Balch Partners Present At 15th Annual Georgia Environmental Conference

Patrick Krechowski, partner in the firm’s Jacksonville office and member of the Real Estate Practice, and Bradley Ennis, partner in the firm’s Gulfport office and member of the Environmental & Natural Resources Practice, recently presented at the 15th Annual Georgia Environmental Conference in Jekyll Island, Georgia on August 24, 2022. 

Patrick served as a moderator for “Engineering With Nature: A Regional Update on Resiliency and Restoration,” a panel discussion regarding resiliency pathways and resiliency work. The panel also expanded on Florida’s new Resilient Florida program which standardizes coastal vulnerability assessments and provides funding for planning and project implementation, three waterfront park resiliency projects in Florida and how they were funded. 

Bradley served as a panelist for “Microplastics and Our Waterways,” a panel that discussed the status of microplastics as an emerging contaminant, including the science, human health aspects, and testing methods. Bradley also shared regulatory updates and recent case studies and reviewed ongoing cleanup efforts for microplastics. 

The 15th Annual Georgia Environmental Conference is the largest, most comprehensive and diverse environmental education opportunity in Georgia, and was attended by over 600 local, state, and federal government officials, business and industry leaders, attorneys, consultants, energy experts, universities, and many others with a strong interest in environmental activities in Georgia and the Southeast region.

Patrick has over 20 years of experience in real estate, land use, environmental, governmental, administrative litigation, appeals and title insurance law. Patrick is Board Certified by The Florida Bar in City, County and Local Government Law. His practice focuses on all aspects of zoning and land use law, real estate due diligence, environmental permitting (including sovereign submerged lands and riparian rights), environmental remediation, water use permitting and planning, beach nourishment projects, coastal construction and due diligence before local governments and federal/state agencies, including associated administrative and civil litigation.

Bradley focuses on environmental and regulatory matters for utilities, governmental agencies, and private entities. His practice includes work under the Clean Air Act (CAA), Clean Water Act (CWA), Oil Pollution Act (OPA), the Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA), Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA), and state wetland permitting regimes.