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Ms. Laura R.H. Corry

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South Florida Water Management District
P.O. Box 24680
West Palm Beach, Florida 33416
United States

Company Description: The South Florida Water Management District is a regional, governmental agency that oversees the water resources in the southern half of the state - 16 counties...   more

Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations


  • Bachelor of Science degree , Broadcasting
    University of Florida
  • John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University's Women and Public Policy Program
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Board Members | Vita Nova, 27 Feb 2013 [cached]
Laura Corry
Laura Corry
Laura Corry has settled in Palm Beach County by way of Havana Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, El Salvador, and Caracas Venezuela. She has more than 18 years of experience working to communicate complex environmental and technical issues to some very targeted audiences. As the Lead Intergovernmental Representative for the South Florida Water Management District, she is responsible for establishing and maintaining cooperative partnerships with key individuals and groups in Palm Beach County. aura has been recognized on numerous occasions for her successful involvement in numerous Hispanic and non-Hispanic organizations and is a Lifetime Board Member of the Latin Chamber of Commerce of Broward County. n 2002 and again in 2005, Laura was appointed by then Florida Governor Jeb Bush, as a Commissioner of Volunteer Florida, the Florida Commission on community service.
"We have about 1,600 miles of ..., 12 Oct 2012 [cached]
"We have about 1,600 miles of canals," explained SFWMD outreach specialist Laura R.H. Corry. "The natural Everglades went way east. That's why they built I-95 over there. Most of where we're at right now were wetlands, marshlands, part of the natural Everglades."
During a storm bringing 4 to 6 inches of rain over 24 hours, people can expect to see water on the roads and in swales, Corry said. Seven to 10 inches in 72 hours will fill swales and roads, but buildings should remain dry.
"If you get 10 to 20 inches in 72 hours, you expect it to be flooded," she said.
Corry said the SFWMD started draining the area long before Isaac came through. "We have two meteorologists that work for the district," she said.
Corry said hurricanes and tropical storms vary greatly in their makeup, such as Hurricane Andrew, which was small and compact but a Category 5 hurricane that devastated Homestead while delivering only 6 inches of rain. Tropical storms such as Isaac tend to be wetter than hurricanes but not as predictable as to where rain will fall.
During the storm, all drainage districts were able to participate in conference calls with the SFWMD to coordinate stormwater management, Corry said. "Everybody was participating along with the county, and that is standard procedure," she said.
Corry said the bands had been predicted to hit Miami-Dade the hardest. "Obviously, it hit us a whole lot more," she said. "I think we moved 88.1 billion gallons of water."
Emergency orders were issued and stormwater was discharged through the C-51 Canal east and west to Stormwater Treatment Area 1E and Lake Okeechobee, and through the L-8 Canal to the L-8 Reservoir, she said.
"If you saw how quickly that lake was rising, it was pretty incredible, seeing that it is the second-largest freshwater lake in the United States," she said.
Corry said the SFWMD set up about a dozen temporary pumps, including at the J.W. Corbett Wildlife Management Area and in the Deer Run community, to help control flooding. "These are huge pipes," she said. "We had staff working 24 hours a day trying to set up these temporary pumps to move the water."
Corry added that improvements to the system are already in the works. For example, she noted that the SFWMD recently finalized a deal to purchase the Mecca Farms property, which was utilized during the storm's aftermath as an emergency reservoir when water in the Corbett area got too high.
"If you can't drain into the local drainage system, they can't drain into us," Corry said, explaining that SFWMD received at least 1,000 calls from individuals who were panicking when they saw water levels rising near their homes. "It's the homeowners' association in your community that needs to be able to take care of that," she said, making sure that drains, culverts and swales are cleared and maintained so they handle the water.
For more information about the SFWMD's storm response, visit
ABOVE: SFWMD outreach specialist Laura R.H. Corry at the LGLA meeting.
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Board of Directors | Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Palm Beach County, 11 Feb 2014 [cached]
Laura Corry, South Florida Water Management District
Sun-Sentinel: News Local, 5 Sept 2002 [cached]
Laura Corry hopes her recent appointment as board member of Volunteer Florida!, the Florida Commission on Community Service, will help encourage more Hispanics to become involved in volunteer service.
She also wants to make sure Hispanic groups throughout the state receive their share of volunteer services.
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Corry brings a diverse and activist background in South Florida to her appointment.She is past chairwoman of the Latin Chamber of Commerce of Broward County, and a member of the Hollywood Beach Latin Festival, Southwest Florida Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Florida Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Central Florida and U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.
