“Why Aren’t Florida’s Water Laws Protecting Florida’s Waters?” will be the subject of the fifth session of Water Voices when attorneys Heather Culp and Traci Deen are featured speakers 7-9 p.m. Monday, July 25, 2016, at the High Springs New Century Woman’s Club, 23674 West US Highway 27, High Springs FL 32643. The program is free and everyone is invited to attend.
“This session of Water Voices is designed to shed light on who is responsible for enforcing Florida’s water laws, how things like factory farms and mines can be legally permitted even when large numbers of citizens oppose them, and why our water laws—which were considered to be national models when they were enacted back in the 1970s—are failing to protect Outstanding Florida Waters such as the Ichetucknee and Santa Fe rivers,” explained Lucinda Merritt, secretary of the Ichetucknee Alliance. “The conversation will also focus on potential solutions for the problems that our speakers identify.”
Heather Culp, Esq., is a graduate of Barry University School of Law in Orlando, Florida, where she received an Honors Certificate in Environmental and Earth Law. Currently the Associate Director of the Howard T. Odum Florida Springs Institute, Culp also serves on the Executive Committee of the Florida Springs Council, as Treasurer/Secretary of the Silver Springs Alliance Board of Directors, and is a member of the (Volusia) Blue Spring Alliance Steering Committee.
Traci Deen, Esq., is a former Assistant Public Defender who is now Associate Director of the Center for Earth Jurisprudence (CEJ) at Barry University School of Law in Orlando. There, she focuses on law and policy change, legislative analysis, education, and community outreach to lawyers, students, policymakers and the Central Florida community. She also consults on the Bill of Rights for Nature that CEJ is preparing for consideration by the Florida Constitutional Revision Commission.
Water Voices is a series of conversations designed to broaden and deepen the ongoing public discussions about water issues in North Central Florida. There will be time at the end of the program for questions and answers and an opportunity for audience members to have one-on-one conversations with the speakers and with members of the sponsoring organizations.
Water Voices is organized by the Ichetucknee Alliance and co-sponsored by the Alliance, the High Springs New Century Woman’s Club, and Our Santa Fe River. The program is offered in conjunction with the Smithsonian Institution’s “Water/Ways” exhibition that will be on view at the High Springs Historical Museum July 16-August 27, 2016.
For more information, call or email Lucinda Merritt, [email protected], 386-454-0415.