Andrea Braga is a Principal Water Resources Engineer based in Massachusetts with more than 12 years of professional experience focused on helping clients develop innovative solutions to their complex water quality, flooding, and National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) compliance issues. She specializes in stormwater system design, modeling, and analysis from project planning and permitting to whole life-cycle costing, construction oversight, monitoring, and maintenance.
Andrea's practice focuses on strategies for stormwater management using advanced green infrastructure (GI) and low impact development (LID) design technologies. She has extensive experience conducting and managing large and small watershed hydrologic and hydraulic modeling projects. Andrea's practice also includes stormwater NPDES compliance and permit support; municipal stormwater program planning and implementation; and climate change adaptation and resiliency planning.
Municipalities, state and federal agencies, private industry, and university clients rely on Andrea. She is currently working on two National Science Foundation (NSF) projects with Columbia University and Villanova University aimed at advancing the science of green infrastructure. She also manages a precedent-setting microbial source tracking project for the City of Boston to enhance their existing Illicit Discharge Detection and Elimination program within their municipal separate storm sewer system.
Andrea has presented at over 30 nationwide conferences and workshops on water resources and stormwater related topics and is a technical peer reviewer for the Journal of Irrigation and Drainage and the Journal of Environmental Engineering. She remains involved in the Low Impact Development and Pervious Pavement Committees of the Environmental Water Resources Institute (EWRI) of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). Andrea also co-authored a chapter in the newly published Permeable Pavements guidance document published through ASCE.
In 2017, the Maryland Quality Initiative (MdQI) named one of Andrea's stormwater projects at Conowingo Elementary School the winner of the 2017 Award of Excellence in the Green/Sustainability/Environmental award category. The project involved design of an advanced rainwater harvesting system that captures rainwater, monitors system performance, and adaptively manages cistern storage based on forecasted rainfall predictions. The system will serve as an educational tool while encouraging water reuse and minimizing wet-weather discharges from the site.