Resume for James H. Nelson

James H Nelson, P.E., President


1976, B.S., Hydrology, University of Arizona

Professional Registrations

1991, Civil Engineer, CA
1987, Civil Engineer, AZ
1990, Civil Engineer, NV
2013, Civil Engineer, HI

Specialized Training

“Implementation of Environmental Protection Agency NPDES Permit Application Regulations for Storm Water Discharges”; APWA and NAFSMA

“How to Build Exceptional Presentation Skills”; Rockhurst College

“Effective Reports, Proposals, and Memos”; Information Mapping, Inc.

“Safety of Dams and Owner Liability”; Division of Emergency Services, Department of Water Resources, Federal Emergency Management Agency

“Hydraulic Design of Energy Dissipaters, Improved Culvert Inlets and Channels with Flexible Linings”; Federal Highway Administration

“Hydraulic, Erosion and Sedimentation Analyses in Arid Areas”; University of Arizona

“Assertive Management Workshop”; Multiple Advisory Group, Inc.

“Project Scheduling and Budgeting”; PSMJ Seminars

“Low Impact Development Applications for Water Resource Management”; American Society of Civil Engineers

“Construction General Permit for Stormwater”; Caltrans/ACEC/Local Agencies Coordination Committee

“Floodplain Mapping and Map Modernization”; FEMA/USACE/California DWR

“Public Financing”; APWA Sacramento Chapter

Professional Affiliations

American Society of Civil Engineers
Floodplain Management Association (California)
Arizona Floodplain Management Association
Association of State Floodplain Managers

Experience and Current Responsibilities

Mr. Nelson is the President of Storm Water Consulting, Inc. and retains over 35 years of specialized experience in managing and performing a wide variety of storm drainage and water resources projects; including storm drainage master plans, floodplain analyses, hydrologic and hydraulic studies, drainage designs for streets and highways, storm drainage impact fee analyses, joint-use flood control/recreation and environmental enhancement projects, environmental impact reports, flood control studies and designs, and drainage litigation expert witness services. Since beginning his professional practice in 1975, Mr. Nelson has completed or supervised the completion of over 2,500 relevant projects in the field of water resources. Many of the project engagements that Mr. Nelson has managed have involved extensive public and agency participation, and he has effectively facilitated workshops, public meetings, and consensus building sessions. Prior to founding Storm Water Consulting, Inc., Mr. Nelson was a member of a large multi-disciplinary consulting firm for 27 years, functioning in a variety of roles, including Chief Hydrologist, Water Resources Manager, Principal, Branch Manager and Vice President.


“Incorporating LID Into Storm Drainage Master Planning,” co-authored with S. McIlroy, StormCon, The North American Water Quality Conference & Exposition, Anaheim, California, August 2011.

“General Guidelines for Planning and Design of Multi-Objective Drainage Facilities,” Urban Runoff Symposium, Modesto, California, September 2003

“General Guidelines for Multi-Use Detention Basins,” Arizona Floodplain Management Association, October 1998.

“Joint-Use Flood Control/Recreation Facilities,” Arid Regions Floodplain Management Conference, Laughlin, Nevada, March 1997.

“General Guidelines for the Development of Multi-Use Detention Facilities,” Annual Conference of the Floodplain Management Association of California, September 1993.

“Multi-Objective Flood Control Projects In Arid Regions,” Fourteenth Annual Conference of Association of State Floodplain Managers, Asheville, North Carolina, June 1990.

“Use of HEC 2 for Floodplain Mapping In Fluvial Channel Systems,” HEC 2 Users Conference, Denver, Colorado, August 1989.

“Alluvial Fan Flooding and Development Alternatives,” ASCE Hydraulics Division National Conference on Hydraulic Engineering and International Symposium on Model-Prototype Correlations, Colorado Springs, Colorado, August 1988.

“Tortolita Fan Area Watershed Management Plan,” co authored with J.S. Wise, V.M. Diggins, M.S. Pearthree, and D.A. Smutzer, Realistic Approaches to Better Floodplain Management, Eleventh Annual Conference of Association of State Floodplain Managers, Seattle, Washington, June 1987.

“Watershed Management Study for Tortolita Alluvial Fan,” Arid West Committee Regional Conference, Las Vegas, Nevada, March 1986.