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Wednesday, July 19
 

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
avatar for Ed Cronyn

Ed Cronyn

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

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
avatar for Mike Dennis

Mike Dennis

President, Breedlove, Dennis & Associates

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

Shareholder, Gardner, Bist, Bowden, Dee, LaVia, Wright, Perry and Harper, PA
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

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
avatar for Amelia Savage

Amelia Savage

Attorney, Hopping Green & Sams, P.A.

Speakers
JR

Jerry Renick, CEP

Principal, Land Design South
avatar for Shannon Gonzalez

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 →
avatar for Michelle Hopkins

Michelle Hopkins

Bureau Chief, Environmental Resource Permitting, 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

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
avatar for Stan Posey

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
avatar for Danny Kushmer

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 →
avatar for Valerie Seidel

Valerie Seidel

Principal Economist, Balmoral Group
Valerie Seidel is Principal Economist of The Balmoral Group, an economic and engineering firm focused on public policy, socioeconomic impacts, and design within infrastructure, water resources, and the environment.
avatar for Jeff Sumner

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

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 →
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


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
avatar for Mike Drauer

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
 

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
avatar for Mike Drauer

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

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

Bureau Chief, Regulatory Services, 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 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

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

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

Shareholder, Gardner, Bist, Bowden, Dee, LaVia, Wright, Perry and Harper, PA
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

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
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 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


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

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
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

Bureau Chief, Regulatory Services, 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


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