Environmental Permitting and Water Resources Mini-Conference

Florida State University College of Engineering
Panama City Campus, Auditorium Building 5
Feb. 1, 2018

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Breakfast sponsored by DRMP.

(all times are Central)

8:30 – 9 am  – Breakfast

9 – 10 am 
Statewide Environmental Resource Permitting (SWERP) phase 2 rulemaking is nearing completion. SWERP 2 will bring improved clarity and more streamlining for applicants. This presentation will highlight the most notable changes to the rule. Questions are welcome.
Presented by Heather Mason, Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Environmental Consultant, Submerged Lands and Environmental Resources Coordination Program. Heather has been working as an environmental professional in Florida for about 11 years. She began her career as an environmental consultant in the private sector, then accepted a position with FDEP in 2009. Heather currently works as an environmental consultant in the Submerged Lands and Environmental Resources Coordination program at FDEP where her focus is rulemaking, training, and interagency coordination. She is a certified Professional Wetland Scientist. She is married with two children, and likes to spend her free time enjoying local, state, and national parks with her family.

A Look at the New Conceptual Permit for Urban Infill or Redevelopment
Presented by Michael Bateman, P.E., Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Environmental Administrator, Engineering, Hydrology, and Geology Program. Michael has more than 30 years experience in environmental engineering, focusing on stormwater issues. He was one of the primary authors of the current statewide ERP rule; has served for over 19 years with state agencies; 10 years of private practice; and served on the Board of Directors for the Florida Stormwater Association for 10 years. He is a registered Professional Engineer and a Certified Professional in Stormwater Quality.

10 – 10:15 am – Break with Refreshments

10:15  – 11:15 am – Innovative Stormwater Approaches – City of Pensacola
Presented by L. Derrik Owens, P.E., D.WRE. Derrik Owens has more than 20 years experience in the area of stormwater management and considers it his professional passion. He serves as the Director of Public Works/Facilities and City Engineer for the City of Pensacola. He has a BS in Civil Engineering from Florida State University and a Master of Environmental Engineering from the University of South Florida. He is a registered professional engineer (PE) in both Florida and Alabama and has been credentialed by the American Association of Water Resource Engineers (AAWRE) as a Diplomate Water Resource Expert (D.WRE). He is also a credentialed LEED Green Associate by the U.S. Green building Council (USGBC). In addition to serving the City of Pensacola in his professional capacity, Derrik also currently serves as immediate state past-President for the Florida Stormwater Association (FSA) and has been an active member of the organization for 10 years. Derrik enjoys spending time with his family, outdoor activities and being involved at his church. He also enjoys doing community service projects and is a past-President of the NWF Ronald McDonald House Board of Directors.

BOX LUNCH: 11:15 am to 12:15 pm – U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Presented by Senior Project Managers Tracey Wheeler, Andrew Kizlauskas, and Lisa Lovvorn
The Corps will present regulatory updates, new initiatives and provide updates on policy changes.

12:15 – 1:15 pm – Water Quality Restoration Efforts Throughout the State
Presented by Kevin CoyneKevin has been with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection since October 2014, and serves as the Program Administrator for the Basin Management Action Plan (BMAP) program.  Prior to his start at the department, he managed the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection’s Water Quality Standards Program, and also spent time working on various total maximum daily load (TMDL) and nonpoint source issues in California and Maryland.  Kevin has a B.S. in wildlife and fisheries management, and a masters of public administration (MPA).

1:15 – 2:15 pm – Northwest Florida Water Management District
Presented by Andy Joslyn, Bureau Chief ERP Program. With more than 14 years experience working as an environmental professional in the state of Florida, Andy is currently the Bureau Chief of the Environmental Resource Permitting Program for the Northwest Florida Water Management District.  Starting out as an Environmental Specialist with the Okaloosa County Health Department, Andy has more recently served as the environmental administrator for the DEP’s Northwest District Compliance Assurance Program and then as the permitting program administrator for all DEP regulatory program areas.  He has been with the Northwest Florida Water Management District since September.  He  is originally from Virginia but ended up in Florida after receiving his Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of South Alabama.  Andy is married and has three children.  He and his wife spend their free time as Band Boosters supporting the Pace High Marching Band, the Pride of the Red, White and Blue, as well as spending time on the soccer field.   

2:15 – 2:30 pm – Break with Refreshments

2:30 – 3:30 pm – Innovative Stormwater Approaches – City of Tallahassee
Presented by Autumn Calder, AICP, and Charles Hargraves, P.E.
Autumn is the Planning Manager for the Tallahassee-Leon County Blueprint Intergovernmental Agency, the joint city-county agency responsible for building the projects funded by the local penny sales tax. As the planning manager, she transforms the project’s vision into an implementable plan. Taking the lead on projects which involve multiple stakeholders and have big community impacts, Autumn draws from her experience in real estate development, public involvement and project management to advance developments that enhance Tallahassee and Leon County in ways that cultivate hometown pride and garner recognition on a national level. A Tallahassee native, Autumn earned her master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning from Florida State University.

Charles Hargraves, a professional engineer with 16 years of consulting engineering experience, including eight years as a sole proprietor, serves as the Director of the Blueprint Intergovernmental Agency, a joint City of Tallahassee-Leon County agency. The agency program, with an annual budget of $34 million, plans and develops public infrastructure improvement projects such as Cascades Park, Franklin Boulevard, Capital Cascades Trail, and the Capital Circle Northwest/Southwest expansion project. Charles has lead a team of staff and consultant professionals since 2012, first as agency manager, and as of early 2017, as agency director.

3:30 – 4:15 pm – Stream Restoration, Okaloosa Darter and the Eglin AFB Railroad
Okaloosa darters (Etheostoma okaloosae) are small benthic freshwater fish endemic to six watersheds in northwest Florida. Federally listed as endangered in 1973, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service downlisted the Okaloosa darter to threatened status (2011) as major habitat improvement projects were completed. Eglin railroad operations started in 1952 as a 35-mile mainline crossing four Okaloosa darter watersheds. By 1987, the railroad was decommissioned. Eglin AFB Natural Resources began significant watershed restoration of impounded reaches by removing earth-filled railroad beds, metal culverts, and bridge trestles from the floodplain. Stream rehabilitation utilized on-site, natural materials (log vanes, root wads) for channel stabilization and extensive wetland and upland vegetative establishment. As a result of direct management action, the Okaloosa darter became the 8th fish species to be downlisted under Endangered Species Act since 1975.

Presented by William “Sandy” Pizzolato, Soil Conservation Technician, Project Manager–Erosion Control Natural Resources Section–Forestry Element 96 CEG/CEIEA-Eglin AFB, FL. Sandy is a graduate of the University of Louisiana-Monroe with his bachelor’s degree in geology and his master’s degree in geosciences. His career has spanned over 30 years in the fields of meteorology, climatology, hydrology, soils, and landscape restoration. Currently, he is the Soil Conservation Project Manager for Eglin AFB Natural Resources responsible for one of the largest erosion control programs in the Department of Defense. Since 1995, more than 750 sites totaling over 1,080 acres have been restored including 28 permitted stream restorations, the 3rd largest number of projects in Florida.

4:45 to 5:45 pm – FAPA / ASCE Networking Happy Hour
Join colleagues for a happy hour at:
Shrimp Boat Restaurant
1201 Beck Ave.
Panama City FL 32401