Environmental Forum Fall 03
The Florida State University College of Law and the Environmental and Land Use Section of The Florida Bar present
The Future of the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint River System: Legal, Policy and Scientific Issues
Wednesday, November 5, 2003, 3:00-4:30 p.m.
The D'Alemberte Rotunda
Welcome by Danielle Appignani, President, Florida State University College of Law Environmental Law Society
Reception to follow forum
For reservations, call (850) 644-3301 or
e-mail Stephanie Williams, Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs
The level of water flowing in the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint (ACF) River system is of enormous importance to the people and environment of the State of Florida as well as to the neighboring states of Georgia and Alabama. Formal talks among the three states that were intended to produce an agreement about flows have broken down. As a result, questions about future water flows remain unsettled and may end up being resolved by the U.S. Supreme Court. The Fall 2003 FSU College of Law Environmental Forum provides a neutral forum that will help to educate the public about the scientific, policy, and legal issues associated with this River system and the allocation of flows from the system.
Jon Blanchard has been the director of The Nature Conservancy's Northwest Florida Program since 2000. His duties include setting conservation priorities and strategies for the portion of Florida centered on the Apalachicola River Watershed. He holds a Master of Science degree in botany from the University of Florida, where his thesis focused on scrub ecology in Florida. He has studied and conducted research in the United States, Costa Rica and Ecuador. Before assuming his current position, he was senior scientist at the Florida Natural Areas Inventory. Prior to that, he was responsible for the management of the Withlacoochee State Forest in central Florida, including prescribed fire, endangered species, silviculture, and recreation.
Lee Edmiston is the research coordinator for the Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve. He received his master's degree from the FSU Department of Oceanography in 1979. His thesis was on zooplankton of the Apalachicola Bay System. Mr. Edmiston has worked on Apalachicola River and Bay issues for 30 years. He has done research at the reserve for 13 years, and conducted several resource inventories on the river and bay. He also has worked for such Florida agencies as the Department of Natural Resources, Florida Fish and the Wildlife Conservation Commission, and the Department of Environmental Protection.
Helen Light is a biologist with the U.S. Geological Survey, Water Resources Division in Tallahassee. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree and a teaching certificate in science education from Florida Atlantic University and a Master of Science degree in biology with an emphasis on botany from FSU. Her master's thesis was: "Correlation of Apalachicola Floodplain Tree Communities with Water Levels, Elevation, and Soils."
J.B. Ruhl, Moderator
J.B. Ruhl, the Matthews & Hawkins Professor of Property at the FSU College of Law, is a nationally regarded expert in the fields of endangered species protection, regulation of wetlands, ecosystem management, environmental impact analysis, and environmental and natural resources law. His extensive publications include several award-winning articles. Professor Ruhl is co-author of the casebook, The Law of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Management (Foundation Press 2002). He teaches Environmental Law, Land Use, and Property.
The FSU College of Law Environmental and Land Use Law Program has been recognized by multiple sources as one of the nation's best. U.S. News & World Report has ranked the law school's program as the third best in the South (behind Duke and Tulane) and as the nineteenth nationally. This year, the respected Educational Quality Ranking of law schools prepared by Professor Brian Leiter of the University of Texas Law School recognized FSU's environmental and administrative law faculty as among the top 25 in the nation, based on a survey of leading law faculty, affirming the Ranking's previous recognition of FSU as one of less than 20 schools with a faculty that is "strong" in environmental and administrative law. Another independent study ranked our Journal of Land Use & Environmental Law fourteenth out of all the environmental and land use law journals published nationally.