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Tuesday, July 18
 

1:00pm EDT

EB A - Florida’s Environmental Policy in 20-17 – Where Are We Headed?
EARLY BIRD “A”:  FLORIDA ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY IN 2017 - WHERE ARE WE HEADED?!
You can’t miss this star-studded panel of experts as they review the significant events of the past year that have radically changed the debate over issues as far-ranging as Everglades restoration, sewage spills, septic tanks, fracking, and pollution notification. In 2017, the Florida Legislature aggressively took on these and other environmental issues with legislation that could best be described as ambitious and, at worst, misguided. Regardless of your position on these controversial issues, it should be concerning to all if we have lost our ability to analyze and debate matters of policy using science, facts, and rational thought. We may all be living in a “post-truth” culture, but are we headed into a similar era of environmental policy-setting based on appeals to emotion? This panel of public sector, private sector, and environmental advocates will address these and other issues as they analyze the key environmental legislation that passed, the bills that didn’t, and what it all means for the future.

Moderators
HV

Herschel Vinyard

Foley & Lardner LLP

Speakers
PA

Peter Antonacci

Executive Director, South Florida Water Management District
MC

Matt Caldwell

Representative, District 79, Florida House of Representatives
ED

Eric Draper

Director, Audubon of Florida
KE

Katie Edwards

Representative, District 98, Florida House of Representatives
SJ

Stephen James

Director, Office of Water Policy, Department of Environmental Protection
GK

Greg Knecht

Director of Protection, The Nature Conservancy
ML

Matt Leopold

Carlton Fields, P.A.
RM

Ryan Matthews

Director, Office of Water Policy, Department of Environmental Protection


Tuesday July 18, 2017 1:00pm - 5:00pm EDT
Ocean III

1:00pm EDT

EB B - The Keys to Success for the Practicing Engineer
EARLY BIRD “B”: THE KEYS TO SUCCESS FOR THE PRACTICING ENGINEER
This course has been completely redesigned for 2017! Come join our panel of experts in a 4-hour interactive, small group setting, as they provide the practicing engineer with the keys to a successful practice, including the essential updates that govern the practice of engineering in the state of Florida and the latest “best practices” to manage professional risk to yourself and your firm. Our experts will help guide you with concrete strategies and tips for managing risks, including work practices, protective contract language, and decipher the complexities of other risk management tools such as insurance and bonding. Additionally, you will receive the latest instruction on any changes to the rules and statutes affecting the engineer, as well as any guidance resulting from individual disciplinary and unlicensed practice cases. Don’t miss this opportunity to tune up your professional practice knowledge, and prepare yourself and your firm to manage professional risk. (As a bonus, you will also be satisfying your biennial Laws, Rules and Ethics continuing education requirements in a far more rewarding way than taking another online quiz!)

Speakers
MC

Michael Cavendish

Cavendish Partners, PA
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Michael Harding

Owner / President, MHarding Enterprises Inc.
I am a Civil Engineer, Graduated from the University of Kansas in 1978 and began my career in Wichita Kansas as a bridge designer. After being involved in many interesting projects I transferred my interest into Land Development and have not slowed down. I have been involved in many... Read More →
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NorthStar

Vice President, NorthStar
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George Powell

Office Managing Partner, Akerman LLP
George Powell serves as managing partner of Akerman’s Naples office. George protects real property rights and focuses his practice on real property taxation, eminent domain/property condemnation, land use and entitlements, and real estate transactions. His clients include financial... Read More →


Tuesday July 18, 2017 1:00pm - 5:00pm EDT
Ocean IV
 
Wednesday, July 19
 

8:30am EDT

EEE. Permitting and Development in the Coastal Marine Environment

EEE.  PERMITTING AND DEVELOPMENT IN THE COASTAL MARINE ENVIRONMENT

So your proposed marina development is located over state owned, Sovereign Submerged Lands, or in an Aquatic Preserve.  How do you navigate the additional hurdles such as considerations over highly protected marine resources, greater limitations on project size or scope, limitations or even prohibitions on dredging, and a potential visit to the Governor and Cabinet.  Come hear from this panel of experts on strategies for project design, successful interaction with DEP staff, the Division of State Lands and navigate the process of gaining approval for your project from the Governor and Cabinet.

Speakers
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David Clark

Deputy Secretary for Land and Recreation, Department of Environmental Protection
SC

Spencer Crowley

Shareholder, Chair Miami Real Estate and Land Use Group, Akerman LLP
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Kevin Hennessy

Shareholder, Lewis, Longman & Walker, P.A.
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Tim Rach

Program Administrator, Division of Water Resource Management, Department of Environmental Protection
I've worked for the Florida Dept. of Environmental Protection for over 25 years. Most of that time I've has been in the Environmental Resource Permitting (ERP) program. Feel free to ask me about any questions or issues related to ERP, Mitigation Banks, UMAM, State 404 and the use... Read More →


Wednesday July 19, 2017 8:30am - 10:10am EDT
Caribbean Salon VI

8:30am EDT

H&I1. Lake Okeechobee and Estuaries (Part 1 of 2)

H&I. LAKE OKEECHOBEE AND THE ESTUARIES: A WATER MANAGEMENT BALANCING ACT

In its second year being offered, this panel is presenting on the very critical issues affecting Lake Okeechobee and the Northern Estuaries.  This year, the 2017 Legislature is considering various options to solve and address water storage issues affecting Lake Okeechobee and the Northern Everglades and Estuaries, including Senate committee meetings on this very critical and controversial issue. This 2-part course of advanced discussion will focus on the latest issues facing the management of Lake Okeechobee and the estuaries and their effect on water supply, water resources, and environmental restoration throughout South Florida. The panel represents a diverse cross section of government (federal, state, and local), private landowners, tribal entities, and environmental and agricultural interests.

The panel will discuss how Lake management decisions affect their differing interests and obligations and the varying issues that must be balanced to make effective decisions.  They will focus on the very latest developments affecting the Lake and estuaries, including the latest update from the Legislature, applicable provisions of the Water Policy Bill, status of the Lake Okeechobee Regulation Schedule, schedule for the Herbert Hoover Dike Rehabilitation, endangered species, latest studies and status of the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan projects and what can be expected over the coming year.  In Part II of this panel, the speakers will openly discuss the various options and solutions for addressing the issues.


Moderators
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Luna E. Phillips

Shareholder, GUNSTER
Luna Phillips is a Florida Bar board certified Gunster shareholder who practices in the area of environmental, administrative and governmental law. She leads the firm’s Environmental practice.Prior to joining the firm, Luna was a senior attorney for the South Florida Water Management... Read More →

Speakers
EB

Ernie Barnett

Partner, Water and Land Advisors, Inc.
DB

Drew Bartlett

Deputy Secretary for Ecosystem Restoration, Department of Environmental Protection
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Michelle Diffenderfer

President, Lewis, Longman & Walker, P.A.
ED

Eric Draper

Director, Audubon of Florida
JK

Jason Kirk

District Commander, Jacksonville District, US Army Corps of Engineers
EM

Ernie Marks

Division Director, Everglades Policy and Cooordination, South Florida Water Management District
BP

Bob Progulske

Everglades Program Supervisor, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service


Wednesday July 19, 2017 8:30am - 10:10am EDT
Caribbean Salon IV

8:30am EDT

M1. Emerging Issues in Environmental Due Diligence

M. EMERGING ISSUES IN ENVIRONMENTAL DUE DILIGENCE

Very informative discussion of emerging trends and issues that impact the environmental due diligence process including changing arsenic and VOH standards, issues arising from foreclosures, consumptive use restrictions and other regulatory challenges as may apply; practical considerations in closing land transactions when there are unresolved issues and how to address those issues and much more; audience participation encouraged. 

Moderators
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Cristina Lumpkin

Partner, Bilzin Sumberg Baena Price & Axelrod LLP
I am a partner in the environmental practice group at Bilzin Sumberg in Miami. I work primarily with developers and buyers/sellers of commercial real property, assisting clients with pre-acquisition environmental due diligence, site assessment and remediation. In my role as a developer's... Read More →

Speakers
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Robert Stephens REM, LEP, CSCO

Director Environmental Group, Ramos Engineering & Associates
Mr. Stephens is a founding member of the Florida Environmental Assessors Association and has taught Phase I & Phase II certification classes in Florida since 1993. He is a Certified Florida Environmental Assessor, a Registered Environmental Property Assessor, a Registered Environmental... Read More →
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Kelly Eger-Smith

President/Owner, American Environmental Consulting
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Kirby Stallings

Senior Scientist, S&ME
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Vince Yarina

Principal/Vice President, Langan


Wednesday July 19, 2017 8:30am - 10:10am EDT
Jacksonville/ Tallahassee

8:30am EDT

II. Linking Growth with Water Supply Availability

II.  LINKING GROWTH WITH WATER SUPPLY AVAILABILITY 

Discussion of integrating regional water supply plans of local government with the plans and projects of water utilities through a prescribed planning process requiring cooperation between water management districts and local and regional water management districts and local and regional water utilities; regulatory incentives for the development of alternative water supplies; financial assistance for utilities; linking the growth management plans of local governments with the plans and projects of water utilities; applying the principles of consistency with concurrency as set forth in Florida law and implementing rules. Audience participation is encouraged.

Moderators
SF

Segundo Fernandez

Partner, Oertel, Fernandez,Bryant & Atkinson

Speakers
RB

Robert Beltran

President, Hydro Solutions Consulting
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Victor Castro

Division Director, Regulatory Services, St. Johns River Water Management District
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Rey Malave

Associate Vice President, Dewberry
Mr. Malavé is a professional engineer with more than 42 years experience in civil engineering design. His background includes the design and permitting of infrastructure systems, including complex stormwater and utility projects, land development residential and multifamily projects... Read More →
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Mark Farrell P.E.

Principal and Senior Professional Engineer, Water Resource Associates


Wednesday July 19, 2017 8:30am - 10:10am EDT
Caribbean Salon I-II

8:30am EDT

B1. FDEP Regulatory and Policy Update

B. FDEP REGULATORY AND POLICY UPDATE

Always a timely and useful course to provide updates on the most current information and activities with the Department of Environmental Protection which we feel will be of most interest to our attendees; includes review and analysis of rules and policies recently adopted or under development and related implementation strategies within both Tallahassee and District offices; key/practical tips for all private/public regulated interests; course format designed for extensive audience participation. 


Moderators
avatar for Bill Preston

Bill Preston

President, William D. Preston, P.A.

Speakers
JG

Justin Green

Director, Division of Air Resource Management, Department of Environmental Protection
JU

Joseph Ullo, Jr.

Director, Division of Waste Management, Department of Environmental Protection
JK

Jeff Koerner

Director, Division of Air Resource Management, Department of Environmental Protection
Air pollution control Permitting Compliance Ambient air monitoring Site certification (power plants, transmission lines, gas pipelines)
RM

Ryan Matthews

Director, Office of Water Policy, Department of Environmental Protection
JT

John Truitt

Deputy Secretary for Regulatory Programs, Department of Environmental Protection


Wednesday July 19, 2017 8:30am - 10:10am EDT
Caribbean Salon V

8:30am EDT

UU. Florida NPDES Update

UU. FLORIDA NPDES UPDATE

Update on procedural and substantive considerations in permitting under NPDES program including stormwater; new regulatory developments including numeric nutrient criteria; program administration; case law update; enforcement and citizen suits; additional compliance considerations; how to interpret complex regulations; examples of industrial and construction applications; implementation of stormwater NPDES; MS4 program; current agency practices; emerging trends and issues; audience participation encouraged. 

Moderators
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Winston Borkowski

Shareholder, Hopping Green & Sams, P.A.

Speakers
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Thomas Amidon

Principal Water Resources Scientist, Kleinfelder
RP

Robert Potts

Senior Scientist, E Sciences, Inc.
NPDES MS4 permitting, TMDL & BMAP implementation, water quality


Wednesday July 19, 2017 8:30am - 10:10am EDT
Clearwater/ Orlando

8:30am EDT

OOO. Selling and Financing of Contaminated Properties

OOO. SELLING AND FINANCING OF CONTAMINATED PROPERTIES: WHAT IS THE RISK TOLERANCE OF FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS REGARDING ENVIRONMENTAL LIABILITIES?

While there are definitely incentives for redeveloping properties with perceived or actual environmental concerns, working with lenders in securing financing for the same may present additional challenges.  Hear what the experts working for banks, equity capital, and other sources of finance have to say.  What do lenders and equity investors need to meet their internal lending criteria?  How do they manage environmental risks in their portfolios? Are traditional banks all the same?  What’s available from non-traditional lending sources?  How do they and their attorneys view the recent evolution of FDEP’s institutional controls policy? Our panelists will provide answers to these questions and much, much more!  Join this new and interactive panel discussion as our experts provide insight into funding options and environmental risk management for redevelopment projects. 

Moderators
avatar for Anna Long

Anna Long

Of Counsel, Dean Mead

Speakers
RD

Ralph Demeo

Shareholder, Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC
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Mary Hurley

Director of Land Advisors Capital, Florida Division, Land Advisors Capital


Wednesday July 19, 2017 8:30am - 10:10am EDT
Miami

8:30am EDT

AAA. The New UMAM: Proposed Revisions to Florida's Uniform Mitigation Assessment Method

AAA.  THE NEW UMAM: PROPOSED REVISIONS TO FLORIDA’S UNIFORM MITIGATION ASSESSMENT METHOD 

Florida’s Uniform Mitigation Assessment Method (UMAM) is the primary method by which regulatory agencies determine the amount of mitigation necessary to offset impacts to wetlands and other surface waters and the number of mitigation credits to be assigned to a mitigation bank.  This course is a double session focusing on proposed revisions to the UMAM rule.  According to their website, the DEP intends to revise the UMAM rule to achieve more certainty and consistency across the state while still accounting for each region’s diverse ecological communities.  The goal is a more streamlined and straightforward UMAM rule that is easier to use on both ends – easier for the citizens or businesses applying UMAM and for the agency staff processing the applications.  This course will provide a variety of perspectives from a panel of expert UMAM practitioners who have been active in the efforts to revise UMAM.  Audience participation is strongly encouraged to provide constructive input to the Department regarding progress thus far and any further improvements which may be necessary.

Moderators
CH

Clark Hull

Principal, Clark Hull & Associates
ERP, UMAM, Mitigation Banking

Speakers
JC

Jeff Collins

Senior Project Manager, Cocoa Permits Section, US Army Corps of Engineers
PC

Penny Cople

Principal Scientist, Breedlove, Dennis & Associates
EC

Ed Cronyn

Senior Scientist/Group Manager, West Florida Sciences, Atkins North America
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Shannon Gonzalez

Senior Ecologist/Principal, Flatwoods Consulting Group, Inc.
Flatwoods Consulting Group Inc. (Flatwoods) is a Florida-based Small Business Enterprise (SBE) that assists clients in navigating complex environmental regulation. Our vision is to provide the highest quality consultation to our clients in a cost-effective manner. Our team of highly... Read More →
JS

Jennifer Smith

Southeast District Director, Department of Environmental Protection


Wednesday July 19, 2017 8:30am - 10:10am EDT
Key West/ Palm Beach

8:30am EDT

ZZ1. Wetland Jurisdiction Methodology: A State and Federal Update

ZZ. WETLAND JURISDICTION METHODOLOGY: A STATE AND FEDERAL UPDATE  

This course has been significantly redesigned for 2017! If you want to know precisely how wetland jurisdiction is determined, and the subtle and not so subtle differences between Florida’s uniform statewide wetland jurisdiction and Federal wetland jurisdiction, this is your course! This carefully designed panel discussion will analyze state and COE wetland jurisdiction, making use of comparisons and contrasts as appropriate; covers application of vegetation, soils and hydrologic indicators in determining presence of wetlands using state and COE methodologies; covers altered and non-altered sites; emphasis on practical application and dispute resolution; examples and case studies. You will also hear the latest updates on wetlands law and regulation at the federal level, including the status of recent and ongoing legal challenges, any new guidance or policy put forward by the new Administration, and what they could mean for development in Florida.  This course is designed for extensive audience participation. 

Moderators
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Mike Dennis

President, Breedlove, Dennis & Associates, Inc.

Speakers
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Debbie Madden

Attorney, GUNSTER
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Ed Murawski

Project Manager II, Kleinfelder
Mr. Murawski has over 17 years of experience in the environmental consulting field in the areas of wetlands, protected species and environmental land use permitting. Mr. Murawski serves as the Program Manager for Tampa Florida office and supervises a team of up 13 employees. Mr. Murawski... Read More →
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Mike Nichols

President, MJ Nichols & Associates
Mike has an extensive background conducting jurisdictional wetland determinations and other wetlands permitting and mitigation design projects in his 37 year career in environmental assessments. He has been employed by Florida DEP and Broward County for about half of his career while... Read More →
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Timothy Perry

Partner, Oertel, Fernandez, Bryant & Atkinson, P.A.
Mr. Perry has substantial experience representing clients in the areas of environmental law, energy law, water law, coastal law, utility law, land use law, appellate law and general civil and administrative litigation. A substantial portion of his practice has been spent litigating... Read More →


Wednesday July 19, 2017 8:30am - 10:10am EDT
Caribbean Salon VII-VIII

10:30am EDT

III. Beach Renourishment and Nearshore Hardbottoms

III.  BEACH RENOURISHMENT AND NEARSHORE HARDBOTTOM

Beach nourishment projects occur frequently in Florida and often these activities result in direct and indirect impacts to hardbottom. This session will examine the impact considerations associated with beach nourishment projects. Issues addressed will include: nearshore and offshore hardbottom, mixing zones, direct and indirect impacts; hardbottom mapping and monitoring techniques; assessing mitigation; and environmental permitting challenges. Examples of hardbottom impacts and the regulatory challenges will be discussed. Come prepared to listen, learn, and participate! 

