2016 Winter Conference Agenda

Wednesday  -  Thursday  -  Friday
Schedule subject to change 

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 7, 2016 --- PRE-CONFERENCE (additional fee applies)

8:45 a.m.  - 3:30 p.m.

Registration Desk Open

9:30 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.
(.75 PDH)

[DEP DAY]  Understanding the New Bacterial Criteria
EPA adopted rules in 2009 which included new water quality criteria for bacteria.  FDEP recently adopted EPA’s Enterococci criterion for marine waters and E. Coli criterion for fresh waters. The session will address the new criterion; discuss monitoring for E. Coli vs. Fecal coliform; FDEP’s plans for transitioning from one criterion to the other; and, the new criteria’s impacts on MS4 permits as well as existing TMDLs and BMAPs.

Johnathan Turner, Environmental Consultant

Julie Espy, Administrator
Water Quality Assessment Program, FDEP

10:15 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.  [DEP DAY] Break
10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
(1.5 PDH)

[DEP DAY] What’s Next in Source Tracking?
The session will provide an update on developments in identifying new markers and tools to track sources of bacteria.  A review of the efforts of the FDEP and others in this area, and new markers helping to differentiate bacterial sources will be discussed.

Jody Harwood, PhD, Professor
University of South Florida
Dave Tomasko, PhD, Principle Associate
Environmental Science Associates

David Whiting, Deputy Director
Division of Environmental Assessment and Restoration, FDEP

12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. [DEP DAY] Lunch
1:00 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.
(.75 PDH)

[DEP DAY] MS4 Monitoring
This session will review the monitoring requirements for Phase 1 and Phase 2 permits.  The purpose of monitoring, ambient vs. outfall monitoring, and the connection between the requirements of the MS4 permit and the TMDL and BMAP programs will be discussed.

Johnathan Turner, Environmental Consultant

Kim Ornberg, PE, Division Manager, Watershed Management
Seminole County

Kevin Coyne, Administrator
BMAP program, FDEP

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 Bayo). 

Ed Bayo’, Partner
Grossman, Furlow & Bayo'

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

[DEP DAY] FDEP Web Tools
This session will review FDEP’s online resources and tools.  The discussion will focus on updates of the prioritization of site-specific TMDL plans through 2022 based on the 303(d) list of the Clean Water Act, as well as some helpful tools to track work that is going on around the state, such as available GIS layers, comprehensive web lists, the IWR retrieval tool, TMDL tracker, 4b/4e plans, bloom webpage and interactive maps, to name a few.

Erin Rasnake, Administrator
TMDL Program, FDEP

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

[DEP DAY] Break

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

[DEP DAY] New Directions for Stormwater BMPs  
SB 552 (2016 Session) directed FDEP to develop rules relating to nonagricultural BMPs in springsheds and the Lake Okeechobee watershed, although the Department will likely develop such policies on a statewide basis.  The rule language will address the adoption of BMPs and/or BMP manuals, the verification of BMP implementation, record keeping, and water quality monitoring in lieu of BMP implementation.  The session will discuss the direction FDEP is taking on this initiative and its current status.

Tom Frick, Director
Division of Environmental Assessment and Restoration, 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. – 9:45 a.m.
(1.25 PDH)

Welcome and Announcements

Tiffany Busby, President
Florida Stormwater Association


Expanding the Beneficial Uses of Reclaimed Water
Senate Bill 536 passed during the 2014 Session and directed FDEP to prepare a report on the “Expansion of Beneficial Use of Reclaimed Water, Stormwater and Excess Surface Water.”  The “536 Report” was delivered to the Legislature on December 1, 2015.  For the past several months, a working group that was formed at the request of the bill’s sponsor has been meeting to build consensus on legislation implementing some of the recommendations of the Report.  FDEP is coordinating the working group.  The panel will provide an update on the efforts of the working group, discuss some of the key issues under consideration, and will review the status of implementing legislation in 2017.  Audience participation will be encouraged.

Kristine Papin Morris, Environmental Administrator
FDEP Office of Water Policy

Ed Torres, PE, Director, Public Works and Utilities
City of Altamonte Springs

David Childs, Esquire
FWEA Utility Council

Virginia Barker, Director, Natural Resources Management
Brevard County

9:45 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.

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)

Septic System Impacts on Stormwater and Impaired Waterbodies
Charlotte County has many older septic systems that are now inadequate or failing. During large rain events, these systems pose a significant health and environmental risk to impaired waterbodies. This session will discuss the plan developed by the County to provide central sewer to these areas, and the water quality benefits of removing septic systems that are being monitored.

Tim Denison, Senior Environmental Scientist
Johnson Engineering

Marcy Frick, REM, Senior Water Resources Engineer
Tetra Tech

10:50 a.m. – 11:25 a.m.
(.5 PDH)

Wet Years / Dry Years: Adjusting Nutrient Loads to Monitor Progress Toward TMDL Reductions
NPDES permittees are now being asked to account for variation in rainfall in their reported estimates of annual nutrient loads in basins with a TMDL. This talk describes an effort to adjust nutrient loads for inter-annual rainfall variation and report nutrient loads relative to a rainfall adjusted baseline value.

