Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

RIVER MANAGEMENT; Board: Studies, Science Decide

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

RIVER MANAGEMENT; Board: Studies, Science Decide

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The following members of the St. Johns River Water Management District's governing board make the final decision on large water-use permits, including the water in the St. Johns and Ocklawaha rivers.




Age: 52

Background: Has been involved in banking and financial services in Jacksonville since 1979; has a fishing and hunting plantation in Southern Georgia; grew up here along the banks of the St. Johns, and said those fond memories spurred his interest in the board and his desire to clean up the river.

Position on river withdrawals: Additional studies are necessary before large-scale withdrawals. But "I believe there is some amount of water that can be taken out of the river."

Appointed: 2001, by Gov. Jeb Bush. Expires March 2009



Ponte Vedra Beach

Age: 50

Background: Chief human resources officer for JEA, and previously its vice president of environmental services; member of the Florida Council of 100 that issued a 2003 report recommending leaders examine transferring water from water-rich areas in the north part of the state to water-poor areas of the south, but she said that "all other options should be exhausted" beforehand.

Position: Did not want to comment before all the information comes out, but said the river was "a very rational thing" for Central Florida utilities to look at.

Appointed: 2003, by Bush. Expires March 2010




Age: 69

Background: Civic activist raised in Deland. She got interested in the board when she went before it for a local issue - and saw no women on it. She is a coordinator of Lake Disston Lake Watch, a grass-roots group.

Position: Did not want to comment specifically. Of the Seminole County permit, she said, "I'm sure now that because it's going to [a state administrative hearing] that the science that both sides have to offer will be more extensive, and there will be opportunity for better understanding by the time it gets back to the board."

Appointed: 2001, by Bush. Expires March 2009



Fernandina Beach

Age: 61

Background: President of Jowett and Wood Inc., a forestry consulting business; was a research forester and district forester with ITT Rayonier; a practicing private consulting forester since 1990; a certified general real estate appraiser in Florida and Georgia.

Position: Did not respond to request for comment from the Times-Union.

Appointed: 2005, by Bush. Expires March 2010




Age: 36

Background: Has been the Seminole County supervisor of elections since 2005; has been a public relations official for a variety of institutions, including Orange County government; a former member of Republicans for Environmental Protection; selected by Gov. Crist as the Department of State Citizen Review Group team leader for Crist's transition effort.

Position: Didn't want to comment. He did say that "getting more information is always good ... but at some point there has to be a point where a decision is made. …

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