Bournique Reappointed to Water Board

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Doug Bournique

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has reappointed Indian River Citrus League (IRCL) Executive Vice President Doug Bournique to a fourth, four-year term on the St. Johns River Water Management District (SJRWMD) Governing Board. Bournique was first appointed to the SJRWMD board in 2008 by then-Gov. Charlie Crist. He was re-appointed by Gov. Rick Scott.

Throughout his service on the board, Bournique has worked to improve conditions in the St. Johns, St. Lucie, Sebastian and Indian rivers.

Daniel Scott, president of the Indian River Citrus League, stated, “The agricultural community is very fortunate to have someone with Doug’s wealth of knowledge and understanding of key issues to represent them. His experience with dispersed water storage, drainage, and environmentally sensitive issues makes him an invaluable resource for the district.”

IRCL board member Greg Nelson added, “The River growers are very fortunate to have Doug reappointed to the St. John’s Board. Due to the increasing pressure on our state water supply and natural resources, it is critical to have a representative that can negotiate the proper balance between competing interests. With the combination of his extensive historical knowledge of the environmental issues and his strong ag experience, Doug is uniquely qualified to strike the proper balance for the important policy decisions such as best management practices, water conservation cost-share and dispersed water management. Doug deserves much credit for his consistent leadership in the internationally recognized successful restoration of the headwaters of the St. Johns River.”

Bournique, of Vero Beach, also serves on the Treasure Coast Regional Planning Council representing the agriculture sector. Previously, he served on the U. S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Technical Advisory Committee for Fruits and Vegetables and on the Federal Reserve Bank’s Agriculture Advisory Council.

Bournique received his bachelor’s degree in geology from Whittier College and his master’s degree in environmental protection from Florida Atlantic University.

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Source: Indian River Citrus League’s River Ramblings newsletter

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