2020 Winter Conference Agenda

Tuesday  -  Wednesday  -  Thursday  -  Friday
Schedule subject to change 

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2020 --- PRE-CONFERENCE LAWS & RULES (additional fee applies)                              

9:00 AM - 11:00 AM [2.0 credits]

[PRE-CONFERENCE] Laws, Rules and Ethics for Professional Engineers
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 & Bayó)

Ed Bayó, Partner
Grossman, Furlow & Bayó


WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 2, 2020 --- PRE-CONFERENCE FDEP DAY(additional fee applies)                                     

9:00 AM - 9:15 AM [0.25 credits]

Welcome - Julie Espy, Director, Division of Environmental Assessment and Restoration, FDEP

9:15 AM – 9:45 AM
[0.50 credits]

Pending Changes in Biosolids Permit Rulemaking
This session will provide an overview of proposed revisions to Chapter 62-640, FAC, concerning permitting for biosolids disposal sites. Activities undertaken by FDEP to date, the provisions of SB 712 on biosolids permitting, and the key revisions to biosolids permitting rules currently under consideration will be discussed.

Maurice Barker, Senior Program Analyst
Division of Water Resource Management, FDEP

9:45 AM – 10:00 AM - Break

10:00 AM – 10:30 AM
[0.50 credits]

Update on ERP Stormwater Rules and Review of 10/2 General Permit
Runoff from developments whose stormwater facilities are designed in a manner consistent with FDEP standards are presumed to meet water quality criteria when discharging into waters of the state, although a 2007 study found that such runoff did not meet water quality criteria.  SB 712 directed the Department to revise statewide rules for the design of stormwater facilities using the most up-to-date science that is available.  This session will provide an overview and update on FDEP’s implementation of SB 712 concerning stormwater design criteria in the Statewide Environmental Resource Permitting rules and a review of the 10/2 General Permit. The Department’s rulemaking efforts, including concepts under consideration will be discussed.

Tim Rach, Program Administrator
Division of Water Resource Management, FDEP

10:30 AM – 10:45 AM - Break

10:45 AM – 11:15 AM [0.50 credits]

Revisions to the General Permit for Phase II MS4s
EPA adopted revisions to the General Permit for small MS4s in January 2017 and later that year FDEP initiated rulemaking.  This session will provide an overview of the pending changes to the General Permit for Phase II MS4s.

Borja Crane-Amores, Environmental Administrator
Division of Water Resource Management, FDEP

11:15 AM – 12:15 PM - Lunch Break

12:15 PM – 12:45 PM [0.50 credits]

Florida’s Assumption of the Clean Water Act Dredge & Fill Permitting Program
Florida initiated the process to assume responsibility for issuing the Clean Water Act (section 404) dredge and fill permits almost two years ago.  This session will provide an overview of Florida’s request to receive authority from EPA and the Army Corps to issue dredge and fill permits for projects impacting federal waters.  Discussion will include a comparison of differences between the permitting program before and after delegation, and an update on the status of assuming and implementing the permitting program.

Heather Mason, Environmental Administrator
Division of Water Resource Management, FDEP

12:45 PM – 1:00 PM - Break   

1:00 PM – 1:30 PM
[0.50 credits]      

Community Stormwater Needs and Public Educational Materials
FDEP is developing several initiatives to assist local governments with community stormwater education and outreach. The main topic will be a web-based print publication tool for local governments and others to provide consistent messaging on stormwater topics to their stakeholders. This session will also discuss efforts taking place to promote green stormwater infrastructure and the Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ Program.

Amanda Peck, Program Administrator
Division of Water Resource Assistance, FDEP

Emily Brown, Education Coordinator
Division of Water Resource Assistance, FDEP

1:30 PM – 1:45 PM - Break

1:45 PM – 2:15 PM [0.50 credits]

Triennial Review of Water Quality Standards
The Clean Water Act requires states to review their surface water quality standards for possible revision every three years.  FDEP initiated the current review in May 2019.  This session will discuss the status of the current review and proposed changes to standards under consideration.

Daryll Joyner, Program Administrator
Division of Environmental Assessment and Restoration, FDEP

2:15 PM – 2:30 PM - Break

2:30 PM – 3:00 PM [0.50 credits]

New BMAP Provisions Addressing WWT and OSTDS
SB 712 included several revisions to Section 403.067, FS, concerning Basin Management Action Plans.  One addition was a requirement that BMAPs for nutrient TMDLs must include a wastewater treatment plan when FDEP determines that WWT facilities or OSTDS have been determined to be the contributors of at least 20% of nutrient pollution or if remediation is necessary to attain the TMDL.  The new requirements are similar to that which has existed for some nutrient impaired springs.  This session will review the Department’s plans for the development of these special plans for certain nutrient impaired waters.

