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FLMS NE Chapter Spring Workshop Summary

Friday, May 3, 2019

UNF Biological Sciences Building 59
1 UNF Drive, Jacksonville, FL
Second Floor, Room 2701

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10:00 AM        Welcome and Introductions – Patrick Goodwin, NE FL President, Florida Lake Management Society

10:05 AM        “St. Johns River Report” – Gerry Pinto, Jacksonville University

10:30 AM         “Monitoring and Assessment of Water Quality and Metal Pollution in the lower St. Johns    River” – Gretchen Bielmyer-Fraser, Jacksonville University

10:55AM         Break

11:05 AM        “Cyanotoxin Occurrence in the Lower St. John’s River Estuary, 2005-2017” – Tiffany Trent, St. Johns River Water Management District

11:30 AM        “Mesohaline conditions represent the threshold for oxidative stress, cell death and toxin release in the cyanobacterium Microcystis aeruginosa”- Cliff Ross,  University of North Florida

11:55 AM        FLMS Updates, Maryann Krisovitch, Florida Lake Management Society

12:00 PM         Lunch Break Sponsored by Flatwoods Consulting Group and Aquatic Systems, Inc.

12:30 PM         “Nutrients and wastewater tracers in the watershed of a NE Florida lake” – Casey Harris, St. Johns River Water Management District

12:55 PM         “St. Johns River Restoration: McCoy’s Creek” – Groundwork Jacksonville, Inc.

1:20 PM          “Advocating for the St. Johns River: Major Issues Impacting Our River” – Shannon Blankinship, St. Johns Riverkeeper

1:45 PM           Break

2:00 PM           “The Changing Face of Cyanobacterial Systematics: Lessons from Northeast Florida” – Dale Casamatta, University of North Florida

2:25 PM           “Ecology and Control of HABs” – Patrick Goodwin, Aquatic Systems Inc.

2:50 PM           Roundtable Discussion & Wrap Up – Patrick Goodwin, NE FL President, Florida Lake Management Society


The Spring FLMS workshop hosted by the northeast chapter of the Florida Lake Management Society was held on
Tuesday, April 1, 2014  at Ravine Gardens,  Palatka.  

Thank you to our workshop sponsors Environmental Research & Design (click here to view their site) and Vertex Water Features (Click Here to view their site).

Click here to view the full flyer and agenda.

Aerial Application of Granular Alum in the Blue Cypress Marsh
Vickie Hoge, Environmental Scientist IV, SJRWMD

  • Approximately 600 acres of Blue Cypress Marsh in Indian River County were treated with granular alum to bind excessive sediment phosphorus and reduce cattail coverage.  This treatment will allow restoration of foraging and nesting habitat for the endangered Snail Kite.

GIS, Imagery, Litigation and Lakes at SJRWMD
William E. VanSickle, GIS Analyst III, SJRWMD

  • This presentation illustrates the intersection of Geographic Information Systems, historical imagery and litigation as they apply to the determination of fact and presentation of evidence regarding historical water levels and water management. Includes some examples of the use of GIS and georeferenced scanned imagery as they were used in recent state and federal cases.

Bioassay Assessment of Sediment Contamination: Its Role in Florida’s Sediment Quality Assessment Guidelines
Jennifer Sagan, Senior Scientist, AMEC E & I

  • The talk will cover Florida’s Sediment Quality Guidelines for determining the best course of remedial action involving a contaminated site. The Guidelines are based on likely biological effects given the type and concentration of contaminants. It also considers potential additive effects to biota if multiple contaminants are present. While the guidance provides clear guidelines on scenarios where no biological effect (Threshold Effects Level or TEL) is likely and when biological effects are highly likely (Probable Effects Level or PEL), there exists a gray area where additional bioassay tests conducted with site sediments can help determine real impacts to biota.

The Northeast Chapter of the Florida Lake Management Society was designed to be a forum in which citizens and professionals can meet to identify, educate, and correct the problems concerning our lakes.

For more information on the activities of the Northeast Chapter contact Chapter Chair Patrick Goodwin at the following email address: