2015 Winter Conference Agenda

Wednesday  -  Thursday  -  Friday


11:30 a.m.- 3:00 p.m.

Registration Desk Open

12:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Tour of Local Stormwater Projects (additional fee applies)
Join us for a tour of innovative stormwater projects in the Orlando area coordinated by the City of Orlando and local partners.  A limited number of seats are available and we anticipate the tour filling up quickly, so register early!  Transportation will leave the hotel lobby promptly at 12:30 p.m. and will return no later than 4:30 p.m. Please dress comfortably and wear comfortable walking shoes.

1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
(3 PDHs / 3 CECs)

An Integrated Approach to Watershed Management (additional fee applies)
Integrated Watershed Management is a holistic approach to managing all water resources for quantity and quality within the watershed.  It is a proactive approach to water supply and quality issues, often requiring crossing the “boundaries” of both departments and other jurisdictions.  This session will examine how an integrated approach to watershed management can assist communities in attaining goals for water quality and water supply in Florida, including how the recommendations of the “SB 536 Report” concerning beneficial uses of stormwater, reclaimed water and excess surface water may impact water quality and supply programs at the local level.

Brett Cunningham, PE, Vice President
Jones Edmunds & Associates

Craig Varn, General Counsel
Florida Department of Environmental Protection

Scott McClelland, Vice President
CDM Smith

Liz Perez, PE, DWRE, CFM, President
Collective Water Resources

Molly Williams, PE, Stormwater Utility Manager
Sarasota County


8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Registration Desk Open

8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.

Continental Breakfast by Registration Desk

8:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.
(1.25 PDHs / 1.25 CECs)

Welcome and Announcements

Virginia Barker, President
Florida Stormwater Association

What’s Ahead for Water in 2016?
While 2015 was touted by some as being the “Year of Water” nothing of significance passed the Legislature.  Nonetheless, interest in dealing with springs protection, water quality and supply issues remains high. FDEP’s report and recommendations on the alternative uses of stormwater and other sources will be delivered to the Legislature prior to the end of the year.  This session will review the status of the implementation of new water quality regulations and policies, and likely initiatives to watch for in the 2016 Legislative Session.  Audience participation will be encouraged. 

Drew Bartlett, Deputy Secretary
Water Policy and Ecosystem Restoration, FDEP

9:45 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.

Break in Exhibit Hall (Exhibit Hall Open 9:45 a.m.– 6:20 p.m.)

10:15 a.m. – 10:50 a.m.
(.5 PDH / 5 CEC)

Numeric Nutrient Criteria - The Reality of the Situation
Now that Numeric Nutrient Criteria are upon us, what do you actually need to do?  This presentation will focus on how stormwater permit holders will be effected and what they should be aware of as NNC are implemented across Florida.  We will discuss compliance and pitfalls to avoid.

Daniel Hammond, Senior Consultant

10:50 a.m. – 11:55 a.m.
(1 PDH / 1 CEC)

Development of a TMDL for the Banana River, Northern and Central Indian River Lagoons
In 2009, FDEP established TMDLs within the Indian River Lagoon.  Recently, through a Stakeholder driven effort, and in cooperation with FDEP, alternate TMDL loads were established.  The alternate loads accounted for key processes and data not previously utilized.  This included separation of baseflow and runoff, atmospheric deposition and transport.

Anthony Janicki, President
Janicki Environmental

Steven Peene, Director of Water Resources
Applied Technology and Management

11:55 a.m. – 1:20 p.m.
(.75 PDH  /  75 CEC)

Networking Luncheon

Presentation of FSA Educational Foundation’s 2015 Scholarship Award

1:20 p.m. – 1:55 p.m.
(.5 PDH  /  5 CEC)

Results from an Experiment to Find Sources of Fecal Coliform Bacteria in Stormwater Runoff
In the state of Florida, there are several hundred waterbodies that are listed as impaired based on fecal coliform bacteria.  In the watershed of Sunshine Lake, in Charlotte County, stormwater runoff was found to vastly exceed guidance levels.  However, additional testing using molecular techniques did not find evidence of either humans or dogs as the source of the bacteria.  This presentation summarizes results of a manipulative study to determine the source(s) of the bacteria.

David Tomasko, Principal Associate
Environmental Science Associates

Emily Keenan, Senior Scientist
Environmental Science Associates

Joanne Vernon, County Engineer
Charlotte County

1:55 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
(.5 PDH  /  5 CEC)

Performance Efficiency of Dry Detention and Underdrain
Dry detention is one of the most popular stormwater treatment techniques used in Florida, particularly in southern portions of the State, and underdrain systems are gaining popularity in central and northern Florida. However, few studies have been conducted to document the removal processes and load reduction efficiencies of these systems. An FDEP-funded project was conducted from 2012 to 2015 to document the hydrologic and pollutant removal efficiencies of dry detention and underdrain filtration systems designed according to WMD guidelines.  The monitored dry detention systems exhibited only small reductions in runoff concentrations during migration through the pond with mass load reductions achieved primarily through water loss by infiltration. The underdrain system also exhibited extremely poor load reductions, likely related to the poor affinity of the sand filter media for long-term retention of pollutants.

