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Presenter: Mark Ellard and 4 more

Seminar Date:

Seminar Location: Orlando, FL

Courtyard Orlando International Drive/Convention Center
Orlando, FL 32819
Phone: 407-351-2244

This seminar is closed or full.


Registration:                    8:00 - 8:30 am

Morning Session:             8:30 am - 12:00 pm

Lunch (On your own):       12:00 - 1:00 pm

Afternoon Session:           1:00 - 4:30 pm

Environmental Due Diligence Considerations                                J. Huels
Prior to Development

   Standards for conducting all appropriate inquiry (AAI)
   Development of brownfields/contaminated property
   Dewatering considerations

Environmental Regulation and Risk Management                    L. Schmaltz

   Overview of environmental regulatory agencies
   Specific regulations that impact the contractor
      and construction industry
   Determining specific regulations for a project
   Contractor risk management and mitigating risk

Developments in Stormwater Management:                                 M. Ellard
Focus on Water Quality

   Understanding impact of stormwater management regulations
      • Total maximum daily loads (TMDLs)
      • Numeric nutrient criteria (NNC)
      • National pollutant discharge elimination system (NPDES) permits
   Water quality improvement strategies for pollutant load
      reduction in stormwater
   Low impact development (LID) and green infrastructure (GI)
      practices for stormwater quality

Complying with Natural Resource Protection Laws                    C. Senne

   Flood plains
   Critical areas
   Endangered species
   Enforcement mechanisms

Understanding Property Rights                                                   R. Weaver

   Eminent domain
   Inverse condemnation / takings
   Vested rightsExactions

Credit Information:

Who Should Attend

  • Architects
  • Engineers
  • Landscape Architects

Professional Engineers
     6.5 FL Area of Practice CEHs

     6.5 FL HSW CEHs
     6.5 AIA HSW Learning Units

Landscape Architects
     6.5 Florida CE Credits
     6.5 LA CES HSW PDHs

Continuing Education Credit Information

This seminar is open to the public and offers 6.5 PDHs to professional engineers, 6.5 HSW continuing education hours to architects, and 6.5 continuing education credits to landscape architects and in Florida.

HalfMoon Education is an approved continuing education provider for Florida engineers (Provider No. 0004647) and Florida architects (Provider No. 0001388).

HalfMoon Education is an approved continuing education provider for Florida landscape architects (Provider No. 0001388), and this course has been approved for 6.5 continuing education credits.

This event is approved by the American Institute of Architects for 6.5 HSW Learning Units (Sponsor No. J885) and the Landscape Architect Continuing Education System for 6.5 HSW PDHs.

Professional engineers, architects and landscape architects seeking continuing education credit in other states will be able to apply the hours earned at this seminar, in most cases. Refer to specific state rules to determine eligibility.

Attendance will be monitored, and attendance certificates will be available after the seminar for most individuals who complete the entire event. Attendance certificates not available at the seminar will be mailed to participants within fifteen business days.


Mark Ellard

Mark Ellard is a senior principal engineer based in Geosyntec’s Orlando, Florida, office. He has more than 27 years of Florida experience in water resources and environmental engineering. His water resources expertise includes diverse stormwater management and water quality assessment projects, including watershed management, master planning, floodplain management, pollutant load assessment, National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System and Total Maximum Daily Loads regulatory compliance, environment resource permitting, hydrologic and hydraulic and groundwater flow modeling, and water quality monitoring. He has extensive experience in the application of low impact development (LID) and green infrastructure (GI) practices for urban stormwater management.

Jonathan P. Huels

Jonathan P. Huels is a shareholder in the Orlando law firm of Lowndes, Drosdick, Doster, Kantor & Reed, P.A. Mr. Huels has a broad background in environmental law, land use and zoning, and litigation. He focuses his legal practice on working with local governments and other regulatory authorities in order to address the needs of his clients related to environmental permitting and compliance, zoning, comprehensive plans, concurrency, administrative law, developments of regional impact, due diligence and property rights. Mr. Huels serves on the Back to Nature Wildlife Refuge and Education Center Board of Directors and is a member of the Coastal Conservation Association. He is a member of the Executive Council of the Environmental and Land Use Section of The Florida Bar, the Orange County Environmental Protection Commission, and the Central Florida Association of Environmental Professionals. Mr. Huels has bachelor’s and master’s degrees in environmental science from the University of Florida and the University of Idaho, and he has a law degree from the University of Florida Levin College of Law.

Larry G. Schmaltz, PE, GC, FLAC

Larry G. Schmaltz, PE, GC, FLAC is Senior Vice President - Florida Environmental Services Manager with NOVA in Tampa, Florida. Mr. Schmaltz has over 30 years’ experience in engineering and construction management with the past 29 years devoted to the hazardous materials industry. During his career he has been responsible for well over $250 million of assessment, remediation and civil/environmental engineering projects for commercial, industrial and governmental clients. His experience includes project operations management, personnel management, development of site contamination assessments and remedial action plans, review of remediation plans and reports, and review of geotechnical engineering reports, indoor air quality reports and asbestos reports. Further, he consults on regulatory compliance matters.

Christine Senne

Christine Senne is of counsel to Manson Bolves Donaldson Varn, PA, and president of Senne Law Firm, PA. She practices environmental and water resources law throughout Florida. Ms. Senne received her law degree from the Florida State University College of Law and her bachelor’s degree from Barnard College. She is a member of The Florida Bar’s Environmental and Land Use Section, the American Water Resources Association’s Florida Section, and Highlands County, Florida’s, Natural Resources Advisory Committee. She resides in Lake Placid, Florida.

Ronald L. Weaver

Ronald L. Weaver is of counsel with Stearns Weaver Miller in Tampa, Florida. Mr. Weaver has extensive experience in advising landowners, development companies and occasionally local governments in environmental, land use and property rights law and real estate acquisition and financing. He has conducted land use, environmental, zoning, developments of regional impact (DRI), comprehensive plan, and concurrency due diligence for the acquisition and development of over $3 billion worth of Florida property in 30 different counties and 50 cities, including a $600 million due diligence of 12 properties for one acquisition/ financing. Mr. Weaver speaks regularly on land use issues and has written over 200 articles in national, local and regional publications, law journals and newsletters. He has been quoted in the Wall Street Journal on growth management, concurrency, property rights and takings cases. Mr. Weaver has published commentaries and articles in NAIOP’s Development magazine and the Urban Land Institute’s Urban Land magazine.

Tuition Costs:

Standard Tuition: $269.00
Online Tuition (pre-registration): $269.00
Group Prices
3 or more people each: $249.00

Each registration includes one copy of a manual prepared by the seminar speakers.