AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION
Environmental Resource Permitting and Monitoring; Rule Development and Agency Negotiations; Surface and Groundwater Quality; Regulatory Compliance; Ecosystem Analysis; Estuarine and Water Resource Science; Project Management; Expert Witness Testimony
Environmental Resource Permitting & Consulting Assistance, Mainstream Properties, Inc. Project Manager Efforts relating to characterization of treated industrial wastewater from an abandoned phosphate plant for reuse as spray irrigation of salt-tolerant grasses included assessments of potential impacts to surficial ground and surface waters and negotiations with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) for groundwater monitoring plan approval. Work included extensive reviews of chemical data and loading thresholds for key parameters in relationship to their standards, criteria and recovery times of ambient surface and groundwaters.
Additional work for this client has included development of environmental assessments for land slated for development, including pre- and post-development pollutant loading estimates, habitat assessments and other requisite evaluations required for state, federal and local agencies.
Environmental Resource Permitting & Consulting Assistance, West Coast Inland Navigation District, Project Manager Assist the District with assessments, permit and exemption application preparation and agency negotiations relating to maintenance dredge and construction activities recommended as part of the Sea Grant Regional Waterway Management System studies in Southwest Florida. Work for the District also included assisting with development of the Noticed General Permit (NGP) for maintenance dredge activities in Lee, Manatee and Sarasota Counties, with subsequent use of the NGP for permitting within the Phillippi Creek waterway; periodic meetings with the Army Corps of Engineers; involvement with Florida Department of Environmental Protection staff in Tallahassee and District offices, including the Secretary, to address long-term planning and permitting issues; representation of the District with member county staff on individual permitting issues; peer review and troubleshooting; preparation of environmental permit feasibility reports; review and recommendations for long-term dredge material disposal and reuse, including beach restoration and habitat restoration; seagrass mitigation plans; and technical support to legal staff.
Environmental Resource Permitting & Consulting Assistance, City of Holmes Beach, Florida Project Manager Assisted the City with assessments, permit and exemption application preparation and agency negotiations relating to maintenance dredge and construction activities within the previously permitted footprint or the residential canal system and entrance channels. Work has also included review of proposed development and habitat restoration plans for environmental impacts on behalf of the City, technical support to the Citys legal staff and other recommendations concerning environmental matters of the City.
Miscellaneous Permitting Projects, Project ManagerOngoing representation of clients at all stages of regulatory agency reviews, including site reviews, pre-application meetings and discussions relating to specific permit conditions. These projects include marinas, maintenance dredge proposals, and application of exemptions to proposed activities. Data collection for several of these sites include stratigraphy, sediment chemistry, biological and water quality analyses to support maintenance dredge exemptions and permits.
Airport Water Quality Monitoring Program, MEA Group, Inc., Florida, Project ScientistAssist with development and implementation of a three-year statewide stormwater quality and sediment monitoring program for a number of airports strategically located throughout Florida. This project is funded by the FAA and FDOT and has been initiated to assist with long-term planning, development of best management practices (BMPs) and cost savings for stormwater management throughout the state.
Environmental Resource Permitting Assistance, Longboat Key, Florida, Project ManagerWork included securing emergency permits for Geotube construction and deployment for shoreline stabilization at Lighthouse Point on the southern tip of Longboat Key. Subsequent tasks included construction oversight to ensure Geotube permit compliance and later evaluations of construction compliance for permanent shoreline stabilization project. These activities included review of turbidity monitoring reports, surveys of adjacent seagrass beds and review of permit drawings to ensure compatibility of shoreline anchor locations.
Environmental Resource Permitting and Data Support, Everglades Agricultural Area/Everglades Protection District, Project ScientistAssist with reviews of University of Floridas Institute of Food & Agricultural Sciences (IFAS) research programs and data representing South Florida surface and groundwater quality; review of water use, residuals and discharge permits and monitoring data and permits; input to proposed and ongoing monitoring programs of the South Florida Water Management District; and reviews of Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs) and other regulatory criteria relating to agricultural land use and discharge in the Everglades Agricultural Area.
Water Quality, Star Enterprise, Fairfax, Virginia, Project ScientistAssisted with developing study plans for site-specific water quality criteria involving biological and chemical translator methods to assist with identifying revised effluent limitations for heavy metal criteria. Work included •••••pling and analysis of effluent and surface waters, statistical review and analyses of data and negotiations with the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality. Interpretation of pH fluctuations with respect to photosynthetic activity was also involved. This work was performed in response to assessments at a petroleum storage facility with surface and groundwater contamination.
Water Quality, West Coast Regional Water Supply Authority, Hillsborough, Pinellas, and Pasco Counties, Florida, Project ManagerServed as project manager for an annual hydrologic report and an assessment of domestic well water quality in Hillsborough, Pinellas and Pasco counties; wetland resource management permitting for proposed water distribution pipeline; feasibility studies involving wetlands augmentation from riverine system withdrawals; and assistance with annual wellfield, hydrologic and water quality reports. Involvement included development of reports, as well as participation in report findings during public presentation.
