March 16, 2004
Homeland Security and Water Resources: How Homeland Security Can Advance Water Resource Management
Safe drinking water is a vital resource for human health and is crucial for public safety, industry, and everyday life. Following September 11, 2001, significant efforts have been undertaken to protect our drinking water supplies from terrorist acts. While progress has been achieved in assessing vulnerabilities, additional efforts are needed. Fortunately, measures to increase water security can also serve to address conventional water management challenges in South Florida.
On March 16, 2004, Suzi Ruhl (Director, Public Health & Law, Environmental Law Institute), discussed the relationship between homeland security and drinking water, the subject of a new ELI report, Homeland Security and Drinking Water: An Opportunity For Comprehensive Protection of a Vital Natural Resource. Suzi spoke about efforts at all levels of government to increase water security, and opportunities to achieve drinking water protection from both terrorist acts and conventional challenges. Linda Horne (Wastewater Facilities Administrator, SE District, Florida Department of Environmental Protection) provided an overview of homeland security and drinking water measures taken by DEP. Michael Hambor (Engineer Supervisor III, Environmental Health and Engineering, Palm Beach County Health Department) discussed the role of health departments in achieving drinking water security. John Mulliken (Deputy Director, Water Supply Department, South Florida Water Management District) moderated a panel discussion on the application of these drinking water security principles to water issues facing South Florida.