The Water Institute supports the UF/IFAS Extension mission through partnership in the Extension Water Initiative.
UF/IFAS Extension Water Initiative – UF/IFAS Extension is a partnership between state, federal, and county governments to provide scientific knowledge and expertise to the public. The Water Initiative, one of 7 state-wide initiatives, is focused on “Enhancing and protecting water quality, quantity and supply.”
The Water Initiative has developed a portal to UF/IFAS Extension water-related programs and resources in the areas of Agriculture, Environmental, Urban Water as well as Water Policy .
The Water Institute hosts interdisciplinary networks, workshops and review panels to identify and prioritize critical water issues important to stakeholders, provide expertise and support to address these issues, and make information available to the public. Examples of these networks and panels include:
Networks – The Florida Water and Climate Alliance (FloridaWCA) is a stakeholder- scientist network focused on making climate science more usable for planning, management and operational needs related to water supply and demand.
Review Panels –Technical Review of Options to Move Water from Lake Okeechobee to the Everglades – In response to stakeholder concerns about the timing and completion of South Florida Ecosystem restoration, the 2014 Florida Senate authorized the UF Water Institute to conduct an independent technical review of options to reduce high volume freshwater flows to the St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee estuaries and move more water from Lake Okeechobee to the Everglades.
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