Chris Crompton

Chris Crompton is the Manager of the North Orange County Watershed Management Area for the County of Orange/Public Works Department, a government agency in southern California. The North Orange County Watershed Management Area covers an area of 1400 square kilometers with a population of almost 2 million people. In this position Chris is responsible for: the countywide, municipal stormwater permit compliance program under the Clean Water Act, involving the County government, Flood Control District, and 24 cities; a number of pollutant-specific Total Maximum Daily Load compliance initiatives; extensive monitoring, assessment, and reporting programs; and multi-jurisdictional watershed planning efforts.

Chris was educated at the University of Nottingham in the United Kingdom and has almost 40 years of experience in environmental management, over 30 years of which have been with the County of Orange. His professional affiliations include:

●  Founder and past Chair of the Southern California Stormwater Monitoring Coalition (SMC), an organization comprising stormwater programs and regulatory agencies in southern California, which conducts research, monitoring and special studies, including ones on low impact development.

●  Organizer, initial board member, and past Chair of the California Stormwater Quality Association and recipient of its 2017 Leadership Award

●  Founder, prior Board member, and officer of the National Hydrologic Warning Council, an organization focused on the use of automated hydrologic information to protect lives, property, and the environment.

●  Current alternate Commissioner for the Southern California Coastal Water Research Project, a leading U.S. environmental research institute.