Moderators
WF

Wayne Flowers

Shareholder, LEWIS LONGMAN & WALKER

Speakers
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Penny Cutt

Senior Associate, Gahagan & Bryant Associates, Inc.
Penny Cutt is a Senior Associate with Gahagan & Bryant Associates, Inc. Her expertise is in marine and coastal environments, specializing in Joint Coastal Permitting, Environmental Resource Permitting, and biological monitoring. She has 23 years of experience, with 10 years in the... Read More →
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Erin Hodel

Project Scientist/Marine Biologist, CSA Ocean Sciences Inc.
TW

Tori White

Deputy Chief, Regulatory Division, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers


Wednesday July 19, 2017 10:30am - 12:10pm EDT
Caribbean Salon VI

10:30am EDT

H&I2. Lake Okkechobee and Estuaries (Part 2 of 2)

H&I. LAKE OKEECHOBEE AND THE ESTUARIES: A WATER MANAGEMENT BALANCING ACT

In its second year being offered, this panel is presenting on the very critical issues affecting Lake Okeechobee and the Northern Estuaries.  This year, the 2017 Legislature is considering various options to solve and address water storage issues affecting Lake Okeechobee and the Northern Everglades and Estuaries, including Senate committee meetings on this very critical and controversial issue. This 2-part course of advanced discussion will focus on the latest issues facing the management of Lake Okeechobee and the estuaries and their effect on water supply, water resources, and environmental restoration throughout South Florida. The panel represents a diverse cross section of government (federal, state, and local), private landowners, tribal entities, and environmental and agricultural interests.

The panel will discuss how Lake management decisions affect their differing interests and obligations and the varying issues that must be balanced to make effective decisions.  They will focus on the very latest developments affecting the Lake and estuaries, including the latest update from the Legislature, applicable provisions of the Water Policy Bill, status of the Lake Okeechobee Regulation Schedule, schedule for the Herbert Hoover Dike Rehabilitation, endangered species, latest studies and status of the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan projects and what can be expected over the coming year.  In Part II of this panel, the speakers will openly discuss the various options and solutions for addressing the issues.


Moderators
avatar for Luna E. Phillips

Luna E. Phillips

Shareholder, GUNSTER
Luna Phillips is a Florida Bar board certified Gunster shareholder who practices in the area of environmental, administrative and governmental law. She leads the firm’s Environmental practice.Prior to joining the firm, Luna was a senior attorney for the South Florida Water Management... Read More →

Speakers
EB

Ernie Barnett

Partner, Water and Land Advisors, Inc.
DB

Drew Bartlett

Deputy Secretary for Ecosystem Restoration, Department of Environmental Protection
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Michelle Diffenderfer

President, Lewis, Longman & Walker, P.A.
ED

Eric Draper

Director, Audubon of Florida
JK

Jason Kirk

District Commander, Jacksonville District, US Army Corps of Engineers
EM

Ernie Marks

Division Director, Everglades Policy and Cooordination, South Florida Water Management District
BP

Bob Progulske

Everglades Program Supervisor, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service


Wednesday July 19, 2017 10:30am - 12:10pm EDT
Caribbean Salon IV

10:30am EDT

J. Permits Under Attack: Defending Your Permit from all Challengers

J. PERMITS UNDER ATTACK: DEFENDING YOUR PERMIT FROM ALL CHALLENGERS

Permits, approvals, and other agency authorizations are critical to your company’s business. But challenges in courts of law and public opinion are becoming increasingly common. These attacks threaten to delay, derail, or undo your permitting effort. This course, again updated for 2016, is designed to help you navigate the steps you can and should take both to plan for and to defend your permit from such challenges. It will include practical advice on how to successfully survive a permit challenge, including identifying key vulnerabilities, building a defensible record, and other early steps to help ensure the long-term success of your efforts. It will also cover defense of your permit in administrative and judicial proceedings, as well as other settings. Audience participation is encouraged. 

Speakers
LC

Larry Curtin

Partner, Holland & Knight
AK

Alan Krischer

Partner, Holland & Knight
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Jerry Stouck

Chair, Federal Regulatory and Administrative Law Practice, Greenberg Traurig, P.A.
Jerry Stouck Chairs the Federal Regulatory and Administrative Law Practice and has more than 35 years of trial and appellate litigation experience in a wide range of cases and courts. He has particular experience in complex business, regulatory and environmental disputes with government... Read More →


Wednesday July 19, 2017 10:30am - 12:10pm EDT
Key West/ Palm Beach

10:30am EDT

R1. What to Expect When Being Inspected

R. WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN BEING INSPECTED

For regulated facilities, environmental compliance inspections can often seem intimidating.  Recognizing the "pop quiz" impression of an inspection and the perceived business interruption, this panel will focus on providing an understanding of the purpose and approach of compliance reviews and help facilities effectively prepare for inspections to minimize impacts and maximize compliance.  The panel will provide an overview of the roles of the Florida DEP and EPA, components of multimedia compliance monitoring programs developed for both agencies, a discussion of the State Review Framework, and DEP's approach to satisfying their compliance inspection objectives.  With this background on the structure, purpose and frequency, the panel will also present the latest national enforcement initiatives, which are selected by EPA every three years.  The panel will also discuss what inspectors typically look for when performing a facility inspection and how environmental staff can best be prepared for an inspection.  From both an industrial and legal perspective, the presentations will discuss best practices that environmental staff should follow before and on the day of the inspection in order to ensure that year-round compliance is achieved, the department’s compliance objectives are reached, inspectors’ needs are being met, all while minimizing undue stress on the regulated facility.

Moderators
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Michael Ballenger

Principal, Trinity Consultants
I serve as the Florida Manager for Trinity Consultants. I specialize in air permitting and compliance, helping industry meet regulations.

Speakers
JG

Justin Green

Director, Division of Air Resource Management, Department of Environmental Protection
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Stacy Watson May

Consulting Counsel, Holland & Knight
Ms. Watson May counsels a variety of industrial and commercial clients such as manufacturers, facility owners and developers with environmental compliance and enforcement actions across multiple states as well as at the federal and local levels. For these clients, she regularly negotiates... Read More →
CW

Cliff Wilson

Vice President, Dewberry


Wednesday July 19, 2017 10:30am - 12:10pm EDT
Caribbean Salon VII-VIII

10:30am EDT

V. Strategic Planning and Permitting for Development

V. STRATEGIC PLANNING AND PERMITTING FOR DEVELOPMENT

Practical and informative course designed to address strategies for obtaining environmental and growth management approvals for land development projects under Florida’s current laws and agency practices;; consideration of effects of recent legislation and administrative actions taken by the Executive Branch; discussion of successful approaches to processing and obtaining environmental permits from regulatory agencies, determinations of when to obtain the required permits and in what order, and the level of specificity and procedural requirements of each agency. Course to also cover tracking and managing activities for compliance with permit conditions, tips for gaining the respect of regulatory agencies, and steps that should be taken to avoid costly enforcement litigation. Audience participation is encouraged. 

Speakers
avatar for Dennis D. Mele

Dennis D. Mele

Partner, Land Use & Zoning, Greenspoon Marder
Dennis D. Mele is a partner and Chair of the Land Use & Zoning practice group. He is widely recognized for his work in land use, zoning, environmental and governmental law. Having experience as a land planner and a city manager, Mr. Mele has a unique understanding of the myriad issues... Read More →
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Abbey Naylor

Vice President, Birkitt Environmental Services, Inc.
Abbey Naylor has over 17 years of experience in the environmental industry in Florida and the Southeast US. Her specialties include local, state, and federal permitting; project management, environmental site assessments including threatened and endangered species surveys, wetland... Read More →
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David Powell

Shareholder, Hopping Green & Sams
David has 30 years of experience in real estate development throughout Florida, including land use approvals and entitlements for master-planned communities, industrial projects, and coastal resorts. His most recent work includes the 133,000-acre North Ranch Master Plan for 500,000... Read More →
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Kimball Woodbury

Manager, Woodbury Development Company


Wednesday July 19, 2017 10:30am - 12:10pm EDT
Jacksonville/ Tallahassee

10:30am EDT

BB. Integrating LID into Local Government Stormwater Programs
BB. INTEGRATING LID INTO LOCAL GOVERNMENT STORMWATER PROGRAMS: A USERS GUIDE

Traditional stormwater BMPs can be land-intensive and tend to fall short of the nutrient load reductions needed to protect our receiving waters. An expanded BMP toolbox improving on traditional stormwater treatment practices and incorporating LID practices is needed to address this problem.  Local governments and some private developers are taking a leadership role promoting LID.   By working with developers, designers, and other community stakeholders, local governments can effectively update Land Development Codes and adopt stormwater BMP design criteria to encourage the use of LID and better protect water resources.

Moderators
CH

Clark Hull

Principal, Clark Hull & Associates
ERP, UMAM, Mitigation Banking

Speakers
SS

Stephen Suau

Managing Partner, Progressive Water Resources, LLC
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Marty Wanielista

Professor of Engineering and Stormwater Management, University of Central Florida
Stormwater and Wastewater Management for nutrient control


Wednesday July 19, 2017 10:30am - 12:10pm EDT
Caribbean Salon I-II

10:30am EDT

TT. Use of Wetlands for Stormwater and Wastewater Treatment

TT. USE OF WETLANDS FOR STORMWATER AND WASTEWATER TREATMENT

Wetlands can provide for natural, low-energy and environmentally beneficial water quality improvement. This course includes: an updated summary of principles and methods of successful treatment wetland design; overview of treatment wetland regulations in Florida; detailed case histories of point and non-point source wastewater treatment using wetlands, including stormwater, municipal wastewater, industrial wastewater, and agricultural discharges. This very informative course will also feature an overview of the world’s largest treatment wetlands, the Everglades Stormwater Treatment Area, summarizing findings of the Science Plan on wetland performance and optimization.  Audience participation is encouraged. 

Speakers
avatar for Jim Bays

Jim Bays

Technology Fellow, Natural Treatment Systems, Jacobs formerly CH2M Hill
I am a wetland ecologist specializing in the use of wetlands for water quality improvement, habitat restoration, and public use and recreation. As a professional consultant for the past 35 years, I've been fortunate to work on treatment wetland projects across North and South America... Read More →
avatar for Chris Keller

Chris Keller

President, Wetland Solutions, Inc.
I have over 20 years of professional experience specializing in the design, assessment, and optimization of treatment wetlands for water quality improvement. I hold B.S. and M.E. degrees in environmental engineering from the University of Florida and am a licensed professional engineer... Read More →
AB

Angelique Bochnak Ph.D., PWS

Senior Water Resorces Scientist, Environmental Consulting & Technology
LS

Larry Schwartz

Environmental Scientist, CDMSmith


Wednesday July 19, 2017 10:30am - 12:10pm EDT
Caribbean Salon V

10:30am EDT

PPP. Florida Waste Regulation Update And A Look Ahead

PPP.  FLORIDA WASTE REGULATION UPDATE AND A LOOK AHEAD

Florida has long been one of the nation’s leaders in effective waste management and recycling programs.  Some sources predict Florida’s population to top 26 million residents by 2040.  How will the State address the waste management demands of these additional 6 million citizens?  Can Florida’s status as a national leader continue in the face of such a rapid increase in population?  Hear this panel of experts address a wide range of waste management regulatory issues and forecasts including Florida’s progress and remaining challenges in meeting its current 75 % recycling goal by 2020, “recycling” of former waste disposal areas into productive land uses, industrial solid waste disposal and recycling challenges, and effective waste tire management in the face of the Zika threat. 

Moderators
avatar for Mike Petrovich

Mike Petrovich

Shareholder, Hopping Green & Sams, P.A.

Speakers
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Keyna Cory

President, Public Affairs Consultants
Keyna Cory is President of Public Affairs Consultants, a governmental and public affairs company based in Tallahassee, FL. She has extensive experience in the solid waste management field, recycling, and water regulations. Keyna has represented the National Waste & Recycling Association... Read More →
JU

Joseph Ullo, Jr.

Director, Division of Waste Management, Department of Environmental Protection
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Brian Moore

Principal Engineer, GHD
RT

Richard Tedder P.E.

Senior Consultant, Geosyntec Consultants
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Stephen Tilbrook

Shareholder, Gray Robinson


Wednesday July 19, 2017 10:30am - 12:10pm EDT
Clearwater/ Orlando

10:30am EDT

XX. Emerging Issues in Environmental Resource Permitting

XX. EMERGING ISSUES IN ENVIRONMENTAL RESOURCE PERMITTING 

This extremely informative and timely course combines the legal principles of ERP permitting, as expressed by recent changes with practical tips for achieving compliance, and avoidance of process “pitfalls” from the viewpoint of both regulators and practitioners.  The panel presentation will be free-flowing with considerable audience participation led by lawyers and scientists from the public and private sectors.  The course assumes a working knowledge of the ERP process and criteria, and it is intended to examine the critical issues that make or break applications, including those subjected to the extraordinary scrutiny of an administrative hearing. Course will also examine the effects of recent reorganizations within DEP and WMDs and what it means for ERP applicants. Audience participation encouraged. 

Moderators
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Amelia Savage

Attorney, Hopping Green & Sams, P.A.

Speakers
JR

Jerry Renick, CEP

Principal, Land Design South
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Shannon Gonzalez

Senior Ecologist/Principal, Flatwoods Consulting Group, Inc.
Flatwoods Consulting Group Inc. (Flatwoods) is a Florida-based Small Business Enterprise (SBE) that assists clients in navigating complex environmental regulation. Our vision is to provide the highest quality consultation to our clients in a cost-effective manner. Our team of highly... Read More →
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Michelle Hopkins

Regulation Division Director, Southwest Florida Water Management District
I am the Division Director for Regulation at the Southwest Florida Water Management District, overseeing the Environmental Resource Permitting (ERP), Water Use Permitting (WUP) and Well Construction Permitting (WCP) programs. I have more than 30 years of experience working in both... Read More →


Wednesday July 19, 2017 10:30am - 12:10pm EDT
Miami

1:30pm EDT

HHH. Seagrasses and Mangroves

HHH.  SEAGRASSES AND MANGROVES 

This session will present the types of permits (CCCL, ERP, JCP) as they apply to marine-related projects.  Issues addressed will include: how the ecology and biology of Florida’s seagrasses and mangroves drive the reality of regulatory responses; what restoration options and assessment strategies are available; the pitfalls of the permitting process, particularly with respect to monitoring and permit/mitigation compliance; and restoration site selection, techniques and monitoring includes in the context of the regulatory environment, including Habitat Equivalency Analysis and UMAM. This course provides excellent coverage of very complex subject. 

Moderators
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Ed Steinmeyer

Partner, Steinmeyer Fiveash LLP

Speakers
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Mark Fonseca

Senior Ecologist, CSA Ocean Sciences, Inc.
I am interested in habitat restoration, particularly of seagrasses, including their valuation, ecological function, landscape dynamics and associated hydrodynamic environment particularly as it is influenced by wind waves, boat wakes and tidal currents. My recent activities include... Read More →
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Raymond Dennis, III

Senior Project Manager, Environmental Sciences, Stantec Consulting Inc.
For over 25 years, Mr. Dennis has dedicated his career to assisting clients in achieving their project objectives while protecting and restoring natural resources. The focus of Mr. Dennis’s scientific training and experience has been on coastal and freshwater wetland ecology, regulatory... Read More →
JS

Jennifer Smith

Southeast District Director, Department of Environmental Protection


Wednesday July 19, 2017 1:30pm - 3:10pm EDT
Clearwater/ Orlando

1:30pm EDT

P. Recent Developments in Property Rights

P. RECENT DEVELOPMENTS IN PROPERTY RIGHTS

This course discusses recent state and federal legal decisions, legislative proposals and enactments, and anything else of interest to those who deal with the nitty-gritty of private property issues.  It is intended for the seasoned practitioner; however, all are encouraged to attend.  Audience participation is encouraged. 

Speakers
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Amy Boulris

Shareholder, GUNSTER
Amy Brigham Boulris is a shareholder who joined Gunster in 2012, after over two decades of successful practice with the widely respected property rights boutique, Brigham Moore. Amy is a diverse litigator, experienced at both trial and appellate levels.Amy continues to devote her... Read More →
JB

James Burling

Director of Litigation, Pacific Legal Foundation
Property rights and environmental regulation
JN

Jim Nutt

Litigation Practice Group Manager, South Florida Water Management District
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David Smolker

Shareholder, Smolker Bartlett Loeb Hinds & Thompson, P.A.
Mr. Smolker is a versatile, land use, environmental property rights lawyer whose practice encompasses local administrative, civil trial and appellate practice in the areas of land use and zoning, comprehensive planning, environmental permitting, water, wetlands, submerged land, eminent... Read More →


Wednesday July 19, 2017 1:30pm - 3:10pm EDT
Jacksonville/ Tallahassee

1:30pm EDT

T. A New Eye in the Sky: How Drone Technology is Advancing Environmental Assessment

T. A New Eye in the Sky: How Drone Technology is Advancing Environmental Assessment and Monitoring

Drone (aka, Unmanned Aerial Vehicle or UAV) technology has impacted the world in a number of ways, providing an effective resource to capture high quality video and aerial imagery.  The ability of a drone to reach inaccessible or otherwise cost-prohibitive areas has made it a valuable tool that provides on-demand data that is fast, flexible and affordable.  Used in combination with post-processing software, drone imagery can be upgraded to create accurate 2D maps and 3D models for a myriad of products, including topographic surveys, digital surface models, volumetric calculations and 3D models with photorealistic textures.  Since the Federal Aviation Administration has begun approving drone use for commercial applications, the environmental industry is being rapidly advanced by the innovations provided by the use of drone technology.    This session will explore drone technology and some of these cutting-edge innovations that utilize drones to support environmental assessment and monitoring.

