Client Service Manager
University of Tennessee
B.S., Civil Engineering
Engineer in Training: Tennessee
Stefanie has 15 years of experience as a water resource professional. In her 9 years as a utility engineer, she gained an understanding of the complex roles that managers play balancing water quality and providing customer service. Subsequently, as an employee for the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) in the Watershed Management Division, Stefanie focused on broadening her perspectives to include multiple watersheds with a wide variety of pollutants. Stefanie performed environmental assessments aimed at evaluating load and waste load allocations from pollution sources. She provided technical guidance regarding non-point source impacts and mitigation efforts such as vegetative and structural best management practices, planning techniques and ordinances in the study area. Her expertise coupled with associated modeling efforts, resulted in permits to protect water quality. Most recently, Stefanie has joined the engineering consulting field and is aggressive about applying her knowledge and skills to benefit her clientele. Her daily duties involve assisting municipalities with the technicalities of program management and permit compliance.
Stefanie assisted the City of Athens in the implementation of their vision of stream and wetland restoration, water quality improvement, and environment education enrichment. Specific projects included over 6,000 linear feet of urban stream restoration and roadway drainage improvements through the application of a constructed wetland. In addition, the projects included construction of agricultural BMP’s to reduce severe erosion, stabilize banks, and exclude cattle while maintaining farm operations.
Mrs. Farrell performed pollutant loading calculations; results were compared to target loadings to determine the needed reduction to achieve water quality goals. GIS was used to compare land use, riparian zone, infrastructure, and other geographic data to prioritize remediation. The data gaps identified were used to develop monitoring program including preparation of a QAPP to ensure quality data
In this role, she assisted the Louisville-Jefferson County Metropolitan Sewer District (MSD) in an effort to meet measurable goal items associated with post-construction stormwater runoff controls. The goals of the project were to develop a database of restored stream reaches that MSD has maintenance responsibilities and to implement an inspection and maintenance program. Ultimately, this effort allowed MSD to fully illustrate the water quality lift from these projects and identify those projects that can be improved.
As part of the project, Stefanie was granted funds from the 604b Watershed Planning Initiative to collaborate with all agencies influencing water quality in First Utility District Service Area. The project goals included an assessment of water quality with an emphasis on analysis of data gaps associated with monitoring efforts. The report outlined a strategic approach for future partnerships.
She fostered partnerships between water and wastewater utility district, local stakeholders, and watershed interest groups, these relationships provided the foundation for the negotiations of Tennessee’s first watershed-based NPDES permit. She established the monitoring plan that accelerated the state’s efforts aimed at limiting redundancy and characterization of the watershed to more accurately address pollutants of concern. She also represented utility interests in federal grants aimed at assessing the market for trading in Beaver Creek Watershed. Stefanie administered compliance programs and documents for state mandated consent orders including but not limited to the development of the following relevant programs: Capacity Management and Operations and Maintenance (CMOM), Capacity Assurance Plan (CAP), Standard Operating Procedures (SOP’s), Sanitary Overflow Response Plan (SORP).