2018 Winter Conference Agenda

Wednesday  -  Thursday  -  Friday
Schedule subject to change 

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 5, 2018 --- PRE-CONFERENCE (additional fee applies)

8:45 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Registration Desk Open

9:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
(.5 PDH)

When completed, the state's BMAPs will have placed almost 14 million watershed acres under active basin management – an area including more than 6.5 million Floridians. The session will provide updates on developing and adopted BMAPs, including BMAPs focused on protecting and restoring Outstanding Florida Springs. Updates on statewide annual reporting efforts and other activities being undertaken by the Department of Environmental Assessment & Restoration's Water Quality Restoration Program will also be presented.

Kevin Coyne, Program Administrator, Water Quality Restoration Program
Environmental Assessment & Restoration, FDEP

10:00 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.
(.75 PDH)

[DEP DAY] Stormwater NPDES and ERP Update
This presentation will provide an overview of program and regulatory updates for the NPDES permitting program and the Submerged Lands and Environmental Resource Coordination (SLERC) Program, including information on state assumption of section 404 dredge and fill permitting. Program functions, rule updates, compliance assistance, and innovative projects will be reviewed.  

Borja Crane-Amores, Environmental Administrator, NPDES Stormwater Program
Water Resource Management, FDEP

Tim Rach, Program Administrator, SLERC Program
Water Resource Management, FDEP

Kelli Hammer Levy, Environmental Management Division Director
Pinellas County

Jodi Cahoon, Manager of  Stormwater Management
City of Tallahassee

10:45 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. [DEP DAY] Coffee Break
11:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
(.5 PDH)
[DEP DAY] How To Demonstrate Stream Exclusion

The vast majority of Florida’s freshwater streams, lakes and springs are covered by numeric interpretations of nutrient criterion (NNC). Non-perennial streams, man-made or physically altered canals/ditches with poor habitat used primarily as water conveyances for flood control, irrigation, etc., and tidal creeks may be solely covered by the narrative criterion once confirmed as  meeting one of the exclusions for the definition of a stream.  The session will review how to demonstrate that a flowing waterbody qualifies for stream exclusion and the process to follow when requesting that a waterbody be excluded from NNC for streams.

Ken Weaver, Environmental Administrator, Water Quality Standards Program
Environmental Assessment & Restoration, FDEP

11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
(.75 PDH)

[DEP DAY] Using MS4 Restoration Planning in Lieu of TMDL Prioritization Plans
The Division of Environmental Assessment and Restoration is working with the FDEP's MS4 permitting program to integrate permit activities into alternative restoration plans. The presentation will cover how activities such as a Bacterial Pollution Control and TMDL Prioritization Plans may make development of a TMDL unnecessary for impaired waterbodies, thus helping achieve the goal of “cleaner water faster.”

Julie Espy, Program Administrator, Water Quality Assessment Program
Environmental Assessment & Restoration, FDEP

Danielle Honour, PE, DWRE, Principal Water Resources Engineer
CDM Smith

12:15 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.

[DEP DAY] Lunch

1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
(2 PDH)

[LAWS & RULES] Laws, Rules and Ethics for Professional Engineers
(Separate registration fee required) The course is designed so that the attendees will complete the current continuing education requirements for members in the engineering profession.  It will fulfill the one-hour requirement on “Laws and Rules” and the one-hour requirement for “Ethics.”  (Provider #04636 - Grossman, Furlow and Bayó). 

Ed Bayó, Partner
Grossman, Furlow & Bayó

1:15 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.
(.5 PDH)

[DEP DAY] Water Quality Standards Update
The Water Quality Standards Program is responsible for the development of water quality standards, the Triennial Review of water quality standards, coordination of bioassessment training and implementation, and providing technical support in the quality assurance and ecological aspects of water quality science to other department programs.  The presentation will provide information about key activities for the coming year, including the schedule and proposed topics for the upcoming Triennial Review of Water Quality Standards, details about a new statewide fish consumption survey, and plans for updating the Human Health Criteria.

Daryll Joyner, Program Administrator, Water Quality Standards Program
Environmental Assessment & Restoration, FDEP

1:45 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.
(.5 PDH)

[DEP DAY] Soil Erosion Control Update
The presentation will review  recent changes to the Florida Stormwater, Erosion, and Sedimentation Control Inspector Training & Certification Program, which  began in late 1997.  In  2018 the curriculum and training manual were divided into two tiers to cover material for installers and inspectors in sequence. The Tier I class provides an introduction to stormwater and erosion and sedimentation control and teaches BMP installers and operators how to properly select, install, and maintain BMPs. The Tier II class provides additional details on information introduced in the Tier I class and trains BMP inspectors on the applicable regulations, inspection forms, and enforcement procedures necessary for proper inspection of BMPs.

