2018 Annual Conference Agenda

Wednesday  -  Thursday  -  Friday
Schedule subject to change

NEW!!  3 Concurrent Tracks and Encore Presentations* on Thursday!
*Encore Presentation = Highest rated sessions will be presented in 2 separate time slots so you can pick the time that works best for you!

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 13, 2018 - PRE-CONFERENCE (Additional Fee Applies)
12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Registration Desk Open

1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
[General Session - 2.5 PDHs]

PRE-CONFERENCE Workshop
Somebody’s Gotta Do It!  Planning for Sea Level Rise and Severe Flooding Events
Recent storm events have highlighted the need for Florida communities to proactively address flooding issues related to climate change and sea level rise.  Cities ranging from St. Augustine (the oldest city in the United States) to Miami Beach (one of the newest) are taking action to protect their communities and be better-prepared to respond to future events.  The workshop will review innovative ways in which to plan for sea level rise, directing capital expenditures in the most cost effective manner, alternatives to gravity-based stormwater drainage systems, and many other lessons learned and best practices when responding to sea level rise.

Jessica Beach, PE, Engineer
City of St. Augustine

 Nick Charnas, PE, CFM, MBA, Vice President
Applied Sciences Consulting

 Matt Goolsby, PE, CFM, Sr. Water Resources Engineer
Applied Sciences Consulting

Kelli Hammer Levy, MS, CPM, Division Director
Pinellas County

Fernando Vazquez, PE, Senior Vice President
CES Consultants

THURSDAY, JUNE 14, 2018 - REGULAR CONFERENCE
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.      Registration Desk Open
8:00 a.m. – 8:45 a.m. Breakfast (by Registration Desk)

8:45 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.
[General Session - 1 PDH]

25th Anniversary Kickoff Celebration
WOW!  25 years have come and gone!  Let’s take a moment to honor those that founded FSA and kept it on a steady course to get us here!  Join us to thank our visionary stormwater leaders!

Panel Discussion:  What’s Next?  Celebrating FSA’s 25th Anniversary!
FSA has grown to over 300 organizational members, and the depth and breadth of its services have expanded significantly since it was formed in 1993.  Has FSA met the expectations of its original organizers?  How can the Association learn from its past to help shape its future as the preeminent stormwater organization in Florida over the next 10 or 20 years?  Join us for a discussion where FSA has been and where it’s headed.

Tiffany Busby, President
Florida Stormwater Association

John Buss, Assistant General Manager - Underground Utilities
City of Tallahassee

Judy Grim, Director, Road & Bridge and Stormwater
Volusia County

Kelli Hammer Levy, Environmental Management Division Dir.
Pinellas County

Scott McClelland, Vice President
CDM Smith

9:45 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.
[General Session - .5 PDHs]

Keynote Address: New Directions in Water Quality

Noah Valenstein, Secretary
Florida Department of Environmental Protection

Jeaneanne Gettle, Director Water Protection Division
US EPA Region 4

Tiffany Busby, President
Florida Stormwater Association

10:15 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.

Break in Exhibit Hall (Badge/Ticket Required)
Exhibit Hall Open 10:15 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

10:45 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
[Track A - .75 PDHs]

 

 

 

 

 

 



10:45 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
[Track B - .75 PDHs]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10:45 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
[Track C - .75 PDHs]

ENCORE PRESENTATION
Also presented at 1:10 p.m.

Update on FSAEF’s MS4 Assessment Project v2.0
In 2008, the FSA Educational Foundation and the UF Engineering School of Sustainable Infrastructure and Environment initiated a research project to quantify the nutrient load reductions associated with common maintenance activities that MS4 permittees undertake.  The results of that project are now used to give MS4s credits in the BMAP process for nutrient reductions.  In 2017, FSAEF and FDEP engaged UF to undertake the next phase of the project – quantifying the nutrient load reduction values of maintenance activities undertaken in areas served by reclaimed water.  The current project is scheduled for completion later this year.  This session will present the preliminary findings of the research project.

John Sansalone, PhD, PE, Professor
University of Florida

Michael Bateman, PE, Administrator
FDEP

Promoting Green Infrastructure & Increasing Resiliency through a Stormwater Manual
Pinellas County is the most densely populated county in Florida, with 3,347 people per square mile.  As a peninsula, it’s essentially "built-out" and any land development primarily occurs as redevelopment.  These combined factors make Pinellas County particularly vulnerable not only to sea level rise, but also to the impacts of insufficiently managed stormwater, making addressing these issues a priority.  Pinellas  developed a stormwater manual to establish a comprehensive, centralized set of stormwater standards and BMPs. The manual encourages LID, introduces a tool for calculating nutrient load reduction, outlines resiliency measures and promotes urban regeneration. Join us for an overview of the manual and its benefits.

