Panel: Partnership with the Regulators - Construction General Permit

Date / Time:
Wednesday, Oct 17 8:35am to 10:15am
Location:
Raincross C & F (Upper Level)
Track / Session:
Construction Track / Panel: Partnership with the Regulators - Construction General Permit
Short Description: 

This panel will focus on how the construction industry can build partnerships with regulators to promote compliance and vice versa.

Panelist 1:
Laurel Warddrip, State Water Resources Control Board
Biography: Laurel Warddrip is the Industrial and Construction Storm Water Unit Chief for the State Water Resources Control Board. Laurel has worked for the State Water Board since 2008 developing Storm Water Permits. She holds a B.S. in plant science from UC Santa Cruz and has completed American River College’s A.S. in Geographic Information Systems program.
Panelist 2:
Amy Kronson, State Water Resources Control Board
Biography: Amy has worked for the State water board since 2016 in the Industrial and Construction Stormwater permitting unit. Amy has experience in stormwater in California and New Mexico and is currently the Construction General Permit lead. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science from Oregon State University.
Panelist 3:
Richard Muhl, Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board
Biography: Rich Muhl is a Senior Environmental Scientist 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 22 years. Prior to joining the Regional Board 17 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.
Panelist 4:
Michelle Rembaum-Fox, San Francisco Bay Regional Water Quality Control Board
Biography: Michelle is an Engineering Geologist for the San Francisco Bay Regional Water Quality Board and works as a lead inspector for the Industrial and Construction Storm Water Unit. Michelle has been providing storm water permit compliance for the Industrial and Construction General Permits since 2007.  Prior to the Storm Water Unit, she worked for 9 years in the Water Board’s Toxic Cleanup Division overseeing the remediation, cleanup, and redevelopment of sites with soil and groundwater contamination. Before joining the Water Board, she worked for the Department of Toxic Substances Control in Berkeley, for 13 years managing investigations, cleanup and closure of Federal and State Superfund sites. Michelle has a BA in Environmental Studies and a minor in Geology from Sonoma State University. Michelle is a Certified Erosion, Sediment and Storm Water Inspector (CESSWI); Qualified Industrial Storm Water Practitioner (QISP); and Qualified SWPPP Practitioner (QSP). Michelle enjoys swimming and traveling.
Panelist 5:
Keith Elliott, Santa Ana Regional Water Quality Control Board
Biography: Keith L. Elliott is a Water Resource Control Engineer in the Inland Storm Water Unit at the California Regional Water Quality Control Board, Santa Ana Region.  He graduated with a BS in Chemical and Petroleum Refining Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines and his CA PE registration is in Civil Engineering. His experience includes 36 years in the environmental field (almost 30 years with the Regional Water Quality Control Boards). For the past 17 years he has assisted numerous dischargers complying with the construction and industrial general permits.
Panelist 6:
Thomas Browne, Lahontan Regional Water Quality Control Board
Biography: Tom Browne has worked at the Lahontan Water Board in Victorville as staff water resource control engineer for over six years. He has managed the construction, industrial, and MS4 stormwater programs for two-and-one-half years; prior to that he worked in Lahontan’s unit regulating landfills, power plants, and mines. Before joining the Water Board, he worked for 15 years in environmental consulting primarily at one firm in Orange County (Komex). His PhD is in chemical engineering from UCLA and his bachelor’s degree is in chemical engineering from San Jose State. He holds California PE licenses in chemical engineering (#5092) and civil engineering (#73977). He is a Qualified Stormwater Developer /Practitioner (#26223) and a Certified Professional in Municipal and Stormwater Management (#0359), obtained through Enviro-Cert International.