The fight for water: USF Sarasota-Manatee to discuss “Local Water Issues”

Drought has hit many parts of the country, including Florida, and statewide droughts and freezes in the past two years have caused a serious decline in water levels.  While residents, businesses, and farmers have been told to limit their water usage, drastic changes may have to be made in order to conserve Florida’s water supply.

On Wednesday, Jan. 19 from 11:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m., the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee’s College of Business and Institute for Public Policy and Leadership will present “Regional and Local Water Issues:  Creative Ways to Meet Demand,” in the Selby Auditorium, located at 8350 N. Tamiami Trail.

At the event, USF alum Karen Lloyd, Assistant General Counsel responsible for rulemaking and technical/regulatory services support for the Southwest Florida Water Management District (SWFWMD), will discuss the dangerous consequences of the state’s current water usage, how water is currently allocated and how SWFWMD changes will impact businesses and consumers.

“Water use and distribution in our state are larger problems than most Floridians realize,” said Don Fell, Senior Fellow in the Institute for Public Policy and Leadership.  “The winter of 2010 dramatically called this to our attention – crops were insulated from the cold weather by spraying them with water, which caused sinkholes in the earth.  New policies are being discussed in Florida to determine appropriate water distribution and use, and these policies will be discussed at this lecture.”

The cost for the lecture is $15 and includes a box lunch. The lecture is co-sponsored by The Sarasota Chamber of Commerce and is the first in the Environmental Economic series at USFSM.  The series is designed to create a better informed public in order to make sensible political demands for energy and environmental policy changes. For more information or to register for an event, please call the USF Sarasota-Manatee event hotline at (941) 359-4602 or visit

Future lectures include:

Alternative Energy

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Speaker: Yogi Goswami, Ph. D., E.D., John & Naida Ramil Professor and Co-Director, Clean Energy Research Center, USF Tampa


Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Speakers:  Mote Marine Representatives:  Dr. Kevan Main, Center for Aquaculture Research & Development and Dr.  Ken Leber, Center for Fisheries Enhancement

Business Sustainability

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Speakers: Michael R. Carlson, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP, Carlson Studio Architecture, and Julie Childers Henry, Director, Conservation Enterprises Unlimited