Stu E. Townsley

Deputy District Engineer for Project Management

San Francisco District, USACE
Published Feb. 15, 2021
Updated: March 1, 2022

Stu Townsley is the Deputy District Engineer for Project Management for San Francisco District. He is responsible for the delivery of the District’s Planning, Construction and O&M Civil Works, Military and Interagency and International Services projects in addition to oversight of the Clean Water Act Regulatory program.

He was the Chief of Operations and Regulatory for the South Pacific Division, a $220M annual program. He oversaw Corps operations and maintenance at 27 federal ports & harbors, 46 dams & reservoirs, 2,300 miles of federal levees, and 211 recreation areas with 16 million annual visits. The Regulatory program processes over 8,300 annual permit applications actions. He also led a national team revamping budget development protocols for approximately $3B in annual O&M appropriations.

From 2009-2015 he served as the Flood Risk Program Manager. His duties included integration of flood risk activities across Corps Communities of Practice and with outside agencies and stakeholders. He also served as the Flood Risk Business Line Manager, and the Regional Asset Manager. Other duties included participation in Climate Change Adaption, and several USACE Infrastructure Strategy project teams.

Previously he was Chief of Water Management for Sacramento District from 2005 to 2008. Sacramento Water Management is responsible for directing water operations at 17 Corps dams and overseeing partner flood operations at an additional 28 Section 7 dams in California, Utah and Colorado.

Prior to joining the Corps in 2001 and after attending grad school at UC Davis from 1997-1999, he worked as a hydrologist for David Ford Consulting Engineers. Significant duties included developing a digital version of the Sacramento County drainage manual and working on automated flood warning systems in Montana, Kansas, Missouri, Texas and California.

Mr. Townsley also spent several years working as IT specialist for the Washington State Legislature. During his time at the Legislature, he worked on transitioning the bill making process from paper-based to web-based and developed databases and security protocols.