Watershed and Stormwater Management
Water and Natural Resources Conservation and Restoration
M.S., Civil Engineering, Hydrosystems, Virginia Tech University, 1986
B.S., Civil Engineering, Hydrosystems, Virginia Tech University, 1984
Adrienne Nemura, PE, BCEE
Environmental Engineering, Water Resources Sciences, Water Resources Engineering,
Adrienne Nemura is a senior water resources engineer based in Michigan with more than 25 years of experience helping municipal clients identify cost-effective and sustainable solutions to meet their water quality goals. She has worked for more than 35 cities and wastewater utilities and also state and federal regulatory agencies, industrial facilities, airports, attorneys, consulting firms, non-profit organizations, and trade associations.
Adrienne uses adaptive watershed management to evaluate the impact of pollutant discharges from multiple sources, including wastewater treatment plants, combined sewer overflows (CSOs), sanitary sewer overflows (SSOs), industrial facilities, and municipal separate storm sewer systems (MS4s). She assists municipalities and industrial clients develop and negotiate cost-effective wastewater and stormwater management strategies to meet state and federal Clean Water Act requirements in a sustainable, and affordable manner.
Clients frequently turn to Adrienne to help them understand and navigate the increasingly complex implementation of the Clean Water Act. Among the frequent issues she helps address are water quality standards (beneficial uses, criteria, and anti-degradation); 303(d) listings; total maximum daily loads (TMDLs) and implementation plans; Use Attainability Analyses (UAAs); and National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permits. This includes determining whether a waterway is a candidate for the listing of impaired waters, or the “303(d) list.”
While at the Virginia Water Control Board, Adrienne managed pollution control systems for the James and Appomattox Rivers. At the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments, she represented 18 local governments as they addressed regional environmental impacts. She also directed the region's water resource programs for the Anacostia River and the Potomac Estuary.
Adrienne is an active member of the National Association of Clean Water Agencies, the U.S. Conference of Mayors Water Council, and the Association of Clean Water Administrators. She is a frequent national speaker on Clean Water Act issues. On numerous occasions Adrienne has served as an expert witness in litigation involving water quality issues.