Water Quality Monitoring, King Ranch, Florida, and Talisman Sugar Corporation, Project ScientistInvolvement with hydrologic and water quality monitoring of agricultural runoff to determine phosphorus loadings as required by the South Florida Water Management District. Pump calibration efforts include dye fluorometry to assist with accurate flow measurement. The ••••• monitoring stations at these sites consist of both flow and time-proportional solar-powered automated •••••plers, tipping-bucket rain gauges and dataloggers located throughout Everglades Agricultural Area (EAA) south of Lake Okeechobee and north of the Everglades.
Reverse Osmosis Impact Assessment and Permitting, City of Sarasota, Florida, Project ScientistEvaluation of impacts and permitting options associated with the City of Sarasotas ion exchange and reverse osmosis (RO) discharges to Sarasota Bay. Assessment criteria involved water quality and hydrologic elements, including evaluations of Ra••••• associated with RO and ion exchange effluent. Negotiations with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection included issues of bio-toxicity, fate and transport and other water quality assessments to meet permit compliance and schedules.
Water Quality and Environmental Resource Permitting, Pinellas County, Florida, Project ManagerServed as both task and project manager for the Solid Waste Department on issues involving surface and groundwater quality, Environmental Resource Permitting, agency negotiations, reports, and data synthesis. This work has involved the Toytown and Bridgeway Acres landfills.
Surface and Groundwater Quality, Florida Concrete and Products Association, Florida, Project ScientistAssisted with development, analysis and synthesis of surface and groundwater quality data used to develop statewide general permit criteria for concrete batch plants. Involvement included agency negotiations; generation of water quality, permitting and best management practice reporting elements; and final project management and report responsibilities.
Environmental Resource Mitigation and Permitting, AT&T, Florida, Project ManagerThis work included wetlands and water quality assessments for jurisdictional areas ranging from intermittent streams to large bodies of water, such as Escambia Bay (Class II waters) and the Apalachicola River (Florida Outstanding Waters). The project was conducted in a •••••mile corridor from Pensacola to Jacksonville and Lake City.
Water Quality Monitoring ProjectsOversight of a variety of storm event pollutant loading and groundwater monitoring programs using manual and automated •••••pling methods. These activities included short-term construction monitoring of surface waters, long-term background monitoring programs for both surface and groundwaters, compliance monitoring and pollutant loading assessments. The latter studies encompassed evaluation of water quality, hydrographic and precipitation data. Compliance and permitting monitoring for estuarine projects also included evaluations of physical data used to assess flushing characteristics of marina basins and canals.
Environmental Resource Permitting, Florida Rock Industries, Inc., Marion County, Florida, Project ManagerServed as project manager for several existing and proposed mine sites in Marion County and South Florida, requiring environmental permits. Preparation and agency negotiations of industrial waste, consumptive use, management and storage of surface waters (MSSW), NPDES and wetlands resource permit applications were performed. Groundwater monitoring plans were also developed as part of the presentation at public hearings.
Water Quality, Sediment and Macrophyte Studies, Florida Sugar Cane League, Florida, Project ManagerProject management activities included work in Lake Okeechobee, the Water Conservation Areas and Everglades National Park related to water quality, sediment and macrophyte monitoring. These efforts were designed to assess potential eutrophication and water quality impacts associated with agricultural runoff. Additional tasks included assisting the Leagues legal counsel in preparation for federal lawsuit proceedings, involving the South Florida Water Management District and FDEP.
Sarasota County, Project ManagerWork for the county has included assistance with development and updates for the Phillippi Creek maintenance dredge website of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs); peer review of chemical water quality and sediment data and consultant recommendations relating to a large stormwater retention site, and assistance with a variety of permitting issues relating to the countys dredge program as the West Coast Inland Navigations representative on the Sarasota County Waterways Advisory Committee. Efforts resulting from the forensic review of water and sediment quality data led to significant cost savings to the client, resulting in reversal of regulatory and consultant recommendations for unneeded remediation.
Environmental Impact Monitoring, Manatee County, Florida, Project ManagerProject management of three-year environmental monitoring efforts to assess and report on potential impacts, degradation, and adverse effects associated with IMCs Four Corners phosphate mine operation. Tasks in this long-term effort include complication and analysis of historic water quality, hydrologic and biologic data; design, installation, and maintenance of a comprehensive monitoring program; data analysis and reporting; and data evaluation and assessment of impacts.
NPDES Permitting, Florida Rock Industries, Inc., Florida, Project ManagerServed as project manager for sand and dolomite mine sites in Florida involving NPDES permitting, industrial waste permitting and characterization of surface and groundwaters. Work also included ancillary review o hazardous and other materials storage areas to ensure compliance with other regulatory criteria.
