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 Volume 19, Issue 10                                                                                           November 2017

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In This Issue
From Your Legislative Committee Chair
Winter Conference
2018 Conference Proposals Due
Membership Renewals
FDEP Phase II MS4s Rules
WOTUS Updates
FGCU Engineering
Excellence Awards
Fogarty Training Center
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Grace Period ends today
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25th Anniversary
June 13-15, 2018
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From Your Legislative Committee Chair  
Catherine Bray, City of Tallahassee

Another year flew by and we are now looking forward to the 2018 Florida Legislative session beginning January 9th!  FSA continues to actively monitor and stay engaged in priority issues that affect stormwater management in our local watersheds. If you are not familiar with the efforts of the Legislative & Agency Relations Committee and FSA's advocacy, please visit FSA's Legislative Page on our website.  You'll find a list of FSA's Priority Issues and links to bills we are currently tracking, and several white papers that the Committee has produced over the years.  They're available for you to understand FSA's position on key items and to use for talking points when you speak with your local or state policy makers.  This year we will follow several issues as they relate to water resource management, such as measures that would pre-empt the ability of local government to protect the environment.  When the Session begins, FSA posts updated Priority Issues summaries to the website on a weekly basis.  The Advocacy Page also provides an informative summary of the latest developments in WOTUS and other national news, and matters in front of FDEP.  If there is a water resource issue that is important to you and not being tracked, please let FSA know.  I hope to see you at the Winter Conference in Orlando next week.  Happy Holidays!
Winter Conference - SOLD OUT!
FSA's 2017 Winter Conference is just around the corner!  It's a great mix of technical sessions, case studies and policy updates, including the Opening Session focusing on issues to watch in 2018.  Visit the Conference website to view the agenda and other information.  Registration has closed.  Sorry, if you haven't already registered, there is no space available.  
2018 Workshop Proposals due 12/15
Next year's Annual Conference will focus on cutting-edge policy, research and case studies that take an integrated approach to helping stormwater professionals tackle complex challenges.  There will be three tracks of concurrent workshop sessions.  Plus, 2018 will mark the 25th Anniversary of the formation of FSA!  Stormwater leaders throughout Florida are invited to submit presentation proposals online.  Note that the deadline to submit proposals is December 15th!
FSA Membership Renewals
"Grace Period" ends TODAY.  This could be your last newsletter!  FSA's fiscal year began November 1, 2017.  The 30-day "grace period" allowing FY 2016-17 member organizations and their staff to continue receiving member benefits ends today, November 30th. Thereafter, members must contact FSA directly.  QUESTIONS?   Call (888) 221-3124. 
FDEP Phase II MS4s Rules
On November 20, 2017 FDEP published proposed rules in the Florida Administrative Register (see page 15) updating the permit requirements for Phase II MS4s.  The FDEP rules pattern the regulations adopted late last year by EPA.  See MS4 - Phase 2 Rules Released section on FSA's webpage.  
WOTUS Updates
EPA's series of 10 outreach teleconferences concluded earlier this month and FSA has submitted another set of comments to EPA concerning the proposed revisions to the 2015 rule defining "Waters of the United States."  The most recent comments were in response to the Agency's request for suggestions on how WOTUS should be defined in rules which EPA anticipates initiating in 2018.  Meanwhile, in a separate rulemaking effort, EPA has noticed a rule to delay the effective date of the 2015 rule by two years, fearing that the US Supreme Court may issue an opinion that the District Courts (not the Circuit Courts) are the proper venue for hearing disputes on rules such as WOTUS.  Doing so would invalidate an order of the Sixth Circuit Court which had "stayed" or temporarily blocked the enforcement of the existing rule until all litigation had concluded.  
FGCU Programs Seek Project Sponsors
The Environmental Engineering program at Florida Gulf Coast University is seeking firms, organizations or utilities that are interested in sponsoring a project for the senior capstone design class during the spring 2018 semester.  Projects related to "real world" environmental or water resource problems and design are appropriate for consideration, including completed projects, ongoing work or projects being contemplated in the future. For more information, contact Dr. Jong-Yeop Kim, Associate Professor, Department of Environmental and Civil Engineering at (239) 590-1363.
Excellence Awards - Opening Soon!
FSA's Awards Program recognizes outstanding stormwater Programs or Projects and the benefit that they provide to the environment and local citizenry.  Awards are presented annually to those public-sector members of FSA who have demonstrated a high level of distinction in a project or program.  Start thinking about who you might like to nominate, as nominations for the 2018 Excellence Awards will open in January.
Fogarty Training Center
FSA's Fogarty Training Center holds over 25 classes throughout Florida each year.  A current list of classes may be found on the Training Centers webpage.  Both Level 1 and Level 2 Certified Stormwater Operator classes meet the requirements of your MS4 permit for initial or "refresher" training of stormwater staff in:
  • Erosion and Sedimentation Control
  • Illicit Discharge Detection and Elimination
  • Spill Prevention and Remediation
  • Good Housekeeping Practices  
  • High Risk Facilities
Jurisdictions that host Training Center Classes receive discounts on registration fees!  Interested in hosting a class or being placed on a list to receive notices when a class is scheduled in your area?  Contact FSA's Fogarty Training Center.

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