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Erin M. Harris

Nutter & Associates


Erin Harris is an interdisciplinary soil and water scientist with over 20 years of experience in environmental consulting. She specializes in sediment and erosion control design, permitting, and regulation associated with stormwater discharges from construction activities. She also serves as project manager for projects involving watershed assessments and protection plans, soil surveys for on-site wastewater and land treatment systems, and wetland delineations and impact analyzes.

Erin has provided clients from a variety of backgrounds with the knowledge and expertise necessary to design and implement erosion and sedimentation best management practices (BMPs), soil stabilization measures, and hydrologic and stormwater management for construction sites. She possesses a vast understanding of the regulatory requirements, policies, and permitting procedures for land disturbing activities in 14 different states. Erin is familiar with the conditions of the Construction General Permit(s), which authorizes stormwater discharges for construction activity under the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) program. She understands the provisions of the Federal Clean Water Act, and state rules and regulations concerning the design, installation, and maintenance of erosion and sediment controls and pollution prevention measures for construction sites.

Erin holds several professional certifications that exhibit her knowledge of the principles and practices of erosion and sediment control. She is currently a Certified Professional in Erosion and Sediment Control (CPESC), Georgia Level II Certified Design Professional of erosion and sediment control, Certified Erosion, Sediment, and Stormwater Inspector (CESSWI), and Georgia Level IB Certified Inspector of erosion and sediment control. Erin has been recognized by the Georgia Soil and Water Conservation Commission as a Certified Level I and Level II erosion and sediment control Trainer and by Envirocert International as a Trainer for the Certified Professional in Erosion and Sediment Control program. Ms. Harris is also a Certified Professional Soil Scientist (CPSS), Professional Wetland Scientist (PWS), Georgia Certified Soil Classifier, Texas Professional Geoscientist in the field of soil science, and a License Professional Soil Scientist in South Carolina.

Erin has designed numerous plans for erosion and sedimentation control in Georgia and Alabama. She regularly reviews plans designed by others to verify they meet the minimum design requirements and that the specified BMPs are utilized in accordance with the appropriate design specifications and standards. Mrs. Harris has completed numerous compliance inspections and associated compliance sampling. She also regularly conducts trainings and project audits, provides project oversight, and recommendations to effectively minimize or prevent the discharge of pollutants during and after construction.

Erin is adept at navigating regulatory complexities and regularly conducts scientific investigations, data analysis, and scientific reports for litigation matters involving E & S control and stormwater issues for construction sites. The results of field investigations and data analysis conducted by her are routinely used to develop planning documents and expert opinions for legal matters involving local and state regulators, municipal and industrial clients, federal entities, and private landowners.