Michael Wessel, Vice President
Janicki Environmental

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

Forecast Based Controls - Maximize Your Storage Before the Storm
Traditionally, stormwater ponds have been designed as passive systems or governed by local logic pump controls.  Today, advances in low-cost, internet-accessible controller systems have made forecast-based control possible. The workshop will review a City of Ormond Beach project implementing continuous monitoring and adaptive control technology in an effort to  minimize the risk of flooding, including installation and recorded  performance.

Viktor Hlas, Application Engineer

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)

Financial Incentives for Green Infrastructure Through Stormwater User Fees
Many user fee credit programs encourage hydraulic efficiency during extreme events rather than a consideration of chronic impacts to watershed health. Rewarding property owners for facilities that also demonstrate improved downstream impacts will increase their uptake and help to change future development behavior.  The presentation will review three project examples that bracket a wide range of Green Infrastructure installations.

Michael Gregory, PE, Senior Water Resources Engineer
Computational Hydraulics International

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

Using Technology to Develop Projects to Meet Water Quality Requirements
The City of Cape Coral has TMDL, BMAP and NPDES permit requirements that must be attained to meet water quality goals. In order to achieve these goals, the City has stepped forward, in a phased approach, to replace septic tanks with central sewer, and is planning the implementation of enhanced programmatic and distributed structural stormwater treatment and control measures (BMPs) throughout its jurisdiction.  A variety of technologies have been used to identify the most feasible wastewater improvement and stormwater treatment projects.

Roderick Cashe, PE, CDT, LEED AP, Senior Project Manager
Tetra Tech

Marcy Frick, REM, Senior Water Resources Engineer
Tetra Tech

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

Got Nutrients? BAM! Modular Wetland Performance with BAM
Two Modular Wetland BMPs were installed to treat stormwater inflow to Bay Lake, an impaired water within Orange County. The BMPs utilize biologic uptake and biosorption activated media (BAM) to reduce nutrient loading within an open structure. Each BMP used separate BAM, including expanded slate and Bold and Gold to assess different BAM performance.  The results of this project should help determine the pollutant load reduction effectiveness of each BAM technology within an in-line stormwater quality BMP system, specifically for nutrient control of stormwater runoff within an urban watershed environment.

Lee Mullon, PE, CFM, Professional Engineer
Geosyntec Consultants

3:05 p.m. – 3:35 p.m.

Break in Exhibit Hall

3:35 p.m. – 4:10 p.m.
(.5 PDH)

A Multi-Agency Approach to Ecosystem Restoration
The workshop will review the wetlands restoration process - restoring degraded agricultural lands to native ecosystems. It will cover the whole process from inception to completion, with topics including field protocols, development and analysis of restoration alternatives to maximize onsite hydroperiods, and the design and permitting process.

Matthew Goolsby, Environmental Engineer
CDM Smith

4:10 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.
(1 PDH)

What’s Your First Thought When You See Landscapers Blowing Grass Clippings into the MS4?
When a landscaper blows debris into the MS4, do you wonder if they know any better?  Pinellas has 52 adopted TMDLs and a total of 152 listed impairments.  In an effort to reduce nutrient sources, Pinellas County adopted the Fertilizer Use and Application and Landscape Maintenance Ordinance in December 2009.  One of the most important elements of the ordinance is the Landscape Best Management Practices (L-BMP) certification program – a certification class for landscapers. This presentation will detail the first five years of the program and provide insight on that burning question.

Anamarie Rivera, Senior Environmental Specialist
Pinellas County

5:15 p.m. – 6:15 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)

2016 FSA Excellence Award Winner

Pine Island Stormwater Improvement Project: Ending a Never Ending Project
Twenty years in the making, this stormwater project began with great ideas and intentions!  The 800+ acres of property now referred to as Pine Island Conservation Area, located on North Merritt Island in Brevard County, was a collaborative purchase between Environmentally Endangered Lands and SJRWMD in the mid-1990’s.  The is now considered a major success story for Brevard County in water quality and flood control enhancements.  But converting the plans into reality was a long, slow battle that required patience and time...neither of which this project manager possessed!

Robbyn Spratt, Engineer III
Brevard County

9:35 a.m. – 10:10 a.m.
(.5 PDH)

West Palm Beach: Year 1 of A Successful New Era in South FL Stormwater
The City of West Palm Beach is in year one of implementation of their modernized stormwater master plan.  Staff will cover the challenges and exciting changes related to their holistic and forward-thinking program.  Highlights include new stormwater reviews, enhanced CRS rating, capital program planning, and water quality (among others).

Poonam Kalkat, PhD, Director of Utilities
City of West Palm Beach

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

10:10 a.m. – 10:40 a.m.

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

10:40 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.
(.5 PDH)

Evaluation of Lakeland’s Street Sweeping Operations for Nutrient Removal Efficiency
Street sweeping is a common pollution source control practice performed by municipalities to help meet requirements for improving the quality of stormwater runoff.  Currently, the nutrient reduction benefit of street sweeping is determined using the results of an FSA Educational Foundation study performed by UF.  The FSAEF study provides a thorough evaluation of the benefits and defines a methodology for determining the nutrient mass reduction due to street sweeping activities.  The workshp will present the results of a recent street sweeping optimization study performed for the City of Lakeland.  Variables of interest include nutrient content associated with different land use types, tree cover, particle size of collected street debris, and seasonality.  Sampling procedures as well as results will be presented.

Mike Hardin, PhD, PE, CFM, Water Resources Engineer
Geosyntec Consultants

11:15 a.m.