Moderators
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Keanan Bell

Geospatial Services Director, NorthStar

Speakers
SG

Shawn Gibbs

Biologist, Hanson Professional Services Inc.
N

NorthStar

Vice President, NorthStar
MD

Matthew Duckstein P.E.

Senior Engineer, Northstar
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Brad Pekas

Senior Engineer and Geologist , Trihydro Corporation
Bradley S. Pekas, PE, PG, is an owner and Senior Engineer with Trihydro Corporation, and he is based in Tampa, Florida. Brad has over 30 years of environmental experience pertaining to assessment/remediation projects, water resource engineering and environmental permitting/compliance... Read More →


Wednesday July 19, 2017 1:30pm - 3:10pm EDT
Caribbean Salon I-II

1:30pm EDT

JJ. Minimum Flows and Levels

JJ.  MINIMUM FLOWS AND LEVELS:  FLORIDA’S NEXT GREAT REGULATORY CHALLENGE 

To prevent significant harm to the water resource, the water management districts must adopt minimum flows and levels for waterbodies and groundwater according to an annual priority list.  If the waterbody does not meet, or is projected not to meet, the adopted minimum flow or level, the district must adopt a recovery or prevention strategy.  Going through this process, the water management districts have found that many waterbodies are below their established minimum flow or level and thus require a recovery or prevention strategy.  Some districts are re-evaluating their minimum flows and levels to see if they were set correctly.  Minimum flows and levels and their associated prevention or recovery strategies can affect water users by causing cutbacks on existing sources, forcing development of alternative water supplies, and forcing participation in aquifer or surface water body recharge projects, in each case creating general uncertainty.  This course focuses on the process by which minimum flows or levels are developed and adopted, while also identifying where minimum flows or levels are already in place or are scheduled for adoption in the future, how water users are impacted, and what you can do to protect your water uses. 

Moderators
DM

Doug Manson

Shareholder, Manson Bolves Donaldson & Varn, P.A.

Speakers
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Terrie Bates

Palm Beach Gardens
Retired after 35 years at the South Florida Water Management District. Former Water Resources Division Director with management responsibility for the Applied Sciences, Water Quality and Water Supply Bureaus. Focus areas include Minimum Flows & Levels and Water Reservations; Ecological... Read More →
MH

Mark Hammond

Director, Resource Management Division, Southwest Florida Water Management District
CH

Carlos Herd

Water Supply Division Director, Suwannee River Water Management District
Minimum flows and levels Water supply planning
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Mike Register

Director, Division Of Regulatory Services, St. Johns River Water Management District
In my current position with the District, I am responsible for overseeing the Bureaus responsible for performing surface water and groundwater modeling, developing minimum flow and levels (MFLs) and prevention/recovery strategies, and conducting the district's water supply planning... Read More →


Wednesday July 19, 2017 1:30pm - 3:10pm EDT
Caribbean Salon VII-VIII

1:30pm EDT

KKK&LLL1. Issues Affecting Florida's Imperiled Wildlife (Part 1 of 2)

KKK. & LLL.   EMERGING ISSUES AFFECTING CONSERVATION OF FLORIDA’S IMPERILED WILDLIFE SPECIES, INCLUDING POTENIAL IMPACTS OF CLIMATE CHANGE ON WILDLIFE COMMUNITIES

Never have the costs and risks of conservation been so high nor the opportunities for establishing a new conservation vision for Florida as great as they are today. No less than a dozen landscape-scale wildlife and habitat planning programs are currently being implemented collaboratively in most cases by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, US Fish and Wildlife Service, other regulatory agencies and conservation organizations. These initiatives generally involve development of state-wide management plans for high profile wildlife species, implementation of a revised state listed process for imperiled wildlife species, habitat identification and ranking analyses for preservation under projects that include the Conservation Cooperative Blueprint and the Peninsular Florida Landscape Conservation Cooperative, best management practices for wildlife on agricultural lands and consolidation of regulatory processes. Each of these programs has potential to profoundly affect the ways we conserve listed species and the habitats upon which they depend. They also will affect each of us in our responsibilities as regulators, land managers and consultants. Additionally, there is a possibility that changes to our climate may be affecting Florida’s terrestrial and aquatic wildlife communities. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has taken the time to study this issue and will come prepared to present its surprising findings, with commentary from other scientists with expertise in this area. The presenters in this session will provide salient overviews of these programs and issues with information regarding how to participate and acquire additional information.


Speakers
AC

Austin Carroll

Principal Ecologist, Wiregrass Ecological Associates
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Gisele Colbert

Principal Scientist, Smart-Sciences, Inc.
Ms. Colbert is the founder of Smart-Sciences and has 26 years of experience in managing and supervising technical projects and in leading inter-disciplinary teams consisting of engineers, geologists, ecologists and other technical experts. Ms. Colbert has extensive experience in all types of environmental permitting in the State of Florida (including Environmental Resource Permits (ERPs), Local Wetlands Permitting, Coastal Construction Permitting, Tree Permitting, Water Use Permit (WUP), industrial wastewater), as well... Read More →
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Jeff Collier

Shareholder, Stearns Weaver Miller Weissler Alhadeff & Sitterson, P.A.
RS

Rachel Sulkers

Project Manager, Kleinfelder


Wednesday July 19, 2017 1:30pm - 3:10pm EDT
Key West/ Palm Beach

1:30pm EDT

A1. FLORIDA’S ENVIRONMENT, WATER POLICY, THE 2017 LEGISLATURE AND BEYOND
A.  FLORIDA’S ENVIRONMENT, WATER POLICY, THE 2017 LEGISLATURE AND BEYOND 
Absolutely the most current and reliable information available on what the 2017 Legislature passed (or considered but failed to pass) and why; assessment of Florida’s changing political landscape with respect to environmental and water policy issues; comprehensive preview of what’s expected with respect to implementation of 2017 legislation with a look ahead to the 2018 session and beyond; course designed for audience participation, so come with your questions for the panelists!

Moderators
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Larry Sellers

Partner, Holland & Knight LLP
Larry practices administrative and governmental law, with a concentration in environmental and land use matters. He regularly provides advice on permitting and enforcement matters involving a variety of federal, state, regional and local administrative agencies. He has substantial... Read More →

Speakers
ED

Eric Draper

Director, Audubon of Florida
TL

Terry Lewis

Shareholder, Lewis, Longman & Walker, P.A.
JS

Jon Steverson

Public Affairs Director, Foley & Lardner LLP
FW

Frank Walker

Vice President of Governmental Affairs, Florida Chamber of Commerce


Wednesday July 19, 2017 1:30pm - 3:10pm EDT
Caribbean Salon IV

1:30pm EDT

F1. Federal Environmental Regulation And Enforcement In The Trump Era — The Road Ahead
F.  FEDERAL ENVIRONMENTAL REGULATION AND ENFORCEMENT IN THE TRUMP ERA — THE ROAD AHEAD

Come listen and learn from a panel of experts as they discuss the latest changes to federal environmental policies and regulation under the Trump Administration.  This session examines how the policies and roles of the federal agencies are changing across a wide spectrum of issues such as enforcement, agency size, the extent of federal authority over wetlands and waters, and climate change.  The experts will also discuss how the regulated community, the state and advocacy groups are responding to such changes including the potential for citizen enforcement.  

These and other federal issues will be discussed by our well-informed panel. Come prepared to listen, learn and participate.


Moderators
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Rafe Petersen

Partner, Holland & Knight
Rafe Petersen is a partner in Holland & Knight's Washington, D.C. office and is a member of the firm's Government Section. He primarily focuses on litigation and counseling in administrative, environmental and the federal fair housing laws. Mr. Petersen's environmental practice includes... Read More →

Speakers
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Julie Kendig-Schrader

Shareholder, Greenberg Traurig, P.A.
LL

Larry Liebesman

Senior Advisor, Dawson & Associates, Inc.
I have practiced environmental law for over 40 years including 2 years at EPA and 11 at the Department of Justice's Environment Division where I handled litigation under the Clean Water Act, wetlands, ESA, NEPA and CERCLA in federal court. I also spent a year detailed to the General... Read More →
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Neal McAliley

Attorney, Carlton Fields
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Dan Thompson

Shareholder, Berger Singerman
Dan Thompson is Board Certified by The Florida Bar as an expertin State and Federal Government and Administrative Practice. Heassists clients with governmental regulatory matters, with aparticular emphasis on environmental and land use issues. Hisexperience includes licensing, permitting... Read More →


Wednesday July 19, 2017 1:30pm - 3:10pm EDT
Caribbean Salon V

1:30pm EDT

EE. Energy and Air Quality Policy and Regulation Under the Trump Administration

EE. ENERGY & AIR QUALITY POLICY AND REGULATION UNDER THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION

Over the last five years, EPA issued numerous rules and policies imposing new air quality requirements on the energy sector, including the Mercury and Air Toxics Rule; pollutant transport rules; revised ambient air quality standards; the startup, shutdown, and malfunction SIP Call, and the Clean Power Plan. This panel will discuss the status of these and other rules under the Trump administration. The panel will also provide a forecast of whether we are likely to see fewer, if any, new requirements on this and related sectors. Finally, the panelists, including Florida DEP Deputy Secretary John Truitt, will discuss the impact to Florida and its energy sector. With decades of experience between them, these panelists are sure to provide key information and insights.

Moderators
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Angela Morrison

Partner, Earth & Water Law
Angela Morrison is a Board-Certified administrative law practitioner with thirty years of experience. Currently she is a partner with the Washington DC-based firm, Earth & Water Law.  Angela’s long career in private practice has been devoted to assisting utility, industry, and... Read More →

Speakers
MS

Mike Sole

V.P. Environmental Services, NextEra Energy, Inc.
JT

John Truitt

Deputy Secretary for Regulatory Programs, Department of Environmental Protection
HV

Herschel Vinyard

Foley & Lardner LLP


Wednesday July 19, 2017 1:30pm - 3:10pm EDT
Caribbean Salon VI

1:30pm EDT

BBB. Agriculture's Role in Protecting Water Quality and Quantity

BBB.  AGRICULTURE’S ROLE IN PROTECTING WATER QUALITY AND QUANTITY 

Agriculture faces the critical issues of water quality, use, and conservation, all while meeting the food production needs of a growing world population. This course will discuss strategies used by the Florida agricultural community to address those issues, measures implemented to improve water quality, the role of agriculture in water supply planning, unique issues faced by producers in the Everglades Agricultural Area, and the transformation of agriculture by rapid advances in technology. This is unlike any other panel—you will not want to miss it!

Moderators
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Stan Posey

Deputy Director, Office of Agricultural Water Policy, Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
Stanley W. Posey serves as the Deputy Director for Program Development in the Office of Agricultural Water Policy. In that role, he works with Director Andy Rackley and the other talented and dedicated staff of the Office on:* Development and implementation of Best Management Practices... Read More →

Speakers
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Danny Kushmer

Executive Director, International Responsible Farming Council (IRFC)
As a third generation Floridian growing up in South Hillsborough County I have a unique perspective of the farming community along with water supply and quality. After farming tropical fish and catfish I started working in governmental affairs for a Florida water management district... Read More →
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Valerie Seidel

Principal Economist, Balmoral Group
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Jeff Sumner

President, Sumner Engineering & Consulting, Inc.
Jeff Sumner is President of Sumner Engineering & Consulting, Inc., where his practice is centered on engineering and water resource consulting in the private and public sectors, with a focus on agricultural clients. He previously served as head of State and Agricultural Policy for... Read More →


Wednesday July 19, 2017 1:30pm - 3:10pm EDT
Miami

3:30pm EDT

K. The Genesis and Demystification of FDOT's NEPA Assignment

K. THE GENESIS AND DEMYSTIFICATION OF FDOT’S NEPA ASSIGNMENT

This new and timely course describes the USDOT’s Surface Transportation Project Delivery Program, allowing the Florida Department of Transportation to assume the responsibilities of the US Secretary of Transportation with regard to the National Environmental Policy Act, other environmental laws (e.g., Endangered Species Act, National Historic Preservation Act, Clean Water Act), and environmental reviews.  Speakers will describe the Program, its benefits and legal aspects, and implications for FDOT project delivery. If you or your clients interact with FDOT in any way, this is a course you cannot afford to miss! Come prepared with questions for this expert panel! 

Moderators
XP

Xavier Pagan

State Environmental Process Administrator, Florida Department of Transportation

Speakers
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David McCray

Of Counsel, Beveridge and Diamond
I assist clients with major project and infrastructure development, including environmental reviews, permitting and approvals from a wide range of federal and state natural resources agencies, and litigation defense of project decisions and policies. I also counsel clients on regulatory... Read More →
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Silvia Beltre P.E.

Senior Principal, Stantec
Experienced in PD&E studies (NEPA Studies) Recently assisted FDOT with application to and implementation of the NEPA Assignment Program (Surface Transportation Project Delivery Program)
KT

Kathleen Toolan

Special Counsel for Environmental Affairs, FL Dept. of Transportation


Wednesday July 19, 2017 3:30pm - 5:10pm EDT
Jacksonville/ Tallahassee

3:30pm EDT

N. Wheel of Regulation: A Discussion on Environmental and Land Use Regulations

N. WHEEL OF REGULATION: A TOPICAL DISCUSSION ON VARIOUS ENVIRONMENTAL AND LAND USE REGULATIONS AND APPROACHES FOR SUCCESSFUL NEGOTIATIONS WITH REGULATORY AGENCIES

An interactive discussion focused on case studies, the associated regulatory requirements and techniques for ensuring sure and positive dialogue for communicating with environmental regulatory agencies at the local, state and federal levels.  Preparation, organization, as well as an understanding of both the regulation and the processes, can go a long way to facilitating a smoother and certainly more positive outcome.  In addition to being technically prepared, knowing the agency representatives, their role in the organization, and their scope of authority can be as critical as having a thorough understanding of the applicability of the various rules and regulations.  Here’s your chance to interact with real case studies, discuss which techniques were successful (or not) and receive expert advice from four instructors who’ve learned these lessons. 

Speakers
AB

Amanda Brock

Attorney, Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt, P.A.
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Anna Long

Of Counsel, Dean Mead
PP

Peter Partlow

President/Principal Engineer, E Sciences, Incorporated
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Liz Johnson, MPA, CEP, PWS

Assistant Manager, Orange County Government
Elizabeth R. JohnsonAssistant Manager, Orange County Environmental Protection Division EDUCATION:Orlando College; Winter Park, Florida, 1993Masters in Public Administration - Graduated Magna Cum LaudeRollins College; Winter Park, Florida, 1986B.A. Environmental SciencePROFESSIONAL... Read More →


Wednesday July 19, 2017 3:30pm - 5:10pm EDT
Caribbean Salon VI

3:30pm EDT

KKK&LLL2. Issues Affecting Florida's Imperiled Wildlife (Part 2 of 2)

KKK. & LLL.   EMERGING ISSUES AFFECTING CONSERVATION OF FLORIDA’S IMPERILED WILDLIFE SPECIES, INCLUDING POTENIAL IMPACTS OF CLIMATE CHANGE ON WILDLIFE COMMUNITIES

Never have the costs and risks of conservation been so high nor the opportunities for establishing a new conservation vision for Florida as great as they are today. No less than a dozen landscape-scale wildlife and habitat planning programs are currently being implemented collaboratively in most cases by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, US Fish and Wildlife Service, other regulatory agencies and conservation organizations. These initiatives generally involve development of state-wide management plans for high profile wildlife species, implementation of a revised state listed process for imperiled wildlife species, habitat identification and ranking analyses for preservation under projects that include the Conservation Cooperative Blueprint and the Peninsular Florida Landscape Conservation Cooperative, best management practices for wildlife on agricultural lands and consolidation of regulatory processes. Each of these programs has potential to profoundly affect the ways we conserve listed species and the habitats upon which they depend. They also will affect each of us in our responsibilities as regulators, land managers and consultants. Additionally, there is a possibility that changes to our climate may be affecting Florida’s terrestrial and aquatic wildlife communities. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has taken the time to study this issue and will come prepared to present its surprising findings, with commentary from other scientists with expertise in this area. The presenters in this session will provide salient overviews of these programs and issues with information regarding how to participate and acquire additional information.


