Volume 23, Issue 2
February 2021
Newsletter
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2021 Annual Conference – Members Save Big!

Registration opens today for FSA’s 2021 Annual Conference! The Conference will be held online on June 23-25, 2021 and will focus on Reimagining the Future of Stormwater. Join us to hear from industry-leading experts on regulatory, technical, and management topics that matter to you. This year’s event features discounted rates with easy access to two concurrent tracks, 20 presentations, up to 9.5 hours of continuing education, information on emerging stormwater technologies, live Q&A sessions with experts, optional interactive breaks with your colleagues, a year of on-demand access to all of the recorded presentations, and much more!

If you only participate in one conference this year, FSA’s Annual Conference is THE ONE you can’t afford to miss! View the agenda, registration rates, and more. Online registration rates have already been reduced for FSA members, but if you register today you will receive an additional 10% off, simply enter discount code “NEWSLETTER” to save.

Still Not Sure?
A Few Comments From Our Last Conference…

“Thanks to everyone involved, this was one of the smoothest
web conferences I've attended this year.”

“Very impressed with FSA's ability to secure such great
work products from each presenter.”

“The conference was exceptional. The
virtual aspect was seamless.“
2021 Legislative Session Starts Next Week 

Florida’s 2021 Legislative Session begins on Tuesday, March 2nd! FSA will be tracking legislation impacting water quality permitting programs and your ability to protect water quality throughout the 60-day Session. Members can visit FSA’s Legislative Page to see which bills are being tracked and view the details for each bill. The webpage is frequently updated with a list of FSA’s Priority Issues, Bill Tracking Reports, current news articles and information on individual bills. It’s a resource that is available for FSA members only; you will need your username and password to login.
Board Elections Coming in June

This year’s elections to fill vacancies on the Boards of Directors of the Florida Stormwater Association (FSA) and the FSA Educational Foundation (FSAEF) will be held online and by e-ballot. Elections will begin the Friday morning of the Annual Conference, June 25, 2021 at 9:00 a.m. and conclude the following Friday, July 2, 2021 at 5:00 p.m.

FSA is looking for dynamic leaders dedicated to ensuring the continued success of the Association. This is your chance to help lead the primary association dedicated to furthering the stormwater management profession and water quality improvement programs in Florida. What’s in it for you?
  • An opportunity to enhance the value and set the direction of FSA and FSAEF
  • A significant role in advancing your profession and water quality programs
  • Access to up-to-date information about the challenges facing your profession
  • The chance to exchange ideas and perspectives with other volunteer leaders

We want to hear from you! Due to the online environment, FSA needs your Leadership Recommendation Form by April 30, 2021. Recommendations received after the deadline, including nominations made from the floor at the Annual Membership Meeting, will be accepted, however, candidate details cannot be included on the Elections page.
Statewide Stormwater Design Criteria TAC

FDEP’s Stormwater Rulemaking Technical Advisory Committee held their third meeting on February 25, 2021. The TAC was formed to assist FDEP and the Water Management Districts in updating the state’s design criteria for the construction of stormwater systems. Stay informed, visit FSA’s Advocacy page for up-to-date information.
March Webinar – Updating Statewide Stormwater Design Criteria

Join us on March 18, 2021 for FSA’s Updating Statewide Stormwater Design Criteria webinar. Excess nutrients are the leading cause of impairment in Florida’s surface water bodies. The 2020 Environmental Resource Management Act directs the FDEP and the Water Management Districts to update and improve stormwater design and operation regulations. This webinar will review the background of Florida’s statewide stormwater rule, examine the initiatives undertaken in 2010, and review the objectives of and progress made on the current rulemaking effort. Register today to save your seat!
This event is brought to FSA members free of charge thanks to the sponsorship of Applied Sciences.
General Permit for Phase II MS4s

