On April 2nd and 3rd, The Georgia Water Planning and Policy Center at Albany State University hosted the 2nd in a series of Participatory Modeling Process (PMP) Workshops for the Floridan Aquifer Collaborative Engagement for Sustainability project (FACETS). At the workshop, researchers, extension specialists, and representatives of agricultural, environmental, silvicultural, regulatory, and scientific organizations met to discuss the project’s efforts to ensure economic sustainability of agriculture and silviculture in North Florida and South Georgia while protecting water quantity, quality, and habitat in the Upper Floridan Aquifer and the springs and rivers it feeds.
The workshop included sessions focused on project research and modeling, best management practices for water quality and conservation, and participatory modeling of the Floridan Aquifer. A field tour was taken to the Hooks-Hanner Environmental Resource Center in Terrell County, where workshop participants learned first-hand about research and field testing of agricultural water quality and conservation practices. As a part of the workshop, the participants also enjoyed an evening at the Flint RiverQuarium.
The workshop was a part of a series of workshops that will be held by the FACETS project to engage regional stakeholders in researching, modeling, and planning for economic and environmental sustainability in the Upper Floridan Aquifer region.