Volusia County Chair Jeff Brower announced his plans to recommend that Stetson University environmental science professor Dr. Wendy Anderson be appointed to the board tasked with overseeing the St. Johns River Water Management District.
Appointments to the board are made by the governor, and Brower told the Volusia County Council April 5 he intends to send a letter to Gov. Ron DeSantis recommending Anderson for the board.
“Wendy has proven to be an effective worker with developers of all sizes,” Brower said to the Volusia County Council. “She has a tremendous ability to work with people and not push them away, and she’s part of the environmental department of Stetson. I think she would be a good decision.”
The board’s members have different backgrounds, Brower told The Beacon, and he believes Anderson, with her experience in environmental science and in speaking with developers, would be an asset.
Serving on the board would give her an opportunity to serve with her particular environmental expertise, Anderson said.
“I am honored to be considered,” she said, “and excited to submit my application for consideration.”
The nine-member board is composed of five seats representing specific areas — Volusia County is included in area 2, which has a representative whose seat will not be up for appointment until 2024 — and four at-large seats. As of last month, the board has two vacancies, one for an at-large seat.
Each seat has a four-year term limit, and new members are appointed by the governor.
The board sets policies for the water management district, which aims to regulate water and protect the ecosystems along the 310-mile-long St. Johns River.