Kelli Hammer Levy, MS, CPM, Division Director
Pinellas County

Josie Benwell, MS, Project Coordinator
Pinellas County

Hurricane Irma and SWFWMD's Approach to Proactive Watershed Management
Hurricane Irma, the strongest Atlantic basin storm ever recorded, blew through Florida this past September.  Emergency responders relied on predictive tools to protect people and property from the flooding that soon followed. This presentation will demonstrate the SWFWMD's response to Irma, their approach to collecting and managing historic flooding data, and an example of how it was used to improve the accuracy of one of its most recent watershed models. It will also include a discussion on the use of a triangulated, flexible 2-D mesh to represent overland flow, floodplain delineation within 2-D areas and correlation with actual data from Hurricane Irma.

Mark Fulkerson, PhD, PE, Senior Professional Engineer
SWFWMD

Kent Boulicault, PE, Principal Engineer
Singhofen & Associates

11:35 a.m. – 12:20 p.m.
[Track A - .5 PDHs]

Optimization Analysis of Lakeland's Street Sweeping Program
Street sweeping is a common pollution source control practice performed by local governments  to help meet NPDES permit requirements as well as TMDL and BMAP requirements for improving the quality of stormwater runoff.  This presentation focuses on the use of cluster map analysis and spreadsheet simulation models to optimize street sweeping by grouping street segments together and assigning frequencies based on land use and site characteristics to maximize nutrient removal.  Estimates of mass removal based on current and optimized programs will also be presented.

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

11:35 a.m. – 12:10 p.m.
[Track B - .5 PDHs]

 

 

 

 

 

Update on New York's MS4 Permit Activities
The City of New York (population 8,550,405) was issued its first MS4 permit on August 1, 2015.  In June 2017, we reviewed the basic elements of the permit and what the City was thinking about for its stormwater management program plan (SWMP Plan).  For June 2018, we will discuss what the SWMP Plan says.  The presentation will provide an update on the unique NYC programs and activities that will be employed to comply with the permit including public awareness and involvement, construction site runoff controls, post-construction controls, pollution prevention and good housekeeping activities for municipal facilities and operations, and control of floatables and settleable trash and debris.

Scott McClelland, Vice President
CDM Smith

Floren Poliseo, PE, ENV SP, M.ASCE, LEED Green Associate,
Director of Watershed Planning & Modeling, NYC, NY

11:35 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
[Track C - .75 PDHs]

ENCORE PRESENTATION
Also presented at 2:00 p.m.

Leveraging Existing Watershed Models for Flood Forecasting Purposes
Tens of millions of dollars are spent each year collecting data and preparing detailed watershed models across Florida for flood risk assessment purposes. This presentation explores the feasibility of leveraging existing models for flood forecasting purposes.  Forecast data from the National Water Model was adapted to existing local high-resolution hydrologic and hydraulics models in urbanized areas of Florida during Hurricane Irma, providing reasonably accurate two to three day forecasts of the timing and magnitude of flooding.

Peter Singhofen, PE, President
Streamline Technologies

12:10 p.m. – 1:10 p.m.

“Nutrient Loading” Lunch in Exhibit Hall (Badge/Ticket Required)

1:10 p.m. – 1:55 p.m.
[Track A - .75 PDHs]

Florida Springs Restoration:  The Time is Now, and Here’s How!
Florida's iconic springs continue to be the focus of intensive restoration efforts by FDEP, WMDs and local governments.  Springs  require both multi-fold nutrient concentration decreases to meet TMDL and NNC standards, and significant flow protections or even recovery to meet Minimum Flows and Levels (MFLs). The 2016 Florida Springs and Aquifer Protection Act and Legacy Florida Act dramatically accelerated administrative and "turn dirt" restoration actions.  Numerous Outstanding Florida Springs MFLs and BMAPs are now on the books and many in-the-ground projects are well underway. This  presentation will provide an update on “all things springs.”

