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The following summarizes some of Steve's key project experience
School Bus Maintenance Facility Runoff

Industrial General Stormwater Permit - Multiple Clients


Since 1993, he has provided the services needed at over 40 school bus maintenance facilities for compliance with the California General NPDES Permit for Discharges of Storm Water Associated with Industrial Activities (Industrial General Permit). The facilities are located in Northern and Southern California within the jurisdictions of five (5) Regional Water Quality Control Boards. Project services have included:

  • Site inspections
  • Identification of potential pollutant sources and non-stormwater discharges and appropriate Best Management Practices (BMPs)
  • Preparation of Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plans (SWPPPs)
  • Development of district-specific and Group monitoring programs and review of storm waters sample analyses
  • Performance of annual comprehensive site compliance evaluations
  • Annual training workshops to review storm waters sample results and Permit requirements (existing and anticipated future)
  • Preparation of electronic annual reports, Notices of Intent and Notices of Termination
  • Assistance with preparation of responses to local municipality Notices of Violation

Small Municipal Stormwater Permit - Multiple Clients


Since 2003, Steve also provided the services needed small municipal clients to comply with the California General NPDES Permit for Storm Water Discharges from Small Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems (Small MS4 General Permit). This has included over 45 school districts and one small city. The facilities are all located throughout California and within the jurisdictions of three (3) Regional Water Quality Control Boards. Project services have included:

  • Site inspections
  • Preparation of annual reports showing the BMPs to be implemented during the next year
  • Annual workshops to discuss overall progress and review Small MS4 General Permit requirements (existing and anticipated future)

As a result of the services that he provided, the San Diego County Office of Education received the Outstanding Programmatic Stormwater BMP Implementation Award from the California Stormwater Quality Association in 2009

Hangtown Creek Downstream of Wastewater Treatment Plant

City of Placerville


Since 2002, he has provided the engineering services required for the City to comply with a number of NPDES permits enforced by the California Regional Water Quality Control Board Central Valley Region. These services have included negotiations to obtain a reissued NPDES permit for the Hangtown Creek Water Reclamation Facility, and amendments to the permit and an existing cease and desist order. The treatment plant discharges treated municipal effluent to Hangtown Creek, which is tributary to the South Fork of the American River. Project services have included:

  • Review of Self-Monitoring Reports (SMRs) and storm water annual reports
  • Preparation of the Report of Waste Discharge and NPDES permit application
  • Preparation of two Infeasibility Reports to justify schedules for compliance
  • Permit negotiations, including preparation of comments regarding proposed permit conditions and effluent limits (California Toxics Rule (CTR) and non-CTR)
  • Assistance in responding to proposed Mandatory Minimum Penalties (MMPs)
  • Preperation of responses to Notices of Violation (NOVs)
  • Review of Construction SWPPP prepared by contractor for $38 Million WWTP improvement project and periodic inspections to verify implementation
  • Preparation of
    • Pollution Prevention Plan for compliance with 21 effluent limits
    • Salinity Evaluation and Minimization Plan
    • SWPPP for Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP)
    • SWMP for entire city
    • Monitoring program for Low Threat NPDES permit
    • Other reports and studies

Municipal Pretreatment Programs – Multiple Clients


Steve’s experience includes development and implementation of Industrial Pretreatment Programs for Placer County Sewer Maintenance District 1, University of California Davis, the City of Colton and Rubidoux Community Services District. Project services for municipal pretreatment programs have included:

  • Development and implementation of wastewater sample collection plans
  • Compilation of analytical data
  • Updating industrial user inventories
  • Industrial facility inspections and collection of industrial user samples
  • Identification of potential pollutant sources
  • Preparation of wastewater discharge permits
  • Review of industrial user SMRs
  • Development of technically based local limits with waste load allocations
  • Preparation of required amendments to wastewater ordinance
  • Preparation of Enforcement Response Plans
  • Development of permit fees
  • Representation during Pretreatment Compliance Inspections (PCIs) and Pretreatment Compliance Audits (PCAs)
  • Preparation of quarterly and annual reports
Above Ground Storage Tank

Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasure (SPCC) Plans – Multiple Clients


His experience includes preparation of preparation of SPCC Plans for the City of Placerville Hangtown Creek Water Reclamation Facility, 5 school districts (Cajon Valley Union, Escondido Union High, Valley Center Pauma Unified, La Mesa Spring Valley Union and Lemon Grove) and Travis Air Force Base. The petroleum storage facilities covered in these plans ranged in size from 1,000 to 2,310,000 gallons. The SPCC Plans were prepared in accordance with California Aboveground Petroleum Storage Act (APSA) and the United States Environmental Protection Agency regulations specified in 40 CFR Part 112. The petroleum storage facilities included aboveground tanks containing diesel fuel, waste oil and other petroleum-based chemicals. The plans included:

  • A Summary of applicable APSA requirements
  • Detailed petroleum storage facility descriptions
  • Discharge prevention requirements, including Facility Layout Diagram, inspections, tests and records, spill reporting and training
  • Discharge response procedures
  • Detailed petroleum storage facility descriptions
  • Discharge prevention requirements, including Facility Layout Diagram, inspections, tests and records, spill reporting and training
  • Discharge response procedures

Paradise Irrigation District


Steve’s experience includes preparation of Sanitary Surveys and Watershed Management Plan for the District. These services included:

  • Preparation of the original Sanitary Survey for the Paradise and Magalia Reservoir watershed required to comply with the California Surface Water Treatment Rule (SWTR) and the update required 5 years thereafter. The Sanitary Survey included a description of the physical and hydrogeological description of the watershed; a summary of the source water quality data; a description of the current land uses (which include substantial timber harvesting) and potential sources of contamination (which included failed subsurface domestic wastewater disposal systems), a description of watershed control and management practices, an evaluation of the potable water systems ability to comply with the SWTR and recommended corrective actions.
  • Preparation of a Watershed Management Plan for Magalia and Paradise Reservoirs pursuant to a 205(j) water quality management planning grant. The project consisted of developing a plan for improving management of the watershed, including identification of potential pollutant sources, evaluating water quality impacts resulting from existing and proposed land uses and timber harvesting, developing and implementing a sampling plan to determine baseline stormwater quality in streams tributary to the reservoirs, and identifying effective best management practices (BMPs) for preventing pollutants from entering the reservoirs with stormwater runoff.