Compliance Design, Monitoring, and Analysis for Water Resources Management

CEC has expertise in working with large, multi-departmental organizations to develop water resources compliance strategies. CEC uses a gap analysis approach to determine the compliance measures and processes already in place and compares this information with local, state and federal regulations to assess an organization's risk. This risk can then be mitigated or eliminated by developing new procedures to address them.

The Clean Water Act (CWA) of 1972 and subsequent revisions set into play the regulation of discharges to surface waters. The NPDES permitting program was delegated to most states for enforcement, targeting local government, commercial, residential and industrial clients. We understand the impact these regulations can have on ongoing development and operations of property and resource management. Our staff stays abreast of the current regulatory directions as well as regulatory trends, to help our clients better manage resources and risk. Our services related to storm water compliance include:

CEC has expertise in working with large, multi-departmental organizations to develop water resources compliance strategies. We use a gap analysis approach to determine the compliance measures and processes already in place and compares this information with local, state and federal regulations to assess an organization's risk. This risk can then be mitigated or eliminated by developing new procedures to address them. This approach can be successfully applied to large and small organizations to develop a comprehensive risk management program related to water resources.

Sometimes a permittee can be subjected to onerous or unrealistic permit conditions or schedules. Our senior level staff has a thorough understanding of federal and state regulations and has helped many clients navigate through the permitting process, including negotiating more appropriate permit conditions and schedules. In addition, we have developed specialized SWPPPs for difficult sites and sites located in sensitive areas, placing a focus on protecting natural resources while allowing development to continue. CEC provides SWPPP development, implementation and inspection services to meet the requirements of state and local regulations as well. Our staff is respected by many regulatory agencies and often acts as a technical resource to numerous regulatory agencies when they encounter difficult projects.

With an emphasis being placed on storm water treatment by municipal governments and in the LEED®/Sustainable site design, CEC develops storm water BMPs that fit naturally into a development while providing treatment, infiltration, and, often, wildlife habitat. In addition to design, our field staff provides the connection between design and construction, providing inspection services that ensure the design is successfully built and our clients are in compliance with local regulations.

Our engineering staff are experienced in numerous hydrologic and hydraulic modeling tools to aid in the development of risk minimization programs, including HEC-HMS and HEC-RAS, as well as GIS applications to synthesize and integrate data into an informative visual representation.