Megan is one of the three founding principals of Catalyst and serves as both Chief Financial Officer and Director of Regulatory Compliance and Permitting. She is a dedicated client manager, especially adept at delivering high-quality work products, on time and within budget. She has developed a robust project management approach that ensures timeliness, quality, and legal defensibility of project documents. She has addressed many controversial issues related to energy development, land use, and water resources in the southwestern US and globally. Megan has nearly 20 years of experience as an environmental planner and water resource specialist, with extensive experience evaluating potential impacts of projects under CEQA and NEPA as well as other state-specific equivalent regulations for commercial, federal, state, and local government agencies. Her project experiences ranges from urban redevelopment to stormwater infrastructure and greenways and large-scale restoration projects, to energy production, generation, and transmission.
Ms. Schwartz also assists clients with preparation of permit applications including 404 Individual and Nationwide Permits, 401 Water Quality Certifications, and Streambed Alteration Agreements, as well as working with agencies through permit processing and approval.
Megan coordinates and communicates frequently with the State Water Resources Control Board, Los Angeles RWQCB, CDFW, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and EPA on permitting and regulatory compliance matters. She has in‐depth knowledge of watershed and stakeholder management and has project experience in the Six Rivers National Forest watersheds, Klamath River, San Joaquin River, Santa Clara River, Los Angeles River, San Gabriel River, Rio Hondo, New River, and San Diego River watersheds, as well as in the Salton Sea. She has served as Project Manager for numerous reports in support of CEQA and permitting for a large land development company in unincorporated Los Angeles and Ventura County and has provided on-call consulting services for the land development company for the past 10 years.