Speakers
AC

Austin Carroll

Principal Ecologist, Wiregrass Ecological Associates
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Gisele Colbert

Principal Scientist, Smart-Sciences, Inc.
Ms. Colbert is the founder of Smart-Sciences and has 26 years of experience in managing and supervising technical projects and in leading inter-disciplinary teams consisting of engineers, geologists, ecologists and other technical experts. Ms. Colbert has extensive experience in all types of environmental permitting in the State of Florida (including Environmental Resource Permits (ERPs), Local Wetlands Permitting, Coastal Construction Permitting, Tree Permitting, Water Use Permit (WUP), industrial wastewater), as well... Read More →
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Jeff Collier

Shareholder, Stearns Weaver Miller Weissler Alhadeff & Sitterson, P.A.
RS

Rachel Sulkers

Project Manager, Kleinfelder


Wednesday July 19, 2017 3:30pm - 5:10pm EDT
Key West/ Palm Beach

3:30pm EDT

A2. Florida’s Environment, Water Policy and 2017 Legislature
A.  FLORIDA’S ENVIRONMENT, WATER POLICY, THE 2017 LEGISLATURE AND BEYOND 
Absolutely the most current and reliable information available on what the 2017 Legislature passed (or considered but failed to pass) and why; assessment of Florida’s changing political landscape with respect to environmental and water policy issues; comprehensive preview of what’s expected with respect to implementation of 2017 legislation with a look ahead to the 2018 session and beyond; course designed for audience participation, so come with your questions for the panelists!  

Moderators
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Larry Sellers

Partner, Holland & Knight LLP
Larry practices administrative and governmental law, with a concentration in environmental and land use matters. He regularly provides advice on permitting and enforcement matters involving a variety of federal, state, regional and local administrative agencies. He has substantial... Read More →

Speakers
ED

Eric Draper

Director, Audubon of Florida
TL

Terry Lewis

Shareholder, Lewis, Longman & Walker, P.A.
JS

Jon Steverson

Public Affairs Director, Foley & Lardner LLP
FW

Frank Walker

Vice President of Governmental Affairs, Florida Chamber of Commerce


Wednesday July 19, 2017 3:30pm - 5:10pm EDT
Caribbean Salon IV

3:30pm EDT

B2. FEDP Regulatory and Policy Update

B. FDEP REGULATORY AND POLICY UPDATE

Always a timely and useful course to provide updates on the most current information and activities with the Department of Environmental Protection which we feel will be of most interest to our attendees; includes review and analysis of rules and policies recently adopted or under development and related implementation strategies within both Tallahassee and District offices; key/practical tips for all private/public regulated interests; course format designed for extensive audience participation.


Moderators
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Bill Preston

President, William D. Preston, P.A.

Speakers
JG

Justin Green

Director, Division of Air Resource Management, Department of Environmental Protection
JU

Joseph Ullo, Jr.

Director, Division of Waste Management, Department of Environmental Protection
JK

Jeff Koerner

Director, Division of Air Resource Management, Department of Environmental Protection
Air pollution control Permitting Compliance Ambient air monitoring Site certification (power plants, transmission lines, gas pipelines)
RM

Ryan Matthews

Director, Office of Water Policy, Department of Environmental Protection
JT

John Truitt

Deputy Secretary for Regulatory Programs, Department of Environmental Protection


Wednesday July 19, 2017 3:30pm - 5:10pm EDT
Caribbean Salon V

3:30pm EDT

CC. Responses to Sea Level Rise and Climate Change

CC. RESPONSES TO SEA LEVEL RISE AND CLIMATE CHANGE 

Very timely and informative course designed to explore some of the projected impacts of climate change on existing water resource management and regulation.  The panel will provide an overview of the current science of climate change with a specific focus on documented and projected impacts in Florida.  The discussion will identify current and future regulatory implications of sea level rise and water supply and water resource management.  Both Florida and national models will be discussed.  The speakers will identify emerging state and federal laws, policies, and regulations that address sea level rise.  This session will examine potential adaptation, mitigation and resiliency strategies to protect future water supplies for people and the environment, including a discussion on infrastructure level of service implications and anticipated hurdles to adaptation strategy implementation. 

Moderators
SL

Shane Laasko

Senior Planner, Renaissance Planning

Speakers
ED

Erin Deady

President, Erin L. Deady, P.A.
JJ

Jennifer Jurado

Director and Chief Resilience Officer, Broward County
HS

Harvey Sasso

President, Coastal Systems International, Inc.


Wednesday July 19, 2017 3:30pm - 5:10pm EDT
Clearwater/ Orlando

3:30pm EDT

SS. Water Quality Credit Trading

SS.  WATER QUALITY CREDIT TRADING 

This course will discuss the regulatory framework surrounding water quality credit trading in Florida, trades that have occurred already, and the potential for trading throughout Florida in the future.  Through the panel discussion and presentations, we will explore trading from the perspective of both point source discharges and nonpoint source dischargers. The panel will also discuss the successes and failures of other trading programs around the United States. Come prepared to listen, learn and participate. 

Speakers
DC

David Childs

Shareholder, Hopping Green & Sams P.A.
TF

Tom Frick

Director, Division of Environmental Assessment and Restoration, Department of Environmental Protection
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Debbie Madden

Attorney, GUNSTER
RS

Ray Scott

Deputy Director, Office of Agricultural Water Policy, FDACS


Wednesday July 19, 2017 3:30pm - 5:10pm EDT
Caribbean Salon I-II

3:30pm EDT

CCC1. Practical Considerations in Environmental Mitigation

CCC.  PRACTICAL CONSIDERATIONS IN ENVIRONMENTAL MITIGATION AND MITIGATION BANKING

Environmental mitigation in Florida is trending toward greater use of mitigation banks, while onsite mitigation remains a viable option in fewer and fewer instances.  This carefully designed course will address practical considerations and the selection of mitigation options, including economics, liability issues, and long term management requirements.  This very informative course will make use of case studies and legal analyses to provide insight into evolving agency practices in this area.  This course should leave you well informed on the opportunity and obstacles of using mitigation to satisfy the requirements of obtaining a permit at the state, regional or local level.  Excellent course designed for audience participation. 

Moderators
avatar for Beverly Birkitt

Beverly Birkitt

President, Birkitt Environmental Services, Inc.
Beverly Birkitt, M.S., President and Principal Ecologist for Birkitt Environmental Services, Inc., has over 35 years of experience in the environmental field including 10 years with state and local agencies and 10 years with a major international consulting firm. She founded Birkitt... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Bill Kerr

Bill Kerr

President, BKI, Inc. Consulting Ecologists
Mr. Kerr has had more than 30 years of environmental experience across Florida and Georgia involving all aspects of development, permitting, mitigation, and conservation. Mr. Kerr is the President and owner of BKI, Inc. – Consulting Ecologists. Mr. Kerr has served on the board of... Read More →
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Susan Martin

Senior Practice Expert Attorney, South Florida Water Management District
Susan Roeder Martin is a senior practice expert attorney with the South Florida Water Management District. She is an expert in environmental resource permit issues and administrative law. Ms. Martin graduated from the University of Florida College of Law, with honors. She received... Read More →
CP

Clif Payne

Section Chief, US Army Corps of Engineers
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Kelly Sands

Business Development Manager, SE Region, Westervelt Ecological Services


Wednesday July 19, 2017 3:30pm - 5:10pm EDT
Caribbean Salon VII-VIII

3:30pm EDT

YY1. Federal Wetlands Permitting Update

YY. FEDERAL WETLANDS PERMITTING UPDATE

This excellent course provides the latest updates to the Army Corps of Engineers’ Section 404 Clean Water Act Wetlands permitting process, including best practices for navigating through its complexities.  Our panel of experts will feature step-by-step analysis of the ACOE permitting process including illustrative case study examples; emphasis on the key components to enhancing the speed of the application process; and avoiding pitfalls and other time sinks in order to obtain a favorable ACOE decision. This advanced course is designed for active audience participation.

Moderators
TS

Todd Sumner

Partner, Law Office of Todd Sumner

Speakers
MD

Mike Drauer

Senior Project Manager, Stantec Consulting Inc.
BF

Brian Farrar

Senior Advisor, Dawson and Associates, Inc.
TR

Tom Roberts

Senior Scientist, ESciences, Incorporated
TW

Tori White

Deputy Chief, Regulatory Division, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers


Wednesday July 19, 2017 3:30pm - 5:10pm EDT
Miami
 
Thursday, July 20
 

8:30am EDT

GGG. Lessons Learned from Hurricane Matthew

GGG.  LESSONS LEARNED FROM HURRICANE MATTHEW

The State’s policies on coastal armoring, vulnerable structures, dune restoration, beach sand compatibility, and marine turtle habitat were all significantly tested in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew last October. Subsequent winter storms exacerbated the beach erosion issues. This dynamic panel of experts will cover lessons learned, including an examination of the State’s emergency orders, and how the State has prepared for the 2017 hurricane season. This course is designed for extensive audience participation!

Moderators
avatar for Danielle Irwin

Danielle Irwin

Director, Cummins Cederberg

Speakers
JG

Justin Green

Director, Division of Air Resource Management, Department of Environmental Protection
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Patrick Krechowski

Of Counsel, GrayRobinson
SS

Scott Sanders

Director, Office of Conservation Planning Services, Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission
Fish and Wildlife Conservation considerations for land use planning and permitting.
HV

Herschel Vinyard

Foley & Lardner LLP


Thursday July 20, 2017 8:30am - 10:10am EDT
Caribbean Salon VI

8:30am EDT

L. Comprehensive Water Evaluation, Planning & Management

L. COMPREHENSIVE WATERSHED EVALUATION, PLANNING AND MANAGEMENT

In-depth examination of continued agency emphasis on watershed management as a means of comprehensively integrating a variety of planning and regulatory programs currently implemented by DEP and water management districts; these include TMDLs, stormwater construction, NPDES, PLRGs, and both structural and non-structural floodplain planning and management; practical considerations; organizing stakeholders; discussion of need for statutory changes as well as changes to current agency practices. Audience participation encouraged.

Speakers
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Mark Ellard

Associate, Geosyntec Consultants
TF

Tom Frick

Director, Division of Environmental Assessment and Restoration, Department of Environmental Protection
SL

Steve Lienhart

Water Resources Consulting
avatar for Ann Redmond

Ann Redmond

Managing Principal, Brown and Caldwell
Ann Redmond, CEP, a Managing Principal with Brown and Caldwell, is an environmental professional in natural resource consulting and regulation who specializes in managing complex projects relying on consensus-building approaches to maximize the end results. She brings decades of experience... Read More →


Thursday July 20, 2017 8:30am - 10:10am EDT
Caribbean Salon VII-VIII

8:30am EDT

FF&GG1. Emerging Water Supply Issues (Part 1 of 2)

FF. & GG.  EMERGING WATER SUPPLY ISSUES, INCLUDING AN UPDATE ON THE CENTRAL FLORIDA WATER INITIATIVE

Advanced discussion of multiple issues including emerging challenges in meeting future water demands; innovative water supply projects; meeting the conceptual costs of distribution and storage of reclaimed water; legal and policy issues regarding the control of reclaimed water for future public and private reuse; and regulatory challenges and innovative approaches to addressing these issues. One such approach is the Central Florida Water Initiative (CFWI). The CFWI area covers all or part of five central Florida counties, includes portions of three water management districts, the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, as well as several regional public water utilities, landowners, local governments, agriculture and various other stakeholder interests.

Part I of the course will explore innovative water supply projects that are emerging around Florida, including the CFWI, and the role of utilities and other significant water users now and into the future. 

Part II will explore how Florida will be meeting future water supply needs via new or alternate funding and public acceptance of new technologies: For example: How will recent developments in the implementation of the Florida Land and Water Conservation Amendment impact future water supply? How do we engage the public and improve awareness of future water supply needs? Here’s your chance to listen, learn, and participate during this “must attend” course. 


Moderators
avatar for Craig Varn

Craig Varn

Shareholder, Manson Bolves Donaldson Varn, P.A.

Speakers
BA

Brian Armstrong

Executive Director, Southwest Florida Water Management District
DC

David Childs

Shareholder, Hopping Green & Sams P.A.
SJ

Stephen James

Director, Office of Water Policy, Department of Environmental Protection
ED

Ed de la Parte

Shareholder, de la Parte & Gilbert, P.A.
avatar for Beth Ross

Beth Ross

Shareholder, GUNSTER
Water supplyElizabeth Ross is an of counsel attorney who joined Gunster in 2015. Beth is board certified by the Florida Bar in state and federal government and administrative practice. Prior to joining the firm, she served as a lead attorney for the South Florida Water Management... Read More →
avatar for Ann Shortelle

Ann Shortelle

Executive Director, St. Johns River Water Management District
RS

Roger Sims

Partner, Holland & Knight LLP
Environmental and water law; land use law; administrative law.
avatar for Mark Thomasson

Mark Thomasson

Vice President, WSource
Environmental Resource PermittingCutting-edge stormwater management and reuseWater policyWater quality credit tradingAquifer recharge and UIC permitting


Thursday July 20, 2017 8:30am - 10:10am EDT
Caribbean Salon IV

8:30am EDT

HH. Applications and Benefits of Integrated Hydrologic Modeling

HH. APPLICATIONS AND BENEFITS OF INTEGRATED HYDROLOGIC MODELING

This is a new and exciting course for 2017! Integrated hydrologic models can simulate both surface water and ground water flow and the dynamic interactions between them. Over the past decade, Tampa Bay Water and the Southwest Florida Water Management District have developed and calibrated an integrated model which covers 4,000 sq mi of the Tampa Bay region. This model has been used to develop minimum flows for rivers and springs, evaluate the influence of uncertainty in streamflow and aquifer water levels due to rainfall on minimum flows for rivers, evaluate the influence of global circulation model output for rainfall and potential evapotranspiration on future streamflow and aquifer water levels, optimize the spatial and temporal distribution of well pumping for environmental recovery, evaluate delivery system reliability for a large public water supply utility, and support applications for Consumptive Use Permits. Given the ongoing water management challenges across the State of Florida, course participants will benefit from learning about the broad range of issues to which integrated modeling can be applied. Bring your questions for this expert panel!

Speakers
avatar for Jeff Geurink, Ph.D., P.E.

Jeff Geurink, Ph.D., P.E.

Principal Water Resources System Engineer, Tampa Bay Water
I have over 30 years of hydrology and water resources engineering experience and 25 years of experience developing and using integrated surface water / groundwater models. I have provided significant contributions to the development of the code for the Integrated Hydrologic Model... Read More →
avatar for Patrick Tara P.E.

Patrick Tara P.E.

Senior Engineer, Intera
avatar for Nisai Wanakule Ph.D., P.E.

Nisai Wanakule Ph.D., P.E.

Lead Water Resources System Engineer, Tampa Bay Water
avatar for Ron Basso P.G.

Ron Basso P.G.

Chief Hydrogeologist, Water Resources Bureau, Southwest Florida Water Management District
Ron Basso is a chief hydrogeologist with the Southwest Florida Water Management District. He has over 30 years of experience in groundwater modeling, resource regulation, and resource management activities in the state of Florida. Ron works with a team of scientists and engineers... Read More →
avatar for Wendy Graham Ph.D.

Wendy Graham Ph.D.

Director, Water Institute, University of Florida


Thursday July 20, 2017 8:30am - 10:10am EDT
Caribbean Salon I-II

8:30am EDT

U. New Policy Directions for Growth Management

U. NEW POLICY DIRECTIONS FOR GROWTH MANAGEMENT 

It’s been 6 years since the Florida growth management process was fundamentally changed by the Florida Legislature to modify the prior top down process.  Is it working? For all players? Does it need tweaking and what is happening that is new and innovative at the state and local levels? This course is updated every year to provide an overview of new and upcoming legislation, emerging issues and examples of local government innovation.  Audience participation encouraged.

Moderators
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Nancy Linnan

Shareholder, Carlton Fields, P.A.

Speakers
DD

Dan DeLisi, A.I.C.P.

Chief of Staff, South Florida Water Management District
KG

Kerry Godwin

Planning & Design Director, Osceola County Community Development
LL

Len Lendahl P.E.

Vice President, Special District Services, Inc.


Thursday July 20, 2017 8:30am - 10:10am EDT
Jacksonville/ Tallahassee

8:30am EDT

NNN. Threatened and Endangered Species in the Marine Realm

NNN. THREATENED AND ENDANGERED SPECIES IN THE MARINE REALM 

Extremely timely and informative course will “cover the bases” from NEPA to permitting; critical environmental issues including Johnson Seagrass, ESA protected marine species and essential fish habitat, sea turtles, and marine mammals; use of UMAM and HEA for determining mitigation requests; examples of lessons learned in dealing with and applying federal and state requirements to seaports, beach renourishment, and coastal development; discussion of emerging issues.  Audience participation encouraged! 

Speakers
avatar for Mary Jo Barkaszi

Mary Jo Barkaszi

Marine Mammal Programs Manager, CSA Ocean Sciences
avatar for Penny Cutt

Penny Cutt

Senior Associate, Gahagan & Bryant Associates, Inc.
Penny Cutt is a Senior Associate with Gahagan & Bryant Associates, Inc. Her expertise is in marine and coastal environments, specializing in Joint Coastal Permitting, Environmental Resource Permitting, and biological monitoring. She has 23 years of experience, with 10 years in the... Read More →
BP

Bill Precht

Director, Marine & Coastal Programs, Dial Cordy & Associates
avatar for Karla Reece

Karla Reece

ESA Section 7 Team Lead, National Marine Fisheries Service
Karla has been a Section 7 Biologist with the National Marine Fisheries Service since 2000.  She started out in Washington State in 1999, consulting on listed salmon in marine, estuary, and river environments. Karla moved to the Southeast Region in NMFS in 2005 and has carried out... Read More →


Thursday July 20, 2017 8:30am - 10:10am EDT
Clearwater/ Orlando

8:30am EDT

D1. Environmental Permitting and Enforcement Update

D. ENVIRONMENTAL PERMITTING AND ENFORCEMENT UPDATE 

Timely and informative update on permitting and enforcement procedures utilized by environmental agencies; beginner to intermediate course; covers permits and permit renewals; construction and operation permits; time limitations; monitoring; agency enforcement of permit conditions; fines and other penalties; legal and ethical considerations; other emerging trends and issues including legislative review of agency rules and ratification of proposed rules; audience participation encouraged. 

