Alachua County is proud to announce the selection of Commissioner Ken Cornell to serve on the Florida Association of Counties (FAC) Water Policy Committee. Commissioner Cornell will serve alongside 36 other county commissioners from across the state.
As a member of the Water Policy Committee, Cornell will play a key role in addressing the widespread water crisis affecting Florida coastlines, lakes, springs, estuaries, and rivers.
“It is an honor to serve on this committee,” Cornell said in speaking of his selection. “Water, like the air we breathe and the food we eat, is fundamental to life. In Florida, the quality of our water is also a key economical driver of our tourism economy. I am looking forward to being part of this new wave of determination to tackle these issues.”
“A number of local leaders from across the state stepped forward to participate,” said FAC President and Hendry County Commissioner, Karson Turner. “This committee represents the diverse water needs from every water basin in the state and their commitment to their communities and willingness to address these recurring issues head-on.”
The committee, was created with a mission for counties to set policy priorities on the local, state and federal level, will take the lead in working with the state and Governor Ron DeSantis who signed Executive Order 19-12 shortly after taking office, which emphasizes the need to engage local government officials to help protect Florida’s vulnerable coastline and natural resources.
The Water Policy Committee will be meeting for the first time on March 28, 2019, following the Association’s Legislative Day in Leon County.
View a map that geographically depicts the representative counties by the number of commissioners on the committee.
Founded in 1929, the Florida Association of Counties (FAC) has represented the diverse interests of Florida’s counties, emphasizing the importance of protecting home rule – the concept that government closest to the people governs best.
For more information, contact Alachua County Commissioner Ken Cornell at 352-264-6900 or KCornell@alachuacounty.us.