Ask the Regulator – Construction General Permit

Date / Time:
Tuesday, Sep 13 10:20am to 12:00pm
Sunset V
Track / Session:
Regulatory Panel Discussion / Construction

Once again, we will be continuing the very popular CGP Ask the Regulator session by providing conference attendees with an interactive opportunity to engage with Regional Water Board staff responsible for construction site enforcement.

The Water Board staff will provide insights on problems and challenges common to many project construction sites. The session will begin with the delivery of two or three short presentations by Water Board staff on issues observed when reviewing monitoring data, inspecting projects during construction, and inspecting projects prior to approving the Notice of Termination.

The Water Board presentations will be followed by an extended question and answer period. Participants are encouraged to bring their questions about CGP challenges and interpretations to get the perspective of inspector from several regions. This panel session is designed to be highly interactive and provide the participants with an opportunity to interact directly with inspectors.

Primary Speaker:
Panel Discussion, Panel Members:
Panel Members: Alex Alimohammadi, Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board: Mr. Alimohammadi holds a B.S. in Civil Engineering and has been with the Regional Boards for 25 years. For the past 13 years he has served as a Water Resources Control Engineer for the Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board. Mr. Alimohammadi covers Ventura and LA counties for construction and Industrial site inspection and enforcement. Current focus is slope stability during the construction and post closure slope protection. He has reviewed the new General Construction Permit and made suggestions to the State Board specifically regarding post construction phase requirements of the Permit. Presently, as part of the review committee, he is involved with review of the revised CGP. He has been involved in teaching the CGP and inspection procedures to all 9 Regional Board staff in training classes. He has also been a guest speaker for the past six years for several TORs’ training classes. He has been involved in several State Board subcommittees, deciding and planning test procedures, test contents and training procedures. Combined, he has about 27 years of engineering experience working for private construction companies and for the state of California. Before joining the LA Regional Board (Region 4), Mr. Alimohammadi worked for the Colorado River Regional Water Quality Control Board (Region 7) for 10 years in the Landfill Section (writing individual landfill permits, including the Permit for Eagle Mountain Landfill). Christina Arias, San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board: Christina Arias is a Water Resource Control Engineer with the San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board. Christina has been with the San Diego Water Board for 15 years and worked in a number of different surface water protection programs, including development of TMDLs, Clean Water Act Section 401 water quality certifications, and the municipal, construction, and industrial storm water programs. Christina was one of four primary authors of the San Diego Water Board’s Regional MS4 permit and her present duties include compliance oversight and field inspections for construction and industrial facilities. Christina is a registered civil engineer and graduated from Harvey Mudd College with a bachelor’s degree in physics and from San Diego State University with a master’s degree in environmental engineering. In her spare time Christina enjoys running, yoga, and enjoying California’s fine wines. Rich Muhl, Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board: Rich Muhl is a Senior Environmental Scientist Specialist in the Enforcement and Compliance Section, Storm Water Unit at the Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board in Rancho Cordova. Rich has been working with construction, industrial and municipal storm water management issues for over 18 years. Prior to joining the Regional Board 14 years ago, Rich worked as a consultant designing Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plans, implementing and monitoring BMPs, and closely working with developers, industrial facilities and municipalities on storm water and other water quality issues. Prior to working with storm water Rich was in the building materials and building industry for over 20 years. Rich has a BA in Management Systems and Personnel from Buena Vista College in Storm Lake Iowa and a MS in Environmental Management from National University in San Diego California. Laurel Warddrip, State Water Resources Control Board: Laurel Warddrip has worked for the State Water Resources Control Board since 2008 developing Statewide Storm Water Permits. She holds a BS in plant ecology/biology from UC Santa Cruz and is currently the Industrial and Construction Storm Water Unit Chief.