Moderators
avatar for Michael Tammaro

Michael Tammaro

Attorney and Counsellor at Law, Law Office of Michael S. Tammaro
Thirty plus year AV rated Florida lawyer specializing in environmental and land use.

Speakers
avatar for Silvia Alderman

Silvia Alderman

Partner, Akerman LLP
Board Certified in State and Federal Government and Administrative Practice. Practicing Environmental and Land Use law since 1977
avatar for Nicole Gough

Nicole Gough

Senior Environmental Specialist, Dewberry
BH

Bob Higgins

President, Higgins Engineering
ML

Matt Leopold

Carlton Fields, P.A.


Thursday July 20, 2017 8:30am - 10:10am EDT
Caribbean Salon V

8:30am EDT

AA. New Developments in Air Quality Regulations Update

AA.  NEW DEVELOPMENTS IN AIR QUALITY REGULATIONS

This panel will provide an overview of major federal and state air quality legislation, rules, litigation, and initiatives, with focus on how your normal business operations in Florida will be affected.  This timely and informative course will examine the impact of EPA’s SIP Call regarding startup, shutdown and malfunction emissions and the wide-ranging implications of the National Ambient Air Quality Standards for ozone and SO2.  Other issues to be discussed include current state implementation of other federal air rules, the latest developments regarding the CSAPR and EPA’s next transport rule, EPA’s CO2 rules, EPA’s Appendix W air quality modeling guidelines, and a unique company-specific perspective on how air regulations are impacting operations in Florida. This informative session is designed to help you stay current on the latest rules and policies – Come prepared with your questions for this panel of experts.

Moderators
avatar for Robert Manning

Robert Manning

Shareholder, Hopping Green & Sams, P.A.

Speakers
avatar for David Jellerson

David Jellerson

Senior Director, Gypsum Engineering & Environmental Projects, Mosaic
JK

Jeff Koerner

Director, Division of Air Resource Management, Department of Environmental Protection
Air pollution control Permitting Compliance Ambient air monitoring Site certification (power plants, transmission lines, gas pipelines)
SO

Scott Osbourn

Principal, Trinity Consultants


Thursday July 20, 2017 8:30am - 10:10am EDT
Miami

8:30am EDT

SSS. Institutional Controls: State Practice and Future Developments

SSS. INSTITUTIONAL CONTROLS: STATE OF PRACTICE AND FUTURE DEVELOPMENTS

The State of Florida is a leader in implementing site closure with conditions using Institutional Controls (ICs) and the last four years have seen important developments in the closure of sites using several forms of durable governmental and non-governmental institutional controls.  This panel will examine the current state of practice in the application of ICs in closing sites that have been a liability for a long time and for sites where remediation is simply no longer cost-effective or feasible.  What are the various forms of ICs being submitted to FDEP? What are their legal basis?  How and when to use one IC vs. another? Where is this issue headed for in the future? What additional forms of durable IC are in the works? This is anticipated to be a very lively panel of instructors and you must come and learn from experts that are in the forefront in advising banks, developers, investors, and responsible parties in how to close a site with the appropriate institutional controls. 

Speakers
avatar for Jorge Caspary

Jorge Caspary

Past-President, FBA, Cameron-Cole. LLC
Jorge is a recognized expert in Florida with a 25-year record of sound technical and management decisions in the areas of environmental assessment and site cleanup, solid and hazardous waste, Superfund, brownfield redevelopment, and risk-based cleanup and site closure strategies... Read More →
avatar for Frank L. Hearne

Frank L. Hearne

Board of Directors, FBA, Mechanik Nuccio Hearne & Wester, P.A.
avatar for Laurel Lockett

Laurel Lockett

Shareholder, Carlton Fields, P.A.
Laurel Lockett is a partner at Carlton Fields, in Tampa, FL where she practices in the areas of environmental law and commercial real estate. She has substantial experience with cleanup, purchase, sale and redevelopment of brownfields and other contaminated sites, including manuscripting... Read More →
AM

Al Malefatto

Shareholder, Lewis, Longman & Walker, P.A.
HN

Howard Nelson

Partner, Bilzin Sumberg Baena Price & Axelrod
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Ron Noble

Shareholder, Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney


Thursday July 20, 2017 8:30am - 10:10am EDT
Key West/ Palm Beach

10:30am EDT

DDD. Sovereign Submerged Lands and Aquatic Preserves

DDD.  SOVEREIGN SUBMERGED LANDS AND AQUATIC PRESERVES

This timely and informative course provides an overview of the latest changes, emerging issues and challenges with regard to DEP’s proprietary authority over state-owed submerged lands; includes a comprehensive update on which lands are considered “sovereign”; the latest trends in determining the boundary between public and private lands in the permitting process; recent developments regarding balancing the rights of riparian waterfront owners versus the public interest consideration in state-owned submerged land; and a discussion of special permit conditions, considerations and procedure and practices in requesting authorization to use sovereign submerged land for private uses.  Course designed for extensive audience participation.

Speakers
avatar for Andy Baumann

Andy Baumann

Shareholder, Lewis, Longman & Walker
MB

Matthew Butler

Associate, Isiminger & Stubbs Engineering, Inc.
JI

Jon Iglehart

District Director, South District, Department of Environmental Protection
Regulatory issues in SW Florida and the Keys Developing a certification program for wetland assessments


Thursday July 20, 2017 10:30am - 12:10pm EDT
Clearwater/ Orlando

10:30am EDT

M2. Emerging Issues in Environmental Due Diligence

M. EMERGING ISSUES IN ENVIRONMENTAL DUE DILIGENCE

Very informative discussion of emerging trends and issues that impact the environmental due diligence process including changing arsenic and VOH standards, issues arising from foreclosures, consumptive use restrictions and other regulatory challenges as may apply; practical considerations in closing land transactions when there are unresolved issues and how to address those issues and much more; audience participation encouraged. 

Moderators
avatar for Cristina Lumpkin

Cristina Lumpkin

Partner, Bilzin Sumberg Baena Price & Axelrod LLP
I am a partner in the environmental practice group at Bilzin Sumberg in Miami. I work primarily with developers and buyers/sellers of commercial real property, assisting clients with pre-acquisition environmental due diligence, site assessment and remediation. In my role as a developer's... Read More →

Speakers
RS

Robert Stephens REM, LEP, CSCO

Director Environmental Group, Ramos Engineering & Associates
Mr. Stephens is a founding member of the Florida Environmental Assessors Association and has taught Phase I & Phase II certification classes in Florida since 1993. He is a Certified Florida Environmental Assessor, a Registered Environmental Property Assessor, a Registered Environmental... Read More →
avatar for Kelly Eger-Smith

Kelly Eger-Smith

President/Owner, American Environmental Consulting
avatar for Kirby Stallings

Kirby Stallings

Senior Scientist, S&ME
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Vince Yarina

Principal/Vice President, Langan


Thursday July 20, 2017 10:30am - 12:10pm EDT
Jacksonville/ Tallahassee

10:30am EDT

R2. What to Expect When Being Inspected

R. WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN BEING INSPECTED

For regulated facilities, environmental compliance inspections can often seem intimidating.  Recognizing the "pop quiz" impression of an inspection and the perceived business interruption, this panel will focus on providing an understanding of the purpose and approach of compliance reviews and help facilities effectively prepare for inspections to minimize impacts and maximize compliance.  The panel will provide an overview of the roles of the Florida DEP and EPA, components of multimedia compliance monitoring programs developed for both agencies, a discussion of the State Review Framework, and DEP's approach to satisfying their compliance inspection objectives.  With this background on the structure, purpose and frequency, the panel will also present the latest national enforcement initiatives, which are selected by EPA every three years.  The panel will also discuss what inspectors typically look for when performing a facility inspection and how environmental staff can best be prepared for an inspection.  From both an industrial and legal perspective, the presentations will discuss best practices that environmental staff should follow before and on the day of the inspection in order to ensure that year-round compliance is achieved, the department’s compliance objectives are reached, inspectors’ needs are being met, all while minimizing undue stress on the regulated facility.

Moderators
avatar for Michael Ballenger

Michael Ballenger

Principal, Trinity Consultants
I serve as the Florida Manager for Trinity Consultants. I specialize in air permitting and compliance, helping industry meet regulations.

Speakers
JG

Justin Green

Director, Division of Air Resource Management, Department of Environmental Protection
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Stacy Watson May

Consulting Counsel, Holland & Knight
Ms. Watson May counsels a variety of industrial and commercial clients such as manufacturers, facility owners and developers with environmental compliance and enforcement actions across multiple states as well as at the federal and local levels. For these clients, she regularly negotiates... Read More →
CW

Cliff Wilson

Vice President, Dewberry


Thursday July 20, 2017 10:30am - 12:10pm EDT
Caribbean Salon VII-VIII

10:30am EDT

FF&GG2. Emerging Water Supply Issues (Part 2 of 2)

FF. & GG.  EMERGING WATER SUPPLY ISSUES, INCLUDING AN UPDATE ON THE CENTRAL FLORIDA WATER INITIATIVE

Advanced discussion of multiple issues including emerging challenges in meeting future water demands; innovative water supply projects; meeting the conceptual costs of distribution and storage of reclaimed water; legal and policy issues regarding the control of reclaimed water for future public and private reuse; and regulatory challenges and innovative approaches to addressing these issues. One such approach is the Central Florida Water Initiative (CFWI). The CFWI area covers all or part of five central Florida counties, includes portions of three water management districts, the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, as well as several regional public water utilities, landowners, local governments, agriculture and various other stakeholder interests.

Part I of the course will explore innovative water supply projects that are emerging around Florida, including the CFWI, and the role of utilities and other significant water users now and into the future. 

Part II will explore how Florida will be meeting future water supply needs via new or alternate funding and public acceptance of new technologies: For example: How will recent developments in the implementation of the Florida Land and Water Conservation Amendment impact future water supply? How do we engage the public and improve awareness of future water supply needs? Here’s your chance to listen, learn, and participate during this “must attend” course. 


Moderators
avatar for Craig Varn

Craig Varn

Shareholder, Manson Bolves Donaldson Varn, P.A.

Speakers
BA

Brian Armstrong

Executive Director, Southwest Florida Water Management District
DC

David Childs

Shareholder, Hopping Green & Sams P.A.
SJ

Stephen James

Director, Office of Water Policy, Department of Environmental Protection
ED

Ed de la Parte

Shareholder, de la Parte & Gilbert, P.A.
avatar for Beth Ross

Beth Ross

Shareholder, GUNSTER
Water supplyElizabeth Ross is an of counsel attorney who joined Gunster in 2015. Beth is board certified by the Florida Bar in state and federal government and administrative practice. Prior to joining the firm, she served as a lead attorney for the South Florida Water Management... Read More →
avatar for Ann Shortelle

Ann Shortelle

Executive Director, St. Johns River Water Management District
RS

Roger Sims

Partner, Holland & Knight LLP
Environmental and water law; land use law; administrative law.
avatar for Mark Thomasson

Mark Thomasson

Vice President, WSource
Environmental Resource PermittingCutting-edge stormwater management and reuseWater policyWater quality credit tradingAquifer recharge and UIC permitting


Thursday July 20, 2017 10:30am - 12:10pm EDT
Caribbean Salon IV

10:30am EDT

MM. Dispersed Water Management

MM.  DISPERSED WATER MANAGEMENT 

The Dispersed Water Management Program administered by the SFWMD encourages private property owners to retain water on their land rather than drain it, accept and detain regional runoff for storage or do both.  Landowners typically become involved in the program through cost-share cooperative projects, easements, or payment for environmental services.  Managing water on these lands is one tool to use in reducing damaging amounts of water diverted into lakes and estuaries for flood protection.  Dispersed water management also offers many other environmental and economic benefits, including providing valuable groundwater recharge for water supply; improving water quality and rehydration of drained systems; enhancing plant and wildlife habitat; and helping sustain the local economy by incentivizing landowners to provide great environmental stewardship.  This timely and informative course will tell you all about it.  Audience participation encouraged. 

Speakers
EB

Ernie Barnett

Partner, Water and Land Advisors, Inc.
avatar for Ernie Cox

Ernie Cox

President, Family Lands Remembered, LLC
EV

Eva Velez

Section Lead - Dispersed Water Management, South Florida Water Management District
BW

Benita Whalen

Managing Member, Dispersed Water, LLC


Thursday July 20, 2017 10:30am - 12:10pm EDT
Caribbean Salon I-II

10:30am EDT

C1. WMD Planning, Regulatory and Policy Update

C. WMD PLANNING, REGULATORY, AND POLICY UPDATE

Excellent course designed to provide insight into the regulatory, planning, and water supply development programs of Florida’s five water management districts; includes discussion of water resource development and water supply planning; adoption and implementation of MFLs; integration of Florida Forever work plans with WMD land acquisition and management programs; ERPs, watershed planning, secondary and cumulative impacts, and other emerging programs and issues; audience participation encouraged. 

Moderators
avatar for Eric Olsen

Eric Olsen

Shareholder, Hopping Green & Sams, P.A.
Mr. Olsen has over 30 years of experience in helping clients resolve complex environmental regulatory issues primarily involving the subjects of wetlands, stormwater, flood protection, public water treatment, underground injection control, water supply, and water rights.  He works... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Lisa Kelley

Lisa Kelley

Assistant Executive Director, St. Johns River Water Management District
avatar for Nicolas Porter

Nicolas Porter

Shareholder, de la Parte & Gilbert, P.A.


Thursday July 20, 2017 10:30am - 12:10pm EDT
Caribbean Salon VI

10:30am EDT

E. Florida's Energy Policy Outlook

E.  FLORIDA ENERGY POLICY OUTLOOK

This course provides an overview and analysis of state and federal legislation and other initiatives, rule changes, and litigation having a potential impact on energy policies and programs in Florida. The panel will also discuss specific efforts related to electrical power plant siting and generation, pipeline siting and development, oil and gas exploration and production, energy efficiency, alternative energy development, alternative vehicle technologies, and the status of EPA’s Clean Power Plan. This course is designed for extensive audience participation, so come prepared with your questions for this panel of experts!

Moderators
PC

Paula Cobb

Director, Florida Environmental Affairs, Duke Energy

Speakers
KS

Kelley Smith Burk

Director, Office of Energy, Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
JT

John Truitt

Deputy Secretary for Regulatory Programs, Department of Environmental Protection


Thursday July 20, 2017 10:30am - 12:10pm EDT
Caribbean Salon V

10:30am EDT

TTT. Risk Based Corrective Action Update

TTT. RISK BASED CORRECTIVE ACTION UPDATE

The last year has seen further significant changes in the implementation of risk base corrective actions in Florida.  This panel of experts will recap the implementation of recent legislation, policy changes and rule development, revisions to the depth of contamination in the application of direct exposure soil cleanup target levels, and examples of new Land Use Controls for Airports and Ports. Rulemaking for Chapter 62-780 and the Institutional Control Procedures Guidance (ICPG) are finally completed, and the Contaminated Media Forum (CMF) is tackling new cleanup target levels. With everything going on in the world of RBCA, you cannot afford to miss this course! Come prepared to participate in a lively and informative discussion! 

Moderators
RD

Ralph Demeo

Shareholder, Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC

Speakers
avatar for Joseph Applegate

Joseph Applegate

Sr. Principal Hydrogeologist, Geosyntec Consultants
Joe Applegate is a Sr. PrincipalHydrogeologist in Geosyntec’s Tallahassee, FL office and has 34 years of environmentalexperience of characterization, fate and transport, and remediation experience.He has managed multiple USEPA CERCLA, RCRA, projects including petroleum, dry-cleaningfacilities... Read More →
avatar for Steven Folsom

Steven Folsom

Vice President, HSW Engineering, Inc.
Steven Folsom is a Principal Consultant and Practice Leader, working with clients to provide creative solutions for engineering and environmental compliance issues related to site investigation, remedial design and performance optimization, brownfields redevelopment, solid and hazardous... Read More →
avatar for Jim Oliveros, P.G.

Jim Oliveros, P.G.

SE Environmental Services Leader, SCS Engineers
I've been doing environmental compliance and contaminated site assessment/remediation work for over 32 years. I focus on helping clients successfully complete their projects without letting the environmental issues become the "tail wagging the dog."
NP

Nicole Penichet

Toxicologist/Regulatory Affairs, Geosyntec Consultants


Thursday July 20, 2017 10:30am - 12:10pm EDT
Miami

10:30am EDT

YY2. Federal Wetlands Permitting Update

YY. FEDERAL WETLANDS PERMITTING UPDATE

This excellent course provides the latest updates to the Army Corps of Engineers’ Section 404 Clean Water Act Wetlands permitting process, including best practices for navigating through its complexities.  Our panel of experts will feature step-by-step analysis of the ACOE permitting process including illustrative case study examples; emphasis on the key components to enhancing the speed of the application process; and avoiding pitfalls and other time sinks in order to obtain a favorable ACOE decision. This advanced course is designed for active audience participation.

