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Annual Water Resources conference projects the future

The steering committee of the 26th Annual Southwest Florida Water Resources Conference is tasked each year to predict the future.

And Mary Rawl, one of the conference committee members, said the group is predicting a need for people to get creative to fund water projects.

"Whenever there is a water project, you can't go on your own," said Mary Rawl, Committee Member. "You need to partner."

The topic of this year's conference is Cooperative Solutions: Working Together to Address Water Challenges.

The conference is scheduled for Friday, Jan. 13, and will be held in the Cohen Center Ballroom at Florida Gulf Coast University. Registration begins at 8 a.m. and the conference will run until 4:30 p.m., followed by a social networking hour.

Local speakers will include Ray Judah, former Lee County Commissioner; Richard Bartleson of the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation; and Jennifer Hecker, Charlotte Harbor National Estuary Program.