Steen Trump, CESSWI, QSP

Regional Manager
Senior Biologist
Steen Trump, Regional Manager
Career Summary: 

Mr. Trump is responsible for the day-to-day operation and management of the McKinleyville, California regional office of ADH. He has over 28 years of experience as an environmental scientist performing a diverse array of water quality and biological monitoring programs and sediment characterization studies. Prior to joining ADH in 2007, Mr. Trump was employed with Kinnetic Laboratories, Inc., from 1993 until 2007, where he managed and/or participated directly in numerous dredge sediment characterization and evaluation studies, storm water monitoring programs, and water quality, sediment quality and biological investigations in both marine and freshwater environments. In his position with ADH, Mr. Trump has continued to build on his extensive experience in water quality, sediment quality and biological investigations throughout coastal and inland California.

His water quality experience includes both support and lead roles for numerous National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Phase I and II stormwater and municipal wastewater monitoring programs carried out at federal, state and local government agencies, and industrial facilities. He has a thorough understanding of applicable state and federal regulations, water and sediment quality criteria, and biological metrics, and has provided technical expertise to clients ensuring regulatory compliance. He recently served as project manager on the Trinidad Rancheria Pier Reconstruction Project, City of Trinidad Storm Water Management Improvement Project, and as project manager for the Beale Air Force Base (Beale) wastewater, stormwater, and groundwater monitoring program, where he ensured monitoring activities are performed in accordance with the waste discharge requirements (WDRs) for disposal of wastewater to land at Beale.  He has also served as assistant project manager for ADH Caltrans Districts 1, 4 and 5 (central and northern California) Areas of Special Biological Significance (ASBS) monitoring program.

For many water quality related projects, Mr. Trump has been solely responsible for review of existing stormwater-related documents, such as Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plans (SWPPPs), Best Management Practices (BMP) program manuals for industrial operations, NPDES permits, industrial wastewater permits, annual reports to the Regional Water Quality Control Boards (RWQCBs) for stormwater discharges, and performing NPDES audits. He has considerable expertise with assisting clients in complying with court orders and fulfilling NPDES permit obligations for industrial, commercial, federal, and state projects requiring a thorough understanding of interpretation of stormwater management plans, application of receiving water quality criteria such as the California Ocean Plan (COP) and the San Francisco Bay Basin Water Quality Control Plan (Basin Plan), as well as providing expertise to NPDES permit holders assuring successful compliance.  He regularly participates in State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) sponsored ASBS central and northern California stakeholder’s meetings, and is spearheading ADH’s efforts to establish and assist in performing a regional ASBS monitoring program for the northern California stakeholders.

Mr. Trump has also continued to build on his extensive experience in dredge sediment coring projects throughout coastal and inland California, and is fully capable of all aspects of such work, including project management, field operations (coring, grab sampling, lithologic logging in accordance to the Unified Soil Classification System, sediment processing, chain of custody documentation, etc.), analytical/bioassay laboratory coordination, data analysis and QA/QC review, and reporting reuse/disposal option evaluations. Dredge sediment characterization projects/locations Mr. Trump has been involved with include: Pinole Shoal Channel (2010 and 2009), Suisun Bay and New York Slough, Port of Redwood City, Sacramento Deep Water Channel, SFO Expansion Project, Alameda Naval Air Station, Discovery Bay (Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta), Port of Long Beach, Port of Los Angeles, Morro Bay Harbor, Moss Landing Harbor, Noyo River and Harbor Channel, Humboldt Harbor Channel, and Crescent City Federal Channels.

Mr. Trump is familiar with all of the regulatory and guidance documents necessary for the preparation and implementation of sampling and analysis plans including, among others, the Long-Term Management Strategy (LTMS) for Disposal of Dredged Sediments in San Francisco Bay; the Inland, Ocean and Upland Testing Manuals; relevant US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Public Notices; Beneficial Reuse of Dredged Materials - Sediment Screening and Testing Guidelines; the Clean Water Act (CWA) Section 404; federal Ocean Dumping Regulations, and multiple documents relating to chemical and biological test methods and QA/QC. Sediment evaluation reports Mr. Trump has authored for the USACE, San Francisco District have considered multiple reuse/disposal options - including upland placement for reuse, inland (in-Bay) disposal, open ocean disposal and beach nourishment – and required extensive familiarity with numerous relevant sediment and water quality criteria and sediment evaluation guidelines, such as the SF-DODS (San Francisco deep ocean disposal) and HOODS (Humboldt open ocean disposal site) reference databases, the San Francisco Bay Sediment Ambient Concentration database, the US Fish & Wildlife Service Biological Opinion on the Hamilton Wetland Restoration Project, WDRs for Sherman Island, San Francisco Bay and North Coast Basin Plans, California and National Toxics Rules, and the COP.

As a biologist, Mr. Trump has led field sampling investigations for subtidal and intertidal benthic community analysis; near shore fish and invertebrate and intertidal invertebrate bioaccumulation; and freshwater macroinvertebrate and fish community analysis.

Areas of Proficiency: 
  • Complex Industrial, Municipal and Transportation Corridor NPDES I and II Permitted Projects
  • Storm Water Best Management Practice (BMP) Effectiveness Study Design, Testing & Evaluation
  • Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP) Implementation
  • Sediment Dredge Materials Re-use/Disposal Studies, Reporting and Consultation
  • Coastal/Stream Water and Sediment Quality
  • Biological Sampling, Taxonomic Identification, and Community Analysis
  • Quality Assurance and Quality Control
  • B.A., Marine Biology (with Honors), University of California, Santa Cruz, CA, 1992
Certifications & Affiliations: 
  • Qualified Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan Practitioner (QSP) #23400
  • Certified Erosion, Sediment and Storm Water Inspector (CESSWI) #3060, California
  • NAUI SCUBA Open Water I Diving Certification and University of California Research Diving Certification
  • Rapid Biological Assessment Certification, California-Nevada Chapter of the American Fisheries Society (1999)
  • Benthic Macroinvertebrate (BMI) and Algae Bioassessments and Physical Habitat Assessments Training; two day field training by the California Department of Fish and Game for the San Francisco Bay Area Regional Monitoring Coalition (RMC) NPDES water quality monitoring requirement (March 19-20, 2012).
  • Member of California Storm Water Quality Association (CASQA) since 2005.
Starting Year of Employment: 
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