Feb 5, Stormwater BMPs and Tour - DEP Monthly Workshop

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of the Naples Botanical Garden


Event Details:


February 5, 2020

1:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Registration starts
at 1:00 pm


Naples Botanical Garden
4820 Bayshore Drive
Naples, FL 34112

Who Should Attend:

General  Contractors, Planners, Developers, Engineering Firms, Natural Resources Officials, Environmental Consultants, Local Municipalities and Other Interested Parties.
The general public is always welcome to attend.


DEP's Monthly Meet-Ups are FREE meetings

Upcoming Topics

MARCH 4,  2020
Florida- Friendly Future: Working together to improve water quality in Southwest Florida
Location: SWFL Community Foundation & Collaboratory
Fort Myers, FL 33901


APRIL 1, 2020
Contaminated Site Cleanup
Location: SWFL Community Foundation & Collaboratory
Fort Myers, FL 33901



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The Florida Department of Environmental  Protection, in partnership with the Naples Botanical Garden and Collier County Pollution Control, invites you to join us for a discussion on Stormwater Treatment Options.



Managing Stormwater for People and Nature
Steve Preston, Senior Project Manager / NPDES Coordinator for Collier County

Stormwater plays a significant role in Southwest Florida’s natural and manmade environments. The management practices that keep stormwater moving through the urban landscape while protecting its quality, require many design and regulation considerations. Learn more about these considerations and understand the role of ponds and the many stormwater features we see all around us.

Nitrogen Removal using BioReactor Technology
Greg F. Rawl, P.G., Consultant, Fort Myers FL.

Comparison of Cost and Effectiveness of BOMA Bioreactor Nitrogen Removal Technology to Treatment Wetlands.

Naples Botanical Garden,
a model sustainable landscape
Chad Washburn, VP of Conservation at Naples Botanical Garden

Naples Botanical Garden uses the ecosystem functions of created ecosystems systems to remove potential pollutants and treat stormwater across the site. Our award-winning stormwater treatment system mimics how water moved across the landscape before development.   Water from the system feeds a brackish marsh that offers refuge to wildlife including fish, wading birds, and the occasional panther.  

Tour of the Naples Botanical Garden
to follow (30 minutes)


Meet the Presenters: 

Steve Preston, Senior Project Manager / NPDES Coordinator for Collier County
               Steve is a licensed geologist with a B.S. in geology.  He was a hydrogeologist for groundwater contamination assessments and served as chemical quality control supervisor at the Nyanza Chemical superfund cleanup site.  As a hydrologist for the U.S.G.S. and consultants, he participated in studies of urban stormwater quality, and currently manages Collier County’s NPDES MS4 Phase 2 Stormwater program.

Greg F. Rawl, P.G., Consultant
               Greg has over 25 years of experience in the fields of water resources, hydrogeology and geology. He has also served as a consultant in areas such as water supply, groundwater cleanup, remedial action plans, effluent reuse, landfills, seepage studies, watershed simulation modeling, dewatering and dredge/fill projects.

Chad Washburn, VP of Conservation at Naples Botanical Garden. 
              Chad role has leads the development of plant conservation programs in south Florida and across the Caribbean. He has been with the Garden in a leadership capacity from the early stages of development and planning and restoration of the preserve areas. 



About DEP's Monthly Meet-Ups 

Monthly Meet-Ups are FREE and held the first Wednesday of each month.
Time and location are usually the same.  

These meetings allow the Department to improve its communications with the regulated community. Through this program, attendees can learn, update and share information. Guest speakers provide opportunities to discuss current issues affecting Florida.

The Department's mission is to protect, conserve and manage the state's natural resources and enforce its environmental laws. Attend a meeting to learn how we can protect Florida together!

For more information, please contact: Martha.Avila@FloridaDEP.gov, Terry.Cerullo@FloridaDEP.gov or call 239-344-5600