Moderators
TS

Todd Sumner

Partner, Law Office of Todd Sumner

Speakers
MD

Mike Drauer

Senior Project Manager, Stantec Consulting Inc.
BF

Brian Farrar

Senior Advisor, Dawson and Associates, Inc.
TR

Tom Roberts

Senior Scientist, ESciences, Incorporated
TW

Tori White

Deputy Chief, Regulatory Division, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers


Thursday July 20, 2017 10:30am - 12:10pm EDT
Key West/ Palm Beach

1:30pm EDT

S. Information Technology: A Solutionto Improve Quality Efficiency of Government Services

S. INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY: A SOLUTION TO IMPROVE QUALITY AND EFFICIENCY OF GOVERNMENT SERVICES

Information Technology has changed the way we communicate, access information, entertain ourselves and conduct commerce. But, how has the “IT revolution” affected the way government agencies gather and share information and provide services? This panel explores the role for IT in improving data quality, real-time access to information, and delivery of government services, such as monitoring air quality, permitting new or expanded business, ensuring regulatory compliance, and providing online tools for the public and regulated community. Panel members will also discuss how upfront investment in IT solutions can lead to long-term improvements in data quality and increases in operational efficiencies for the agencies and the businesses they regulate. Finally, the panel will provide concrete examples of IT successes and insights into the next generation of needs and potential solutions.

Speakers
MC

Matt Caldwell

Representative, District 79, Florida House of Representatives
avatar for David Clark

David Clark

Deputy Secretary for Land and Recreation, Department of Environmental Protection
avatar for Katy Fenton

Katy Fenton

Vice President of Regulatory Systems, Kyra Solutions


Thursday July 20, 2017 1:30pm - 3:10pm EDT
Caribbean Salon I-II

1:30pm EDT

X. Transportation Planning: How do we get there from here?

X.  TRANSPORTATION PLANNING: HOW DO WE GET THERE FROM HERE?

State, regional and local transportation infrastructure deficiencies and related transportation mitigation costs can make or break development in Florida. Failure to address inadequate infrastructure remains a significant hurdle to both developers and local governments.  Join this panel to learn what’s new in 2017 and how to maximize development potential while reducing mitigation costs through cooperative funding, innovative traffic analysis, multi-modal applications, and other innovative solutions. 

Moderators
TD

Tara Duhy

Shareholder, Lewis, Longman & Walker, P.A.

Speakers
AK

Adam Kerr

Transportation Engineer, Kimley-Horn and Associates, Inc.
KM

Ken Metcalf

Director of Planning, Stearns Weaver Miller Weissler Alhadeff & Sitterson


Thursday July 20, 2017 1:30pm - 3:10pm EDT
Jacksonville/ Tallahassee

1:30pm EDT

D2. Environmental Permitting and Enforcement Update

D. ENVIRONMENTAL PERMITTING AND ENFORCEMENT UPDATE 

Timely and informative update on permitting and enforcement procedures utilized by environmental agencies; beginner to intermediate course; covers permits and permit renewals; construction and operation permits; time limitations; monitoring; agency enforcement of permit conditions; fines and other penalties; legal and ethical considerations; other emerging trends and issues including legislative review of agency rules and ratification of proposed rules; audience participation encouraged. 

Moderators
avatar for Michael Tammaro

Michael Tammaro

Attorney and Counsellor at Law, Law Office of Michael S. Tammaro
Thirty plus year AV rated Florida lawyer specializing in environmental and land use.

Speakers
avatar for Silvia Alderman

Silvia Alderman

Partner, Akerman LLP
Board Certified in State and Federal Government and Administrative Practice. Practicing Environmental and Land Use law since 1977
avatar for Nicole Gough

Nicole Gough

Senior Environmental Specialist, Dewberry
BH

Bob Higgins

President, Higgins Engineering
ML

Matt Leopold

Carlton Fields, P.A.


Thursday July 20, 2017 1:30pm - 3:10pm EDT
Caribbean Salon VII-VIII

1:30pm EDT

OO. Innovative Solutions to Stormwater Management

OO. INNOVATIVE SOLUTIONS TO STORMWATER MANAGEMENT

This new course for 2017 is intended to provoke “outside-of-the-box thinking”, and our panel of experts will examine many unconventional and some entirely new approaches to managing stormwater! While Florida was a pioneer in the regulation of stormwater – dating back to the establishment of the MSSW program in 1972 – are we too focused on regulation today and missing an opportunity to once again be a pioneer? If we started over today with a blank sheet of paper, how should we address stormwater management?  How would we better target and fund it? Should we/ how do we incentivize harvesting stormwater for water supply? How would “stormwater credit trading”, stormwater “co-ops”, or a “cap and trade” system work? Might we do better in springsheds? This panel will examine a number of “mission-driven”, rather than “regulatory-driven”, alternatives to our current system of stormwater management, and the audience should come prepared to participate in what is sure to be a lively and thought-provoking discussion! 

Moderators
avatar for Rick Renna

Rick Renna

Senior Engineer, Water Resources, Atkins

Speakers
DB

Drew Bartlett

Deputy Secretary for Ecosystem Restoration, Department of Environmental Protection
SP

Shayne Paynter

Water Resources East Technical Manager, Atkins
Interested in all aspects of water resources across Florida: water quality, innovative stormwater management, coastal and riverine bridge hydraulics and modeling, groundwater modeling, infrastructure hydraulics design.
avatar for Ann Shortelle

Ann Shortelle

Executive Director, St. Johns River Water Management District
CS

Carl Spirio

State Drainage Engineer, Department of Transportation
avatar for Mark Thomasson

Mark Thomasson

Vice President, WSource
Environmental Resource PermittingCutting-edge stormwater management and reuseWater policyWater quality credit tradingAquifer recharge and UIC permitting


Thursday July 20, 2017 1:30pm - 3:10pm EDT
Caribbean Salon IV

1:30pm EDT

PP&QQ1. Implementing Florida's Numeric Nutrient Criteria (Part 1 of 2)

PP. & QQ. IMPLEMENTING FLORIDA’S NUMERIC NUTRIENT CRITERIA 

After the many years of research, evaluation, debate, and litigation, numeric nutrient criteria are now being implemented.  This course now focuses on the science of dealing with NNC and current experiences around the state.  Implementation will generate significant business opportunities for consulting firms in the biological and engineering fields and laboratories (not to mention law firms).  We have reserved an ample amount of time at the end of the course to answer questions, and engage in an informal give-and-take among the audience and panelists. This is not a course for the uninformed.  Your course “text” will be DEP rules and documents governing the implementation of numeric nutrient criteria.  Your instructors will discuss these rules with their strengths and weakness and potential pitfalls for permittees.  There will be opportunity for exchange among panelists and audience during this highly technical, 2-part course designed to explore and provide an update on this extremely significant rule and how all affected parties are dealing with the numerous scientific, technical and legal issues involved in the application of NNC in Florida.

Part I – Status of DEP Implementation of NNC. Status on streams, lakes, estuaries and coastal areas; Status of implementation in South Florida, including the Northern Everglades; Role of EPA, DEP and water management districts.

Part II – Implementation and impacts on permitting; procedure for dealing with artificial conveyances and impact of NNC on various permits and approvals; unique aspects of implementation in South Florida; dealing with NNC issues in permits that may involve springs, lakes, streams, estuaries and coastal areas; use of biological metrics; protection of downstream waters under state rule. Use of WQBELs and SSACs for NNC.


Moderators
avatar for Terry Cole

Terry Cole

Shareholder, GUNSTER
I love to fish, like Apple products, like to travel. I have worked in the environmental law area for over 40 years, with the Department of Interior as a federal agent, as an officer in the Army MPs, at DER as head of enforcement, General Counsel and Assistant Secretary.The best thing... Read More →

Speakers
TF

Tom Frick

Director, Division of Environmental Assessment and Restoration, Department of Environmental Protection
DH

Daniel Hammond

Principal Scientist, Brown and Caldwell
avatar for Anthony Janicki

Anthony Janicki

President, Janicki Environmental, Inc.
Tony's work since 1991 has focused on both water quality and quantity in a wide range of waterbodies throughout Florida. His efforts in establishing watershed plans, TMDLs, MFLs and other work products for clients throughout the State have been most notable by their defensibility... Read More →
avatar for Doug Durbin Ph.D.

Doug Durbin Ph.D.

Chief Scientist/Senior Expert, Brown and Caldwell
Specialize in surface water resource management, eutrophication, numeric nutrient criteria and aquatic ecology. Expertise in water quality assessment and permitting/compliance.
avatar for Dave Tomasko

Dave Tomasko

Principal Associate, Environmental Science Associates
David Tomasko is an Environmental Consultant with more than 30 years of experience related to water quality assessments and the development of science-based resource management plans. Dr. Tomasko’s projects have resulted in the development of water quality and natural resource restoration... Read More →


Thursday July 20, 2017 1:30pm - 3:10pm EDT
Caribbean Salon V

1:30pm EDT

QQQ&RRR1. Florida Brownfields: A Comprehensive Technical, Regulatory, and Legal Update (Part 1 of 2)

QQQ. & RRR  FLORIDA BROWNFIELDS: A COMPREHENSIVE TECHNICAL, REGULATORY, AND LEGAL UPDATE

This panel will examine the current state of regulatory and financial incentives as well market dynamics, financing considerations, and other concerns that help private developers and local governments collaborate to overcome the risk, limit the liability, and manage the cleanup costs associated with taking title to and redeveloping contaminated sites.  Specific examples of successful and profitable projects and the community benefits they create will be discussed. A comprehensive discussion of applicable Florida and federal rules and best management practices will be presented by a leading panel of Florida experts who will also provide a replicable, scalable, and easy-to-follow path for private development principals, local government planners, lenders, and other brownfield stakeholders.  After this class, attendees will be well-positioned for success. 

Moderators
avatar for Michael Goldstein

Michael Goldstein

Managing Partner, Goldstein Environmental Law Firm

Speakers
avatar for Rick Burgess

Rick Burgess

Shareholder, GUNSTER
Rick Burgess joined the firm in 1994. He is a Martindale-Hubbell AV ratedattorney who practices exclusively in the area of environmental law for a broad range of clients, including developers, agricultural interests, public and private companies and financial institutions.Rick has... Read More →
avatar for Richard Carman

Richard Carman

Corporate Director of Environmental Services, Universal Engineering Sciences
Richard Carman serves as the Corporate Director of Environmental Services for Universal Engineering Sciences, headquartered in Orlando and has 19 branch offices across Florida, Georgia and Maryland. He has over 25 years of health, safety and environmental (HSE) consulting experience... Read More →
JU

Joseph Ullo, Jr.

Director, Division of Waste Management, Department of Environmental Protection
avatar for Robyn Neely

Robyn Neely

Chair, Environment and Natural Resources Practice, Akerman
Robyn Neely focuses her practice on environmental site contamination issues related to real estate and corporate sales and acquisitions, and leases, including pre-acquisition, pre-leasing and pre-foreclosure due diligence analysis. Her practice also includes managing the investigation and remediation of contaminated properties and brownfield... Read More →
avatar for Maribel Nicholson-Choice

Maribel Nicholson-Choice

Shareholder, Greenberg Traurig
Maribel is a shareholder with Greenberg Traurig’s Tallahassee office with a concentrated practice in local government, environmental, and land use law. With 30 years of experience which includes local government, environmental, land use, brownfields, construction with an emphasis... Read More →
JP

Janet Peterson

Senior Project Manager, Bureau Veritas North America, Inc.
avatar for Michael Schackne

Michael Schackne

Senior Project Manager, Langan
BT

Brad Tompa

Department Manager, Environmental Services, Terracon


Thursday July 20, 2017 1:30pm - 3:10pm EDT
Caribbean Salon VI

1:30pm EDT

CCC2. Practical Considerations in Environmental Mitigation

CCC.  PRACTICAL CONSIDERATIONS IN ENVIRONMENTAL MITIGATION AND MITIGATION BANKING

Environmental mitigation in Florida is trending toward greater use of mitigation banks, while onsite mitigation remains a viable option in fewer and fewer instances.  This carefully designed course will address practical considerations and the selection of mitigation options, including economics, liability issues, and long term management requirements.  This very informative course will make use of case studies and legal analyses to provide insight into evolving agency practices in this area.  This course should leave you well informed on the opportunity and obstacles of using mitigation to satisfy the requirements of obtaining a permit at the state, regional or local level.  Excellent course designed for audience participation. 

Moderators
avatar for Beverly Birkitt

Beverly Birkitt

President, Birkitt Environmental Services, Inc.
Beverly Birkitt, M.S., President and Principal Ecologist for Birkitt Environmental Services, Inc., has over 35 years of experience in the environmental field including 10 years with state and local agencies and 10 years with a major international consulting firm. She founded Birkitt... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Bill Kerr

Bill Kerr

President, BKI, Inc. Consulting Ecologists
Mr. Kerr has had more than 30 years of environmental experience across Florida and Georgia involving all aspects of development, permitting, mitigation, and conservation. Mr. Kerr is the President and owner of BKI, Inc. – Consulting Ecologists. Mr. Kerr has served on the board of... Read More →
avatar for Susan Martin

Susan Martin

Senior Practice Expert Attorney, South Florida Water Management District
Susan Roeder Martin is a senior practice expert attorney with the South Florida Water Management District. She is an expert in environmental resource permit issues and administrative law. Ms. Martin graduated from the University of Florida College of Law, with honors. She received... Read More →
CP

Clif Payne

Section Chief, US Army Corps of Engineers
avatar for Kelly Sands

Kelly Sands

Business Development Manager, SE Region, Westervelt Ecological Services


Thursday July 20, 2017 1:30pm - 3:10pm EDT
Clearwater/ Orlando

1:30pm EDT

VV1. Roadmap through the Statewide ERP Rules

VV.  ROADMAP THROUGH THE STATEWIDE ENVIRONMENAL RESOURCE PERMITTING RULES  -  SWERP I and SWERP II

The course provides a roadmap through the Statewide ERP rules and features highlights of what’s on the horizon for SWERP phase II.  Be one of the first to learn about proposed new exemptions, new and revised General Permits, new and clarified definitions, and updated forms.  Test your SWERP II knowledge by participating in the trivia challenge and learn more about other on-going ruling making efforts, the SPGP -V, and the supplemental information needed for federal permitting.  Audience participation is strongly encouraged

Moderators
SS

Susan Shaw

Program Manager for Biological Sciences, ESA

Speakers
avatar for Ed Murawski

Ed Murawski

Project Manager II, Kleinfelder
Mr. Murawski has over 17 years of experience in the environmental consulting field in the areas of wetlands, protected species and environmental land use permitting. Mr. Murawski serves as the Program Manager for Tampa Florida office and supervises a team of up 13 employees. Mr. Murawski... Read More →
avatar for Michelle Reiber

Michelle Reiber

Chief, Bureau of Environmental Resource Regulation, St. Johns River Water Management District
JS

Jennifer Smith

Southeast District Director, Department of Environmental Protection
TW

Tori White

Deputy Chief, Regulatory Division, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers


Thursday July 20, 2017 1:30pm - 3:10pm EDT
Miami

1:30pm EDT

WW1. Essentials of Obtaining and Environmental Resource Pemrit
WW. THE ESSENTIALS OF OBTAINING AN ENVIRONMENTAL RESOURCE PERMIT: THE NUTS AND BOLTS OF ERP PERMITTING  

This course will provide a detailed and in-depth breakdown of all aspects and components necessary for the environmental professional to obtain an ERP permit in an efficient and effec­tive manner. This course will take the audience through all the steps in the review and issuance of an ERP permit including an administrative permit challenge. In addition, the course will discuss how new and proposed rules and policies are affect­ing the permitting process. Learn from this highly-experienced panel all of the essential criteria and policies, including wet­land and mitigation requirements,  stormwater engineering requirements, water quality and administrative and legal re­quirements critical to finalize a permit. This course is a must for environmental professionals who want to understand all aspects of ERP permitting to better represent their clients and deliver efficient results. Audience participation en­couraged.

Speakers
JI

Jon Iglehart

District Director, South District, Department of Environmental Protection
Regulatory issues in SW Florida and the Keys Developing a certification program for wetland assessments
avatar for Shannon Ruby Julien

Shannon Ruby Julien

Director of Energy & Environmental Services, VHB
I specialize in all aspects of environmental permitting including the National Environmental Policy Act, Endangered Species Act, Environmental Resource Permitting, and Consumptive Use Permitting. With over 28 years of experience, my current focus is related to the Energy market and... Read More →
avatar for Luna E. Phillips

Luna E. Phillips

Shareholder, GUNSTER
Luna Phillips is a Florida Bar board certified Gunster shareholder who practices in the area of environmental, administrative and governmental law. She leads the firm’s Environmental practice.Prior to joining the firm, Luna was a senior attorney for the South Florida Water Management... Read More →
avatar for Mark Thomasson

Mark Thomasson

Vice President, WSource
Environmental Resource PermittingCutting-edge stormwater management and reuseWater policyWater quality credit tradingAquifer recharge and UIC permitting


Thursday July 20, 2017 1:30pm - 3:10pm EDT
Key West/ Palm Beach

3:30pm EDT

G. Taking Land and Water Resources Management to the Next Level

G. TAKING LAND AND WATER RESOURCES MANAGEMENT TO THE “NEXT LEVEL”

To achieve Florida’s long term resource management goals, land managers must use innovation to increase efficiencies and improve productivity to ultimately enhance resource value.  This timely and informative course was requested by DEP to provide for an advanced discussion of how new data and tools are being applied to meet or exceed resource management objectives.  Audience participation is encouraged.

