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Victoria Colangelo to serve on Seminole County Parks and Preservation Advisory Committee

RELEASE DATE: 12/19/2018 SEMINOLE COUNTY APPOINTS MITIGATION BANKING GROUP CEO TO ADVISORY COMMITTEE Victoria Colangelo to serve on Seminole County Parks and Preservation Advisory Committee OVIEDO, FLORIDA, DECEMBER 18, 2018 — This week, the Board of County Commissions announced in a letter from Chairman, Brenda Carey, Commissioner, District 5 the appointment of Victoria Colangelo to Seminole Country Parks and Preservation Advisory Committee.  Victoria Colangelo, 35, of Winter

Frequently Asked Questions

Mitigation Banking Frequently Asked Questions Victoria Colangelo of the Mitigation Banking Group in Orlando, Florida talks about the most frequently asked questions about the mitigation banking industry. What is a mitigation bank?  What is the average size mitigation bank?  Why would I need a mitigation credit?  Can I purchase a mitigation credit from any permitted mitigation bank?  How much does a mitigation credit cost?  What is the different between a state and federal

FAEP Conference Recap

2018 FAEP Conference Recap Orlando, Florida Hosted by: CFAEP The 2018 Florida Association of Environmental Professionals (FAEP) annual Conference was a huge success with over 300 environmental consultants, engineers, attorneys, Florida Department of Environmental Protection staff, Florida Department of Transportation staff and other regulatory agency staff attending in sunny Orlando, Florida from September 19-21, 2018. From left to right: Tim Perry, Jennifer Cummings, Todd Hodgson, Jennifer Cummings, Todd Hodgson, Kelley Samuels, Brooke Bayer, Flomari Blackburn, Hannah Rowe, Victoria Colangelo. The CFAEP (Central Florida Association of Environmental

America’s Water Infrastructure Act 2018

President Trump to sign bill creating reservoir South of Lake Okeechobee President Trump signed the America’s Water Infrastructure Act of 2018 into law on October 23, 2018. Included in that massive plan is a bill to create reservoir south of Lake Okeechobee, which is expected to greatly help the algae crisis in South Florida. The South Florida Water Management District has said creating the reservoir could reduce Lake Okeechobee discharges by 65 percent. The water storage project is designed to take water from

2018 FAEP Conference

The 2018 Florida Association of Environmental Professionals Annual Conference is almost here and we’re super excited! Join other industry biologists, scientists, geologists, environmental engineers, environmental attorneys, wetland scientists, botanists, planners, and many other disciplines from our industry! HOSTED BY CFAEP LOCATION: Enhancing the Florida Environment Thursday, September 20, 2018- Friday, September 21, 2018 At The Doubletree at Universal Studios in Orlando! REGISTER NOW The Conference Committee from the Central Florida chapter has put together a wide array of topics and discussions to ensure this years conference

Trump admin encourages states to take over water permitting

The U.S. Army released a memorandum taking initial steps to empower States and tribes in assuming Section 404 permit authority under the Clean Water Act (CWA). Letters are also being sent to all fifty State Governors and the tribal leaders encouraging them to assume the federal 404 permitting program. The memorandum and more information is available at: https://www.army.mil/asacw/. Swamp School will be holding a webinar on the topic.

Endangered Species Act

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Marine Fisheries (the Services) are amending regulations pertaining to the Endangered Species Act (ESA) in an attempt to streamline and clarify various key implementing provisions of this long-standing and powerful Act. The three proposed regulation changes, intended to be part of a comprehensive update to help improve the efficiency and consistency of implementing the ESA, were published today in the Federal Register – opening up a 60 day comment period. The

The Business of Mitigation Banks

What a wonderful experience exhibiting and speaking at the Florida Chamber Environmental Permitting School. During our panel discussions, I talked about the Business of Mitigation Banking and Due Diligence on the Practical Considerations in Environmental Mitigation and Mitigation Banking. Did you miss the presentation? Watch it now! Full presentation deck available here: https://www.slideshare.net/VictoriaKColangelo/the-business-of-mitigation-banks

Everglades Trust

The Everglades comprise the largest subtropical wetland ecosystem in North America and are recognized as one of the most important on the planet. They are a World Heritage Site and an International Biosphere Reserve. Home to more than 80 endangered species of plants and animals, they are the source of the water supply for one out of every three Floridians (8 million people). The economics this great system generates and makes possible rival anything else in Florida. Watch this quick 3-min animated

Pending WOTUS (Waters of the United States) Determination

The pending WOTUS (Waters of the United States) determination for regulation to our natural resources is currently in flux and we are patiently awaiting how the regulations will effect our environment.  Historically, before wetland regulation and oversight, negative changes to our environment occurred; such as flooding, water quality degradation, river contamination and loss of wildlife. It’s important to have wetlands regulated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (ACOE) so that projects with proposed wetland impacts obtain federal approval before filling