Floridan Aquifer Collaborative Engagement for Sustainability (FACETS)
This project brings scientists and stakeholders together in a participatory process designed to identify paths for economic and environmental sustainability of agriculture and silviculture while protecting water quantity, quality, and habitat in the Upper Floridan Aquifer and the springs and rivers it feeds. The project focuses on the Upper Floridan in North Florida and South Georgia. The Center plays an important role in facilitating collaborative modeling through which project researchers co-develop and co-interpret biophysical and economic models of the aquifer with stakeholders in the region. The Center is also leading efforts to disseminate project findings to policy makers, water resource managers, farmers, forest land owners, environmental organizations, and other interested stakeholders. The project is funded by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture.