Breakout Sessions

Breakout Sessions

April 12, 2018
10:00 am  -  11:30 am

Floodplain Management Track  | Hillsborough/Pinellas Rooms

SR 40 Flood Mitigation Project | Sean Lanier, P.E., CFM, City of Ocala • Payal Pandya, P.E., CFM, City of Ocala (30 minutes)

SR 40 corridor is located in the Ocklawaha River Basin and is a large part of the contributing watershed outfall to the Upper Silver River. Historical chronic flooding of SR 40 prompted the City of Ocala to orchestrate the construction of this joint funded project, with funding from FDOT, FDEP and City of Ocala. Due to the existing densely developed area, the most practical option to alleviate severe flooding in this basin was to pump Stormwater to an adjacent basin where a new retention could be located to provide storage, treatment and disposal of stormwater. This project consisted of four phases including the construction of two (2) new DRA’s (forebay and lower DRA), construction of a 24” force main from Cameo Pond to the new DRA site, new pump station, and the replacement of an existing 15” pipe with a new 30” pipe along SR 40. The total cost of the project was $3,378,429 with FDEP funding $706,321, FDOT funding $1,875,769 and the City of Ocala funding $796,339.

Stormwater Implementation on Steroids – Ten Lessons Learned that can be Applied to Stormwater Implementation in Florida | Joe Kenney, P.E., CFM, MBA, Mathews Consulting (30 minutes)

One Midwest town, Glenview, Illinois, experienced two consequential flooding events in 2007 and 2008 and impacted residents demanded quick action. Without a single silver bullet solution and concerns for multi-million dollar projects that benefit only a minority of residents, the Village unleashed a process which included considerable and innovative public engagement, a blue-ribbon committee of residents who did, and didn’t, flood and attacked the problem.

Today, the results from the process are evident Village-wide: over 3,000 benefitting parcels reflecting about 20% of the Village, over $40 million of local investment supported by $25 million of outside (grant) funding, seventeen homes demolished in the floodplain creating eight acres of new local open space, a CRS level 5 producing 25% flood insurance rate reductions and over 400 homeowners participating in private cost-sharing projects.

The Village’s success includes ten lessons learned many of which can be applied to communities in Florida.

Wescott Park: Underground Stormwater Storage Facility and Rainwater Harvesting System | Paul Siegfried, P.E., CFM, CPESC, Mathews Consulting, a Baxter & Woodman Company (30 minutes)

The Village of Northbrook’s Wescott Park project creatively combines green infrastructure with large-scale flood mitigation in Cook County, Illinois.  In order to alleviate recurring flooding in the Village’s Sunset Fields Subdivision, the Village constructed a 23.7-acre foot underground stormwater storage facility in Wescott Park, currently the largest StormTrap in existence.  With funding assistance provided by the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago, a rainwater harvesting system was added to the project that utilizes stored stormwater to irrigate the park’s north ballfield.  Harvested water is filtered and treated to provide safe irrigation water meeting Illinois Department of Public Health water quality standards.  System controls obtain available weather forecast data and automatically drain down stored water prior to significant storm events, ensuring that the maximum stormwater storage volume is available when it is needed the most.  Construction of the project was completed in the fall of 2016.


Outreach Track  | Cape Canaveral/Volusia Rooms

Unleash Latent Creativity and Innovation for Problem Solving | Chuck Roberts, Performance Management Group, Inc.

By age 12, the average person uses only 2% of their creative capacity. We don’t lose this capacity, but it lies dormant until awakened by particular circumstances. In this unique, entertaining, and interactive session, you’ll learn practical techniques for unleashing latent creativity, how to create an environment that encourages creative problem solving, and how to take creative ideas from concept through application as innovative solutions to both simple and complex problems. You’ll leave this session with a new perspective, and practical tools and techniques that you can take back to your organization.


CRS Track: Floodplain and Stormwater Management Planning  | Palm Beach/Broward Rooms

How To Get The Most Out Of Your LMS In The CRS Program (Related Activity: 510) | David Stroud, CFM, Amec Foster Wheeler (45 minutes)

Local Mitigation Strategies are required to be updated by Counties on a 5- year cycle and CRS communities are required to be verified on either a 3 or 5 year cycle.   Many Florida CRS communities depend on their Local Mitigation Strategy (LMS) for credit under Activity 510 – Floodplain Management Planning.

This presentation will discuss the techniques necessary to get your LMS to score higher in the CRS and qualify for credit under each of the 10 planning steps.  It will also discuss why some LMS’ don’t receive credit in certain planning steps and/or in certain elements.  This presentation will also identify appropriate documentation to support credit in the 10 planning steps and why this documentation is essential to receive credit.  Case studies will be provided to fully explain the 41 elements of credit in CRS Activity 510 – Floodplain Management Planning.

Stormwater Management  and Class 4 Pre-requisites (Related Activity: 450) | Dave Carlton (45 minutes)

CRS Stormwater Management, Watershed Master Planning and Class 4 pre-requisites.  How they apply to Florida, especially the sea level rise requirements.


Sea-Level Rise Track  | Dade/Florida Keys Rooms

Pinellas County Environmental Management Climate Change and SLR Program: Introduction and Operations | Kelli Hammer Levy, Pinellas County Environmental Management

Recent storm events have highlighted the need for Florida communities to proactively address flooding issues related to climate change and SLR.  Pinellas County is taking action to protect their communities and be better-prepared to respond to the impacts of future flood and storm events.  Ms. Levy will showcase innovative ways to plan for SLR, including land development regulations, capital planning assessments, and GIS tools.