Tune in to hear environmental attorney Paul Kent and WWA’s Erin O’Brien describe how watershed-scale runoff management makes sense from both resource management and environmental policy perspective. Paul will provide an overview of historic and current stormwater management laws and insights on the need for a more integrated approach. Erin will provide context for how this discussion fits with WWA’s ongoing efforts to build policy and program support for hydrologic assessment and restoration. Together they will set the stage for discussion on how watershed-scale, hydrology-focused approaches to stormwater management could be supported under current regulatory frameworks and other state programs.
Erin O’Brien, Wisconsin Wetlands Association, and Paul G. Kent, Stafford Rosenbaum LLP

Recorded May 20, 2022.

Paul G. Kent is a senior partner with Stafford Rosenbaum LLP in Madison, Wisconsin. His practice focuses on environmental regulatory matters with a particular emphasis on water issues including wastewater, stormwater, drinking water, shorelands, wetlands, and navigable water issues. He has taught the environmental law course at the University of Wisconsin Law School since 1989 and has authored several publications including Wisconsin Water Law in the 21st Century.

Erin O’Brien is Policy Programs Director for Wisconsin Wetlands Association. Her current work focuses on strengthening state laws and regulations governing wetland management, building capacity to help integrate wetland conservation into state-sponsored programs, and providing support to communities interested in restoring wetlands to solve problems. Erin has a Master’s degree in Land Resources from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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