Regulatory Panel - Industrial General Permit
With the commencement of the first year of the Industrial General Permit, many dischargers are in the process of evaluating the effectiveness of their programs, evaluating sources of elevated concentrations found in storm water discharge samples, and developing/ implementing new and enhanced BMPs for the new Exceedance Response Action (ERA) process. RWQCBs across the state will be seeing ERA Reports for the first time in the next few months and will in many cases be assessing whether the proposed corrective actions are appropriate. Representatives from several RWQCBs across California will provide an update on how their programs are addressing the new IGP, common issue/ concerns they have with respect to industrial storm water, compliance and program expectations, as well as other insights that could be useful for Dischargers as they develop compliance strategies that could have significant capital costs. There will also be discussion on the recently adopted TMDL provisions, and how these Region and watershed specific requirements will be managed by affected Boards. The panel will provide an interactive forum for attendees to obtain additional information from regulatory agency staff and ask questions/ interpretations on the Permit provisions.
Michelle Beckwith, Santa Ana Regional Water Quality Control Board: Ms. Beckwith is currently serving as a Senior Environmental Scientist for the Santa Ana Regional Water Quality Control Board. For the past seventeen years, she has been assigned to the Coastal Storm Water Unit, with three of those years as the unit chief. Her assignments include working with municipalities, industrial facilities, and the construction industry, in order to achieve compliance with their respective storm water permit requirements.
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.
Luz Vargas, Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board: She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and a Master of Science degree in Geology with emphasis in Hydrology. She is currently working as an engineering geologist with the Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board, Storm Water Compliance, and Enforcement Unit. Part of her duties and responsibilities include oversight and compliance with the Industrial General Permit (IGP), conduct industrial and construction inspections. Investigate complaints regarding IGP issues, non-filers, and compliance assistance with SMARTS. In addition, she worked as an Environmental Scientist for the Enforcement II Unit.
Erica Ryan, San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board: Erica Ryan holds a B.S. in Structural Engineering from the University of California, San Diego. She is ToR for both the IGP and the CGP and currently serves as a Water Resource Control Engineer for the San Diego Water Board Storm Water Unit. Ms. Ryan has over 25 years of public and private storm water program management, environmental, design and construction experience.
Laurel Warddrip, State Water Resources Control Board: Laurel Warddrip has worked for the State Water Resources Control Board since 2008 developing Storm Water Permits. She holds a BS in ecology and biology from the University of California, Santa Cruz and is currently the Industrial and Construction Storm Water Unit Chief.