Florida presents unique challenges for the water industry. The groundwater is so close to the surface that I have often heard the phrase “Surface water is groundwater that you can see.” The karst geology adds to this problem. Everything is connected. This has caused great concern regarding water quality and the health of Florida’s rich ecosystems. You’ve probably guessed by now that these water quality concerns have created a diverse regulatory environment.
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In addition, water resources and water utilities face challenges surrounding construction, sea level rise, and data collection. Groundwater and tide conditions have to be considered before construction projects can begin. Sea level rise is causing flood inundation and salt water intrusion leading to corrosion. Remote locations, wetlands, sinkholes, and wildlife can make data collection difficult.
I hope you will join us at the conference to find out more about these challenges and experience all that we have to offer. Continuing to improve on previous years’ events, we are working to bring you a conference full of useful content, including the following:
- Customer presentations
- Esri technical presentations
- Hands-On Learning Lab
- Data health checks
- Flood symposium
New in 2017 will be an EXPO! You asked for it, so we are planning to have Esri partners on-site and available to answer your questions.
See you in Orlando! Get more info, www.esri.com/2017waterconf.