Brandon Steets, P.E., is an associate water resources engineer based in California. For more than 12 years he has helped clients develop cost-effective solutions to their complex regulatory compliance issues related to state and federal water quality requirements for surface water.
Brandon specializes in water quality issues ranging from pollutant fate and transport modeling to monitoring program development to stormwater treatment system analysis and design. He has worked with municipalities complying with challenging Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) requirements; developers identifying and evaluating water quality control practices for their proposed projects; attorneys responding to complex water quality suits; and large industrial sites designing precedent-setting National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) compliance programs.
Brandon has developed bacteria and other TMDL implementation plans for Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) permittees from San Luis Obispo to San Diego and managed a bacteria source investigation and low-impact development (LID) manual for the City of Santa Barbara. He also developed the Structural BMP Retrofit Prioritization Methodology that is used throughout Southern California as well as the subsequent Structural BMP Prioritization and Analysis Tool (SBPAT) for the City of Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, state and regional water quality regulators, and Heal the Bay, a non-profit environmental organization. Brandon provides NPDES permit monitoring and reporting, receiving water monitoring and modeling, and draft 303(d) and TMDL review for the 12,000-acre Newhall Ranch development in Valencia, California. He served as an expert reviewer on the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)/U.S. EPA/Water Environment Research Foundation International Stormwater BMP Database fact sheet on bacteria performance.
Brandon has collaborated with researchers from the University of California, Santa Barbara, the University of Alabama, and Pennsylvania State University on several applied research projects, including bacteria source investigations and an innovative biofiltration media testing study that examined the treatment of metals and dioxins in stormwater runoff. He also is a peer reviewer for the journal Water Research; a member of California’s Clean Beaches Task Force; and a member of the ASCE's Urban Water Resources Research Council subcommittee on pathogens in urban stormwater systems. He is collaborating in the development of an ASCE report on the subject.