The National Perspective – Visions for Improving the Stormwater Program

Date / Time:
Tuesday, Sep 13 10:20am to 12:00pm
Bay View
Track / Session:
Pioneering Visions in Stormwater / The National Perspective

This session will provide an overview of the future direction of the MS4 stormwater program including national issues, and programs and initiatives to improve stormwater program implementation. Three speakers will present their views followed by a panel session and interactive discussion with the audience.

Seth Brown is a private consultant that works closely with the USEPA. Seth will discuss stormwater financing, and public private partnerships (P3) in the context of implementing stormwater programs, and some of the national trends that are shaping stormwater policy.

Chris French is the Stormwater Director for the Water Environment Federation (WEF). Chris will discuss WEFs Stormwater Institute, a new organization within WEF developed specifically to address MS4 stormwater program issues. Chris will describe the agenda for the Stormwater Institute for 2017 and how you can get involved.

Scott Taylor will describe work to date on the National Municipal Stormwater Alliance (NMSA), a new 501c3 that has been formed to promote the MS4 program agenda at the national level. Scott serves as the Vice Chair of NMSA. Scott will describe the work to date completed by the organization, and the agenda for 2017.

The presentations will be followed by a half hour panel session comprised of the three speakers and CASQA Executive Director Geoff Brosseau, discussing the national stormwater program, implementation issues and how CASQA can help influence events at a national level. This is a 90 minute pre-planned track session.

Primary Speaker:
Scott Taylor, Michael Baker International
Scott Taylor is the Western Region practice lead for surface water with Michael Baker International, Inc. Mr. Taylor manages Michael Baker’s Carlsbad office. Mr. Taylor received his BSCE from Cal Poly Pomona, and his MSCE from Cal State Long Beach. He is an ASCE Fellow, and a Diplomate in Water Resources Engineering. Mr. Taylor is a registered professional engineer in ten states, including California. Mr. Taylor is a member of the National Academies, Transportation Research Board Committee AFB 60 on hydrology, hydraulics and water quality, and chairs the water quality subcommittee. He has over 31 years of experience in flood management and surface water quality. He is a past Chairman of the Board of the California Stormwater Quality Association. Seth Brown has a B.S. and an M.S. in civil engineering, and is a licensed professional engineer in the state of Maryland. Chris French is the Director of Stormwater Programs for the Water Environment Federation (WEF) and has been implementing and interpreting the Clean Water Act and state water quality statutes for approximately 20 years. Geoff Brosseau is the Executive Director of CASQA – a statewide professional member association. As a 501(c)(3) non-profit, CASQA is dedicated to the advancement of stormwater quality management, science, and regulation. CASQA’s 1,300+ members are stormwater quality management organizations and individuals, including cities, counties, special districts, industries, equipment suppliers, and consulting firms throughout the state. CASQA was originally formed in 1989 as the California Stormwater Quality Task Force to advise the State Water Board on stormwater discharge issues and recommend approaches to stormwater quality management in California. In this capacity, CASQA has assisted and continues to assist the State Water Board with the development and implementation of stormwater permitting programs. Since 1994, Mr. Brosseau has also been Executive Director of BASMAA – a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization comprised of the municipal stormwater programs in the San Francisco Bay Area representing 100 agencies, including 85 cities and towns, 8 counties, and 7 special districts. Local municipalities started BASMAA to facilitate information sharing and cooperation and to develop products and programs that would assist them in meeting their NPDES permit and Clean Water Act requirements. In addition to his statewide and regional duties, Mr. Brosseau has been active at the national scale, including: - being one of the principal authors of the Urban Runoff Manual of Practice published by the Water Environment Federation (WEF) and American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), - overseeing WEF studies of Source Control Program Effectiveness and Stormwater Environmental Indicators, - being the principal author of a WEF national guidance manual on pollution prevention, and - participating in national forums, including: - Charting New Waters (Moving Toward Integrated Water Planning and Management), - 2015 State of Stormwater Summit (Rainfall to Results), and the - National Green Infrastructure Certification Program Governing Body