Moderators
avatar for Gary Clark

Gary Clark

Deputy Secretary, Land and Recreation, Department of Environmental Protection

Speakers
WH

Wes Howell

Assistant Bureau Chief, Recreation and Parks, Department of Environmental Protection
ZP

Zach Pruzak

Central Florida Conservation Director, The Nature Conservancy
avatar for Kelly Sands

Kelly Sands

Business Development Manager, SE Region, Westervelt Ecological Services
LZ

Leonard Zeiler

Director of Asset Management, Northwest Florida Water Management District


Thursday July 20, 2017 3:30pm - 5:10pm EDT
Caribbean Salon I-II

3:30pm EDT

O. Property Rights 101

O. PROPERTY RIGHTS 101

This course provides a basic overview of private property rights in Florida.  Specifically, it discusses the basics of takings jurisprudence, the Bert J. Harris, Jr. Private Property Rights Protection Act, and other limits on government action that affect private property.  For the private property owner, this course provides an overview of their rights.  For the state and local government official, this course provides a roadmap for avoiding property rights litigation.  Audience participation is encouraged. 

Moderators
avatar for Mohammad Jazil

Mohammad Jazil

Shareholder, Hopping Green & Sams

Speakers
BB

Brian Bolves

Shareholder, Manson Bolves Donaldson and Varn, P.A.
avatar for Jake Cremer

Jake Cremer

Board of Directors, FBA, Stearns Weaver Miller Weissler Alhadeff & Sitterson, P.A.
Jake Cremer, a Shareholder in Stearns Weaver Miller’s Tampa office, counsels clients in their interactions with local, state, and federal governments on environmental, land use, and land development issues. He has been lead counsel on a variety of complex permitting and economic... Read More →
avatar for Chris Emmanuel

Chris Emmanuel

Director of Infrastructure and Governance Policy, Florida Chamber of Commerce
DG

David Goldstein

Chief Assistant County Attorney, Pasco County


Thursday July 20, 2017 3:30pm - 5:10pm EDT
Jacksonville/ Tallahassee

3:30pm EDT

KK. Emerging Water Supply Sustainability

KK.  EMBRACING WATER SUPPLY SUSTAINABILITY:  THE CRITICAL ROLE OF ALTERNATIVE WATER SUPPLY AND REUSE 

As Florida’s demand for water grows, the water pie must also grow in order to satisfy these future demands.  While conservation is an important tool, states must incorporate reuse as a source of water to meet growing needs and protect against environmental degradation.  Is it time to recognize that there may be better uses for reuse water than residential irrigation?  Is Florida ready to accept indirect or direct potable reuse?  Is the future for reuse related to aquifer replenishment?  Join us for an intriguing discussion on the policies needed to advance reuse in the Sunshine State including a discussion on 2017 legislation, upcoming regulatory activities, national reuse activities, direct and indirect potable reuse, end-users’ concerns, while also highlighting successful projects and future projects such as regional aquifer replenishment.

Moderators
avatar for Laura Donaldson

Laura Donaldson

Shareholder, Manson Bolves Donaldson and Varn, P.A.

Speakers
avatar for Randy Brown

Randy Brown

Utilities Director, City of Pompano Beach
CD

Chuck Drake

Vice President, Tetra Tech
MH

Mark Hammond

Director, Resource Management Division, Southwest Florida Water Management District
SJ

Stephen James

Director, Office of Water Policy, Department of Environmental Protection
KK

Kerry Kates

Director of Water and Natural Resources, Florida Fruit and Vegetable Association
LS

Lynn Spivey

Director of City Utilities, City of Plant City


Thursday July 20, 2017 3:30pm - 5:10pm EDT
Caribbean Salon IV

3:30pm EDT

Y. 'Smart Growth - The Economics of Place'

Y.  “SMART GROWTH - THE ECONOMICS OF PLACE”

Provides an in-depth look at how public realm investments can create a significant return on investment by creating “great places”. We will explore how the built environment of these great places spurs economic development and creates livable, sustainable communities through case studies from around the Country. The discussion will include the implementation of Complete Streets, Walkable Communities, Trails, Parks, and Art Hubs, as well as best practices that are transferrable to all communities, large and small; audience participation encouraged. 

Speakers
avatar for Cecelia Bonifay

Cecelia Bonifay

Partner, Akerman LLP
RL

Rhea Law

President & CEO, Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney
avatar for Raymond Lee

Raymond Lee

Senior Associate, Transportation Project Manager, Dewberry


Thursday July 20, 2017 3:30pm - 5:10pm EDT
Key West/ Palm Beach

3:30pm EDT

JJJ. Future Directions for Species Mitigation and Conservation Banking

JJJ.  FUTURE DIRECTIONS FOR SPECIES MITIGATION AND CONSERVATION BANKING

This panel will provide the latest information on Candidate Species Updates, State and Federal current and future mitigation policies related to species, and the implications for both public and private infrastructure projects. Course covers new mitigation policy related to species impacts for all USFWS agency actions under both the CWA and ESA.  Discussion of updated Imperiled Species Action Plans.  Get the latest information and hear the discussion on the implications for Florida. 

Moderators
SL

Sheri Lewin

President, Environmental Resource Marketing

Speakers
avatar for Silvia Alderman

Silvia Alderman

Partner, Akerman LLP
Board Certified in State and Federal Government and Administrative Practice. Practicing Environmental and Land Use law since 1977
CC

Connie Cassler

Supervisory Fish and Wildlife Biologist, US Fish & Wildlife Service
I have been working for the US Fish & Wildlife Service for 13 years, all of them in the South Florida Ecological Services Office in Vero Beach, Florida. Over that time I have worked on Everglades Restoration, Habitat Conservation Planning, Conservation Banking, and in our Regulatory... Read More →
DJ

David John

CEO, The Wetlandsbank Company
THE WETLANDSBANK COMPANY (TWC) is one of the nation’s most respected and successful mitigation bankers. TWC developed and sold out its wetland bank in Pembroke Pines, FL; the first credit transfers ever authorized by the Army Corps of Engineers. TWC has completed the transfer of the 2,778-acre Panther Island... Read More →
SS

Scott Sanders

Director, Office of Conservation Planning Services, Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission
Fish and Wildlife Conservation considerations for land use planning and permitting.


Thursday July 20, 2017 3:30pm - 5:10pm EDT
Clearwater/ Orlando

3:30pm EDT

F2. Federa Environmental Regulation and Enforcement In The Trump Era - The Road Ahead
F.  FEDERAL ENVIRONMENTAL REGULATION AND ENFORCEMENT IN THE TRUMP ERA — THE ROAD AHEAD

Come listen and learn from a panel of experts as they discuss the latest changes to federal environmental policies and regulation under the Trump Administration.  This session examines how the policies and roles of the federal agencies are changing across a wide spectrum of issues such as enforcement, agency size, the extent of federal authority over wetlands and waters, and climate change.  The experts will also discuss how the regulated community, the state and advocacy groups are responding to such changes including the potential for citizen enforcement.  

These and other federal issues will be discussed by our well-informed panel. Come prepared to listen, learn and participate.

Moderators
avatar for Rafe Petersen

Rafe Petersen

Partner, Holland & Knight
Rafe Petersen is a partner in Holland & Knight's Washington, D.C. office and is a member of the firm's Government Section. He primarily focuses on litigation and counseling in administrative, environmental and the federal fair housing laws. Mr. Petersen's environmental practice includes... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Julie Kendig-Schrader

Julie Kendig-Schrader

Shareholder, Greenberg Traurig, P.A.
LL

Larry Liebesman

Senior Advisor, Dawson & Associates, Inc.
I have practiced environmental law for over 40 years including 2 years at EPA and 11 at the Department of Justice's Environment Division where I handled litigation under the Clean Water Act, wetlands, ESA, NEPA and CERCLA in federal court. I also spent a year detailed to the General... Read More →
avatar for Neal McAliley

Neal McAliley

Attorney, Carlton Fields
avatar for Dan Thompson

Dan Thompson

Shareholder, Berger Singerman
Dan Thompson is Board Certified by The Florida Bar as an expertin State and Federal Government and Administrative Practice. Heassists clients with governmental regulatory matters, with aparticular emphasis on environmental and land use issues. Hisexperience includes licensing, permitting... Read More →


Thursday July 20, 2017 3:30pm - 5:10pm EDT
Caribbean Salon VII-VIII

3:30pm EDT

PP&QQ2. Implementing Florida's Numeric Nutrient Criteria (Part 2 of 2)

PP. & QQ. IMPLEMENTING FLORIDA’S NUMERIC NUTRIENT CRITERIA 

After the many years of research, evaluation, debate, and litigation, numeric nutrient criteria are now being implemented.  This course now focuses on the science of dealing with NNC and current experiences around the state. Implementation will generate significant business opportunities for consulting firms in the biological and engineering fields and laboratories (not to mention law firms).  We have reserved an ample amount of time at the end of the course to answer questions, and engage in an informal give-and-take among the audience and panelists. This is not a course for the uninformed.  Your course “text” will be DEP rules and documents governing the implementation of numeric nutrient criteria.  Your instructors will discuss these rules with their strengths and weakness and potential pitfalls for permittees.  There will be opportunity for exchange among panelists and audience during this highly technical, 2-part course designed to explore and provide an update on this extremely significant rule and how all affected parties are dealing with the numerous scientific, technical and legal issues involved in the application of NNC in Florida.

Part I – Status of DEP Implementation of NNC. Status on streams, lakes, estuaries and coastal areas; Status of implementation in South Florida, including the Northern Everglades; Role of EPA, DEP and water management districts.

Part II – Implementation and impacts on permitting; procedure for dealing with artificial conveyances and impact of NNC on various permits and approvals; unique aspects of implementation in South Florida; dealing with NNC issues in permits that may involve springs, lakes, streams, estuaries and coastal areas; use of biological metrics; protection of downstream waters under state rule. Use of WQBELs and SSACs for NNC.


Moderators
avatar for Terry Cole

Terry Cole

Shareholder, GUNSTER
I love to fish, like Apple products, like to travel. I have worked in the environmental law area for over 40 years, with the Department of Interior as a federal agent, as an officer in the Army MPs, at DER as head of enforcement, General Counsel and Assistant Secretary.The best thing... Read More →

Speakers
TF

Tom Frick

Director, Division of Environmental Assessment and Restoration, Department of Environmental Protection
DH

Daniel Hammond

Principal Scientist, Brown and Caldwell
avatar for Anthony Janicki

Anthony Janicki

President, Janicki Environmental, Inc.
Tony's work since 1991 has focused on both water quality and quantity in a wide range of waterbodies throughout Florida. His efforts in establishing watershed plans, TMDLs, MFLs and other work products for clients throughout the State have been most notable by their defensibility... Read More →
avatar for Doug Durbin Ph.D.

Doug Durbin Ph.D.

Chief Scientist/Senior Expert, Brown and Caldwell
Specialize in surface water resource management, eutrophication, numeric nutrient criteria and aquatic ecology. Expertise in water quality assessment and permitting/compliance.
avatar for Dave Tomasko

Dave Tomasko

Principal Associate, Environmental Science Associates
David Tomasko is an Environmental Consultant with more than 30 years of experience related to water quality assessments and the development of science-based resource management plans. Dr. Tomasko’s projects have resulted in the development of water quality and natural resource restoration... Read More →


Thursday July 20, 2017 3:30pm - 5:10pm EDT
Caribbean Salon V

3:30pm EDT

QQQ&RRR2. Florida Brownfields: A Comprehensive Technical, Regulatory, and Legal Update (Part 2 of 2)

QQQ. & RRR  FLORIDA BROWNFIELDS: A COMPREHENSIVE TECHNICAL, REGULATORY, AND LEGAL UPDATE

This panel will examine the current state of regulatory and financial incentives as well market dynamics, financing considerations, and other concerns that help private developers and local governments collaborate to overcome the risk, limit the liability, and manage the cleanup costs associated with taking title to and redeveloping contaminated sites.  Specific examples of successful and profitable projects and the community benefits they create will be discussed. A comprehensive discussion of applicable Florida and federal rules and best management practices will be presented by a leading panel of Florida experts who will also provide a replicable, scalable, and easy-to-follow path for private development principals, local government planners, lenders, and other brownfield stakeholders.  After this class, attendees will be well-positioned for success. 

Moderators
avatar for Michael Goldstein

Michael Goldstein

Managing Partner, Goldstein Environmental Law Firm

Speakers
avatar for Rick Burgess

Rick Burgess

Shareholder, GUNSTER
Rick Burgess joined the firm in 1994. He is a Martindale-Hubbell AV ratedattorney who practices exclusively in the area of environmental law for a broad range of clients, including developers, agricultural interests, public and private companies and financial institutions.Rick has... Read More →
avatar for Richard Carman

Richard Carman

Corporate Director of Environmental Services, Universal Engineering Sciences
Richard Carman serves as the Corporate Director of Environmental Services for Universal Engineering Sciences, headquartered in Orlando and has 19 branch offices across Florida, Georgia and Maryland. He has over 25 years of health, safety and environmental (HSE) consulting experience... Read More →
JU

Joseph Ullo, Jr.

Director, Division of Waste Management, Department of Environmental Protection
avatar for Robyn Neely

Robyn Neely

Chair, Environment and Natural Resources Practice, Akerman
Robyn Neely focuses her practice on environmental site contamination issues related to real estate and corporate sales and acquisitions, and leases, including pre-acquisition, pre-leasing and pre-foreclosure due diligence analysis. Her practice also includes managing the investigation and remediation of contaminated properties and brownfield... Read More →
avatar for Maribel Nicholson-Choice

Maribel Nicholson-Choice

Shareholder, Greenberg Traurig
Maribel is a shareholder with Greenberg Traurig’s Tallahassee office with a concentrated practice in local government, environmental, and land use law. With 30 years of experience which includes local government, environmental, land use, brownfields, construction with an emphasis... Read More →
JP

Janet Peterson

Senior Project Manager, Bureau Veritas North America, Inc.
avatar for Michael Schackne

Michael Schackne

Senior Project Manager, Langan
BT

Brad Tompa

Department Manager, Environmental Services, Terracon


Thursday July 20, 2017 3:30pm - 5:10pm EDT
Caribbean Salon VI

3:30pm EDT

ZZ2. Wetland Jurisdiction Methodology: A State and Federal Update

ZZ. WETLAND JURISDICTION METHODOLOGY: A STATE AND FEDERAL UPDATE  

This course has been significantly redesigned for 2017! If you want to know precisely how wetland jurisdiction is determined, and the subtle and not so subtle differences between Florida’s uniform statewide wetland jurisdiction and Federal wetland jurisdiction, this is your course! This carefully designed panel discussion will analyze state and COE wetland jurisdiction, making use of comparisons and contrasts as appropriate; covers application of vegetation, soils and hydrologic indicators in determining presence of wetlands using state and COE methodologies; covers altered and non-altered sites; emphasis on practical application and dispute resolution; examples and case studies. You will also hear the latest updates on wetlands law and regulation at the federal level, including the status of recent and ongoing legal challenges, any new guidance or policy put forward by the new Administration, and what they could mean for development in Florida.  This course is designed for extensive audience participation. 

Moderators
avatar for Mike Dennis

Mike Dennis

President, Breedlove, Dennis & Associates, Inc.

Speakers
avatar for Debbie Madden

Debbie Madden

Attorney, GUNSTER
avatar for Ed Murawski

Ed Murawski

Project Manager II, Kleinfelder
Mr. Murawski has over 17 years of experience in the environmental consulting field in the areas of wetlands, protected species and environmental land use permitting. Mr. Murawski serves as the Program Manager for Tampa Florida office and supervises a team of up 13 employees. Mr. Murawski... Read More →
avatar for Mike Nichols

Mike Nichols

President, MJ Nichols & Associates
Mike has an extensive background conducting jurisdictional wetland determinations and other wetlands permitting and mitigation design projects in his 37 year career in environmental assessments. He has been employed by Florida DEP and Broward County for about half of his career while... Read More →
avatar for Timothy Perry

Timothy Perry

Partner, Oertel, Fernandez, Bryant & Atkinson, P.A.
Mr. Perry has substantial experience representing clients in the areas of environmental law, energy law, water law, coastal law, utility law, land use law, appellate law and general civil and administrative litigation. A substantial portion of his practice has been spent litigating... Read More →


Thursday July 20, 2017 3:30pm - 5:10pm EDT
Miami
 
Friday, July 21
 

8:30am EDT

Q. Strategies for Avoiding Litigation under NEPA, CWA and ESA and Updated on Evolving Regulations and Policies Under the Trump Administration

Q. STRATEGIES FOR AVOIDING LITIGATION UNDER NEPA, CWA, AND ESA AND UPDATES ON EVOLVING REGULATIONS AND POLICIES UNDER THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION

Public and private sector projects located near wetlands, endangered species habitat or other protected areas are often opposed by individuals and organizations during permitting proceedings as well as in federal court. Effective permitting of such projects requires a grasp of the changes in the requirements or enforcement of these federal laws under the Trump administration. This seminar focuses on how to build a winning record and strategies for supporting or attacking permitting decisions in the courtroom. This course is ideal for managers and consultants who work on large or controversial projects involving wetlands, endangered species or protected natural resources.