Harvey Harper, PhD, PE, President
Environmental Research & Design

2:30 p.m. - 3:05 p.m.
(.5 PDH  /  5 CEC)

Re-examining Retention Basin Behavior through Stormwater Residence Time Distribution
Presumptive stormwater retention basin behavior based on current guidance is re-examined through a combination of computational fluid dynamics (CFD) and physical modeling by tracer residence time distributions.  The results and implications thereof are shown in clear graphical and tabular formats.  Results indicate that current guidance and assumptions do not adequately represent actual basin behavior.

David Spelman, Doctoral Student
University of Florida

3:05 p.m. – 3:35 p.m.

Break in Exhibit Hall

3:35 p.m. – 4:10 p.m.
(.5 PDH  /  5 CEC)

Lessons Learned in Implementation of a Surface Water Assessment Program in Pinellas County
Pinellas County implemented a Surface Water Assessment in 2013, 25 years after original discussions began.  The non-ad valorem assessment is used to fund surface water programs, including stormwater management, watershed planning, environmental monitoring and TMDLs.  Find what strategies staff used to obtain buy-in and what lessons were learned in the first two years of implementation.

Kelli Hammer Levy, MS, CPM, ENVSP, Division Director
Pinellas County

Melanie Weed, CPM, ENVSP, Environmental Program Coordinator
Pinellas County

4:10 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.
(.5 PDH  /  5 CEC)

Performance Based Contracting - A Win Win Solution to Weed Control
The City of Palm Coast changed its freshwater canal maintenance contract from three schedule-based contracts to a single performance-based contract. This change resulted in fewer citizen complaints, a higher level of service, a guaranteed 3 year budget without change orders at a savings of almost $60,000 per year.  This presentation will demonstrate how this new contracting method proved to be a winning solution for both the City and the contractor.

Donald Schrager, Stormwater System Specialist
City of Palm Coast

4:45 p.m. – 5:20 p.m.
(.5 PDH  /  5 CEC)

Stormwater Cap & Trade in Florida?
This presentation will explain stormwater cap & trade, how it's being used in other states, how it will, or could, work in Florida, how both the public and private sector can use it to get projects done quicker and for less, and the key role private equity will play in solving Florida's complex, expensive water quality issues.

Mark Thomasson, PE, Vice President
WSource Group

5:20 p.m. – 6:20 p.m.

 Reception in Exhibit Hall



8:00 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.

Registration Desk Open

8:00 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.

Exhibit Hall Open (Breakfast 8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.)

8:30 a.m. – 9:35 a.m. 
(1 PDH  /  1 CEC)

April 2014 Storm Event Disaster Response & Recovery and Associated Projects
The April 2014 Storm Event - a federally declared disaster in Escambia County - resulted in  14 to 22 inches of rainfall in 24 hours over the southern half of Escambia County.  The presentation will discuss the types of damages that occurred, response and recovery efforts, and lessons learned regarding stormwater infrastructure and emergency management.

David Vinson, PE, Project Engineer
HDR Engineering

Christopher Curb, Stormwater Engineering Manager
Escambia County

Charles McLendon, Solid Waste Market Sector Lead;
Emergency & Disaster Management, HDR Engineering

9:35 a.m. – 10:10 a.m.
(.5 PDH  /  5 CEC)

Armenia Avenue Flooding - LID Flood Relief Against All Odds
Armenia Avenue has suffered recurring flooding for many years. Citizens have complained about flooding and driving hazard on the section of road that is owned by Hillsborough County and runs through the City of Tampa.  The road also straddles the closed Egypt Lake Basin in the County on one side, and City of Tampa closed basins on the other.  This presentation will discuss how this recurring flood hazard was addressed.

Elie Araj, PE, DWRE, President
Applied Sciences Consulting

Robert Wisemen, PE, Senior Professional Engineer
Hillsborough County

10:10 a.m. – 10:40 a.m.

Break in Exhibit Hall (Last chance to talk to Exhibitors!)

10:40 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
(1 PDH  /  1 CEC)

The BSTF Train Ride - A Journey from the Station to Your Own Pond Destination
This presentation covers a two year  experience with an inter-storm event treatment BMP, and provides practical design considerations for other engineers, planners, and scientists to tailor certain treatment processes to effectively treat various water chemistries.

Mark Flint, PE, President
Watermark Engineering Group

Marty Wanielista, PE, President Greensmarts

11:45 a.m.