Sara Davis, Environmental Manager

Hal Lunsford, FSECI Training Coordinator, Water Quality Restoration Program
Environmental Assessment & Restoration, FDEP

2:15 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

[DEP DAY] Soda Break

2:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
(.5 PDH)

[DEP DAY] Funding Opportunities and Upcoming Changes to Grants and Procedures 
Stay informed of changes to grants and other funding opportunities including a new grant management system and consolidated application for nonpoint source grant applications. The presentation will discuss changes in the timing of grant applications and efforts to tie project funding to Basin Management Action Plans.  Other funding opportunities administered by the Division of Water Restoration Assistance will be highlighted. 

Amanda Peck, Program Administrator, Nonpoint Source Program
Water Restoration Assistance, FDEP

3:00 p.m.

[DEP DAY] Adjourn


8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Registration Desk Open

8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.

Breakfast by Registration Desk

8:30 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.
(.25 PDH)

Welcome and Announcements

Judy Grim, President
Florida Stormwater Association

8:45 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.
(1 PDH)

What’s Ahead in 2019?
New directions in water policy and programs are anticipated for 2019. This session will review the different perspectives of water quality initiatives and likely legislation and regulatory programs to watch for in the coming year.  Audience participation will be encouraged.

Thomas McGill, PE, Chief, Ocean, Wetlands, and Streams Protection Branch
Region 4, EPA

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

Chris Farrell, Northeast Florida Policy Associate
Audubon Florida

Andrew Rutledge, Public Policy Representative
Florida Realtors®

9:45 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.

Coffee Break in Exhibit Hall (Exhibit Hall Open 9:45 a.m. – 6:15 p.m.)

10:15 a.m. – 10:50 a.m.
(.5 PDH)

Flooding, Baffle Boxes, Tide Valves, Untreated Discharge; Oh My!
The City of St. Pete Beach secured a $3.6 million COOP grant from the SWFWMD to rebuild its tidally influenced stormwater system. The project included eleven nutrient removal baffle boxes and eleven in-line tide control devices along a 4,800-foot-long hurricane evacuation corridor that previously drained without treatment into Boca Ciega Bay. This presentation will explore all aspects of the project including pollutant loads and treatment efficiencies for baffle boxes, ICPR modeling for flooding, public involvement strategies and the ultimate result of complete streets.

Mike Clarke, Public Works Director
City of St. Pete Beach

Steve Tarte, Principal

10:50 a.m. – 11:25 a.m.
(.5 PDH)

Developing Data-Driven Septic Policy for the Indian River Lagoon
The “Save our Indian River Lagoon Project Plan” is a ten year initiative of Brevard County focusing  on reducing nutrient inputs to the lagoon through stormwater and wastewater retrofit projects as well as fertilizer education and restoration efforts, including limiting new conventional septic systems within 50 meters of the Lagoon.   This presentation will review the methodology and results of a large simulation effort utilizing ArcNLET modeling and how these results can be used to refine science-based policy decisions to prevent pollution and restore the Indian River Lagoon.

Claudia Listopad, PhD, GISP, Principal Scientist/President
Applied Ecology

Anthony Gubler, Associate Environmental Specialist
Brevard County

11:25 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
(.5 PDH)

Government Street Regional Pond at Corinne Jones Park
[FSA 2018 Excellence Award Winner] Located in the historic Tanyard neighborhood, the Corinne Jones Park offers the surrounding community a place to play and enjoy active and passive recreation. The park is more than just a place to play, visitors can enjoy a leisurely walk around the Government Street Regional Stormwater Pond, which is designed to capture and treat runoff from approximately 40 acres in downtown Pensacola that previously discharged untreated stormwater directly into Escambia Bay. This presentation will provide an overview of how this project eliminated localized flooding, reduced nutrients and total suspended solids (TSS), all while providing an aesthetic amenity for the community.

Derrik Owens, PE, DWRE, Public Works Director/City Engineer
City of Pensacola

12:00 p.m. – 1:20 p.m.
(.75 PDH)

Presentation of FSA Educational Foundation’s Scholarship Award

1:20 p.m. – 1:55 p.m.
(.5 PDH)

Tallahassee's Nutrient Reduction Facility - A Watershed Retrofit
[FSA 2018 Outstanding Achievement Award Winner] Tallahassee's award-winning, $7 million, state-of-the-art regional alum treatment facility treats stormwater from a 10,000 acre urbanized watershed, meeting EPA TMDLs and further protecting the downstream waters of Upper Lake Lafayette. This presentation will discuss current performance, operational challenges, and provide cost updates.

Mark Heidecker, Environmental Specialist
City of Tallahassee

Marc Phelps, Program Engineer
City of Tallahassee

1:55 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
(.5 PDH)

Extraterrestrial Water Quality
Recent advancements in hyperspectral satellite imagery provide water quality managers with information on a wide range of water quality parameters both in the water and on land. The terrestrial component allows managers to identify and target areas with elevated pollutant levels. This session will reveal how satellite imagery provides a more comprehensive understanding of the factors that influence water quality to make more informed and cost-effective management decisions.