Moderators
JW

John Wharton

Shareholder, Dean Mead & Dunbar

Speakers
avatar for Kerri Barsh

Kerri Barsh

Shareholder, Greenberg Traurig, P.A.
Kerri L. Barsh is Co-Chair of the firm’s Environmental Practice and represents public and private clients on an array of environmental regulatory, permitting and litigation matters, including transactional support and due diligence, environmental assessment and liability matters... Read More →
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Mike Dennis

President, Breedlove, Dennis & Associates, Inc.
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John Lesman

Director, Bio-Tech Consulting


Friday July 21, 2017 8:30am - 10:10am EDT
Miami

8:30am EDT

LL. Using Public Private Partnerships to Solve Water Challenges

LL.  USING PUBLIC-PRIVATE PARTNERSHIPS TO SOLVE FLORIDA’S WATER CHALLENGES

Florida is faced with significant water shortages projected to be an estimated 2 billion gallons per day by 2025 unless proactive action is taken. Florida is also confronting significant water quality challenges, including meeting recently enacted Numeric Nutrient Criteria, TMDLs and restoration targets. How can the private sector help public entities with these issues? Part of the solution may be the development of long-term contractual arrangements between public utilities and private land owners in the storage, production, reuse and treatment of water. The panel will discuss advantages and difficulties in developing public-private partnerships, recent legislative changes at the state and federal level, and success stories in meeting Florida’s future water needs. This is a very timely and highly recommended course!

Moderators
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John Fumero

Shareholder, Nason Yeager Gerson & Fumero
John J. Fumero has over 30 years of experience in the areas of environmental, land use, administrative and local governmental law. Mr. Fumero, formerly General Counsel of the South Florida Water Management District, provides strategic counsel to landowners, developers, industry, agriculture... Read More →

Speakers
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Ernie Cox

President, Family Lands Remembered, LLC
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John Fiveash

CEO, National Stormwater Trust, Inc.
John Fiveash is the CEO of National Stormwater Trust, Inc. (NST) and a partner at Steinmeyer Fiveash LLP. NST is a stormwater management company that recently partnered with the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) to provide regional, offsite stormwater treatment services... Read More →
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Pat Lehman

Executive Director, Peace River Manasota Regional Water Supply Authority


Friday July 21, 2017 8:30am - 10:10am EDT
Caribbean Salon IV

8:30am EDT

W. Comprehensive Planning and Developments of Regional Impact

W.  WHAT’S AHEAD AND WHY—COMPREHENSIVE PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENTS OF REGIONAL IMPACT

This update will cover changes by the 2017 Legislature to comprehensive planning and DRIs, as well as pending changes in growth management programs and policies; discussion of the future of the regulation of DRIs, as well as large non-DRIs in Dense Urban Land Areas; evaluation of  different approval processes for large scale development; and examination of pros and cons of rescinding existing DRIs.  Audience participation is encouraged.  

Speakers
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Donna Marie Collins

Hearing Examiner, Lee County
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David Mechanik

Partner, Mechanik Nuccio Hearne & Wester
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Darrin Taylor

Government Consultant, Carlton Fields, P.A.


Friday July 21, 2017 8:30am - 10:10am EDT
Jacksonville/ Tallahassee

8:30am EDT

DD. Florida's Renewable Energy Projects

DD. FLORIDA’S RENEWABLE ENERGY PROJECTS: UPDATES, OUTLOOK, AND CHALLENGES 

Hear the latest on renewable energy projects and policy in Florida, including solar, ocean, biofuel, biopower, and wind.  During this informative panel discussion, the speakers will focus on the development opportunities and challenges currently facing renewable energy projects within the state.  Course to include a status report on existing and proposed renewable energy projects, as well as why some projects are moving forward while others appear to be stalled.  The panel will also discuss recent marketplace, legal, and policy developments on the state and federal level affecting the renewable energy sector.  The experts on this panel will discuss some of the most difficult challenges for a project’s success, including the due diligence needed for selection of the ideal site. This panel will also focus on critical issues and challenges that could arise for any renewable energy project that could ultimately “make or break” a particular project.  If you have any interest in renewable energy projects in Florida, you cannot miss this session! 

Moderators
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Manitia Moultrie

US Power Sector Leader/Principal, Golder Associates Inc.

Speakers
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Joseph Brown

Attorney, Hopping Green & Sams, P.A.
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John Chibbaro

Of Counsel, Greenberg Traurig, P.A.
John V. Chibbaro focuses his practice on environmental and land use matters. He advises developers, utilities, and other clients on virtually all aspects of development, from initial permitting and entitlement strategy through government approvals and incorporating legal, political... Read More →
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Matt Raffenberg

Senior Director of Environmental Services, Florida Power & Light


Friday July 21, 2017 8:30am - 10:10am EDT
Caribbean Salon VII-VIII

8:30am EDT

NN. New Developments in Water Quality Permitting

NN.   NEW DEVELOPMENTS IN WATER QUALITY PERMITTING

Extremely informative course includes timely updates on new ways the Department of Environmental Protection and EPA are addressing water quality issues; also includes basic as well as advanced discussion on water quality discharge permitting, whether from industrial, domestic, or other discharge sources; emphasis on current agency practices, and updates on pending legal changes; emerging water quality issues affecting industry, regulations and the general population; excellent course designed for extensive audience participation.

Moderators
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Tim Atkinson

Partner, Oertel, Fernandez,Bryant & Atkinson
My environmental practice includes environmental counseling, permitting and litigation under the CWA, CAA, RCRA, CERCLA, as well as many state and local environmental programs. I am experienced with wetlands, surface water, ground water, ERPs, consumptive use permitting, TMDLs, air... Read More →

Speakers
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Ricardo Fraxedas

Chief Engineer, Wood
Office Manager for South Florida offices.Environmental Engineering, Site Assessments, Remediation, Site Development, and Environmental permitting.
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Bruce Nocita

Principal Geologist, S&ME, Inc.
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Erin Reed

Water Resources Engineer, Geosyntec Consultants
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Ken Watson

President and Principal Hydrologist, HSW Engineering, Inc.


Friday July 21, 2017 8:30am - 10:10am EDT
Clearwater/ Orlando

8:30am EDT

RR. Numeric Nutrient Criteria and Stormwater

RR.  NUMERIC NUTRIENT CRITERIA FOR STORMWATER; EMERGING ISSUES 

This course will present background on numeric nutrient criteria (NNC) and related constraints and opportunities for integrated stormwater management solutions.  Speakers will present both engineering and agency perspectives and case examples.  This extremely important course will explore one of the least understood and perhaps the most challenging aspect of NNC compliance.  Come prepared to ask questions and engage in an interesting and timely discussion of this important topic. 

Speakers
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Matthew Coglianese

Attorney at Law, Rasco Klock Perez & Nieto, P.L.
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Tom Frick

Director, Division of Environmental Assessment and Restoration, Department of Environmental Protection
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Gary Serviss

Principal Scientist, VHB
Gary Serviss is an Aquatic Scientist with 38 years of Florida experience. He obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree in Marine Biology and a Master of Science degree in Biological Sciences from Florida Institute of Technology. He worked 6+ years in the public sector, including two years... Read More →
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Patrick Shearer

Senior Engineer, ESciences, Incorporated
Patrick Shearer, P.E. is a lead stormwater design, green infrastructure, and natural systems restoration engineer at E Sciences’ Miami office. He has over 12 years of experience with many types of waterfront, stormwater, coastal urban development, and water quality projects and... Read More →


Friday July 21, 2017 8:30am - 10:10am EDT
Caribbean Salon V

8:30am EDT

UUU. RBCA Practical Applications and Case Studies

UUU. RBCA PRACTICAL APPLICATIONS AND CASE STUDIES

This course presents specific-cases where the evolution of RBCA and Institutional Controls has been applied. Case studies will focus on the approach taken by responsible parties on achieving site closures by means other than a restrictive covenant. Part of the class will be on recent developments in achieving site closures using a probabilistic risk assessment.  A must-attend, up-to-date, timely, and informative course on a hot topic designed for active audience participation.  

Moderators
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Carl Eldred

Attorney, Hopping Green & Sams, P.A.

Speakers
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Nicholas Albergo

Senior Environmental Engineer, GHD
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Robert Stephens REM, LEP, CSCO

Director Environmental Group, Ramos Engineering & Associates
Mr. Stephens is a founding member of the Florida Environmental Assessors Association and has taught Phase I & Phase II certification classes in Florida since 1993. He is a Certified Florida Environmental Assessor, a Registered Environmental Property Assessor, a Registered Environmental... Read More →
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Tom Lewis

Senior Geologist, Past-President, FBA, Terracon
Mr. Lewis is a Senior Associate working in Terracon’s Tallahassee office. With over 25 years of consulting experience in the State of Florida, he is responsible for scoping and implementing a broad range of site assessment projects for private and public sector clients across the... Read More →
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Jeffrey Peters

Principal Scientist, Environmental Consulting & Technology, Inc.
As a Professional Geologist, I have more than 29 years’ experience as a consultant in the environmental field. I have managed both technical and administrative staff and have a wide range of experience in personnel management, technical project management, sales and marketing, business... Read More →
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Eddy Smith

Senior Vice President, SCS Engineers
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David Stubbs

Director, Properties and Environmental Compliance, JAXPORT


Friday July 21, 2017 8:30am - 10:10am EDT
Caribbean Salon VI

8:30am EDT

WW2. Essentials of Obtaining and Environmental Resource Permit
WW. THE ESSENTIALS OF OBTAINING AN ENVIRONMENTAL RESOURCE PERMIT: THE NUTS AND BOLTS OF ERP PERMITTING  

This course will provide a detailed and in-depth breakdown of all aspects and components necessary for the environmental professional to obtain an ERP permit in an efficient and effec­tive manner. This course will take the audience through all the steps in the review and issuance of an ERP permit including an administrative permit challenge. In addition, the course will discuss how new and proposed rules and policies are affect­ing the permitting process. Learn from this highly-experienced panel all of the essential criteria and policies, including wet­land and mitigation requirements,  stormwater engineering requirements, water quality and administrative and legal re­quirements critical to finalize a permit. This course is a must for environmental professionals who want to understand all aspects of ERP permitting to better represent their clients and deliver efficient results. Audience participation en­couraged.

Speakers
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Jon Iglehart

District Director, South District, Department of Environmental Protection
Regulatory issues in SW Florida and the Keys Developing a certification program for wetland assessments
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Shannon Ruby Julien

Director of Energy & Environmental Services, VHB
I specialize in all aspects of environmental permitting including the National Environmental Policy Act, Endangered Species Act, Environmental Resource Permitting, and Consumptive Use Permitting. With over 28 years of experience, my current focus is related to the Energy market and... Read More →
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Luna E. Phillips

Shareholder, GUNSTER
Luna Phillips is a Florida Bar board certified Gunster shareholder who practices in the area of environmental, administrative and governmental law. She leads the firm’s Environmental practice.Prior to joining the firm, Luna was a senior attorney for the South Florida Water Management... Read More →
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Mark Thomasson

Vice President, WSource
Environmental Resource PermittingCutting-edge stormwater management and reuseWater policyWater quality credit tradingAquifer recharge and UIC permitting


Friday July 21, 2017 8:30am - 10:10am EDT
Caribbean Salon I-II

10:30am EDT

FFF. Coastal Construction Control Line Permitting

FFF.  COASTAL CONSTRUCTION CONTROL LINE PERMITTING

Development within the dynamic and sensitive coastal beach environment requires a special permit from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. This course examines the regulatory framework and practical aspects of Coastal Construction Control Line permitting for beachfront structures and activities. Covers current agency procedures and practices with respect to structure siting and design, including respective responsibilities of state and local agencies; emerging agency policy; special permitting considerations for storm impact planning and emergency response, including appropriate use of coastal armoring structures. Always a timely and informative course. 

Moderators
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Deborah Getzoff

Senior Counsel, Lewis, Longman & Walker, P.A.

Speakers
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Christy Brush

Environmental Regional Manager, Moffatt & Nichol
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Jeff Collier

Shareholder, Stearns Weaver Miller Weissler Alhadeff & Sitterson, P.A.
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Mark Powell

Isiminger & Stubbs Engineering, Inc.


Friday July 21, 2017 10:30am - 12:10pm EDT
Caribbean Salon I-II

10:30am EDT

Z. Defending Clients Interests at Local Quasi-Judicial Proceedings

Z.  STRATEGIZING, HANDLING, AND DEFENDING CLIENTS’ INTERESTS AT LOCAL QUASI-JUDICIALPROCEEDINGS

This presentation provides both legal and practical insights into preparing for and managing local quasi-judicial proceedings.  It also provides insights on dealing with denials and challenges to your client’s interests.  This presentation will focus on strategic matters, provide useful tips, examine new and developing legal issues, and address technical issues, particularly in traffic concerns and challenges. 

Moderators
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Chris Torres

Shareholder, Greenberg Traurig P.A.
Christopher Torres is the Administrative Shareholder of the Tampa Office. Chris concentrates his practice on business and complex commercial litigation, toxic tort defense, environmental litigation, and land use litigation. Chris has practiced as an environmental and toxic tort litigator... Read More →

Speakers
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Randy Coen

President, Coen & Company
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Rick J. Melchiori

General Manager, Becker Holding Corporation
Mr. Melchiori brings over 30 years’ experience in land acquisition, entitlement, permitting, design, and construction of industrial, commercial, and highly amenitized residential and mixed use projects. Early in his career, he founded an architectural and engineering firm and through... Read More →


Friday July 21, 2017 10:30am - 12:10pm EDT
Caribbean Salon VI

10:30am EDT

MMM. Regulation, Management & Conservation of Wildlife

MMM.  REGULATION, MANAGEMENT & CONSERVATION OF WILDLIFE

Many species of wildlife protected by state and federal law are found throughout Florida’s diverse landscape.  The regulation of activities impacting  imperiled wildlife species impacts most development activities.  Many of these species spend some if not all of their life-cycles on land that is or has been historically managed for agriculture and silviculture.  The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission both recognize that agriculture provides a valuable benefit to the conservation and management of fish and wildlife in the state and have developed best management practices that reflect the industry’s existing contribution to the conservation and management of aquatic life and wildlife in Florida.  Properly implemented BMPs can exempt agricultural and silvicultural lands from certain imperiled species permitting guidelines, and the Commission is in the process of developing guidelines for a wide range of other state imperiled species where such BMPs may also play a role.  The Commission has also recently completed an agreement with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service that would allow the Commission to issue permits for the “take” of federally listed species instead of the Service. The members of this panel have been actively involved in the development and implementation of these important wildlife practices, policies, and guidelines. The panel will review current imperiled species guideline development, the development and implementation of the best management practices and how the guidelines and best management practices could affect the use of agricultural and other land in Florida and the southeastern United States.  The panel will also address different approaches for landowners and agencies to comply with federal law such as safe harbor agreements, habitat exchanges, and conservation banks.   

Moderators
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Adam Blalock

Counsel, Hopping Green & Sams, P.A.

Speakers
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Dave Hankla

Wildlife Conservation Specialist, Landscape Conservation Cooperative
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Scott Sanders

Director, Office of Conservation Planning Services, Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission
Fish and Wildlife Conservation considerations for land use planning and permitting.


Friday July 21, 2017 10:30am - 12:10pm EDT
Caribbean Salon VII-VIII

10:30am EDT

C2. WMD Planning, Regulatory and Policy Update

C. WMD PLANNING, REGULATORY, AND POLICY UPDATE

Excellent course designed to provide insight into the regulatory, planning, and water supply development programs of Florida’s five water management districts; includes discussion of water resource development and water supply planning; adoption and implementation of MFLs; integration of Florida Forever work plans with WMD land acquisition and management programs; ERPs, watershed planning, secondary and cumulative impacts, and other emerging programs and issues; audience participation encouraged. 

Moderators
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Eric Olsen

Shareholder, Hopping Green & Sams, P.A.
Mr. Olsen has over 30 years of experience in helping clients resolve complex environmental regulatory issues primarily involving the subjects of wetlands, stormwater, flood protection, public water treatment, underground injection control, water supply, and water rights.  He works... Read More →

Speakers
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Lisa Kelley

Assistant Executive Director, St. Johns River Water Management District
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Nicolas Porter

Shareholder, de la Parte & Gilbert, P.A.


Friday July 21, 2017 10:30am - 12:10pm EDT
Caribbean Salon IV

10:30am EDT

VV2. Roadmap through the Statewide ERP Rules

VV.  ROADMAP THROUGH THE STATEWIDE ENVIRONMENAL RESOURCE PERMITTING RULES  -  SWERP I and SWERP II

The course provides a roadmap through the Statewide ERP rules and features highlights of what’s on the horizon for SWERP phase II.  Be one of the first to learn about proposed new exemptions, new and revised General Permits, new and clarified definitions, and updated forms.  Test your SWERP II knowledge by participating in the trivia challenge and learn more about other on-going ruling making efforts, the SPGP -V, and the supplemental information needed for federal permitting.  Audience participation is strongly encouraged

Moderators
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Susan Shaw

Program Manager for Biological Sciences, ESA

Speakers
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Ed Murawski

Project Manager II, Kleinfelder
Mr. Murawski has over 17 years of experience in the environmental consulting field in the areas of wetlands, protected species and environmental land use permitting. Mr. Murawski serves as the Program Manager for Tampa Florida office and supervises a team of up 13 employees. Mr. Murawski... Read More →
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Michelle Reiber

Chief, Bureau of Environmental Resource Regulation, St. Johns River Water Management District
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Jennifer Smith

Southeast District Director, Department of Environmental Protection
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Tori White

Deputy Chief, Regulatory Division, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers


Friday July 21, 2017 10:30am - 12:10pm EDT
Caribbean Salon V