Chi-Hai Kalita at the Division of Water Quality at the State Water Board

Environmental Policy & Management student Chi-Hai

I am working with the Division of Water Quality at the State Water Board on developing technical guidance for regulated industrial facilities on stormwater quality permit compliance. Under the Industrial General Permit, certain facilities are required to obtain permit coverage and manage their stormwater runoff through the implementation of best management practices (BMPs). Recent amendments to the Permit provide new compliance options to incentivize stormwater capture through the use of advanced BMPs, which will increase water supply while protecting water quality. Although information about standards of practice for these advanced BMPs are generally available, concise, easily accessible documents for this criterion need to be created. Through research, interviews, and collaboration with professional experts, I am working to develop web-accessible, technical guidance that will help better inform regulated industrial facilities with Permit compliance.