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Governor Reappoints SWFWMD Board Members

Gov. Rick Scott on April 26 reappointed Albert Joerger, H. Paul Senft, and Doug Tharp to the Southwest Florida Water Management District’s Governing Board.

Joerger is from Sarasota and is the founder and president of The Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast. His new term ends March 1, 2015. Joerger is also co-chair of the Manasota Basin Board.

Senft is from Haines City and is a self-employed business and insurance consultant. His new term ends March 1, 2015. Senft is also Governing Board secretary and co-chair of the Peace River Basin Board.

Tharp is from The Villages and is a retired industrial engineer. His new term ends March 1, 2015. Tharp is also Governing Board treasurer and co-chair of the Withlacoochee River Basin Board.

Governing Board members are unpaid, citizen volunteers who are appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Florida Senate. The Governing Board sets policy for the District, whose mission is to manage the water and related resources of west central Florida to meet the needs of current and future water users while protecting the environment. Each Governing Board member also serves as chair of a Basin Boards.

The District has seven regional Basin Boards that provide guidance for local programs that are specific to the basins they protect. The District’s eighth basin, the Green Swamp, is administered by the Governing Board. Basin Boards work with local governments and other entities on water resource projects that have an impact in local communities. Basin Boards often provide partial funding for these projects in partnership with a local government or local cooperator.