David S. Liebl

David S. LieblFaculty Associate
Engineering Professional Development, UW-Madison;
Statewide Stormwater Specialist
UW-Cooperative Extension


Swinburne University of Technology
M.S., Astronomy

University of the State of New York
B.S., Biology

Recent Outreach Programs:

  • Managing Water Resources in a Changing Climate, NASECA-WI, January 2009
  • Responding Effectively to Climatic Variability: Tools and Long-Term Strategies For Water Resources Managers
    - Workshop 1 – Climatic Variability for Water Resource Management, July 2008
    - Workshop 2 – Understanding Impacts and Response, January 2009
  • Phase 2 Stormwater Program Implementation
    - Program 1 - Ordinance Development and Enforcement, January  2007
    - Program 2 - Implementing a Stormwater Management Program, March 2007
    - Program 3 - Public Engagement, April 25, 2007
  • New Stormwater Regulations - What they Mean for Your Community, March 2006

Selected Publications:

Liebl, David S., Managing Storm Water Runoff: A Self Assessment for Wisconsin Businesses, University of Wisconsin Cooperative Extension, July 2007.

Liebl, David S., J. Bertolacini, Detecting and Eliminating Illicit Discharges, University of Wisconsin Cooperative Extension, January 2007.

Zedler, Joy, D.S. Liebl, Turning Stormwater Facilities Into Amenities for Learning, University of Wisconsin-Arboretum, December 2006.

Liebl, David S., Storm Water Detention Ponds Site Safety and Design, University of Wisconsin Cooperative Extension, August 2006.


David works closely with communities, industry and government to provide training, educational programming, policy review and technical assistance for pollution prevention and community environmental protection. With the implementation of the industrial storm water permit program in Wisconsin, he has worked with numerous manufacturers to minimize contamination of runoff from their facilities.

The advent of EPA's Phase II storm water revisions has led to similar work with communities and businesses. For example, he recently completed a community wide reconnaissance for the City of Portage waste water treatment plant to identify illicit discharges to the system. He currently is leading the effort to install innovative stormwater BMPs and research facilities at the UW-Arboretum as part of a watershed-scale stormwater management planning activity. 

Response to climate change impacts is a recent outreach focus. With Ken Potter, he has held a series of workshops that have engaged regional water resource managers, consultants and academic experts in identifying potential climate impacts and adaptation strategies for Wisconsin's communities.