October 18, 2019

Congressional Delegation to Travel to Florida for Field Roundtable on WRDA

Washington, D.C. – For your planning purposes, Chair of the Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment Grace F. Napolitano (D-CA) and Vice-Chair Debbie Mucarsel-Powell (D-FL) announced the Subcommittee will hold a field roundtable in Founders Park, Islamorada, Florida, on Saturday, October 19, 2019  titled “America’s Water Resources Infrastructure: Concepts for the Next Water Resources Development Act.” Discussion will focus on U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ water infrastructure projects.

The purpose of this roundtable is to define the water challenges states and communities face and to determine possible solutions to address America’s infrastructure needs. Participants will include representatives from several public and private stakeholder groups with an interest in water resources infrastructure. 

After the roundtable, members will tour the Florida Everglades. Below is the full schedule of Saturday’s tour and field roundtable, along with roundtable participants. All times, locations, and participants are subject to change. In addition to Chair Napolitano and Vice-Chair Mucarsel-Powell, Rep. Frederica S. Wilson (D-FL) is expected to join the roundtable.

More information will be posted here once available.

Congressional Delegation Schedule:

Saturday, October 19th

10:00 AM: Subcommittee Roundtable on “America’s Water Resources Infrastructure: Concepts for the Next Water Resources Development Act” begins

12:00 PM: Conclusion of Roundtable

12:30PM:  Delegation to hold media and photo availability

12:30PM:  Members depart for Everglades boat tour

Roundtable Participants:

The Honorable Deb Gillis, Mayor, Islamorada, Florida

The Honorable Jose Javier Rodriguez, State Senator, Florida

Noah Valenstein, Secretary, Florida Department of Environmental Protection

Michael Rubin, Vice President, Governmental Affairs, Florida Ports Council

Mary Barley, Founding Director, Everglades Foundation

Cheryl Meads, Governing Board Member, South Florida Water Management District

Dr. Jayantha Obeysekera, Director, Sea Level Solutions Center, Associate Director, Institute of Water & Environment, Florida International University