Brandon Steets is a Senior Principal Water Resources Engineer based in California with more than 16 years of experience focused on helping clients develop cost-effective solutions to their complex regulatory compliance issues related to state and federal water quality requirements for surface water. He specializes in NPDES and TMDL regulations, pollutant source investigation and special study design, monitoring, modelling, and Green Infrastructure planning and design.
Brandon has led numerous water quality projects to support NPDES permit acquisition and implementation for both stormwater and wastewater discharges, TMDL implementation and modification for municipal stormwater dischargers, design of precedent-setting pollutant source investigations (including Microbial Source Tracking) and novel water quality monitoring programs, development of new water quality models, innovative natural treatment system design, and applied research. He is also a nationally-recognized expert on bacteria/pathogen issues, being a member of the State Board's Clean Beaches Task Force, co-editor of the 2014 ASCE report Pathogens in Urban Stormwater Systems, expert peer reviewer on coastal bacteria topics for the journal Water Research, and expert consultant on bacteria-related litigation. Brandon has published articles in Stormwater Magazine on novel statistical methodologies to use monitoring data to site and prioritize stormwater BMP retrofits and on selecting and designing BMPs specifically for bacteria removal.
A frequently invited speaker on emerging water quality regulatory issues, Brandon has addressed the new California Industrial General Permit (IGP), and is a CASQA-certified IGP Trainer of Record (ToR) and Qualified Industrial Stormwater Practitioner (#121). He manages the Stormwater Expert Panel for the Boeing Santa Susana Field Laboratory, including laboratory media testing and design of an innovative biofilter that won the 2013 CASQA award for outstanding BMP implementation project. Brandon was a lead developer of the ASCE-award winning and Regional Water Quality Control Board-approved Green Infrastructure planning and costing model, the Los Angeles County-wide Structural BMP Prioritization and Analysis Tool (SBPAT), and he has successfully applied this model in over a dozen watersheds to plan over $4 billion in new stormwater infrastructure.