Floodplain Management Track  | Hillsborough/Pinellas Rooms

Stormwater Inflow Reduction Planning in Pinellas County, FL | Paul Miselis, P.E., ENV SP, Pinellas County • David Jones, P.E., GISP, Jones Edmunds & Associates • Thomas Blush (30 minutes)

Pinellas County and its municipalities are working to avoid future sanitary sewer overflows, such as those experienced during Hurricane Hermine in summer 2016. These efforts include a wide range of activities aimed at avoiding and mitigating overflows and increasing the capacity and resiliency of wastewater infrastructure. These activities are coordinated by the Wastewater/Stormwater Task Force, a joint initiative of the Pinellas County Board of County Commissioners, Pinellas County municipalities, and other agencies to identify wastewater and stormwater solutions for the County.

This presentation will focus on the County’s efforts to reduce stormwater inflows to the wastewater system where the County is applying data and technologies normally associated with floodplain management to help identify stormwater inflow locations. Best management practices directed at reducing flooding at these locations will mitigate flooding as well as reduce wastewater overflow potential.

Maximizing the Value of your Stormwater Inventory | Paul Miselis, P.E., ENV SP, Pinellas County • Tracy Dayton, P.E., CFM, Jones Edmunds & Associates; Khan Boupha, P.E., GISP, Jones Edmunds & Associates (30 minutes)

Connect the dots! Get more use out of your stormwater inventory by connecting the infrastructure data. Use virtual drainage lines to map connections between pipes, inlets, ponds, and drainage ditches. Perform connectivity analyses to help better determine drainage patterns, contributing areas, and NPDES outfalls and identify major conveyance systems for your Community Rating System. This presentation will describe how Pinellas County has implemented these concepts to maximize the value of their stormwater inventory.

Building Resiliency into your Watershed Plan | Carlos Frey, P.E., ENV SP, City of St. Petersburg – Stormwater and Environmental Division • Dikran Kalaydjian, P.E., LEED AP, Land & Water Engineering Science, Inc. (30 minutes)

The City of St Petersburg adopted an integrated approach to the management of its water resources to include potable, waste, reclaimed, and storm. The plan will assess the risks and present mitigation measures as well as opportunities for multifaceted project implementation; In addition, it will support the City’s Integrated Sustainability Initiative, which will advance sustainability and resiliency initiatives across departments, including 100% clean energy goals. The City’s on-going watershed management effort will consider predictive analysis for future environmental settings and present a resilient plan that is adaptive to changing conditions. This approach is exemplified on a smaller scale in the Lake Maggiore Watershed where BMPs are evaluated to provide protection for today’s conditions and adapt to the predictive model developed for the year 2070.

Sea-Level Rise Track  | Dade/Florida Keys Rooms

Rising Waters Raising Legal Questions and Challenges | Erin L. Deady, AICP, Esq., LEED AP, Erin L. Deady P.A. • Thomas Ruppert, Esq., Florida Sea Grant

This session will discuss the legal implications of planning for SLR, including planning requirements, “takings,” and liability for planning (or not planning).  The session will provide updates on state and national cases, policies, regulations, and other emerging issues to consider planning for adaptation and SLR at the local level.  The discussion will also include any Florida legislative updates in this area and a forecast of what new Federal administration actions may mean for State and Local governments.  Examples:  defensible solutions, and planning approaches will all form the basis of “case studies” the session will discuss.

CRS Track: CRS in a Changing Regulatory Landscape  | Palm Beach/Broward Rooms

Changes to 2017 CRS Coordinator’s Manual and Channel Debris Removal (Related Activity: 540) | Danny Hinson, CFM, FPEM, Tetra Tech (45 minutes)

Learn changes to this activity resulting from the CRS Manual (2017 changes). There will be time for discussion and overview to prepare you how to properly document this activity for maximum credit points.

Florida Building Code 6th Edition and Higher Regulatory Standards (Related Activity: 430) | Josh Overmyer, CFM, FDEM (45 minutes)

The Florida Building Code 6th Edition recently took effect on December 31, 2017. The 6th Edition FBC contains several statewide building standards that are considered Higher Regulatory Standards than the minimum requirements of the NFIP. All Florida communities must implement these higher standards, but CRS-participating communities can claim CRS credits for certain standards in the FBC by providing supporting documentation to their ISO/CRS Specialist at their next Cycle Visit. This presentation will cover Building Code credit, Local Drainage Protection, Foundation Protection, Freeboard and other elements of CRS Activity 430 – Higher Regulatory Standards.