QSP / QSD Forum

Date / Time:
Wednesday, Sep 14 8:35am to 10:15am
Sunset V
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QSP / QSD Forum / QSP / QSD Forum

This will be an opportunity for people practicing as QSP/QSD’s to come together and discuss the real life issues in performing this role and implementing the State permit regulations for construction stormwater. We will have an open forum to discuss what is working well, what is challenging, and how these roles can be improved. We will have panel members covering every aspect of life as a QSP/D. The consultant, the contractor, the owner, a city inspector, and someone from a regulatory board to provide insight and to answer your questions and concerns. Please join us for this professional development series where you can help influence and be part of the change that we want in the world. Your thoughts and suggestions will be incorporated into a review of lessons learned and shared with the State Board as we enter a new permit cycle for the General Construction Permit. This is a great opportunity for us to all learn from each other and help influence policy improvements for the future.

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Panel Members:

Julie Ballesteros, City of San Diego: Julie Ballesteros is currently a Senior Civil Engineer for the City of San Diego Public Works Department, overseeing the Construction Storm Water Section of the Construction Management and Field Services Division. Julie is a QSP/QSD and an Approved Signatory for the City of San Diego. Julie’s section supports the Public Works Resident Engineers in their inspection of private and CIP construction projects and enforcement of Storm Water Permit requirements, including providing training and coordination with other City inspection groups. She has 22 years of experience with the City of San Diego and 5 years of experience in the private sector. Prior to her current position, she was the City’s Subdivision Engineer at the Development Services Department overseeing Engineering Permit reviews.  Julie also has 11 years of experience with the Engineering & Capital Projects Department where she managed transportation, library projects, and water and sewer projects. Julie was the project manager for the San Diego Main Library and Alvarado Water Treatment Plant Ozone Upgrade and Expansion, both of which received national awards from AISC and ASCE, respectively.

William Gilbert, Orange County Sanitation District: Mr. Gilbert has worked in the field of construction for over 20 years. He has fulfilled many roles from a laborer to his present job as a construction inspection supervisor at Orange County Sanitation District. He has worked in the trenches and ditches, been a heavy equipment operator, carpenter, concrete finisher, field engineer, superintendent and safety/ storm water coordinator. Mr. Gilbert has worked on the consultant side of business at CH2MHILL and at Public Agencies like OCSD.  In addition he has worked on projects in multiple other states and all over California, all with different views and compliance requirements with regards to Stormwater management.At OCSD, Mr. Gilbert must implement storm water compliance through construction inspection and deal with a wide range of compliance issues and difficult dynamics in both standard and linear projects. Today he looks forward to sharing with you some of the challenges of Stormwater compliance inspection in the real world on the streets.   

Russell Hansen, State Water Resources Control Board: Russell Hansen is a professional civil engineer, and received his engineering degree from California State University, Chico. Russell has worked at the State Water Resources Control Board six years, and previously worked in the private consulting industry.

Adam Weister, Morgner Construction Management: Adam Weister is a graduate from the Civil Engineering program at the California State Polytechnic University Pomona. For the past 18 years he has been developing Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plans, conducting compliance inspections and performing training sessions for residential and commercial developers, industrial facilities, municipalities and private contractors in order to help them maintain compliance with California’s Storm Water Permits. In his spare time, Mr. Weister likes to help coach his two sons during baseball season and also enjoys the occasional round of golf.

Kim Williams, Geosyntec Consultants, Inc.: Kim Williams is a Civil PE and Senior Consultant with Geosyntec’s San Diego office.  She has over 25 years of consulting experience with the past 15 years focused on NPDES compliance in California and nationally for sectors including: roadway and rail transit; power generation and transmission; capital projects; commercial and residential development; as well as MS4 construction program implementation.  Ms. Williams frequently develops solutions for projects subject to litigation or enforcement, and provides third-party inspections and opinions.  She is a principal author of the CASQA Construction BMP Handbook, and as a ToR has provided QSD/QSP training to hundreds of professionals.