Purple piping is installed to extend a reclaimed water line.

Purple piping is installed to extend a reclaimed water line.

The Central Florida Water Initiative’s (CFWI) primary focus is to provide for more effective water resource planning, development and management procedures. The Solutions Planning Team (SPT) will build upon the results of the CFWI planning process and address future steps toward meeting the water supply needs of the region.

Alternative and nontraditional sources of water will be needed to help meet projected water supply demands in the CFWI planning area. The SPT will develop alternatives to meet the water demands by optimizing the use of existing groundwater, and by identifying viable conservation and other management strategies, viable alternative and nontraditional water supplies, areas that may require recovery or resource protection and areas where regulatory and water resource protection strategy consistency may be needed.

The final work product of the SPT will be a CFWI 2035 Water Resources Protection and Water Supply Strategies document, which will be incorporated into the CFWI Regional Water Supply Plan. The SPT results will provide relevant project information to further develop specific water supply projects through partnerships with water users. The information will include the necessary financing, cost estimates, potential sources, feasibility and permittability analysis, identification of governance structure options and any potential recovery needs.

Water captured in stormwater ponds can be used as a source of water for irrigation.

Water captured in stormwater ponds can be used as a source of water for irrigation.

Several subteams will be involved in the SPT process, including

  • Surface water (dispersed storage and reservoirs)
  • Groundwater
  • Reclaimed water
  • Conservation and other management strategies (agriculture and urban landscape)
  • Recovery/prevention projects (coordinated with other teams as needed)
  • Other (storm water, etc.)
Tasks

The SPT’s scope of work includes:

  • Reviewing the regional alternatives identified in the CFWI Regional Water Supply Plan
  • Identifying the largest water supply deficits and considering the timing of the needs
  • Developing potential water supply and conservation project options identified in the CFWI Regional Water Supply Plan or other project options developed by the subteams
    Construction at a water supply development project.

    Construction at a water supply development project.

  • Identifying potential partnerships to encourage regional interconnects and maximize economies of scale and efficiencies
  • Identifying potential need for recovery and prevention in coordination with other activities
  • Developing a Comprehensive Water Resource Monitoring and Assessment Program in conjunction with the Data Monitoring and Investigation Team
  • Assisting in conducting workshops and public meetings for the CFWI 2035 Water Resources Protection and Water Supply Strategies Plan
  • Identifying funding needs and potential sources for large, regional projects

The SPT is composed of senior management staff from St. Johns River Water Management District, Southwest Florida Water Management District, South Florida Water Management District, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, and public water supply utilities, agricultural landowners, environmental groups, regional leaders and business representatives. The SPT works under the guidance of the Steering Committee and the Management Oversight Committee.

Information about the SPT’s meetings is available on the meetings page of this website.

Solutions Planning Team

Southwest Florida Water Management District

Mark Hammond (Team Leader)

St. Johns River Water Management District

Mike Register

South Florida Water Management District

Len Lindahl

Florida Department of Environmental Protection

Janet Llewellyn

Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services

Ray Scott

Congress of Regional Leaders

Bob Dallari

Agriculture

Jim Fletcher

Public Water Supply Utilities

Marjorie Craig

Teresa Remudo-Fries

Environmental Community

Nancy Prine

Business Community

Michael Minton

Subteam information

Information about the work of the subteams can be found through the following links.