29th Annual Southwest Florida Water Resources Conference
FGCU Water School and Emerging Priorities for Our Region
January 24, 2020
Cohen Center Ballroom, Florida Gulf Coast University
11090 FGCU Blvd. N., Fort Myers, FL 33965
Florida Gulf Coast University is initiating a new unit, called The Water School, in response to the pressing problems of protecting our water resources and to the growing public recognition of a need to develop thoughtful, widespread responses. The Water School embraces the FGCU expertise, teaching, and research that FGCU has compiled over its 21-year history, and adds a number of distinguished faculty and new degree programs across the broad areas of water resources, water quality, marine sciences, public health (those immense harmful algal blooms!), environmental geology, environmental education, and environmental public policy for environmental decision-making, placing renewed priorities to the science and management needed to address our water resources problems. At the same time, the Southwest Florida region has its own special needs and priorities, ranging from algal blooms at our beaches and our freshwater streams; to degrading groundwater quality; and over-stressing the aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems that are habitat for species that call our region home.
This year’s conference puts together the Water School’s researchers and teachers with the professionals of Southwest Florida and beyond to exchange ideas about priorities for dealing with today’s problems, our most pressing needs for new science and technology, and the priorities that will emerge as we move forward.
As has become its tradition, the conference is Florida’s premier student poster contest for water resources students statewide. Cash prizes are offered for the best research posters, with first, second, and third-place awards in two divisions, graduate students and undergraduate/high school students.
Advance registration is recommended. Full technical program and other details are available at www.swfwrc.org.
Audubon of Southwest Florida is part of the Steering Committee and one of the hosts of the conference.