Drew Ackerman, PE, Senior Water Quality Engineer
Black & Veatch

2:30 p.m. – 3:05 p.m.
(.5 PDH)

Resilient Solutions to Maximize Infrastructure Investments
We talk about incorporating resiliency into stormwater projects, but what does that really mean? Explore how resilient design practices differ from sustainable solutions, how communities can benefit from resilient thinking, identify available resiliency resources, and review case studies for resilient infrastructure solutions.

Holly Kremers, PE, ENV SP, Vice President
Wade Trim

David Anthony, PLA, Professional Landscape Architect
Wade Trim

3:05 p.m. – 3:35 p.m.

Soda Break in Exhibit Hall

3:35 p.m. – 4:10 p.m.
(.5 PDH)

Getting Schools to Pay their Fair Share
Local governments have been fighting schools and state agencies over payment of stormwater utility fees since 1999.  Following years of negotiations in and out of court, the City of Ocala has reached an innovative agreement with the Marion County School Board over the payment of such fees.  After construction of a new school facility requiring utility services, the City agreed to provide utilities to the facility if the School Board agreed to pay for all utilities, including SWU fees, at all of the Board’s facilities.  This presentation will review the history of the dispute, how an agreement was reached, and reveal the new estimated income offsetting stormwater program costs.

Patrick Gilligan, City Attorney
City of Ocala

Sean Lanier, PE, CFM, Director of Engineering and Water Resources
City of Ocala

4:10 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.
(.5 PDH)

Small-Scale Projects Provide Valuable Stormwater Quality Improvements
The City of Haines City is undertaking a concerted effort in improving the water quality of its lakes. In addition to necessary larger scale projects, the City is utilizing the local community to provide some of the necessary work required to achieve water quality improvement. This session will provide an overview of how to think beyond a single point of treatment and maximize available resources to achieve even greater benefits for all.

Jason Alligood, PE, Director of Civil Engineering
Chastain Skillman

Adriana Trujillo, AICP, CPM, Interim Public Works Director
City of Haines City

Jay Hood, PLA, ASLA, Director of Landscape Architecture

4:45 p.m. – 5:20 p.m.
(.5 PDH)

Water Quality Assessment of Underdrain BMP and Retrofit Plan
This session will review a stormwater quality monitoring project for an existing Florida Department of Transportation underdrain facility. Monitoring equipment took composite-weighted samples to assess the performance of the existing system and to propose solutions for an effective retrofit.  Options will be explored for improving treatment performance of similar systems and how to make them less of a regulatory liability.

John Cawthron, PE, Project Engineer
Wood Environment and Infrastructure Solutions

Timothy Kelly, PE, Senior Project Manager
Wood Environment and Infrastructure Solutions

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. – 8:30 a.m.

Breakfast in Exhibit Hall (Exhibit Hall Open 8:00 a.m. – 10:40 a.m.)

8:30 a.m. – 9:05 a.m.
(.5 PDH)

Alum BMP Using Existing Box Culvert System
The City of Orlando is undertaking a series of projects to reduce Total Maximum Daily Loads.  This presentation will review the Lake Concord improvements project that included alum treatment for a downtown commercial basin using an innovative system of alum injection into an existing 5' x 6' box culvert, including a sampling program to test treatment efficiency.  The project included a second generation baffle box to treat flows from a residential/industrial basin. The project design and the results of post-construction water quality monitoring will be reviewed

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

Claude Cassagnol, PE, President
GTC Engineering Corporation

9:05 a.m. – 10:10 a.m.
(1 PDH)

Balancing Agricultural Opportunities and Water Quality
Land disposal of biosolids can provide an economic opportunity for agricultural operations and reduce or eliminate the need for conventional fertilization. However, similar to over-fertilization, excess application of biosolids can cause or contribute to water body impairments. This presentation uses the Blue Cypress Lake watershed in Indian River County as an example for how Class B biosolids land applications were investigated as a potential causative factor to observed water quality trends in Blue Cypress Lake.  The workshop will also review the activities of  FDEP’s Biosolids Technical Advisory Committee to evaluate current management practices and potential opportunities for enhancements to better protect Florida’s water resources.

Brett Cunningham, PE, Managing Director / Senior Vice President
Jones Edmunds

Tony Janicki, PhD, President
Janicki Environmental

Vincent Burke, Utilities Director
Indian River County

Lisa Rinaman, Riverkeeper
St. Johns Riverkeeper

10:10 a.m. – 10:40 a.m.

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

10:40 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.
(.5 PDH)

Rate Study Analysis for Increasing Levels of Service
When your Stormwater Master Plan is calling for $200 million in capital improvements, it's time to do a rate study. While stormwater utility fees are often based on the impervious area of a given property, the City of Fort Lauderdale’s study proposed a stormwater fee structure that would incorporate a trip-based model which recognizes that a major benefit of the stormwater infrastructure is to keep the roads passable. Learn how the City conducted a Stormwater Rate Study to mitigate sea level rise, tidal flooding and more extreme rainfall events.

Michael Burton, Vice President

Marie Pierce, LEED AP BD+C, Stormwater Operations Manager
City of Fort Lauderdale

Kyle Stevens, PE, CFM, PhD, Senior Consultant

11:15 a.m.