Envisioning the Future of Post-Fire Response and Funding

Date / Time:
Wednesday, Sep 16 8:30am to 10:00am
Track / Session:
Track: Construction and Post Fire Response / Session 5: Panel
Short Description: 

This panel will discuss how future post-fire responses will likely be funded and conducted driven by budget shortfalls. The 2019 Murrieta CA Tenaja Fire post-fire mitigation response will be used as an example of one community’s response and is envisioned as a future model.

Speaker / Panelist 1:
Presentation Title: Mr. Parames will present on the use of RUSLE 2 in post-fire mitigation planning
Miguel Parames, Geosyntec Consultants, Inc.
Biography: Miguel Parames is a Senior Engineer at Geosyntec Consultants with over 12 years of experience in civil and environmental engineering. Mr. Parames has extensive field experience with post-fire response including hazard assessment, development of post-fire BMP plans, and estimating sediment delivery using RUSLE2.
Speaker / Panelist 2:
Presentation Title: Ms. Harrison will present on the importance of a thorough hazard assessment to fucus mitigation efforts.
Kathleen Harrison, Geosyntec Consultants, Inc.
Biography: Kathleen Harrison, P.G. (CA), QSP/D, QISP, ToR is a Principal Geologist with Geosyntec Consultants. She manages Geosyntec’s San Diego office of the California Water Resources Group and is a member of the CASQA Industrial General Permit (IGP) Training Team and the IGP Subcommittee. Kathleen has over 30 years of experience conducting and managing environmental investigations to prevent and mitigate the effects of planned and unplanned land use activities on watershed health. Prior to joining Geosyntec, she worked as a Lead Project Manager for Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Southwest (NAVFAC SW), Core Compliance Group. Ms. Harrison specializes in watershed management, storm water and non-storm water management and litigation support for private, federal, utility, and municipal clients. As one of Geosyntec’s practice leaders in NPDES permitting and erosion and sediment control, she leads teams to evaluate and design BMP solutions. She has conducted post-fire mitigation assessments since 2000 for over a dozen fires in California and New Mexico, including supporting the County of San Diego with 12 fire incidents totaling over 600,000 acres. Ms. Harrison has authored BMP Manuals, taught training courses and presented on post-fire mitigation for the IECA, County of San Diego, and the Environmental Law Institute. Her post-fire work with the County of San Diego has received multiple APWA and ASCE awards.
Speaker / Panelist 3:
Presentation Title: Mr. Leeper will discuss utilizing unmanned drones rapid post fire aazard assessments
Robert Leeper, Leeper Aerial
Biography: To be provided
Speaker / Panelist 4:
Presentation Title: Mr. Holler will present on funding post-fire mitigation from the City of Murrieta's perspective
Ivan Holler, City of Murrieta
Biography: To be provided
Speaker / Panelist 5:
Michael Harding, Independent Environmental Consultant
Biography: Michael V. Harding is an environmental scientist and one of the leading technical experts in the erosion control industry. A graduate from Purdue University, Michael has over 40 years of experience in erosion and sediment control, resource management, mined land reclamation, wildlife habitat development, and nonpoint source pollution control both in the United States and overseas. He designed and supervised the construction of the San Diego State University Soil Erosion Research laboratory and was its Director from 1999 through 2002. He has contributed significantly to the body of knowledge related to the effectiveness of alternative approaches to erosion control through field and laboratory testing programs. Michael has played a key role in the emergency soil stabilization efforts for more than seventy wildfire incidents, including the 1991 Oakland firestorm, 1993 Southern California fires, San Diego City/County fires, including the 2003 (Cedar), 2007 (Witch Creek), 2014 (Bernardo Complex) and the 2016 Lilac Fire. He has provided guidance and expert services for the 2016 Tubbs Fire and the 2017 Thomas Fire and the 2018 Woolsey Fire. Nationally, his efforts have focused on leadership, financial assistance, and technical guidance to formulate post-fire hazard assessments, design mitigation strategies, and oversee extensive mitigation implementation efforts before the onset of winter rains. He developed and teaches the course and webinar, “Fire & Rain: Post-Fire Hazard Remediation” for Forester University. Michael is the former President of the International Erosion Control Association and former Chief of Council for that organization’s International Regional Council. He is one of the leading technical authors on subjects related to erosion and sediment control, resource management, and post-fire hazard mitigation and his scientific papers and articles have appeared in publications domestically and overseas.