Lisa Austin is a Principal Engineer based in California with more than 25 years of experience focused on water quality and stormwater management.
Lisa's practice focuses on National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permitting; municipal stormwater program planning and implementation; development project water resource master planning and environmental impact analysis, stormwater best management practice (BMP) selection, design, and maintenance; and Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDL) implementation planning. Her unique perspective gained from being both the regulator and the permittee has allowed her to develop an understanding of the complex relationships between Clean Water Act regulatory programs such as the NPDES permitting program and TMDLs, as well as other environmental regulatory programs, such as the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) and the Endangered Species Act.
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, as well as organizing the annual CASQA conference.