Casey Fitzgerald, Director, Springs Protection Initiative
SJRWMD

Tom Frick, Director, Division of Environmental Assessment & Restoration
FDEP

1:10 p.m. – 1:55 p.m.
[Track B - .75 PDHs]

Ocala, FL:  From CRS Class 8 to 3 - Strategies and Lessons Learned
On October 1, 2015, the City of Ocala became the first community in Florida to go beyond a Community Rating System Class 5. Ocala broke the artificial barrier that seemed to have plagued many communities, shooting past their initial goal of reaching the CRS Class 4 to achieve a CRS Class 3.  Ocala is one of only two CRS Class 3 communities east of the Mississippi and the only community in Florida better than a Class 5.  The presentation will give an overview of the strategies used to achieve this goal by examining their experience with the CRS verification process, and will provide  tips and tricks learned to maximize the points they received in each element.

Sean Lanier, PE, CFM, City Engineer / Director of Water Resources
City of Ocala

Payal Pandya, PE, CFM, Stormwater Engineer
City of Ocala

1:10 p.m. – 1:55 p.m.
[Track C - .75 PDHs]

ENCORE PRESENTATION
Also presented at 10:45 a.m.

Hurricane Irma and SWFWMD's Approach to Proactive Watershed Management
Hurricane Irma, the strongest Atlantic basin storm ever recorded, blew through Florida this past September.  Emergency responders relied on predictive tools to protect people and property from the flooding that soon followed. This presentation will demonstrate the SWFWMD's response to Irma, their approach to collecting and managing historic flooding data, and an example of how it was used to improve the accuracy of one of its most recent watershed models. It will also include a discussion on the use of a triangulated, flexible 2-D mesh to represent overland flow, floodplain delineation within 2-D areas and correlation with actual data from Hurricane Irma.

Mark Fulkerson, PhD, PE, Senior Professional Engineer
SWFWMD

Kent Boulicault, PE, Principal Engineer
Singhofen & Associates

2:00 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.
[Track A - .75 PDHs]

Nature-Friendly Canal Management May Save Money
Sarasota County is partnering with Mote Marine Lab and others to explore better ways to manage canals.  Innovative ideas about fisheries, sediment traps, planting trees for bank stabilization and fish-friendly weir designs are showing promise.  Desired outcomes would increase property values while reducing maintenance costs.

John Ryan, Environmental Manager
Sarasota County

Nathan Brennan, PhD, Staff Scientist
Mote Marine Laboratory

2:00 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.
[Track B - .75 PDHs]

Emerging NPDES Regulation of Groundwater
NPDES permit writers traditionally have only addressed direct discharges to surface waters through clearly-defined conveyances, such as wastewater or stormwater outfalls.  In recent years, several courts have ruled that NPDES permits are required where a facility may discharge to groundwater, and the groundwater ultimately reaches a nearby surface water.  This session will provide  an overview of the NPDES program as it relates to groundwater, recent cases related to groundwater discharges and possible effects on parties in  Florida.

Neal McAliley, JD, Shareholder
Carlton Fields

2:00 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.
[Track C - .75 PDHs]

ENCORE PRESENTATION
Also presented at 11:35 a.m.

Leveraging Existing Watershed Models for Flood Forecasting Purposes
Tens of millions of dollars are spent each year collecting data and preparing detailed watershed models across Florida for flood risk assessment purposes. This presentation explores the feasibility of leveraging existing models for flood forecasting purposes.  Forecast data from the National Water Model was adapted to existing local high-resolution hydrologic and hydraulics models in urbanized areas of Florida during Hurricane Irma, providing reasonably accurate two to three day forecasts of the timing and magnitude of flooding.

Peter Singhofen, PE, President
Streamline Technologies

2:45 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.

Break in Exhibit Hall (Badge/Ticket Required)

3:15 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
[Track A - .75 PDHs]

Passive Steps Towards Floodplain Restoration - The Story Continues
Lake Jesup continues to be one of the most impaired lakes in Central Florida.  The presentation will provide an update to a  FSA presentation given in 2016 and will focus on the stream restoration design elements, issues encountered during construction and the completed restoration efforts in Salt and Sweetwater Creeks, two major tributaries to the lake.

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

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

3:15 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
[Track B - .75 PDHs]

 

Receiving Approval to Fund Casselberry's Stormwater 10-yr Master Plan
A 10-year comprehensive stormwater plan for the City of Casselberry evaluated existing and potential challenges. The Master Plan provided recommendations on new water quality requirements, funding, adjustments to stormwater utility fees, lake management, operations, a new public works facility and the potential benefits of joining the Community Rating System.

