We Need To Talk: Coordinating Unavoidable Revisions to Approved SWM Plans with Approving Authorities

Jim Novak, PE, ENV SP, Senior Engineer, WSP

Melissa Simpson, Director, PE, PMP, ENV SP, WSP

This presentation will discuss recent experiences in navigating field changes, design changes, and permit modifications efficiently and effectively. Lessons learned will be shared for projects that required revisions to their approved Stormwater Management Plan due to conflicts with varying field conditions or due to the reallocation of project funding. These case studies will address the importance of communication and transparency with the regulatory approving authority during design and construction. Case studies will focus on federal projects that included coordination with the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality, Maryland Department of Environment, and North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality.

Author Bio

Jim Novak is a Senior Civil Engineer with experience designing and managing federal, state, and local projects. Jim is a Technical Principal specializing in stormwater management compliance. Jim has extensive experience with federal site and stormwater design for the USACE Norfolk and Europe District's and NAVFAC Washington District. Jim is a professional engineer and ODU Monach with a BS in Civil Engineering.

Melissa Simpson is a Director of Civil Engineering with extensive experience managing federal, state, and local projects. Melissa is a Senior Technical Principal specializing in stormwater management compliance for government projects. She has completed compliant designs for USACE Washington MEDCOM, USACE Norfolk, Honolulu, Wilmington and Europe Districts, NAVFAC Washington and Mid-Atlantic Districts, US Coast Guard FDCC and Cleveland, and Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune.