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Agenda:

Registration:                        8:00 - 8:30 am

Morning Session:                8:30 am - 11:55 am

Lunch (On your own):         11:55 am - 12:55 pm

Afternoon Session:             12:55 - 4:40 pm


Overview of Florida Water Quantity 
L. Donaldson

   What is water law?
   The science associated with water law
      • The hydrologic cycle, potentiometric surface, hydrology, ground and 
        surface water divides, aquifer characteristics, water management districts
   Common Law – US Law
   Water law in Florida – Ch 373
      • Historical overview and evolution of Chapter 373
      • The administrative structure, planning, consumptive use of water, 
        significant cases and issues


Water Quality in Florida 
R. Smart

   Who is responsible for regulating water quality?
   TMDL process (assessment)
      • Current information on statewide impaired waters
      • Explain TMDL concentration using springs as example
   Basin management action plans
       • Development, sources of pollution, implementation
       • OFS Basin Management Action Plans (BMAPs) vs other waters
   Best management practices
      • What are they? Do they work?
      • Examine statute and agency interpretation
   Water quality funding
      • Sources, needs, and comparing regions
   What we learned from the BMAP administrative hearing in 2019


2020 Legislative Session Update – Water Quality/Quantity 
L. Donaldson

   Discuss recent decisions/changes that occurred during the 
     March 2020 Florida legislative session


The Emerging Issue of PFAS and Overview of Supply Quality/Testing 
A. Morrison

   Overview of how groundwater and drinking water quality are currently regulated
   The emerging issue of PFAS and impacts on groundwater/drinking water quality
      • Overview of PFAS
      • Federal health advisory levels and regulatory efforts
   Florida’s regulatory efforts 
   Testing methods and detection levels
   Remediation of contaminated soil and water
      • Methods available 
      • Implications for contaminated municipal water supplies
      • Implications for sites currently undergoing remediation
      • Potential to reopen previously closed sites


Water Utility Regulation 
J. Wharton

   Types of water utilities 
   Providing reclaimed water
   Establishment and regulation of water utilities
   Application and the certification process
   Utility construction design standards and approvals
   Current trends and issues in utility regulation and operation in Florida


State and Regional Water Management and Planning 
F. Aschauer

   Surface water resources 
   Groundwater resources
   Regional water planning 
   Florida v. Georgia, and other regional concerns
   Recent developments 
   Future projections and challenges




Webinar Instructions

Each webinar session earns continuing education credit and can be registered for individually. All attendees must log-on through their own email – attendees may not watch together if they wish to earn continuing education credit. HalfMoon Education Inc. must be able to prove attendance if either the attendee or HalfMoon Education Inc. is audited.


Certificates of completion will be provided for each webinar attended and will be sent via email in PDF form about five business days after the conclusion of the series.


Webinars are presented via GoToWebinar, an easy-to-use application that can be run on most systems and tablets. Instructions and login information will be provided in an email sent close to the date of the webinar. It is highly recommended that you download, install and test the application before the webinar begins by clicking on the link in the email.

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Windows 7 - 10 or Mac OSX Mavericks (10.9) - macOS Catalina (10.15)


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Credit Information:

Who Should Attend

  • Attorneys
  • Engineers
  • Floodplain Managers

Florida Attorneys
     8.0 CLER Credits
     8.0 Certification Credits:
           -City, County
             and Local Gov’t Law
           -State and Federal Gov’t
             and Administration Practice
     6.7 Alabama CLE Hours

Professional Engineers
     6.5 Florida Area Practice Hours

Floodplain Managers
     6.5 ASFPM CECs


Continuing Education Credit Information

This seminar is open to the public. It has been approved by The Florida Bar for 8.0 C.L.E.R. credits, and 8.0 Certification credits in State and Federal Government and Administrative Practice and in City, County and Local Government Law. The course approval extends to Florida registered paralegals.