Bruce Doig, PE, LEED AP, Director of Water Resources
VHB

Leah DiClementi, PE, ENV SP, Project Engineer
VHB

3:15 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
[Track C - .75 PDHs]

Dual-Use Stormwater Retention Systems
Stormwater retention systems are active immediately after runoff events but can be used during dry periods to treat other water.  When rainfall is not producing runoff, these retention systems can also be used to infiltrate additional water into the ground.  Two projects will be presented to illustrate the use of the dry periods to improve water quality:  one using excess reclaimed water and the other using ground water high in nutrients.

Marty Wanielista, PhD, PE, Stormwater Engineer
Stormwater Treatment Environments

William Colona, PG, Senior Project Geologist
AECOM

4:05 p.m. – 4:50 p.m.
[Track A - .75 PDHs]

 

A Perfect Storm - A Neighborhood Rehabilitation Project
The Town of Jupiter Inlet Colony, a coastal municipality, challenged their residents and Commission to become the "greenest" municipality in Florida, undertaking two projects:  the  construction of a central sewer system for 240 homes currently on septic tank systems and, the construction of a  new drainage system, with valley gutters and approximately 5,000 LF of exfiltration trenches.  This presentation will review the projects and funding mechanisms. 

Thomas Jensen, PE, Project Manager
Kimley-Horn and Associates

Daniel Comerford, PhD, Mayor
Town of Jupiter Inlet Colony

4:05 p.m. – 4:50 p.m.
[Track B - .75 PDHs]

Emerging Technologies™
FSA’s practice of highlighting the latest developments in stormwater technologies and services from the private sector will be continued this year and features the top firms from Florida and other parts of the country!

4:05 p.m. – 4:50 p.m.
[Track C - .75 PDHs]

The Stormwater Benefits of High-Performance Urban Trees
"High-performance" urban trees offer many LID stormwater benefits for our cities, but what are high-performance trees, why should they be considered BMPs, and how are they produced in our urban areas? What is the ROI of conventional stormwater management solutions compared to LID tree pits? This session addresses these questions in a thought-provoking presentation that analyzes and defines the factors that contribute to LID stormwater management using urban trees and the key to realizing these benefits through design.

Jeremy Bailey, ASLA Affiliate, Consultant
GreenBlue Urban

4:50 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

"Flip-Flop" Welcome Reception in Exhibit Hall (Badge/Ticket Required)
It’s time to relax and celebrate the 25th anniversary of FSA!  So get comfortable and join us in your favorite flip flops for snacks, drinks, and the chance to win a door prize. 

FRIDAY, JUNE 15, 2018 - REGULAR CONFERENCE
8:00 a.m. – 11:20 a.m. Registration Desk Open
8:00 a.m. – 8:45 a.m. Breakfast Buffet (in Exhibit Hall)
8:00 a.m. – 11:20 a.m. Exhibit Hall Open (Badge Required)
8:45 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.

FSA and the FSA Education Foundation Annual Meetings and Election of Officers and Board of Directors

9:15 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
[Track A - .75 PDHs]

Development of Vulnerability Assessment and Climate Adaptation Plan
The City of Sarasota borders the Gulf of Mexico.  Mainland portions of the City are  around 16 feet above sea level, while the barrier islands average three feet above sea level, making threats of storm surge, extreme precipitation and sea level rise important considerations.  The City of Sarasota Infrastructure Vulnerability Assessment and Climate Adaptation Plan was developed to provide a comprehensive assessment of critical infrastructure to identify system vulnerabilities to future climate change and inform decisions to adapt strategies for near and long-term threats associated with those changes.

Sherri Swanson, PWS, ENV SP, Environmental Project Manager
HDR Engineering

9:15 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
[Track B - .75 PDHs]

Hidden Sources: Measuring Groundwater Loads to the Indian River Lagoon
The deterioration of the Indian River Lagoon (IRL) along Florida's east coast has been the focus of national and international news.  The estuary experienced numerous algae super-blooms, Lake Okeechobee discharges and extensive fish kills in recent years. Nutrients from the watershed enter coastal waters from both stormwater and groundwater sources. As much as 25% to 50% of nutrient loads to the IRL may be coming from groundwater. The presentation will focus on groundwater research that improves nutrient load estimates and provides important information to prioritize septic to sewage conversion projects.

