2014 Invited speaker: Agricultural water resources issues in southwest Florida

Eric DeHaven


I am a bureau chief at the Southwest Florida Water Management
District (SWFWMD). My typical job is to work with restoration projects, some of you might have heard of the SWIM program—Surface Water Improvement and Management—that does restoration in Tampa Bay. Another factor that I work with is springs with minimum flows and levels. We try to set proper levels and flows that should be coming out of springs. The last part of what I do in the district is something that I know some of you here in this room are familar with is our farms program,which is cost share BMPs (best management practices) for agricultural producers within our water management district. So I am fairly familiar with agriculture water issues within our water management district area.

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Proc. Fla. State Hort. Soc.     ISSN 0886-7283