Felicia Federico, D.Env.
Dr. Federico establishes sustained partnerships with Federal, State and local agencies to facilitate deep understanding of management needs, develop collaborative research agendas, communicate research findings, and pursue interdisciplinary approaches that incorporate social, institutional, legal, and economic considerations.
Dr. Federico’s background includes 12 years of research and practice in the field of urban hydromodification. The term hydromodification refers to changes in the hydrologic regime resulting from land use alterations; these changes include reductions in stormwater infiltration and increases in runoff. Downstream impacts include increased sediment transport and stream channel erosion, and alterations in aquatic communities. Understanding urban hydrology, and the resulting geomorphic response of stream channels, provides a physical basis for conservation and management of Southern California’s sensitive and ecologically important streams. Continued local research, augmented by collaboration across other Mediterranean climate areas, is critical to providing regionally appropriate solutions. Dr. Federico is particularly interested in understanding and facilitating the process by which research findings are incorporated into management actions and policy development at multiple levels: from individual project mitigation design standards, to municipal permit requirements, to State-level programmatic approaches. Current and past Technical Advisory Council participation includes the San Diego Hydromodification Monitoring Program, the Southern California Coastal Water Research Project (SCCWRP) Hydromodification Project, and the LA County Department of Public Works Hydromodification Task Force. She was co-author of the SCCWRP report on Hydromodification Assessment and Management in California, prepared for the State Water Resources Control Board. Dr. Federico has presented on hydromodification and stream stability issues to a range of audiences, including workshops and conferences sponsored by the State Water Board, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Works, CASQA, the County of Santa Barbara, the Floodplain Management Association, and the Southern California Wetlands Recovery Project.
University of California, Los Angeles: D.Env, Environmental Science and Engineering
University of California, Los Angeles: M.A., Geography
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, N.Y.: B.S., Mechanical Engineering
Dr. Federico’s background includes environmental consulting, where she was responsible for managing multi-objective water resources projects involving stormwater runoff, water quality, stream protection, water harvesting and low impact development. She also has 15 years’ experience developing and implementing corporate programs for environmental regulatory compliance. This includes ten years of management and staff supervision for a range of programs related to water quality, hazardous waste, air emissions, underground storage tanks, spill prevention, and emergency response.
Publications and Reports
Federico, F., S. Ostermann-Kelm, C. Brigham, and P. Bunje, 2012. A collaborative science agenda on climate change for Southern California coastal national parks. Natural Resource Report NPS/MEDN/NRR—2012/583. National Park Service, Fort Collins, Colorado.
Stein, E.D., Federico, F., Booth, D.B., Bledsoe, B.P., Bowles, C., Rubin, Z., Kondolf, G.M., Sengupta, A., 2012. Hydromodification Assessment and Management in California. Southern California Coastal Water Research Project Technical Report 667, April 2012.
Federico, F., 2009. Managing Hydromodification Impacts due to Urbanization through the Regulation of New Development and Re-development in California. Unpublished Doctoral Dissertation, UCLA Environmental Science and Engineering Program, March 2009.
Federico, F., Luce, S., Ambrose, R.F., 2007. A Multi-Metric Index for Evaluating the Condition of Riparian Corridors. Water Environment Federation Technical Conference Proceedings, San Diego, CA, Oct 2007.