Director of Water Resources
PhD, PE, ENV SP, D.WRE, QSD/P
Dr. Ben Willardson has 21 years of professional experience and is a Southern California stormwater management expert. He has extensive experience in the development and review of hydrologic, hydraulic, and sediment transport models and has been heavily involved in the implementation of stormwater management programs for compliance with National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Permit requirements for the County of Los Angeles and has guided the development of methodologies to evaluate the effective use of Best Management Practices (BMPs) within the County. He has reviewed hydrologic and stormwater quality methodologies for implementations as standards within Los Angeles County. Ben has operated 14 dams and 27 spreading grounds for flood control and water conservation within the complex flood control system serving Los Angeles County, and has represented the interests of the County during discussions with the Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency regarding discharge of water from Superfund sites into the flood control system. He has acted as an expert witness for litigation related to flooding and has also conducted asset assessment for asset management programs related to flood control channels and road pavements.