The South Florida Chapter was established in 2017 to serve FWEA members located in Miami-Dade and Monroe County. As we begin our fourth year, we continue to grow our presence in the Miami-Dade/Monroe area through active leadership and participation. Our focus is fostering professional development and growth of both our professional and student members, while providing a local voice for the industry through education and public awareness, in pursuit of FWEA's vision to provide a clean and sustainable water environment for future generations.
Biscayne Bay Recovery – Challenges & Opportunities
On April 14th, 2021, the South Chapter had the pleasure of hosting a Seminar Series for our membership, which main event was a presentation from Irela Bague, Miami-Dade County’s Chief Bay Officer (CBO) with the Department of Regulatory and Economic Resources (RER). In this presentation, the focus was to discuss the latest developments from the Biscayne Bay Task Force, including the key findings from the recent report issued by the Task Force on August 2020.
Ms. Bagué emphasized the collaborative approach that is needed between multiple stakeholders to achieve viable results in the mid and long term. She discussed in detail the specific steps that have been put in place following the Task Force recommendations, such as the Biscayne Bay Annual Report Card Program, the plan of action for Septic-to-Sewer conversion, the $20M State and County Partnership announced for the preservation and restoration of the Bay, culminating with her appointment as CBO, to boost the efforts to continue the implementation of priority projects and water quality improvements.
On her final remarks, she indicated that Our activities matter when it comes to the environment, we know that what happens on the land ends up in our bay. The Biscayne Bay Task Force report provides our leaders information to help begin to restore Biscayne Bay and make cleaner, more sustainable choices for residents and visitors alike.
Women in Engineering – Panel Discussion
On September 10, 2020, the South Florida Chapter hosted their first virtual general meeting, as a result of the COVID-19 work from home policy in place at that time. For this meeting we had a discussion panel focused in the role and challenges of the women in the water and environment field. Our chair, Layla Llewelyn, led the discussion session with the panel featured by successful women working in the local market in various capacities.
During the discussion, the panelists addressed multiple questions regarding their professional formation and career paths. They provided their valuable insight on various topics such as the challenges that women face within the engineering field, the importance of being supported by their managers in the development of their careers, the sacrifices required to meet both work and personal obligations, and their personal advice to young women engineers who aspire to grow in the industry, among others.
THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS
Arturo Burbano | Black and Veatch
Melody Gonzalez | Black and Veatch
Abnery Picon | Jacobs
Juan Aceituno | Jacobs
Laura Vogel | Nova
Jonathan Pappas | Nova Consulting
Jamie Abreu | Gresham Smith
Alberto Pisani | Miami-Dade DERM
Lia Dombroski | Arcadis
Eduardo Arispe | CDM Smith