Environmental Compliance Assessment System, Savannah District, Army Corps of Engineers, Project ScientistParticipated in field audits and reports of findings under the Environmental Compliance Assessment System (ECAS). This work involved audits at Army National Guard facilities throughout Georgia and included regulatory review of the Clean Air Act; Clean Water Act; Resource Conservation and Recovery Act; Comprehensive Environmental Response Compensation and Liability Act; Superfund Amendment and Reauthorization Act and RCRA Corrective Actions; Toxic Substances Control Act; Federal Insecticide; Fungicide and Rodenticide Act; Natural Resources Management; National Environmental Policy Act; Asbestos Management Program; Noise Abatement; Radon Program; Environmental Program Management and Hazardous Materials Management.
Environmental Assessment, Confidential Client, Marysville, Ohio, Project ScientistPerformed an environmental assessment and audit of a vacated defense contractor facility near Marysville, Ohio. This comprehensive survey included review of surface and groundwater conditions, waste disposal and collection systems, asbestos-containing building materials, and industrial processes associated with historic Department of Defense contractor operations. Critical review of permits, monitoring reports, etc. was also performed to develop conclusions and recommendations for a Phase II environmental assessment.
Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plans, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Savannah District, Project ScientistAssisted with field and reporting efforts for development of required stormwater pollution prevention plans at military facilities as part of the NPDES permit process. Sites evaluated included motor pools, landfills, recycling centers, and airfields. Dye studies were conducted to determine illicit discharges, and inventories of significant materials and storage practices were conducted to assist with development of recommended Best Management Practices (BMPs).
Comprehensive Quality Assurance Plan (Comp QAP) DevelopmentResponsible for development of a Comp QAP for all in-house chemistry/ biological laboratory and field activities, as required by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP), and Florida Department of Health and Rehabilitative Services (FDHRS).
Environmental Services Contracts, Florida Department of Transportation, Project ManagerServed as project manager under the agencys statewide environmental services contract. Projects included development of contamination assessment plans, •••••pling and contamination assessment reports at several petroleum spill sites, wetlands jurisdiction and mitigation work, and environmental assessments of proposed highway corridors. Other work for the agency administered by district offices included Project Development and Environmental (PDE) studies of proposed highway alignments. This latter work included hazardous waste site, surface and groundwater quality, wetlands and threatened/endangered species evaluations.
Groundwater Monitoring Plan, Florida Citrus Packers, Inc., Florida, Project ManagerProject management tasks included effluent •••••pling, data analysis and agency negotiations, performed to establish an industry-wide groundwater monitoring program. Seminars on permitting requirements were also provided to cooperative members.
Ambient Surface Water Monitoring Program, Suwannee River Water Management DistrictProject management activities over a two-year period included supervision of field •••••pling personnel responsible for collection of water quality, sediment and biological data at the Districts •••••station monitoring network, including lotic and lentic sites for freshwater and estuarine systems. Data were statistically analyzed for generation of quarterly and annual reports. Overall project management activities also included presentations of data to the District and development of a project-specific QAP.
Environmental Specialist, Florida Department of Environmental Regulation, Tallahassee, FloridaWork involved development and review of surface and groundwater monitoring programs; permit application review; monitoring program design and recommendations of major dredge and fill proposals, including port facilities, phosphate mines, marinas and developments; assessment and ranking of uncontrolled hazardous waste and petroleum disposal and spill sites as Floridas Superfund Coordinator over a three year period; expert witness testimony involving water quality, environmental compliance, and dredge and fill issues in administrative hearings and court proceedings, including proposed mining activities; surface and groundwater collection activities utilizing approved QA/QC protocol and data interpretation and synthesis. Facilities and permittees are too numerous to mention but included military bases, Army Corps of Engineers projects, large and small industrial sites (e.g. Pratt & Whitney, Harris Corporation, General Electric, Cabot Corporation, CSXT), land development concerns, county-owned landfills, municipal point and non-point discharges, uncontrolled hazardous waster disposal sites, etc.
During Mr. •••••s tenure with the FDEP, numerous new and maintenance dredge permit applications were reviewed and water quality/biological monitoring programs were developed for issued permits. All facets of environmental and hydrographic review were encompassed during this review, including spoil site selection, feasibility evaluations of dredging and dewatering techniques, ownership considerations, etc. Mr. ••••• has attended dredging workshops at Texas A&M University, provided seminars and written articles on estuarine dredge and fill activities in Floridas Environmental News and the international journal Environmental Management. Major applications involving his review included the ACOEs maintenance dredging in the Apalachicola River, Jacksonville Port Authoritys maintenance and new dredging activities, Florida Inland Navigational Districts (FIND) ongoing dredging and disposal work and numerous port facility maintenance dredging works.
University of Miami, Coral Gables, Florida, Field BiologistEmployment included field and laboratory work involving assessment of biomass and productivity levels in mangrove tidal systems; data collection activities relating to monitoring herbicide flow through an estuary in Collier County; mangrove and seagrass transplanting; and marine transect impact analyses associated with a proposed boat channel in Biscayne Bay. Funding for this work was from local and federal government agencies.
M.S., Oceanography, Florida State University, ••••• (EPA Fellowship Recipient)
B.S., Biology/Chemistry, University of Miami, •••••