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National Association of Environmental Professionals (NAEP) Annual Conference



National Association of Environmental Professionals (NAEP) Annual Conference


7-10 April 2014


Registration is now open for the 9th Annual GAFM Technical Conference
March 24-27, 2014
Hyatt Regency Atlanta Downtown

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Hilton St. Petersburg Bayfront

Rebecca Spain Schwarz, AIA
Don Deis, CEP
Scott Zengel, Ph.D., PWS
Michael Hendrix
Jack Hampson, CFM, CMS
Cheryl Laskowski, Ph.D.
Bob Woithe, Ph.D.


Atkins experts elaborate on abstracts submitted, assessments conducted, and lessons learned by serving on cultural resources, coastal, climate, and water resources panels at the 2014 Annual Conference in St. Petersburg, Florida.

Cultural Resources
Abstract: Changing Projects and Shifting Resources

Rebecca Spain Schwarz, AIA
April 9 at 9:30 a.m.

  • Trace changes in Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) District 7 environmental evaluations from larger road widening projects to smaller infrastructure projects, from the perspective of an 18-year contracted cultural resources coordinator.
  • Examine the evaluation process and documentation requirements for trail, sidewalk, bike lane, and other infrastructure projects.
  • Outline FDOT’s shift to additional historic resource types to include designed landscapes, entertainment/recreation, linear, and resources hitting the 50-year mark.

Abstract: Sebastian Inlet Flood Tidal Shoal Monitoring System

Don Deis, CEP (Track Chair)
April 10 at 10:15 a.m.

  • Recap the history that led to construction of the clearly defined, navigable channel to connect Sebastian Inlet to the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway.
  • Explore construction impacts and the comprehensive seagrass mitigation program implemented by the Sebastian Inlet District (SID).
  • Learn about the experimental seagrass transplantation program SID is participating in, along with St. Johns River Water Management District and Florida Atlantic University–Harbor Branch, to evaluate the potential of stimulating regional recovery of seagrasses.
Hot Topic Lunch: Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill
Scott Zengel, Ph.D., PWS
April 10 at Noon

  • Take part in a general discussion and question-and-answer session concerning the oil spill.
  • Hear the next steps and collaborative efforts currently underway on the local, state, and federal levels.
  • Listen to updates on the status of funding and identification of projects to receive funds.

Abstract: Climate Change Resiliency
Michael Hendrix; Jack Hampson, CFM, CMS; and Cheryl Laskowski, Ph.D.
April 10 at 1:30 p.m.

  • Discuss climate change impact data from the Orbiting Carbon Observatory (OCO-2) project, which monitors greenhouse gas (GHG) levels in the atmosphere, global ice, global temperatures, and sea level. The project is being conducted by scientists at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL).
  • Summarize the latest requirements and recommendations for assessing climate change impacts during a National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) evaluation.
  • Review the five designated GHGs and the recent recommendation to include black carbon as a GHG.
  • Receive guidance on climate change adaptation plan development and best practices for project, facility, and infrastructure adaptation.
  • Analyze urban risks associated with climate change and examine integrated approaches for building resilient and future proof cities.

Water Resources
Abstract: Tampa Bay Water Desalination–Challenges and Lessons Panel
Bob Woithe, Ph.D.
April 10 at 1:30 p.m.

  • Get an in-depth history of the Tampa Bay Seawater Desalination Facility, the largest reverse osmosis facility of its kind in North America.
  • Gain insight into operations and environmental issues associated with being located in the largest open-water estuary in Florida, which also includes shipping channels for the state’s largest port.
  • Obtain a summary of the extensive monitoring and data analyses that ensures permit compliance and identifi es any potential impacts to water quality, salinity, or biological resources in Tampa Bay.

