Richard Hamann Research Associate, Assistant Director, Center for Governmental Responsibility
By Scott Emerson
For Richard Hamann, University of Florida associate in law, water isn’t just a resource, it’s his life’s work. After decades of advising state agencies and nonprofit organizations on land use and water law, Hamann was appointed by Gov. Charlie Crist on May 19 to serve a four-year term in an at-large seat on the Governing Board of the St. Johns River Water Management District.
Hamann, an assistant director and research associate at UF’s College of Law Center for Governmental Responsibility, conducts research and teaches classes on water, wetlands, wildlife, watersheds and coastal law and policy. He is also a member of the faculty advisory committee to UF’s Water Institute.
“I have worked all of my professional life for the protection and wise use of Florida’s water resources and can imagine no greater honor than for Governor Crist to appoint me to this position,” Hamann said. “The St. Johns River Water Management District is one of the nation’s leading water management institutions. I look forward to working with the board, staff and the public to address the great challenges of managing water in this basin.”
The nine-member SJRWMD Governing Board sets the policies for operation of the agency that includes Nassau, Duval, Clay, St. Johns, Flagler, Volusia, Seminole, Brevard counties and portions of Baker, Alachua, Marion, Putnam, Lake, Orange, Osceola and Indian River counties. Members, who meet monthly, are appointed by the governor to four-year terms and serve without compensation. The Florida Senate must confirm all appointments to the water management districts’ boards.
In addition to his research and teaching duties, Hamann’s qualifications include previous work with the SJRWMD as chairman of the Orange Creek Basin Advisory Council and as a member of the Ocklawaha Basin Board. He has been chairman of the Environmental and Land Use Law Section of The Florida Bar, president of Florida Defender of the Environment and a member of the Bluebelt Commission and the Land and Water Planning Task Force. He currently serves as the president of Three Rivers FNPC, a public charity that supports protection of the Ichetucknee River, and as a member of the boards of the Florida Wildlife Federation, Florida Defenders of the Environment, the Everglades Law Center and Alachua Conservation Trust.