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Applied Sciences | Civil & Environmental Engineering

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Applied Sciences is a civil and environmental engineering firm specializing in water management and sustainable solutions.  Founded in Tampa, Florida, the firm serves public agencies seeking practical, innovative solutions to a broad array of water management and water quality challenges.  Applied Sciences has earned a reputation for excellence among its local government clients who rely on this experience and in-depth regulatory knowledge to address their stormwater, environmental and infrastructure needs – while deploying fiscal prudence and creative solutions.  Count on Applied Sciences to do it right, with integrity. › More

Governor Appoints Schleicher and Smith to the Southwest Florida Water Management District’s Governing Board

Governor Rick Scott appointed Joel Schleicher and Rebecca Smith to the Southwest Florida Water Management District’s Governing Board. Schleicher represents Charlotte and Sarasota Counties and Smith represents Hillsborough and Pinellas Counties.

Schleicher, 65, of Sarasota, is the founder and executive chairman of Focal Point Data Risk, LLC. Schleicher received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Minnesota. He is appointed for a term beginning May 12, 2017, and ending March 1, 2019.

Smith, 57, of Tampa, is the president and chief executive officer for the A.D. Morgan Corporation. Smith received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Florida. She is appointed for a term beginning May 12, 2017, and ending March 1, 2021.

Governing Board members are unpaid, citizen volunteers who are appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Florida Senate. The Governing Board sets policy for the District, whose mission is to manage the water and related resources of west central Florida to meet the needs of current and future water users while protecting the environment.  › More

Phase 2 Rules for Small MS4s to be Updated

EPA and the Natural Resources Defense Council have agreed to a settlement agreement where EPA will publish a notice of intent to propose rulemaking by December 17th and publish a final rule by November 17, 2016, regarding the Phase 2 MS4 permits.  The Agreement stems from a 2014 lawsuit seeking to enforce the provisions of a 2003 order finding that the general permitting scheme of EPA’s Phase 2 MS4 rules allows small MS4s to design stormwater pollution control programs without adequate regulatory and public oversight, and violates the Clean Water Act because it does not require EPA to review the content of the MS4’s Notices of Intent to discharge.  FSA has been involved in preliminary discussions concerning the rule with EPA and will be watching its development, as the pending rules could have significant impacts on small MS4 permit holders.  › More