Southeast Volusia Audubon Society, P.O. Box 46, New Smyrna Beach, FL 32170;

February 2011 Speaker

Our February speaker will be Mr. Ed Garland, a Communications Specialist with the St. Johns River Water Management District.  Ed has been with the District for seven years and is responsible for communicating the District’s mission through writing, public speaking and media interviews.  He is a former reporter for Florida Today, where he wrote a weekly column and covered assignments throughout Brevard County. He has also worked for newspapers in Maine and New Hampshire, his native state and attended the University of New Hampshire.  He has lived in Florida since 1993.

Ed will be speaking about the District’s role in planning for future water supply needs and how people can do their part to protect this precious resource.  The Powerpoint presentation will show that we have a limited supply of potable water in Florida. The vast majority of our water comes from the Floridan aquifer, a groundwater source.   In the coming years, we will need millions of additional gallons of water to meet growing demands. The District is working with partners, primarily public supply utilities, to develop alternative sources of water, including brackish groundwater, surface water (the St. Johns River) and desalination to meet those impending needs.  They also realize that water conservation is critical to meeting future demands and have established requirements for consumptive use permit holders and residents alike.  Water conservation is the cheapest alternative for delaying the need for additional water sources.