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Overcoming Pitfalls in Environmental Resource Permitting: What Every Developer Needs to Know: Mitigation Banking Case Study: WOTUS Rule Update

Thursday, August 27
1:45–2:25 PM PT
 | 4:45–5:25 PM ET

About the Session

  • Learn from a panel of experts who have successfully permitted multiple projects requiring approval through the Environmental Resource Permit process.
  • Session will include an overview of ERP process; delving into mitigation banking under the Clean Water Act Section 404. Panel to include regulatory personnel to give case studies of what the do’s and don’t are in order to move the permitting process efficiently.
  • Participants will learn about the recently approved House Bill 521 that provides relief and new options for developing in restrained areas and how it authorizes local government to allow certain permittee-responsible mitigation on lands purchased and owned by local government for conservation purposes.
  • Session will include the hierarchy for mitigation options and learn the value of outsourcing liability for your clients.
  • Lastly, this short course will include pointers on how the panelists have been successful (and sometimes not successful) in avoiding the critical pitfalls in the permitting process.


  • Planning and Permitting

About the Speaker

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Wayne Flowers, Esq.
Former General Counsel 
St. Johns River Water Management District 

With more than 40 years of experience, Mr. Flowers is a Shareholder with Lewis, Longman & Walker.  Wayne represents public and private sector clients in the areas of environmental, land use and governmental law.   Wayne’s clients include private land owners and developers as well as entities of government.  He represents these clients before local, state and federal agencies and courts on wetland permitting matters, storm water permitting matters, sovereign submerged lands authorizations, water supply permits and issues, Endangered Species Act issues, and Clean Water Act permits and issues. Wayne is AV Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell, is Board Certified by the Florida Bar as a specialist in City, County and Local Government Law, and in State and Federal Government and Administrative Law Practice and formerly served as General Counsel for the St. Johns River Water Management District.  Wayne received his Juris Doctor, with honors, from the University of Florida College of Law. 

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Maurice Pearson
MSE Group

Mo is a Principal with MSE Group and provides senior leadership for the Ecological/Natural Resources service line. Mo has managed natural resource projects since 1993 and is recognized regionally as a leader of this practice area. His career includes having worked for the St. Johns River Water Management District (SJRWMD), the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and a local full-service engineering firm.  He has acquired an exceptional perspective in understanding, negotiating, and meeting project goals in natural resource management. He has fostered and maintains valuable relationships with agency personnel, providing clients the assurance that each project will be presented professionally and that their interests will be articulated and supported.

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Kae Hovater
EcoCredit Marketing

With over 10 years’ experience in the mitigation banking industry, Kae Hovater is President of EcoCredit Marketing.  Representing wetland and conservation banks throughout Florida, she has developed a strong, working relationship with the regulatory and public agencies as well as environmental consultants and private developers to ensure long-term project success.  Kae also serves as President for the Florida Association of Mitigation Bankers (FAMB), whose focus is to provide solid, reliable projects that enhance ecological function as well support economic development throughout Florida.  Her vast knowledge of the natural resource market throughout the United States, with a primary focus in Florida, has proven successful in the marketing and managing of multiple mitigation and conservation banks.

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Dan Hayes, PE
Senior Project Managers and V.P. of Land Development
Carnahan, Proctor and Cross Orlando

Dan Hayes is a local veteran of civil engineering with 32 years of experience with firms in Central Florida, and currently serves as Senior Project Manager and V.P. of Land Development for the Orlando office of Carnahan Proctor & Cross (CPC). He began his career as a highway design engineer and progressed to project management for land development in the public and private sectors. Dan is an Orange County native, attended West Orange High, Auburn University and UCF, and enjoys water polo, swimming and tailgating at UCF football games!

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Lisbeth House
Program Manager 
Lockheed Martin

Lisbeth House is a Program Manager at Lockheed Martin and the Director of the Little Creek Florida Wetlands Mitigation Bank.  She received her bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Villanova University, and her master’s degree in Environmental Engineering Management from Syracuse University and the State University of New York.  She is a registered professional engineer in the State of Florida.  She has managed over $20M in facilities demolition and remediation projects working for Lockheed Martin where she has been the Environmental Lead for 20 years, overseeing compliance for the 5,000-person manufacturing site.  A Lean Six Sigma Blackbelt, Lisbeth has documented savings exceeding $10M for cleanup exit strategies, site restoration, demolition activities, and process excellence.  She has worked for IBM, GE, public utilities, as a consultant, as an associate Professor of Engineering.  Her most remote job was working for the National Science Foundation at McMurdo Station on the continent of Antarctica.  

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