Lecturers biography
 Rebecca Spain Schwarz
Rebecca Spain Schwarz, AIA
Spain Schwarz has served as Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) District 7’s contracted cultural resources coordinator for 18 years, collaborating closely with the District’s environmental administrator. The focus of her work is to ensure FDOT’s cultural resources and historic preservation activities are compliant with environmental evaluation requirements associated with the range of projects funded, from larger road widening projects to smaller infrastructure projects. Spain Schwarz has more than 30 years of experience in architecture and historic preservation, including coordination with Florida’s State Historic Preservation Officer and Federal Highway Administration for properties that are listed or eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places.

Donald Deis    Don Deis, CEP
Deis is a coastal ecologist and certified environmental professional with 36 years of experience, including extensive work in restoring seagrass, hard bottom (reef), estuarine, coastal, and marine habitats. He has studied habitats throughout Florida, the Gulf of Mexico, and the Caribbean, and authored or coauthored more than 100 technical reports and published numerous articles in his areas of specialization. Deis’ key areas of interest include environmental assessment, monitoring, and restoration of marine, estuarine, and coastal ecosystems; impacts of oil and gas exploration, development, and transport; disaster response planning and natural resource damage assessment (NRDA) related to disasters; and environmental rules and regulation.
    Scott Zengel, Ph.D.
With more than 20 years of experience, Dr. Zengel’s work has focused on coastal and wetland ecosystems, including restoration planning, design, permitting, construction oversight, monitoring, functional assessment, and adaptive management. He recently served as a lead National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration representative in the Deepwater Horizon Shoreline Assessment Program in the Gulf of Mexico, evaluating the nature and extent of shoreline and wetland impacts and developing remediation and primary restoration approaches for affected areas.
 Michael Hendrix   Michael Hendrix
Hendrix has supervised and authored multiple air quality, greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, global climate change, renewable energy, and acoustical analysis reports in his more than 15 years as an air quality and climate control expert. He has conducted extensive research that focuses on project compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). He also shares project-specific compliance measures at stakeholder and public outreach meetings to keep local and state officials and citizens informed. Hendrix’s development of GHG screening tables, which help developers meet their “fair share” of San Bernardino County’s GHG reduction goals, landed Atkins an Energy and Carbon Management Silver Award from Climate Change Business Journal.
 Jack Hampson   Jack Hampson, CFM, CMS
Hampson has 23 years of experience in engineering and environmental sciences information systems with emphasis in planning, program management, and decision support for water resources and water infrastructure. His work incorporates long-range forecasting and resilience planning, which includes water-related planning and holistic decision support to the Atkins Future Proofing Cities initiative. Hampson is experienced with the collaborative approach required to design and implement decision support tools and integrated systems, with special emphasis on geospatial integration of observation data. His combined science, engineering, and  information technology experience helps him translate the larger needs and goals of clients and communities into practical information solutions. His work has supported water management, low impact development, operations and maintenance, compliance, asset management, environmental restoration, risk analysis, emergency management, public outreach, and development of grants and public-private partnerships
 Cheryl Laskowski   Cheryl Laskowski, Ph.D.
Dr. Laskowski is a climate change expert with experience in the academic, private, government, and nonprofit sectors. She specializes in climate mitigation and adaptation planning and conducting GHG analysis for projects complying with NEPA and CEQA. She has extensive academic and applied experience in climate change work, which includes conducting primary research in emissions monitoring, preparing GHG emissions inventories, producing climate action plans, and conducting GHG and air quality analyses.
 Bob Woithe   Bob Woithe, Ph.D.
Dr. Woithe has been a principal member of the Tampa Bay Desalination Facility monitoring team since 2002 and has 25 years of experience in ecological and water quality monitoring on Florida’s Gulf Coast. For the past 12 years, his focus has been on monitoring and assessment programs to detect environmental status and impacts in the Gulf and associated estuaries. From Florida to Texas, his hands-on experience includes design and implementation of environmental monitoring studies; environmental permitting; mitigation; habitat and wetland restoration projects; and public coordination for public, private, and nonprofit clients.