In recent years, the discharge of stormwater to storm sewers or directly to surface waters from municipal drainages, industrial operations, and construction sites has come under strict scrutiny by state, federal, and municipal government, and has become a primary focus for government regulatory activity. These storm sewers and drainage-ways often discharge contaminated water to various water bodies of California, and are regulated by individual permits and/or statewide general permits under the California Water Code and the federal Clean Water Act. These permits often include hydromodification specifications, drainage control measures, low impact development requirements (LID), discharge limitations, monitoring requirements, and other provisions for new development, redevelopment projects, and industrial properties.
Since leaving the State and Regional Water Boards, Gary has actively advised and represented numerous municipalities, industrial business site owners, and construction site operators regarding necessary stormwater regulatory planning and compliance, permit matters, and response to enforcement actions. His representation also considers client risk reduction from the increasingly frequent and costly citizen-initiated lawsuits.