2022 Water Institute Symposium Final Plenary Announced

“Climate Resilience in a Ground Zero State”


The 2022 Water Institute Symposium Final Plenary will focus on climate resilience in Florida’s water sector.

Resilience generally refers to the ability to persist or adapt in the wake of disruption. In Florida, climate change is already disrupting local communities, economies, infrastructure, ecosystems and human health. Indeed, Florida has been described as America’s “ground zero” for climate change. What does climate resilience mean for Florida’s water sector? This panel consists of a group of leading scientists, engineers, water managers and policy makers representing agriculture, the environment, water management, and academic interests. Panel members will discuss initiatives, opportunities, and timeframes for developing water-related resilience in the face of climate impacts. The panel will conclude with open questions and dialogue with the audience.


  • Beth Lewis, Director of Water Resources, The Nature Conservancy Florida Chapter
  • Carolina Maran, Chief Resiliency Officer, South Florida Water Management District
  • Chris Pettit, Director of Agricultural Water Policy, Florida Dept. of Agriculture & Consumer Services
  • Mark Rains, Chief Science Officer, Florida Department of Environmental Protection
  • Jason von Meding, Associate Professor, Florida Institute for Built Environment Resilience, University of Florida

Plenary Moderator:

Wendy Graham, Director, UF Water Institute; Carl S. Swisher Chair in Water Resources

February 7, 2022