She also is chairwoman of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Palm Beach County and a former participant in the National Hispana Leadership Institute.
"[Corry] makes things happen," said fellow Volunteer Florida! board member Maria Sanjuan, of Hallandale Beach.
Corry, who works for the South Florida Water Management District as Hispanic Outreach program manager, began her two-year term in April.She succeeded Adriana Comellas-Macretti, who moved out of the state.
As a commissioner, Corry will help determine which community agencies are awarded grants to operate AmeriCorps projects.In addition, she will assist in overseeing the administration of AmeriCorps and other national and community service projects.
"I want to strengthen our state's commitment to voluntary service," she said."I especially want to make sure that Hispanics are engaged in volunteerism."
The Florida Legislature established the commission in 1994 to promote volunteerism and service by state residents.The organization is directed by a bipartisan board that is appointed by the governor.
Highlighting its work through AmeriCorps and the state's Point of Light Awards, Corry said the commission has been very successful in raising up volunteers and providing voluntary services to organizations.
"I want to make sure that voluntary programs serve the Hispanic community," she said."Every group should get their fair share of the pie."
Corry, who was born in Cuba but raised in Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador and Venezuela, is familiar with the state's growing Hispanic population.
"My position with the water management district involves educating the Hispanic community about the environmental issues related to our water."
She said she speaks regularly to leadership groups, schools, civic organizations and on the radio from Orlando to Key West, Fort Pierce to Fort Myers."I put about 33,000 miles on my car every year," she said.
But Corry is encouraged by the response to water issues from the state's Hispanic population.
"Many of them come from countries where there isn't much environmental awareness," she said."But I find that when those issues are brought to their attention, they want to be informed and engaged."
Now, Curry plans on bringing her experiences in raising environmental awareness to the task of motivating Hispanic residents to reach out and serve their fellow citizens.
"If they are given direction, they are responsive," she said.
Laura Corry ..., 26 May 2008 [cached]
Laura Corry
Laura Corry
Laura Rosa Hernandez Corry has, for over 17 years, worked to communicate complex environmental and technical issues clearly and effectively to general as well as very targeted audiences.One of the most effective communications strategies she has found has been to form strong, long-lasting and mutually beneficial partnerships with communities and community leaders.
Ms. Corry, as the Lead Intergovernmental Represesentative for the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD), is responsible for establishing, leading and maintaining positive relationships and cooperative partnerships with key external individuals and groups (i.e. elected officials, community leaders and constituency, and other government agencies, such as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers) in the region.
Ms. Corry earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Broadcasting with a minor in Business Administration from the University of Florida in 1982.She has also continued her education by attending the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University's Women and Public Policy Program; Center for Creative Leadership in North Carolina, Universidad Internacional Menendez Pelayo in Santander, Spain, Hispanic Leadership Training Program in Miami, and Leadership Palm Beach County.
In January 1999, Ms. Corry was one of 25 Hispanic women leaders nation-wide selected to participate in the National Hispana Leadership Institute.The Institute selects women of integrity who have demonstrated the potential to move into greater leadership roles and are interested in impacting local and national issues.In June 1999, she was also one of 15 Hispanic Leaders selected nation-wide by the Spanish Embassy in Washington, D.C. to participate in a networking and trade mission to Spain.
In 2000, she was elected the first woman President of the Latin Chamber of Commerce of Broward County and now is a Lifetime Board Member.She is also involved with numerous other Hispanic and non-Hispanic organizations, including: Past Chair of Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Palm Beach County; Committee Member of the Small Business Enterprise Advisory Committee of Palm Beach County; Committee Member of the Nominating Committee of the City of West Palm Beach; Board Member of the Community Alliance of Palm Beach County; Trustee of Columbia Hospital in West Palm Beach; Board Member of Family Central, Inc.; Board Member of Girl Scouts of Palm Glades Council, Inc.; Secretary of Aspira of Florida; and Chair of Aspira of Palm Beach County.Ms. Corry also received a proclamation from the Broward County Commission making March 5, 2000, Laura R. H. Corry Appreciation Day.
In 2002, Ms. Corry was appointed by Governor Jeb Bush as a Commissioner of Volunteer Florida, the Governor's Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service.
In 2004, Ms. Corry was honored as a Women of Distinction for Palm Beach County by the March of Dimes and in 2006 she was honored as a First Lady of Broward.
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