How Litigation and Regulation Drive Technology - The Perfect Versus the Good

Date / Time:
Wednesday, Oct 9 9:30am to 10:25am
Portola - De Anza Ballroom III
Track / Session:
Industrial Track / Forum: How Litigation and Regulation Drive Technology - The Perfect Versus the Good
Short Description: 

The forum will consider how litigation and regulation have become drivers for water quality standards and treatment technologies. Stormwater practitioners will discuss recent litigation and regulation drivers on treatment technologies, feasibility, cost, water rights, and environmental resources.

Speaker / Panelist 1:
Ed Othmer, MWH Global / Stantec
Biography: Ed Othmer, PE, CPESC, CPSWQ, QSP/D ToR, QISP ToR, ENV SP, PMP is the California Stormwater Sector Leader for Stantec and has more than 25 years of engineering experience as a storm water practitioner. Mr. Othmer received his Masters in Civil Engineering from Tufts University. Ed has managed projects for federal, state, local, and private sector clients. Ed routinely teaches stormwater classes for the UCSD Extension Program and serves on several Technical Advisory Committees. Ed is the President of the Industrial Environmental Association, and is a San Diego State University Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering Faculty Advisory Board Member.
Speaker / Panelist 2:
Sean Porter, Apex Companies LLC
Biography: Mr. Porter Designs and implements large-scale stormwater quality monitoring programs. Some of his clients have included SCCWRP, San Diego County, City of San Diego, Caltrans, and other municipal clients. He also provides NPDES Permit assistance to construction, industrial, and municipal clients throughout California. Mr. Porter is an expert in Industrial Stormwater Permits in California and the Southwest. Specialties: Remote monitoring, natural watersheds, flowmeter applications, autosampler applications, flow weighted composites, microsamples, pollutograph sampling, sample methodology analysis, remote data acquisition, watershed water chemistry, water quality.
Speaker / Panelist 3:
Ian Adam, Fuscoe Engineering
Biography: Ian is a firm Principal and Fuscoe’s Stormwater Management team leader. His specialty is water resources, with an emphasis in water quality regulations and Resource Agency interaction. Ian is currently working as a consultant to several cities in Orange County for the development, implementation and training of numerous stormwater programs. He is also serving as the lead water quality design consultant for Del Mar Fairgrounds and regularly interacts with the RWQCB and County of Orange on water quality issues, grant opportunities and LID solutions. In addition, Ian is leading a multi-agency collaborative effort to restore an upstream reach of Fullerton Creek to improve water quality and habitat within the Coyote Creek watershed. Ian’s technical background in water quality combined with his engineering and regulatory experience at FEI provides clients with a uniquely skilled leader, able to work with stakeholders, regulatory agencies and other consultants.
Speaker / Panelist 5:
Matthew Lentz, GSI Environmental Inc.
Biography: Mr. Lentz is a Vice President and Principal with GSI Environmental Inc. and has more than 20 years of experience providing multi-media compliance support to industry, the public sector, and the legal community. He has successfully managed large, logistically challenging projects and has extensive experience developing compliance programs involving stormwater, hazardous waste, hazardous materials, air quality, wastewater, and a variety of health and safety related programs. Mr. Lentz has also performed numerous environment, health, and safety compliance audits/assessments and assisted with the implementation of environmental management systems and compliance programs at the corporate and facility level. A significant portion of Mr. Lentz’ practice has involved assisting hundreds of industrial, municipal and construction industry clients comply with NPDES stormwater regulations and development and implementation of their compliance programs. He regularly presents for industry groups on stormwater, surface water, and water quality related topics and has developed and provided hundreds of seminars to industrial and municipal clients on topics including spill prevention control and countermeasures, stormwater permit compliance, hazardous waste program implementation, hazardous materials management, and hazard communication. He currently serves as Co-Chair of the California Stormwater Quality Association’s Industrial Stormwater Subcommittee and is a member of the California State Water Resources Control Board’s Industrial General Permit Training Team. He is also a certified Trainer of Record, qualified to provide QISP and QSD/QSP training under California’s Industrial and Construction NPDES General Permits.