New Water Voices Logo!
A New Educational Speaker Series Designed for Area Leaders
The Ichetucknee Alliance, Inc., and Our Santa Fe River—two federally recognized educational nonprofit organizations in the High Springs/Fort White area—have created a new informational speaker’s series, Water Voices. We want to expand the depth and breadth of the water conversation here in North Florida to include speakers who are not usually heard by public audiences and to raise discussion subjects that are not usually covered in the local media. We anticipate bringing in speakers quarterly or, at the most, every couple of months.
Our target audiences are elected officials and representatives in Alachua and Columbia counties, the board members and members of the Ichetucknee Alliance and Our Santa Fe River, administrators and staff of the Suwannee River Water Management District and other water managers, business owners (including farmers) whose livelihoods depend on our waters, and the public.
We envision the format to be more of a conversation than simply a presentation by a “talking head.” We would like for the first half-hour to include remarks by our invited guest(s) and the second half-hour to be a conversation and question/answer period with the audience, with time at the end of the talk for refreshments, socializing and continued conversations.
We are delighted that the High Springs New Century Woman’s Club and the Water Resource Programs at Florida Gateway College have agreed to partner with us in this effort.
The fourth Water Voices session featured professional geologist Jim Gross discussing “Up & Down With the Floridan Aquifer” 7-9 p.m. Monday, Feb. 29, 2016, at Florida Gateway College in Lake City. Watch the video here.
The fifth Water Voices session featured attorneys Heather Culp Obara and Traci Deen discussing “Why Aren’t Florida’s Water Laws Protecting Florida’s Water?” on Monday, July 25, 2016, at the High Springs New Century Woman’s Club. Watch the video here.
See Events for information about upcoming Water Voices sessions.