Friday, May 15, 2015

Agricultural Producers and Stakeholders Sought for Central FL Water Initiative Feedback Session

Ag and Natural Resources Extension Team Members and Friends:


Please note the stakeholder meeting for industry members and interested community leaders. Pass long to those you think may be interested. The meeting is in one week, May 20, 2:00, at Champion’s Gate. Thanks, Nicole Walker



In the agriculture industry, one of the greatest issues of importance is water. 


We have been working with the Central Florida Water Initiative (CFWI) to discuss diminishing water resources in Central Florida and ramifications to the agriculture industry if we do not act now to address this issue. 


The CFWI is a collaborative effort guided by three water management districts – the St. Johns River Water Management District, the South Florida Water Management District, and the Southwest Florida Water Management District, along with the Department of Environmental Protection – to find new ways to meet increasing demands for limited freshwater resources in the region.  These agencies, along with other key stakeholders, are working toward water resource planning, development, and management for Florida’s current and long-term water supply needs.


Now is the time for your input and action.  As a leader in the agricultural industry, we understand you have a vested interest in how water resources are addressed in our region and how they affect your business – today and in the future.


The CFWI will be presenting a proposed Solutions Plan for the region’s future water needs on Wednesday, May 20th from 2:00pm – 4:30pm.  This will be your opportunity to hear, first hand, what the proposed solutions for our region’s water shortages are, how they impact our industry, and offer feedback and input on those proposed solutions. 


The CFWI Workshop will be held at ChampionsGate, 8575 White Shark Boulevard, Davenport, FL 33896. 


Please RSVP your attendance to or by calling 407-758-5873.


Thank you and we look forward to seeing you for this important meeting on May 20th.




Nicole Walker

Extension Director and 4-H Youth/Community Development

UF/IFAS Extension Polk County

P: 863.519.1045







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