Reuse Water In Agriculture, Policy and Implementation
1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Eastern
10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Pacific
Fee: Free for Members; $49 for Nonmembers
Drought and dwindling groundwater supply have become a reality and reuse increasingly is viable solution to our water supply challenges. The prevalence of recycled water as a source for irrigation varies across the United States. This webcast highlights the emerging discussion of reuse in agriculture in Florida and showcases collaborative planning and implementation to meet the needs of producers in Escondido, California.
Florida has not reached a critical point for water supply but has begun to plan how reuse can support agriculture’s needs. Charles Shinn (Florida Farm Bureau Federation) will discuss reuse as an opportunity to meet regional supply needs through diverse project portfolio including traditional purple pipe irrigation as well as investment in indirect reuse. He will also will denote challenges of reuse to some of the agricultural community.
Kerry Kates (Florida Fruit and Vegetable Association) will discuss how the reuse community and agricultural community can support the expansion of beneficial reuse through education and understanding of technical and commercial awareness.
California’s need to expand water reuse to meet water supply and wastewater disposal needs has facilitated collaboration between utilities and growers. Christopher McKinney will discuss the City of Escondido’s plans for the expansion of their water portfolio and how the utility hopes to meet future needs of avocado producers.
- Charles Shinn is the Director of Government and Community Affairs for Florida Farm Bureau Federation. Charles represents the Farm Bureau and agricultural community on water, natural resources, and growth management issues.
- Kerry Kates, PE is the Director of Water & Natural Resources for the Florida Fruit & Vegetable Association. He monitors state and federal-level legislation and regulations pertaining to water use/quality, water-supply planning, wetlands, and property rights.
- Christopher McKinney, PE has been the Director of Utilities for the City of Escondido, CA, since 2012. He got his start in the water field working as an engineer for the City of San Diego, eventually managing that city’s wastewater treatment plants and pump stations.
- Lynn Spivey (moderator) is the Director of Utilities for the City of Plant City.