The Evolution of Regulations - Municipal Regulatory Panel

Date / Time:
Tuesday, Sep 13 1:35pm to 2:05pm
Sunset III
Track / Session:
Regulatory Panel Discussion / Municipal

As the evolution of stormwater management continues, the pressures on Municipal Stormwater Programs grow. This is particularly relevant in 2016 as new and changing national and statewide policies add new regulatory requirements to National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System Municipal Phase 1 and Phase 2 permits. At the same time, City and County staff find themselves in a regulatory role ensuring compliance with local stormwater program requirements, ordinances and codes. This Municipal Regulatory Panel Discussion will focus on these new challenges, successful strategies for addressing local priorities while meeting NDPES MS4 requirements. The panel will consist of federal and state regulatory staff as well as managers and coordinators of local California stormwater programs to discuss, with audience participation, the numerous directives facing local stormwater programs, the role of the local stormwater manager as a “regulator”, new trends and issues on the horizon and how they might be addressed. Participants will leave with a better understanding of the regulatory directives and trends in the municipal stormwater arena and creative suggestions of how to address them.

Primary Speaker:
Panel Discussion, Panel Members:
Panel Members: Chris Beegan, State Water Resources Control Board: Chris Beegan has been with the State Water Board for 17 years, working first on Ocean issues and sediment quality objectives. Since 2011 Mr. Beegan has been working in stormwater beginning with the MS4 consistency work group followed by work on updating the industrial and construction general permits. For the last two years Mr. Beegan has been working on the Water Boards Stormwater Strategy with a focus on stormwater capture and use as well as watershed tools. Adam Fischer, Santa Ana Regional Water Quality Control Board: Adam Fischer is the Chief of the Inland Storm Water Unit at the Santa Ana Regional Board and is the principal author of the draft Orange County MS4 Permit. He is currently overseeing the development of the Inland Empire MS4 permit(s) for western Riverside County and southwestern San Bernardino County. He holds a B.S. in Environmental Science, a Master of Environmental Science and Management, and is a candidate for a Master of Civil Engineering Michael Rhoades, County of Santa Clara: Michael Rhoades is the Program Manager of the County of Santa Clara’s Clean Water Program. Michael oversees the County’s implementation of two state-issued stormwater discharge permits, ensuring that County departments and public entities protect surface water quality by preventing pollution of stormwater runoff. Michael has over fifteen years of experience in the field of environmental planning and regulatory program implementation, having served with the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency, the County of Monterey, and the City of San Jose. Michael holds a degree in Urban and Regional Planning from San Francisco State University and is a Certified Professional in Stormwater Quality (CPSWQ). David Smith, U.S. EPA Region 9: David Smith is the Manager of the NPDES Permits Office at EPA Region 9 in San Francisco. Prior to moving to permits, Dave managed Region 9’s Wetlands and TMDL programs, and worked on watershed planning, water quality standards, and grants management. Dave has also worked for the State of California, the Congressional Budget Office, and several environmental consultants. He also worked in real estate development and managed his family’s buffalo-cattle ranch in Oklahoma. He holds degrees from UC-Berkeley and Wesleyan University. Todd Snyder, San Diego County: Todd Snyder manages the County of San Diego’s Watershed Protection Program, which implements federal and state stormwater regulations. He has 16 years of experience with two southern California counties and one municipality, working on all aspects of stormwater management, including watershed planning, water quality monitoring, compliance inspection, public education, and development project compliance. Todd currently manages a staff of 35 and an annual budget of $20 million. In addition to stormwater, he has worked at the management level on long-range land use planning and endangered species habitat planning. Todd has a masters degree in Public Policy from UCLA.