The Alabama State Bar MCLE Commission has approved this course for 6.7 CLE hours, including no ethics hours.

HalfMoon Education is an approved continuing education provider for Florida professional engineers (Provider License No. 362). This seminar offers 6.5 PDHs to Florida professional engineers to whom the subject matter is professionally relevant.

The Association of State Floodplain Managers has approved this activity for 6.5 CECs for certified floodplain managers.

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.

Speakers:

Fred Aschauer

Attorney with Lewis Longman Walker

Mr. Aschauer represents clients on matters related to litigation and environmental regulation. He previously served as General Counsel for the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP), and prior to that as FDEP’s Director of the Division of Water Resource Management. Mr. Aschauer has been involved in multiple cases before the Division of Administrative Hearings involving environmental resource permits, consumptive use permits, and water quality standards. His practice also involves Federal matters governed by the Clean Water Act (CWA), Endangered Species Act (ESA), Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), and the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). He has published articles and presented on topics such as water quality credit trading, litigation under the Federal Administrative Procedure Act, numeric nutrient criteria, and regulatory issues.

Laura Donaldson

Attorney and Partner with Manson Bolves Donaldson Varn

Ms. Donaldson has represented clients before legislative and executive branches of government, agencies, cabinet and gubernatorial commissions on growth management, environmental and local government issues. She has provided advice on water and environmental permitting issues. Ms. Donaldson was the youngest and first female general counsel for the Southwest Florida Water Management District, where she served for three years. In her role as general counsel, she provided advice/counsel to the district’s governing board, the executive director and staff regarding the interpretation and applicability of laws, regulations and judicial decisions or rulings.

Angela Morrison

Attorney and Partner with Earth & Water Law PLLC

Ms. Morrison has been practicing environmental law for 30 years on behalf of utility and industry clients, assisting with legislative, regulatory, permitting, and compliance matters. She has significant experience with the Clean Air Act, wetlands, solid and hazardous waste, industrial wastewater, water quality, consumptive use, endangered species, and land use issues. As result of her rich experience in the complex field of environmental and land use law, Ms. Morrison has authored a number of articles for legal and technical publications. Ms. Morrison received a B.A. degree from Northeastern State University and her J.D. degree from Oklahoma City University School of Law. She currently serves on the Executive Council for the Environmental and Land Use Law Section.

Ryan Smart

Executive Director of the Florida Springs Council

Mr. Smart is the executive director of the Florida Springs Council and a leading advocate for protecting Florida’s springs, rivers, and natural lands. During his tenure, the council has ushered in a new era of environmental activism in central and north Florida, challenging water quality and quantity regulations that would harm Florida’s springs, lobbying in the state legislature, and helping to elevate central and north Florida water issues to a statewide and national audience. In 2017, Mr. Smart was named the Bob Graham Center’s Young Floridian of the Year for his track record of coalition building and grassroots organizing, bringing much-needed attention to Florida’s critical environmental issues. He continues to serve as a Steering Committee Member of the Florida Conservation Coalition alongside his mentors Senator Bob Graham and long-time environmental advisor Estus Whitfield.

John Wharton

Attorney and Partner with Dean Mead

Mr. Wharton represents both public and private clients in cases from application creation to administrative litigation before state and federal agencies. He has over 35 years of experience in Tallahassee practicing before and often litigating against numerous state agencies in the areas of water resource planning, permitting and regulation, mitigation banking, bid protests and bid disputes, health care, utility law and utility regulation, professional regulation and environmental law. Mr. Wharton has represented clients before the Florida Public Service Commission, the Department of Environmental Protection, the St. John’s River Water Management District, the South Florida Water Management District, various boards within the Department of Professional Regulation, the Department of Health, and the Governor and Cabinet sitting as the Board of Trustees of the Internal Improvement Trust Fund, among others.

Tuition Costs:

Standard Tuition: $299.00
Online Tuition (pre-registration): $299.00
Group Prices
3 or more people each: $279.00

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