October 9, 2013

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Kathleen McGowan to Address LA County Bar on New Stormwater Permit

Geosyntec's Kathleen McGowan, P.E., a senior water resources engineer and an Associate of the firm based in California, will address members of the Los Angeles County Bar Association at a January 30 lunch meeting covering the topic of stormwater permits.

McGowan is one of four panelists slated to speak during the lunchtime discussion of "The Los Angeles County MS4 Permit: Understanding the Permit and its Implications for the Public and Private Sectors." The event is sponsored by the Environmental Law Section of the Los Angeles County Bar Association.

In early November 2012, the Los Angeles Water Quality Control Board adopted a new Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) Permit for discharges within Los Angeles County. The new MS4 permit is a subset of the federal National Pollution Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) that regulates discharges of storm water and urban runoff pursuant to the federal Clean Water Act. The permit is extremely complicated and has very significant implications for both the public and private sectors.

Panelists will provide a general overview of the new MS4 permit and its key components. They also will share insights into the impacts the permit is likely to have on public entities and the private sector and discuss the status of appeals to the State Water Resource Control Board.

McGowan has more than 25 years of experience in environmental compliance, NPDES permits, storm water pollution prevention, and industrial and hazardous waste management. Her current practice is focused on assisting municipal clients facing rapidly evolving storm water and urban runoff water quality challenges.

The session begins 11:30 a.m. in the La Brea/La Cienega Conference Room at the Los Angeles County Bar Association, 1055 West 7th Street, 27th Floor.