Strategy to Optimize Resource Management of Storm Water (STORMS) Panel

Date / Time:
Wednesday, Sep 27 11:00am to 12:05pm
Convention Center 203
Track / Session:
STORMS Panel / Strategy to Optimize Resource Management of Storm Water
Short Description: 

The Strategy to Optimize Resource Management of Storm Water (STORMS) Core Implementation Committee representatives and Water Board Staff will provide updates and panel discussion.

Panelist 1:
Jeffrey Albrecht, State Water Resources Control Board
Biography: Jeffrey Albrecht is an engineer in the Division of Water Quality, Stormwater Planning Unit and project manager for the STORMS project to support funding of stormwater programs. Prior to that, he worked in the Division of Financial Assistance for over 14 years managing a variety of loans and grants, including Integrated Regional Water Management grants, and the Stormwater Grant Program. He has an undergraduate and graduate degree in Environmental Engineering from Tulane University in New Orleans.
Panelist 2:
Matthew Freese, State Water Resources Control Board
Biography: Matthew Freese is a water resources control engineer at the State Water Board Division of Water Quality and project manager for the STORMS project to address stormwater quality through source control methods.
Panelist 3:
Chris Beegan, State Water Resources Control Board
Biography: Chris Beegan has been with the Stormwater Planning Unit since inception. In that unit Chris’ focus areas consist of stormwater capture and use; identifying and understanding barriers that limit use, as well as alternative compliance strategies and the assumptions, limitations and uncertainty that could potentially affect the efficacy of these strategies. Prior to that, Chris worked in the IGP/CGP Unit and Ocean Standards Unit. When not working on the stormwater planning projects Chris works with mud, developing sediment quality objectives for enclosed bays and estuaries. Prior to joining State service, Chris worked in private industry for many years. Chris is a graduate of Cal State Long Beach.
Panelist 4:
Beth Payne, State Water Resources Control Board
Biography: Beth Payne is an environmental scientist at the State Water Board Division of Water Quality and project manager for the STORMS project to implement Stormwater Resource Plan Guidelines (Senate Bill 985). She was the lead technical writer for the 2015 Stormwater Resource Plan Guidelines, and the lead review staff for Stormwater Resource Plans submitted to the State Water Board. Beth also works on alternative compliance approaches in MS4 permits, identifying barriers to stormwater capture and use, and identifying potential funding strategies for stormwater programs. Prior to joining the STORMS unit, Beth worked in the Division of Water Rights (Permitting) for five years.
Panelist 5:
Sean Bothwell, California Coastkeeper Alliance
Biography: Sean Bothwell is the Policy Director for the California Coastkeeper Alliance and works to implement statewide initiatives to enhance California’s water quality and supplies. Sean is the lead environmental advocate on the State Water Board’s key statewide policies, including the desalination policy, the trash policy, stormwater permitting, and water recycling. Sean leads CCKA’s legislative program by representing the organization in Sacramento at legislative hearings and committee expert panels; and cultivating relationships with the Governor’s Office, legislative members, and legislative committee staff. Prior to joining CCKA, Sean provided legal expertise to the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission. While there, he co-authored “Climate Change and the Public Trust Doctrine: Using an Ancient Doctrine to Adapt to Rising Sea Levels in San Francisco Bay,” since published in the Golden Gate University Environmental Law Review. Sean is a Member of Restore Hetch Hetchy’s Board of Directors, an organization committed to returning Hetch Hetchy Valley in Yosemite National Park to its natural state. His student note on wave energy and desalination was awarded top honors by Vermont Law School. Sean holds a B.A. in criminal justice and a J.D. from Vermont Law School.
Panelist 6:
Adam Borchard, Association of California Water Agencies
Biography: Adam Borchard is a regulatory advocate at the Association of California Water Agencies, a statewide coalition of over 430 public water agencies. In addition to storm water issues, Adam advocates on drinking water, water management, and aquatic resource issues at ACWA. Adam holds a B.S. in environmental sciences and management from UC Davis and a J.D. from University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law.
Panelist 7:
Geoff Brosseau, California Stormwater Quality Association (CASQA)
Biography: Geoff Brosseau is the Executive Director of CASQA – a statewide professional member association. As a 501(c)(3) non-profit, CASQA is dedicated to the advancement of stormwater quality management, science, and regulation. CASQA’s 1,600+ members are stormwater quality management organizations and individuals, including cities, counties, special districts, industries, equipment suppliers, and consulting firms throughout the state. CASQA was originally formed in 1989 as the California Stormwater Quality Task Force to advise the State Water Board on stormwater discharge issues and recommend approaches to stormwater quality management in California. Since its formation in 2002, CASQA has continued to assist the State Water Board with the development and implementation of stormwater permitting programs.Since 1994, Mr. Brosseau has also been Executive Director of BASMAA – a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization comprised of the municipal stormwater programs in the San Francisco Bay Area, and has been active at the national scale, including as one of the principal authors of the Urban Runoff Manual of Practice published by the Water Environment Federation (WEF) and American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), the principal author of a WEF national guidance manual on pollution prevention, overseeing WEF studies of Source Control Program Effectiveness and Stormwater Environmental Indicators, and participating in a number of national forums.In 2015, CASQA released a vision for stormwater quality management (Vision and Strategic Actions for Managing Stormwater in the 21st Century) that has many elements in common with the State Water Board’s Strategy to Optimize Resource Management of Stormwater (STORMS). Accordingly, Mr. Brosseau’s representation of stormwater and CASQA on the STORMS Implementation Committee is focused on collaborating with the Water Boards and the other Committee members to implement projects and programs that will help realize these generally shared visions.
Panelist 8:
Dawn Koepke, California Council for Environmental and Economic Balance
Biography: Dawn Koepke is a partner at McHugh Koepke & Associates. She handles the legislative, regulatory, and research needs of the firm’s clients and lobbies in the policy areas of public safety, health and human services, resources, environmental safety, chemical management, and adult education. Dawn serves as a co-chair of the Green Chemistry Alliance (GCA) and a member of the Thursday Group, business-friendly sweat-equity coalitions whose efforts are focused on green chemistry and an array of environmental legislative and regulatory actions. In her role at GCA Dawn helped to successfully elevate and promote the industry’s proactive, solutions-oriented positions on green chemistry, chemical management and regulation, and recycling initiatives before the Legislature, Administration, Department of Toxics Substances Control (DTSC), and other state Agencies. Most notably, she helped build the GCA as a business community resource to work with DTSC to help frame, develop and implement California’s groundbreaking Green Chemistry Initiative and pollution prevention aspects of the program. Dawn has a Bachelor's from San Francisco State University in International Relations and a Master’s Degree in Public Policy & Administration from California State University, Sacramento.
Panelist 9:
Lisa Haney, Orange County Sanitation District
Biography: Lisa Haney is a Regulatory Specialist for Orange County Sanitation District specializing in Stormwater and other water regulations affecting wastewater utilities. Lisa has been an active member of CASQA serving as past conference and program chair. She has spent 20 years in the field of Marine Biology and as a professional scuba diver and 17 years in the Wastewater Industry specifically. Currently she is a co-chair for the California Association of Sanitation Agencies (CASA) Regulatory Workgroup and is a representative of CASA on the State STORMS committee.