AIPG Water Resources Unplugged: A Multi-Dimensional Workshop
April 5 - 6, 2016 - Orlando, Florida
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Orlando Airport, 5555 Hazeltine National Drive, Orlando, FL 32812

Entire Program in pdf


Tuesday - April 5, 2016

7:30 - 8:30am       Registration and Continental Breakfast

Session I - Water Resources Availability, Sustainability and Planning

8:30-9:00 am       Update on the Everglades Restoration ASR Program
                            Bob Verrastro, PG, Water Supply Planning Division, South Florida Water Management District

9:00-9:30 am       South Hillsborough Aquifer Recharge Program (SHARP) – An Operational Update
                            Jeff Greenwell, PG, Hillsborough County Public Utilities Department and
                            Michael Weatherby, PG, Hydrogeo Consulting

9:30-10:00 am     Cenozoic and Late Mesozoic Geology and Hydrogeology of a 10,000 foot Exploratory Well, Virginia Key, Florida
                            Ed Rectenwald, PG, MWH Global
                            Virginia Walsh, PhD, PG, Miami Dade Water and Sewer Department

10:00-10:30 am   Networking Break

                            University of Florida Internship Program
                            Amanda Sullivan, UF Director of Development

10:30-11:00 am   Using Fossil Coral Reefs from the Seychelles to Understand Past Sea-Level Rise
                            Karen Vyverberg, AIPG Student Adjunct, University of Florida

11:00-11:30 am   A Regional Application of Ground Water Modeling for Water Supply Planning in Southeast Florida
                            Karin Smith, PG, Water Supply Planning Unit, South Florida Water Management District

11:30-12:00        Geophysical Imaging Using the Multi-Electrode Resistivity Implant Technique (MERIT) Case Studies in Florida
                            David Harro, P.G., G3 Group

12:00-1:30          Lunch with Keynote Speaker - Everything You Need to Know about Florida's Changing Water Policy
                           David Childs, Attorney, Hopping Green & Sams, Tallahassee, Florida

Session II – Springs Protection and Management Strategies

1:30-2:30 pm       Water Quality Restoration Challenges                           
                            Tom Frick, FDEP Division of Environmental Assessment and Restoration;
                            Springs Protection and Management Strategies: Solving Scientific Mysteries and Developing Effective Solutions
                            Casey Fitzgerald, St. Johns River Water Management District

2:30-3:00 pm       A National Academies review of springs protection in the Edwards Aquifer, Texas
                           Jonathan D. Arthur, Ph.D., P.G., Florida Director and State Geologist, Florida Geological Survey

3:00-3:30 pm      Networking Break

Session III – Oil and Gas Hydraulic Fracturing Practices and Potential Impacts

3:30-4:00 pm       Assessing Engineering Risk from Unconventional Oil and Gas Development
                            Daniel J. Soeder, U.S. Department of Energy

4:00-4:30 pm       Oil in Paradise and Florida’s Debate on Formation Stimulation: A Professional Geologists Perspective
                            Thomas A. Herbert, Ph.D., P.G., AIPG Professional Member, Vice President, Lampl Herbert Consultants, Tallahassee, Florida and
                            Adjunct Professor, Florida State University, Department of Earth Ocean and Atmospheric Science

4:30-5:00 pm       Removal of Hydraulic Fracturing Fluids From Petroleum Wastewater Using Sorption Techniques
                            Damy Alalade, Ball State University Graduate Student

5:30p-6:30p         Networking Reception

Wednesday – April 6, 2016

7:00-8:00 am        Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:00-12:00 pm     Panel Session (up to eight panelists plus a moderator)

Session A: Oil and Gas Hydraulic Fracturing Practices, Potential Impacts and Regulation
Moderator: David L. Palmerton, Jr., CPG, Senior Vice President of GZA GeoEnvironmental, Inc. and Vice President of Laurel Oil and Gas Corp (Oil and Gas Hydraulic Fracturing Practices, Potential Impacts and Regulation)

Panelists: Thomas A. Herbert, Ph.D., P.G., AIPG Professional Member, Vice President, Lampl Herbert Consultants, Tallahassee, Florida (People, Geology, and Public Policy and Political Backdrop); Dan Soeder, US Department of Energy; David Mica, Executive Director, Florida Petroleum Council at API (Hydraulic Fracturing: Political Perspectives); Richard H. “Ricky” Stechmann, Retired Manager/Superintendent of Oil & Gas Operations in S. Florida, BreitBurn Energy; Michael Whitaker, Cimarron Affiliates, LLC, Director; and Dr. Tina Roberts-Ashby, Research Geologist, USGS Eastern Energy Resources Science Center.

Session B: Water Supply Planning
Moderator: Janet G. Llewellyn, Policy Administrator, Office of Water Policy, Florida Department of Environmental Protection (Water Management District Regional Water Supply Plans)

Panelists: Brian Armstrong, PG, AIPG Professional Member, Southwest Florida Water Management District; Chuck Drake, PG, CPG, Tetra Tech and St. John’s Water Management District Board Member;
Melissa Meeker, PE, Execuive Director, WateReuse Association (Water Reuse Research and Practices in the US); Bart Weiss, Hillsborough County Public Utilities Department; and Pete Kwiatkowski, P.G., Director South Florida Water Management District Resource Evaluation Division.


GZA GeoEnvironmental, Inc.
5450 N. Ocean Blvd.
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308
(315) 243-2702
David Palmerton - david.palmerton@gza.com


Youngquist Brothers, Inc.
15465 Pine Ridge Road
Ft. Myers, FL 33908
(239) 489-4444
C.W. (Bill) Musselwhite - bill@youngquistbrothers.com


JLA Geosciences, Inc.
1907 Commerce Lane, Suite 104
Jupiter, FL 33458
(561) 746-0228
James L. Andersen - jpavlock@jlageosciences.com


Layne Christensen Company
5061 Luckett Road
Fort Myers, FL 33905
(239) 275-1029
Edward McCullers - edward.mccullers@layne.com

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