June 11, 2018

Jill Johnson to Present Revitalization Case Study: Developing Trench & Fill Solid Waste at the Annual Northwest Florida Brownfields Redevelopment Forum

Jill Johnson, P.G. (Florida) will deliver a presentation entitled "Revitalization Case Study: Developing Trench & Fill Solid Waste" at the Annual Northwest Florida Brownfields Redevelopment Forum at the Jackson County Agricultural Center in Marianna, Florida at 9:40 a.m. on June 14, 2018.

Jill Johnson is a Principal Hydrogeologist based in Florida with more than 17 years of experience focused on a wide range of environmental projects, including groundwater monitoring and reporting, contamination assessments, remedial evaluation and implementation, and environmental planning and compliance.

The West Florida Regional Planning Council's (WFRPC)  Sixth Annual Northwest Florida Brownfields Redevelopment Forum will be held Thursday, June 14 at Jackson County Agriculture Center. The forum serves as a venue for the Florida Department of Environmental Protection's Northwest District, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and West Florida and Apalachee Regional Planning Councils to invite local governments, investors, developers, and other interested parties to learn about Florida's Brownfields Redevelopment Program.

The WFRPC is a multi-purpose entity that supports northwest Florida by planning for and coordinating intergovernmental solutions to growth-related problems, providing technical assistance to local governments, and meeting the needs of the municipalities in Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa, Walton, Bay, Washington, and Holmes counties.


This is the story of the closed South Gifford Road Landfill and how a diverse group of stakeholders with many different opinions came together over multiple years to help develop a shared vision for a meaningful place in their community. The South Gifford Road Landfill is a closed landfill in Indian River County, Florida where wastes were reportedly disposed of during the 1960s and 1970s. Assessment activities identified a chlorinated contaminant plume approximately 1-mile in length emanating from a source area at the site. Since the contamination was discovered, the local community has voiced their concerns at local government meetings and in the media. The idea of beneficial reuse of the site was first introduced to local government representatives in 2004. At that time, there was plenty of suspicion about using government funding for this purpose, and it would be almost a decade later before the idea began to gain momentum. Key stakeholders in the process include an active local community, multiple County departments, local government representatives, and the Treasure Coast Regional Planning Council (TCRPC).

Previous funding for site assessment and redevelopment planning was provided by the County and through EPA Brownfields grant funding awarded to TCRPC. This work included a preliminary evaluation of potential redevelopment options, associated technical and environmental challenges, and relative redevelopment costs. Continuing the momentum towards beneficial redevelopment of the site has focused on continued stakeholder involvement and the principle of "early and often" communication. We have used a variety of methods for keeping the public and local government informed throughout this process and for engaging public input, including multiple interactive updates at local Gifford community meetings.

Significant progress towards a viable redevelopment plan for this site has been made over the past two years. This process continues to require a clear discussion of expectations and concerns from the local government and the public.  This includes balancing the needs and desires of the local Gifford community with existing and planned initiatives by the County, understanding funding opportunities, and respecting stakeholder concerns and differing viewpoints.  Ultimately, this project provides a successful example of implementation of the Brownfields process and how many stakeholders with very different perspectives have come together to establish a mutually-shared redevelopment goal.

More Information

Learn more at: http://www.wfrpc.org/2018-northwest-florida-brownfields-redevelopment-forum.
For consultation regarding trench & fill solid waste, contact Jill Johnson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
Learn more about Jill at: https://www.geosyntec.com/people/jill-johnson

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