Leesa Souto, PhD, Executive Director
Marine Resources Council

Claudia Listopad, PhD, Lead Scientist
Applied Ecology

Carolina Alvarez, NPDES Coordinator
Brevard County

10:05 a.m. – 10:50 a.m.
[Track A - .75 PDHs]

Linking Data Collection, Stormwater Modeling, and Capital Improvements
The City of Ft. Lauderdale's Stormwater Master Plan is a holistic and future-focused effort that involves several interconnected tasks including data collection, modeling and the design of improvements to address chronic flooding. This presentation highlights the master plan, shedding light on its value to the City as well as lessons learned.

Lucia Medina, PE, Engineer
Hazen and Sawyer

Rares Petrica, PE, Senior Project Manager
City of Ft. Lauderdale

Stephanie Dunham, PE, Principal Water Resources Engineer
Collective Water Resources

10:05 a.m. – 10:50 a.m.
[Track B - .75 PDHs]

West Palm Beach's Stormwater Infrastructure Rehabilitation Program
The City of West Palm Beach has a vast stormwater infrastructure network.  Much of the stormwater system in the eastern portion of the City is comprised of vitrified clay pipe and was installed as early as the 1920s. Newer parts of the system are comprised of corrugated metal pipe, whose useful life is not as long as concrete pipe.  This presentation will review the City’s Stormwater Infrastructure Rehabilitation Program which touches on some of the most critical and emerging issues for stormwater and will provide transferable lessons from this significant planning effort.

Daniel Suarez, PE, Area Stormwater Lead
HDR Engineering

Raul Mercado, PE, CFM, Senior Project Engineer
City of West Palm Beach

10:50 a.m. – 11:20 a.m.

Break in Exhibit Hall (Badge/Ticket Required)
Last chance to talk to Exhibitors - Exhibit Hall closes at 11:20 a.m.

11:20 a.m. – 12:05 p.m.
[Track A - .75 PDHs]

Integrated Water Resource Planning and FDOT's Involvement
The Florida Department of Transportation has been seeking more opportunities to expand it’s efforts related to stormwater management throughout Florida.  Developing stormwater solutions that provide added function and purpose within a watershed, far out-weigh the benefits of many of our stand-alone pond facilities.

Carlton Spirio, Jr., PE, State Drainage Engineer
FDOT

11:20 a.m. – 12:05 p.m.
[Track B - .75 PDHs]

Green Infrastructure Bike Tour: A Fun, Creative Way to Meet MS4 Goals!
Green Infrastructure Stormwater Bike Tours are an informative and interactive way to capitalize on an MS4's existing stormwater best management practices, mapping, and trails/bike paths to conduct effective public education, outreach and participation.  Join us for a FUN virtual tour of two communities and learn how to and be inspired to plan your own Green Infrastructure Stormwater Bike Tour.

Heather Williams, Senior Project Manager
Amec Foster Wheeler

Rebecca Vanderbeck, PE, Assocaite Engineer
Amec Foster Wheeler

12:05 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. 

Awards Luncheon
Presentation of FSA's 2018 Excellence Awards

1:20 p.m – 2:40 p.m.
[General Session - 1.5 PDHs]

Citizens' Suits: Bringing Scofflaws to Justice or a Shakedown for Fees
It is no secret that environmental organizations are not looking to EPA as an ally under the current administration.  A recent increase in fees that can be imposed under the Clean Water Act citizens' suit provision, and a generous attorneys fees provision under the Act, make citizens' suits an attractive vehicle for members of the environmental community unhappy with EPA and state regulatory agencies.  This presentation examines the Clean Water Act citizen suit process and how technical violations of your NPDES permit could expose you to millions of dollars in penalties based on public information you must provide to Florida DEP as a condition of your permit.

Winston Borkowski, JD, Attorney-Shareholder
Hopping Green & Sams



WOTUS, SCOTUS, POTUS, and some Hocus Pocus
Through a mix of levity and probing, this presentation seeks to bring clarity on the many moving parts in the WOTUS rulemaking. Specifically, this presentation will discuss proposed and final rules that affect the definition of WOTUS; the US Supreme Court's decision that affects where challenges to WOTUS and WOTUS-like rules should be filed; the recent delay in the effective date of the 2015 rule (and challenges thereto); and, political considerations that affect the issue.

Mohammad Jazil, Esquire, Shareholder
Hopping Green & Sams

2:40 p.m. 

  Adjourn