Effective February 16, 2021, FDEP has adopted Rule 62-621.300(7), Florida Administrative Code, for the NPDES Two-Step Generic Permit for Discharge of Stormwater from Phase II Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems. All Notices of Intent submitted on or after this date will be required to use FDEP Form 62-621.300(7)(b). All permittees that are covered under the updated generic permit will be required to use DEP Form 62-621.300(7)(d) for annual reports.
Funding for Green Stormwater Infrastructure Projects

FDEP’s Environmental Protection's Nonpoint Source Management Program is seeking participants for Green Stormwater Infrastructure projects. Green infrastructure reduces and treats stormwater at its source while delivering environmental, social and economic benefits. Grant amounts may vary on a case-by-case basis for planning, construction and coordination depending on project type or size. Please contact Emily Brown if you would like to discuss project size and/or cost prior to submitting a proposal. The deadline to submit is April 2, 2021.
Multi-Sector General Permit for Industrial SW Discharges 
Webinar: March 4, 2021, 1:00 to 3:00 PM EST

EPA will host its second webinar on the revisions to the Multi-Sector General Permit (MSGP) for industrial stormwater discharges. This webinar will cover industrial stormwater program basics, discuss the structure and requirements of the new permit, including how to renew coverage or get coverage for the first time, and highlight new provisions and changes from the 2015 MSGP. EPA will take questions from the public during the webinar. Existing and new permittees, industry consultants, and other interested stakeholders are encouraged to attend. You may register in advance or if you cannot attend, the webinar will be recorded and posted on EPA’s industrial stormwater webpage for future use. For more information, contact Emily Halter at EPA.
Biennial Assessment Outreach Public Meetings
Webinar: March 4, 2021, 2:00 PM EST

FDEP is holding online meetings to present updates on the implementation of a streamlined approach to assessing water quality statewide on a biennial assessment cycle. The meetings will provide stakeholders with an overview of the statewide biennial assessment process, a schedule for publishing draft basin assessments lists and supporting documentation for the development of impaired waters lists. Under the previous assessment process, FDEP would assess approximately 20% of the state’s water during each year of a five-year assessment cycle. It is expected that the biennial assessment approach will provide more up-to-date information on overall water quality conditions. The March 4th meeting will be held using Microsoft Teams, so you may join the meeting without preregistration or call-in to 850-629-7330 (phone Conference ID: 144 040 143#). Contact Kevin O’Donnell for more information.
Fogarty Training Center – Does your Certification Expire in 2021?

Don’t let your certifications expire! FSA Stormwater Operator Certifications must be renewed every five years. The Fogarty Training Center offers Online Recertification Webinars that provide a convenient, cost-effective way to renew your certification. The next opportunity to renew will be through online webinars held on April 6, 2021. Register for Level 1 and/or Level 2 by Friday, March 5th to receive a copy of the Stormwater Operators Manual prior to the class.

Not sure when your certification expires? Log in to your personal FSA profile, scroll down to find your Level 1 and/or Level 2 expiration year or you can view the Stormwater Operator Certification Renewal Date List.
Fogarty Training Center – Online Certification

FSA’s Fogarty Training Center holds both Level 1 and Level 2 Certified Stormwater Operator classes that 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

FSA is currently scheduling ONLINE classes for 2021. Online participants will require computer access with internet and audio capabilities. Registration is now open for the following classes:

Level 1 Classes designed for stormwater management field personnel 
  • March 3-4, 2021 - Sorry, Class is Full
  • May 18-19, 2021 - Register now

Level 2 Classes designed for stormwater management field supervisors
FSAEF Offering Scholarship Awards
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The FSA Educational Foundation’s Scholarship Program awards financial assistance to qualified students attending Florida colleges and universities whose educational interest is in stormwater research, management or finance. The Foundation will be awarding two scholarships for $2,000 each in 2021. Applications are accepted annually from graduate students in colleges or schools of engineering, natural science, public administration (or closely related fields) that have an interest in stormwater quality, management or finance. Qualified applicants should submit an Application Form by August 6, 2021. Please help us spread the word!
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Florida Stormwater Association
Toll-Free Phone: 888-221-3124