2021 Virtual Annual Water Resources Conference: Keynote Speakers

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David Waggonner, FAIA
Founding Principal
Waggonner & Ball

Session: In Concord with Nature: planning, building and adapting our coasts, watersheds, and developed landscapes

David Waggonner is the founding principal of Waggonner & Ball Architecture/Environment, an award-winning, internationally active architecture and planning practice located in New Orleans. He is a graduate of Yale School of Architecture, a Fellow in the American Institute of Architects, and a recipient of the AIA Louisiana Medal of Honor. The firm grounds its architectural work in historic preservation with a concentration on modern institutional projects, including museums, foundations, and educational facilities. The firm’s environment work is focused on the infrastructure and spatial identity of water. Recent projects include watershed plans in Louisiana, urban water projects in cities across the U.S. Gulf and East Coasts, and school campus and park designs in Beijing, China.
Noah Valenstein, Esq.
Presidential Fellow in Water Policy at The Water School at Florida Gulf Coast University
Founding Partner, Brightwater Strategies, LLC

Session: Keynote Speaker for Annual Awards Luncheon

Noah Valenstein is a founding partner in the consulting firm Brightwater Strategies, LLC, where he provides strategic guidance, lobbying, and external affairs services to both the non-profit and private sectors. Noah’s years of service in high profile public positions, as well as serving clients in the private sector, provide him with a unique perspective to assist clients in Florida. His work with national environmental associations, strong Washington D.C. relationships, and past leadership positions on the United States Coral Reef Task Force, the United States Everglades Task Force, and the Environmental Council of the States, allow him to advise national and international clients as well.

Prior to rejoining Brightwater Strategies, Noah served as both the Secretary for the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and the state’s Chief Resilience Officer. Appointed in 2017, Noah was the first DEP secretary to serve two consecutive governors. He was unanimously confirmed by Florida’s bipartisan Cabinet, illustrating the respect he has earned from both sides of the aisle. During his tenure as secretary of DEP, Noah worked to champion and advocate for water quality improvements, Everglades and springs restoration, coastal resiliency and conservation of Florida’s prized properties. With Governor DeSantis’ leadership, Noah aided efforts to secure record funding from the Florida Legislature for Everglades restoration and protection of water resources as part of the largest environmental budget in the state’s history. He also worked to ensure the unanimous support and passage of the Clean Waterways Act.

As only the second Chief Resilience Officer in Florida’s history, Noah led the creation of the Office of Resilience and Coastal Protection at DEP, the development of the agency’s resilience grant program, and assisted with securing record funding for climate change and resilience initiatives in Florida. Prior to his service as Secretary, Noah cultivated more than 15 years of public service experience, beginning by working closely with both the Florida House of Representatives and the Florida Senate. Later, working in the Executive Office of the Governor, Noah was responsible for building successful platforms for multiple environmental initiatives. He then served as executive director of the Suwannee River Water Management District, where he oversaw the protection and conservation of water and land resources across 15 counties. During Noah’s time serving the state’s legislative and executive branches, he aided former Speaker of the House Marco Rubio and former Governor Rick Scott, both of whom are now sitting U.S. senators.

Noah graduated from the Florida State University College of Law, and received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida’s School of Natural Resources and Environment, where he graduated with honors. He currently resides in Tallahassee with his wife, Jennifer, daughter, Ava and two black labs, Ella and Hobo.


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All conference participants (presenters, moderators, panelists, etc.) must register at the appropriate registration rate. AWRA Gateway members are not eligible for discounted conference rates. The registration fees are the major source of funding for the Conference, and the sharing of registrations is prohibited - every person attending the conference must register. For presenters, if two or more individuals will be presenting, each individual must register for the conference. This includes: all technical session presenters; all panel session presenters; and all poster session presenters.

Speaker Registration Forgiveness Application. AWRA staff and the conference planning committee know that certain presenters may need registration forgiveness to participate in an AWRA event. The 2021 Annual Water Resources Conference Planning Committee has a limited number of registrations they can offer and have the right to accept or deny a forgiveness request. Requests must be submitted by June 21, 2021. Click here for application details.

Cancelations must be made in writing. Refunds are not allowed for Super Saver Rates. We can transfer your registration to someone else by October 12, 2021. Those cancelations received by October 12, 2021 will be subject to a processing fee of 25% of total fees. No refunds will be given after October 12, 2021 - no exceptions! Abstract submission fees are nonrefundable. Refunds will be processed after the conclusion of the conference.



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