Greg DeAngelo, Deputy Director
Division of Environmental Assessment and Restoration, FDEP

3:00 PM – 3:15 PM - Break

3:15 PM – 3:45 PM
[0.50 credits]        

Alternative Restoration Plan Survey and Data Display
FDEP works statewide to encourage local stakeholders to develop Alternative Restoration Plans (4b or 4e plans) at the earliest practical time. Early implementation of restoration activities is more cost effective and may allow FDEP to forgo certain regulatory steps (most notably, the development of TMDLs and BMAPs), thereby focusing limited local and state resources directly on measures that will improve water quality. This session will review an online survey created to help stakeholders identify waterbodies that could be candidates for alternative restoration plans. The development of a web-based user interface presenting Alternative Restoration Plan data in a more dynamic way will also be discussed.

Moira Homann, Environmental Administrator
Division of Environmental Assessment and Restoration, FDEP

Benjamin Ralys, Environmental Consultant
Division of Environmental Assessment and Restoration, FDEP

3:45 PM – 4:00 PM
[0.25 credits]       

Wrap Up and Final Q&A


THURSDAY, DECEMBER 3, 2020                                                                                                                                   

9:00 AM – 10:30 AM [1.50 credits]    

Welcome, Opening Address & Awards
Recent initiatives to improve water quality have been undertaken by both the legislative and executive branches of government.  But much more remains to be done.  This session will review the status of recent water quality restoration initiatives, and likely legislation and regulatory programs to watch for in 2020.  Audience participation will be encouraged. 

Kelli Hammer Levy, President
Florida Stormwater Association

John J. Truitt, Deputy Secretary
Regulatory Programs, FDEP                        

10:30 AM – 10:45 AM - Break

10:45 AM – 11:30 AM [0.75 credits] 

Making the Technical Accessible: Innovating Watershed Management
The City of Winter Haven has created a robust evaluation methodology and GIS dashboard as part of its annual lakes report development process. Incorporating aspects of stormwater and biological management practices, this report provides a technical, yet accessible means to drive decision-making and educate stakeholders.

Devon Moore, Environmental Scientist
City of Winter Haven

Savannah Winstanley, Ecosystem & Asset Analyst
City of Winter Haven

11:30 AM – 11:45 AM - Break

11:45 AM – 12:30 PM [0.75 credits]  

Using Interactive Digital Storytelling to Engage the Public
This presentation will describe how a green stormwater infrastructure (GSI) watershed wide planning project modified the in-person community engagement plan because of COVID-19 health concerns. What was originally devised as a series of community design visioning sessions was transformed into an ArcGIS StoryMap complete with embedded videos, maps, renderings, resources, and community polling.  The presentation will also describe how online interactive storytelling can be effective at community engagement across a wide range of topics regardless of whether a human health crisis exists.

Donald D. Carpenter, PhD, PE, LEED AP, Pincipal
Drummond Carpenter

Rachel Pieschek, PE, Project Engineer
Drummond Carpenter

12:30 PM – 1:30 PM - Lunch Break
(Interactive Breakout Optional, Cameras On!)

1:30 PM – 2:15 PM [0.75 credits]        

City-Scale Rapid Inundation Mapping - An Alternative to First Street
The City of Tallahassee's city-wide inundation risk modeling project used rapid 2D hydrologic and hydraulic modeling techniques to evaluate inundation risk. This session will compare and contrast the results of the City’s project to the recent nationwide flood risk mapping that has been completed by First Street. Advantages of this approach will be discussed along with lessons learned.

Justin Gregory, PE, Department Manager
Jones Edmunds & Associates

Mark Heidecker, CPM, Manager - Stormwater Quality Programs
City of Tallahassee

2:15 PM – 2:30 PM - Break

2:30 PM – 3:15 PM [0.75 credits]       

DSS for Operation of a Network of Storage Ponds for Mitigating Floods
Flooding causes more damage annually than any other severe weather event. Because of increased flood frequency and intensity, there is a new emphasis on integrating nonstructural and structural approaches for mitigating floods. Within a watershed, wetlands, detention ponds and reservoirs play a vital role. These storage systems are often not operated in a coordinated manner in response to forecasted storm events, thus reducing their effectiveness for flood mitigation. This session will review a decision support system (DSS) that aims to provide an optimal schedule of flow releases to maximize storage capacity.

