Lisa Austin is a Principal Engineer based in California with 30 years of experience focused on water quality and stormwater management.
Lisa has in-depth knowledge of National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permitting; municipal stormwater program planning and operations; and stormwater best management practice (BMP) selection, design, and maintenance. She has worked closely with both public and private clients on stormwater and industrial NPDES permit compliance related tasks for much of her career. She is active in stormwater planning, providing technical assistance to various clients on regulatory issues, developing and evaluating conceptual BMP plans, and assessing the significance of potential water quality and hydromodification impacts (CEQA analysis) in California. Lisa has prepared Water Quality Management Plans/Technical Reports for numerous major new development and redevelopment projects in California that integrate Low Impact Development (LID) resiliency principals. She has also assists municipal clients in the San Francisco Bay area in planning for and implementing control measures to achieve PCBs and mercury total maximum daily load (TMDL) load reductions.
Through her experience in managing water quality projects, Lisa is particularly skilled at organizing and leading technical committees; conducting public information meetings and hearings; making technical presentations; writing detailed technical documents such as technical memos, reports, and manuals; contracting; and managing complex projects to meet budgets and schedules. She is a former member of the California Stormwater Quality Association (CASQA) Board of Directors and a current member of the Executive Program Committee, where she assists with developing policies and positions concerning regulations, legislation, and litigation potentially impacting CASQA members.