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From Exploration to Conservation: The Science, Law and Management of Florida’s Underground Rivers (6:30 pm - 8:00pm)

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Location: Swamp Head Brewery

Details:

WHAT
A common belief held that the Floridan aquifer provides a limitless source of fresh drinking water lying deep beneath the ground that has existed since “time immemorial.”  Science has long since debunked this received wisdom and replaced it with a narrative that holds that the Floridan aquifer engages in regular interchange with surface water, is often of recent vintage, and is being over-exploited and polluted.

An intrepid group of scientist-explorers has been slowly and methodically mapping the karst caves that riddle the Floridan aquifer with volumes, flows and linear extent that rival our surface rivers.  With these maps comes the opportunity to improve decision-making over activities that threaten both the physical karst cave formations and the quality of the water that flows through them.

We argue that greater efforts should be made to map Florida’s submerged cave systems, and that known caves should be managed as “cavesheds,” with appropriate consideration being given to the human activities that threaten them.

About our speaker:
Sean Denney is a Ph.D Candidate in Geomatics at the University of Florida.  He has an M.Sc. in Ocean Engineering with an Ocean Mapping Option from the Center for Coastal and Ocean Mapping at the University of New Hampshire (2012) and a B.Sc. in Geomatics from the University of Florida (2009). He has worked as a Hydrographer for the past six years, specializing in the acquisition and processing of sonar data. Sean is also an experienced and avid cave diver with over ten years of cave diving experience.

Rachael Dunn is an LL.M. Candidate in Environmental and Land Use Law at the University of Florida Levin College of Law. She received her Juris Doctorate degree at Syracuse University College of Law and a B.A. from the University of Florida.  She has experience working with the Department of Environmental Conservation in the State of New York and currently works in the Conservation Clinic at the Levin College of Law.

WHERE
Swamp Head Brewery
3650 SW 42nd Ave, Gainesville, FL 32608

WHEN
Tuesday, April 26th
Starting at 6:30pm

FOR MORE INFORMATION
Contact Alachua Conservation Trust by phone: (352) 373-1078 or email: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

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