Jared Bramblett
Jared Bramblett, PE, LEED AP

HDR
Senior Hydraulics Engineer

How long have you been a member of SESWA (years)?
Four years.

Have you served SESWA in the past? If so, how?
No.

What abilities and attributes can you bring to the Board?
I recently served on the governance committee for the Charleston Resilience Network, which focused on developing recommendations for how the organization can structure and position itself to continue its mission of making Charleston and the Lowcountry of South Carolina more resilient to the challenges posed by climate change. I also currently serve as an ambassador for the Charleston Waterkeeper’s (CWK) Programs Committee, which helps to guide the development of various programs and missions of the organization. We are currently helping to draft a climate and resilience statement for the CWK. I have previously served as the President and Vice President on the Board of Directors for the Charitable Society of Charleston (CSC). CSC is a volunteer group of young professionals committed to providing for the needs of local not-for-profit organizations who help individuals in our community, with a focus on groups that support children, the elderly, individuals with special needs, and overall community wellness. I will bring my experiences and lessons-learned working with these organizations to SESWA’s Board.

What background and experience do you have in the stormwater industry?
I’ve been working as an engineer in the stormwater management industry for over 15 years, having worked on a variety of federal, municipal, and private sector projects throughout the Southeast. I’m passionate about sustainable and resilient infrastructure. My professional experiences include stormwater master planning, hydrology and hydraulic modeling, water quality modeling, resilience planning, construction plan development, and construction management. I’m an active member in the South Carolina Association of Stormwater Managers (SCASM), the Charleston Resilience Network, and the Charleston Waterkeeper. I also have a personal photography project where I’ve been documenting the impacts of flooding on the Charleston community since 2016.

Why do you want to serve on the Board of Directors?
I’d like to serve on the Board to help the SESWA membership prepare and advance stormwater management programs through changing regulatory and physical environments. The coming years are likely to be challenging for the industry as we continue to experience the impacts of climate change, including changing rainfall patterns and sea level rise. In recent years we’ve seen historic and tragic flooding throughout the Southeast, whether it’s increased tidal flooding along the coast like we are seeing in my hometown of Charleston or devastating rainfall-driven flooding like we saw in Tennessee this past August. Our municipalities are going to face pressures to improve our stormwater management systems and modify regulations to anticipate and respond to a changing future. The current administration has placed an emphasis on infrastructure funding with a focus on climate change and resiliency, but there will not be enough funds for all of our stormwater management needs. Municipalities are going to need to be strategic with where and how they invest in our stormwater management infrastructure, and I hope to help educate and advocate for SEWSA membership by serving on the Board.