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 Volume 19, Issue 3                                                                                                  March 2017

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2017 Annual Conference
Opening Session
Your New FSA Website
2017 Legislative Session
WOTUS Update
FSAEF Scholarship
Stormwater Operator Training
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FSA 2017 Annual Conference

June 14-16, 2017
Sanibel Harbour Marriott, Ft. Myers
Applications and all supporting materials are due August 4, 2017.
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Registration is now open for FSA's 2017 Annual Conference!  Stormwater professionals from throughout Florida will be in Sanibel once again in June.  Why?  FSA's 24th Annual Conference is the best-of-the-best in stormwater training, education and networking in Florida!  It's the only Conference that connects the dots between legislative/regulatory policy and implementation strategies.  There will be great Keynote Speakers, outstanding workshop topics, the best networking and a great (soon to be sold out!) Exhibit Hall.  Furthering the initiative from last year, we are keeping the third "track" of workshop sessions for FSA's Annual Conference.  The extra track lets FSA offer more workshops and gives you greater flexibility in picking those sessions that you REALLY want to attend! Make plans now to attend the Annual Conference this June 14-16 at the Sanibel Harbour Marriott - all of Florida's other stormwater professionals will be there! 
"Looking Ahead at Water Policy"
Conference Opening Session
An outstanding panel will discuss future water policy in Florida during the Opening Session of the 24th Annual Conference.  The Keynote Address will be given by Clay Henderson, Executive Director of the Institute for Water and Environmental Resilience at Stetson University.  A lawyer by education, Mr. Henderson served for two terms on the Volusia County Council and was a member of the Florida Constitutional Revision Commission in 1997-98.  He has been directly involved with most of the natural resource protection provisions in the Florida Constitution, and led the development of many nationally-recognized land conservation programs, including Preservation 2000 and Florida Forever.  The Keynote Address will be followed by a panel discussion including Representative Matt Caldwell, Chair of the House Government Accountability Committee; Ryan Matthews, FDEP Interim Secretary; and, FSA President Tiffany Busby
Your New FSA Website!
Here we grow again!  FSA members have certainly noticed that www.florida-storwmater.org has been completely revamped!  It's much more user friendly, is fully functional using your smart phone, has a searchable Directory with a listing of employees within each member organization, and invoicing will be fully automated!  Please take some time to review the website and your profile.  Let us know if you have any ideas for future improvements!  Remember that each employee in your organization has their own unique login.  Forgot your password?  Just click here!
The End is in Sight
The 2017 Legislative Session began March 7th and (barring any unforeseen problems) is scheduled to conclude 60 days later on Friday, May 5th.  During the Session, FSA posts updates on Priority Issues each Friday to the Legislative (members only) Page of the FSA website, including information on the impacts of a bill, its location in the legislative process, contact information on the bill's sponsor and the membership of its next committee of reference, etc.  It's a great way for FSA members to track where key water quality legislation is in "the process!" 
EPA Initiates WOTUS Review
After the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeal granted motions to delay matters on the WOTUS litigation until the Supreme Court of the US ruled on an Appeal concerning the issue of whether the Circuit or District Court was the proper venue for review of WOTUS and similar rules, EPA has noticed its intention to review and substantially revise or withdraw the rule.  The WOTUS rules have significant, negative impacts on local governments and water quality improvement programs - hence the challenge by FSA. 
FSAEF Scholarship Award
The FSA Educational Foundation's 2017 Scholarship Program awards financial assistance to qualified students attending Florida colleges and universities whose educational interest is in stormwater research, management or finance.  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 along with supporting materials by than August 4, 2017. 
Stormwater Operator Training
FSA's Fogarty Training Center offers numerous classes throughout the year for stormwater field staff and their supervisors each year.  Successful completion of either the Level 1 or Level 2 Certified Stormwater Operator class (or recertification) is recognized by FDEP as fulfilling your MS4 permit's requirements for training and refresher training of stormwater staff in:
  • Erosion and Sedimentation Control
  • Good Housekeeping Practices  
  • High Risk Facilities
  • Illicit Discharge Detection and Elimination
  • Spill Prevention and Remediation
FSA Certifications are valid for five years.  The most convenient way to renew your certification is by attending a class online.  The next recertification classes are set for May 16th and registration is open now!   

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