Licensed Professional Engineer, Texas No. 54777, New Mexico No. 13122
Licensed Professional Geoscientist, Texas No. 112
James Scaief has more than 30 years of engineering experience with more than 25 years at Murfee Engineering Company. His professional affiliations include the Austin Geological Society and the Geological Society of America. Mr. Scaief has served on several technical advisory committees including the Lower Colorado River Authority’s (LCRA) Non-Point Source Pollution Control Ordinance, The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Recommendations for Protection of Water Quality of the Edwards Aquifer and the Hill Country Alliance Technical Advisory Committee.
Mr. Scaief’s technical expertise is focused on all aspects of stormwater runoff including delineation of floodplains, design of regional stormwater detention ponds and master planning of drainage and water quality for developments. Mr. Scaief’s expertise in Non-Point Source Pollution (NPS) pollution control has resulted in not only master planning of development communities, but design of dozens of best management practices (BMP) for water quality. These include not only the complete suite of traditional BMPs, but also innovative designs using passive, low-impact, native vegetation for treatment of stormwater runoff. Biodetention is one such innovative water quality BMP, the details of which were published in a technical journal.
Mr. Scaief has completed all of the Wildland Hydrology courses dealing with river morphology, river assessment and monitoring, and river restoration and natural channel design. The knowledge gained from these courses along with his geological background provides Mr. Scaief with a unique perspective in drainage design.
Mr. Scaief has either prepared or assisted in preparing development permit applications to numerous Central Texas Municipalities and Counties, the LCRA, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality Edwards Aquifer Protection Program (TCEQ EAPP), TCEQ wastewater land application permits, and has worked extensively with biologists in gaining approval of nationwide permits from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
Mr. Scaief holds Bachelor of Science degrees in Engineering Science and in Geological Sciences from the University of Texas at Austin.