance were Senator Wilton Simpson; Representative Ben Albritton; Allison DeFoor, Florida’s Water and Land Legacy; Senator Joe Negron; Representative Matt Caldwell; Senator Jack Latvala; Representative Dana Young; Senator Bill Montford; Rich Budell, Florida Department of Agriculture, Office of Agricultural Water Use; and Greg Munson, Gunster Law Firm.

With water sure to be a major topic of the upcoming 2015 Legislative Session, we were pleased to have the opportunity to hold discussions that will be pertinent to addressing Florida’s water quality and quantity issues in the coming year,” said Feeney.

From the Future of Reclaimed Water in Florida, impacts of Amendment 1 and the status of the Indian River Lagoon to the impacts of the EPA’s proposed WOTUS rule and discussions on the overall water challenges faced in all corners of the state, the forum provided an excellent platform for state lawmakers, business and community leaders, regional and local government officials and members of the public to come together and voice their concerns in regards to our state’s water issues.

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