July 10, 2018

Geosyntec Professionals Featured at the 32nd Annual Environmental Permitting Summer School in Florida

Geosyntec will make a substantial technical contribution to the 32nd Annual Environmental Permitting Summer School produced by the Florida Environmental Network, Inc. (FENI) on Marco Island, Florida on July 17-20, 2018.

Geosyntec will deliver four technical presentations, and our professionals will be at booth #320. Presenters from Geosyntec will be Mike Hardin, Ph.D., P.E. (Florida); Paul Tschirky, Ph.D., P.Eng, D.CE (Louisiana); Mark Ellard, P.E., CFM, D.WRE (Florida); and Joe Applegate, P.G. (Florida). Additional Geosyntec staff attending will be: Nandra Weeks, P.E. (Florida); Chris Herin, P.G. (Florida); Tom Peel, Ph.D. (Florida); and Erin Reed, PH.D., P.E. (Florida).

Mike is a Water Resources Engineer based in Florida with more than 13 years of experience, including watershed assessments, hydrologic and hydraulic modeling, GIS data analysis, evaluating best management practices (BMPs), developing dam emergency action plans (EAP), and water quality modeling. Paul is a Senior Principal Coastal Engineer based in Louisiana with more than 20 years of experience in coastal resiliency, restoration, and water management. Erin is a Water Resources Engineer based in Florida with more than 15 years experience in water quality monitoring, stormwater management, watershed modeling, pollutant load assessment, water and wastewater treatment, and the evaluation and remediation of nutrients in the environment. Mark is a Senior Principal Water Resources and Environmental Engineer based in Florida with more than 25 years of experience in diverse watershed management, water quality assessment, and stormwater design projects. Joe is a Professional Geologist with 30 years of experience, including managing multiple Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) environmental contracts and programs.

Established in 1985, FENI is part of the Florida Chamber Foundation's ongoing effort to keep its members and other business organizations informed of the numerous environmental and growth management laws, regulations and issues affecting Florida citizens and businesses. The Environmental Permitting Summer School has been held for the past 32 years and is attended by more than 850 attorneys, consultants, engineers, state and local government officials, developers, landowners and others with a strong interest in environmental issues in Florida.

Geosyntec Participation

DD. 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 Low Impact Development (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. Instructors: Clark Hull (Moderator), Marty Wanielista, Steve Suau, and Michael Hardin

FF. Linking Disaster Mitigation and Recovery with Climate Resiliency
This session will provide an overview of policies and regulations that link disaster management and climate issues. The presentation will explore these linkages as well as room for improvement in them. With major storms impacting Florida over the last two years, agency orders are also a policy implication to be considered, both in short-term response and long-term planning factors. Case studies will be presented that harmonize the concepts of planning for, or responding to, disasters and incorporating aspects of future resiliency into projects. The session will also explore an important relationship with funding mechanisms, some of which provide dual benefits in the disaster mitigation and recovery realm as well as flexibility to add components that address future resiliency. Instructors: Patrick Krechowski (Moderator), Paul Tschirky, John Regan, Wes Rimes, and Sidney Bigham

RR.  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. Instructors: Tim Atkinson (Moderator), Ric Fraxedas, Bruce Nocita, Ken Watson, Erin Reed

WW. Comprehensive Watershed Management
This course is redesigned for 2018. The panel of experts will provide an in-depth examination of 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, including Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs); stormwater; National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES); Pollutant Load Reduction Goals (PLRGs); Water Quality Credit Trading; 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. Instructors: Debbie Madden (moderator), Steve Lienhart, Ann Redmond, Mark Ellard, and Tom Frick

VVV. Risk Based Corrective Action Update
The last year has seen further significant changes in the implementation of risk based 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. Instructors: Ralph DeMeo (Moderator), Jim Oliveros, Joe Applegate, Steve Folsom, Peter Cornais

More Information

Learn more about the event: http://floridaenet.com/.
For consultation regarding environmental permitting in Florida, contact Nandra Weeks at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Geosyntec Consultants
Geosyntec is a specialized consulting and engineering firm that works with private and public sector clients to address new ventures and complex problems involving our environment, natural resources, and civil infrastructure.

Follow Us