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Geosyntec Staff to Present at Environmental Permitting Summer School

Geosyntec staff will present at the 31st Annual Environmental Permitting Summer School at the Harbor Beach Marriott in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida on July 18-21, 2017.

The event consists of one day of discussion sessions followed by three days of panel sessions. Geosyntec-led sessions will discuss topics including waste regulation, low-impact development, risk-based corrective action, watershed evaluation, and permitting.
Chris Herin and Nandra Weeks (Florida) will also be attending the event.

The seminar is produced by the Florida Environmental Network, Inc. (FENI). 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 and regulations affecting Florida's citizens and businesses. FENI has actively and continuously provided this function from its inception in 1985.

Geosyntec Participation

Wednesday July 19, 2017

Florida Waste Regulation Update and a Look Ahead
Richard Tedder, P.E.
Senior Consultant

Florida has long been one of the nation's leaders in effective waste management and recycling programs. Some sources predict Florida's population to top 26 million residents by 2040. How will the State address the waste management demands of these additional 6 million citizens? Can Florida's status as a national leader continue in the face of such a rapid increase in population? This panel will address a wide range of waste management regulatory issues and forecasts including Florida's progress and remaining challenges in meeting its current 75% recycling goal by 2020, "recycling" of former waste disposal areas into productive land uses, industrial solid waste disposal and recycling challenges, and effective waste tire management in the face of the Zika threat.

Integrating LID into Local Government Stormwater Programs: A Users Guide
Mike Hardin, Ph.D., P.E., CFM
Water Resources Engineer

This talk provides an examination of the application of the BMPTRAINS Model to evaluate the water quality benefit of incorporating LID practices into site design. Features of the model which can allow users to evaluate the benefit of a particular design based on water quality improvement and cost will be examined. Additionally, it will demonstrate the use of the model and show how local municipalities can use the model to ensure that developers are meeting water quality goals.

Risk-Based Corrective Action Update
Joseph L. Applegate, P.G.
Sr. Principal Hydrogeologist

The last year has seen further significant changes in the implementation of risk-based corrective actions in Florida. This session 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.

Comprehensive Watershed Evaluation, Planning and Management
Mark W. Ellard, P.E., CFM, D.WRE
Senior Principal, Water Resources

In-depth examination of continued 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; these include TMDLs, stormwater construction, NPDES, PLRGs, structural and non-structural best management practices, floodplain planning and management; integration with ERP; practical considerations; organizing stakeholders; discussion of need for statutory changes as well as changes to current agency practices.

Friday July 21, 2017

New Developments in Water Quality Permitting
Erin M. Reed, Ph.D., P.E.
Water Resources Engineer

Water quality analysis coupled with groundwater flow and transport modeling is a useful approach to prioritizing protection strategies of impaired water bodies throughout Florida. In this case study, field observed water levels and concentrations of nitrogen and boron were utilized to develop a three-dimensional groundwater flow and nutrient transport model of a karst aquifer in Florida, while a chemical and isotopic characterization of sources and spring discharge was performed to validate model results and study anthropogenic recharge. Results of this study can be interpreted to develop priority focus area(s) of best management practices targeted to reduce nutrient loadings throughout the springshed. The approach and methodology could also prove useful applied to other springsheds and watersheds throughout Florida.

More Information

For more information about the event, visit: http://floridaenet.com/
For more information about Environmental Permitting contact Nandra Weeks at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..