Arturo Leon, PhD, Associate Professor
Florida International University

3:15 PM – 3:30 PM - Break

3:30 PM – 4:15 PM [0.75 credits]       

Pinellas County Landscape and Fertilizer Ordinance: A Ten-Year Review
Join us for an in-depth look at Pinellas County’s Landscape and Fertilizer Ordinance, after 10 years. This session will review the program’s anatomy, challenges, results, and data. Education, enforcement, and the observed outcomes have changed over the years and will continue. We must all remember that programs are not static, they need to be adaptable to address the knowledge gained, issues that arise, and take advantage of educational opportunities.

Ryan Ryczek, Environmental Specialist II
Pinellas County

4:15 PM – 4:30 PM [0.25 credits]      

Wrap Up


FRIDAY, DECEMBER 4, 2020                                                                                                                                         

9:00 AM – 9:45 AM [0.75 credits]    

Welcome & FSA Educational Foundation Scholarship Presentations
The Florida Stormwater Association Educational Foundation was established in 2003 to assist in expanding and improving education, training, and research for the stormwater management profession by establishing scholarship and research programs. Join us for an update from the FSA Educational Foundation President including a presentation of the 2020 Scholarship awards.

Brett Cunningham, President
Florida Stormwater Association Educational Foundation

9:45 AM – 10:00 AM - Break

10:00 AM – 10:45 AM [0.75 credits] 

Updating Statewide Stormwater Design Criteria – Take #2
FDEP undertook a significant effort to update the design criteria for stormwater systems in 2009-10, after a 2007 study showed that the existing criteria were not adequate to assure that stormwater runoff entering state waters was not contributing to water quality violations.  That effort was abandoned but recent legislation requires FDEP to initiate a new rulemaking effort by January 1, 2021.  But what might that entail?  This session will examine the efforts of 20 years ago, discuss what criteria some jurisdictions have adopted on their own, and show how those differ.

Brett Cunningham, PE, ENV SP, Senior Vice President
Jones Edmunds

Shane Williams, PhD, PE, Stormwater Engineer
Alachua County

10:45 AM – 11:00 AM - Break

11:00 AM – 11:45 AM [0.75 credits] 

Sustainable Solutions for Integrated Watershed Management
In the past, little if any, consideration was given to regional watershed initiatives and other integrated water resource opportunities as part of the approach for stormwater management.  This presentation will focus on the types of regional opportunities that exist and the planning efforts needed to develop cooperative partnerships.

Carlton Spirio, PE, Regional Drainage Engineer

11:45 AM – 12:45 PM - Lunch Break
(Interactive Breakout Optional, Cameras On!)

12:45 PM – 1:30 PM [0.75 credits]    

Tune in to Flip My Florida Yard for Innovative Public Education
From Emmy® Award-winning director Chad Crawford comes a television series dedicated to flipping yards, changing lives, and saving Florida's water. Flip My Florida Yard uses a HGTV style yard make-over approach to transform home landscapes with Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ practices while the homeowners are visiting one of Florida’s State Parks. Flip My Florida Yard aims to educate (and entertain!) viewers about how Florida yards can become more water efficient, attract wildlife, and control stormwater runoff.  This session will share how the series began and share clips from the series that reveal benefits to the homeowner and the environment. 

Amanda Peck, Program Administrator
Division of Water Resource Assistance, FDEP

Emily Brown, Education Coordinator
Division of Water Resource Assistance, FDEP

1:30 PM – 1:45 PM - Break

1:45 PM – 2:30 PM [0.75 credits]       

Investigation of Fecal Sources Impacting An Urban Creek
Bacteria and nutrients commonly impact surface waters across the country. Identifying bacteria sources is important in evaluating risks to public health and locating and eliminating contributing sources to improve water quality. Advanced source tracking tools were leveraged to address elevated bacteria in an urban creek within the City of Orlando. This session will provide a background of the bacterial issues, the results of the sampling effort, and recommendations to address the contamination issue.

Mike Hardin, PhD, PE, CFM, Senior Engineer
Geosyntec Consultants

Lisa Lotti, Stormwater Compliance Program Manager
City of Orlando

2:30 PM – 2:45 PM - Break

2:45 PM – 3:30 PM [0.75 credits]       

Estimating Pollutant Loads for the SBEP is SIMPLE
As part of the Sarasota Bay Water Quality Assessment and Strategy Project, the Sarasota Bay Estuary Program is updating the SIMPLE loading model to identify areas contributing excessive nutrient loads to guide future nutrient management plans.  This session will review how this update will aid receiving waterbodies to achieve their designated use as fishable/swimmable and support the effort to establish Reasonable Assurance Plan management strategies.

Jon Perry, GISP Scientist
Janicki Environmental

Mike Wessel, MSC, Vice President
Janicki Environmental

Jay Leverone, PhD, Staff Scientist
Sarasota Bay Estuary Program

3:30 PM – 3:45 PM [0.25 credits]      

Wrap Up and Adjourn