Travis Deem, CPESC, QSD

Water Pollution Control Specialist
Career Summary: 

Mr. Deem has over 26 years of experience in the natural resources field with special emphasis in the areas of erosion control and the reclamation of lands disturbed by construction and mining activities. He has extensive experience in dealing with regulatory programs including National Pollution Discharge Elimination System (NPDES), California Department of Fish and Game Streambed Alteration (1602), Army Corps of Engineers 401, California Surface Mining and Reclamation Act (SMARA) as well as compliance with various local programs. The majority of this work has been in the Caltrans District 2 area. He has prepared over 20 Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP) documents for residential, commercial and industrial projects and has personally overseen Best Management Practices (BMP) installation, maintenance and monitoring at more than 20 major construction sites. Mr. Deem has three years of experience as an estimator/project manager for a road construction company has given him extensive working knowledge of road construction and field operations that enhances his ability to communicate with general contractors during the planning and construction phase of each project. He also has two years as a monitoring Biologist for the California Department of Fish and Game (CDF&G) provides him with an equally valuable knowledge of the concerns and perspectives of resource agencies and how to balance the needs of both public and private entities to successfully and efficiently keep a project on track and in compliance. Mr. Deem has overseen all aspects of project life from site identification to design, permitting, routine compliance and site closure.

During the past 12 years, Mr. Deem has provided erosion control expertise to a wide variety of projects and successfully completed the process of becoming a CPESC in 2007. In keeping with the requirements of the new General Construction Permit (CGP) he has completed the mandatory training and testing needed to serve as a Qualified SWPPP Developer/Pracitioner QSD/P.. He has worked with the new Storm Water Multiple Applications Reporting and Tracking System (SMARTS) tracking system to successfully grandfather existing projects, register new projects, update project databases and file notices of termination. He specializes in taking projects that have been cited for noncompliance and bringing them into line with agency requirements.

Areas of Proficiency: 
  • Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP) Development, Implementation and Revisions
  • Water Pollution Prevention Program (WPCP) Development and Implementation
  • Construction Site Management
  • Project Schedule (Critical Path Method)
  • Regulatory Liaison
  • B.S., Natural Resources Planning, Humboldt State University, 1995
Certifications & Affiliations: 
  • Certified Professional in Erosion and Sediment Control (CPESC) #3948
  • Qualified SWPPP Developer  (QSD) #140
  • Caltrans 24-hour SWPPP training
Starting Year of Employment: 
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