Offices in Sarasota and Brooksville, Florida

Phone: (941) 552-5657 / Fax: (941) 296-7984


Meet our Staff

 

James P. Guida, P.G.

Principal, Managing Partner

 

Mr. Guida has extensive experience in hydrogeology and hydrology, water supply development, water
resource management, and water conservation. He is experienced in water resource consulting, and has over 21 years of Florida Water Management District regulatory experience including the areas of Water/Consumptive Use Permitting (WUP), Well Construction Permitting (WCP), and Environmental Resource Permitting and Sovereign Submerged Lands (ERP/SSL). Mr. Guida is the former Director of the Sarasota Service Office of the Southwest Florida Water Management District (SWFWMD), a position he held for 11 years from 1995 – 2006. In this senior management professional capacity, Mr. Guida oversaw all permitting, compliance and enforcement activities of a diverse staff of ERP/SSL/WUP/WCP Program Managers, Hydrologists, Engineers, Environmental Scientists, Field Technicians and Administrative professional staff. His office’s responsibility covered the regional four county area of Manatee, Sarasota, Charlotte and DeSoto Counties.

Mr. Guida has extensive experience in interpretation and application of Florida Water law and policy, efficient use of water resources, and methods to assure environmentally and hydrologically sustainable water resource and supply development. He has been extensively involved with regulatory strategy, rule development and implementation across the entire SWFWMD, including but not limited to the Southern Water Use Caution Area (SWUCA) and Northern Tampa Bay areas, as well as the Central Florida Coordination Area, and has broad experience in working with water supply authorities including Tampa Bay Water, Peace River Manasota Regional Water Supply Authority, and their local governments. He has served as an expert witness as a hydrogeologist and water management regulation expert in cases such as the SWUCA WUP rule challenge and the Northern Tampa Bay Wellfield(s) cases. Mr. Guida’s educational background in the geologic sciences placed particular focus on hydrogeology, numerical groundwater flow modeling, and surface and borehole geophysics. Mr. Guida has a B.S. degree in geology from the University of South Florida and is a registered Professional Geologist in the State of Florida.
 
 

 

 David J. Brown, P.G.

Principal, Managing Partner

 

David Brown has a broad professional background in geology, ground water hydrology, and permitting. Since 1983, he has managed the technical aspects of water resource development and sustainability projects throughout the southeastern United States, with particular emphasis in Florida. He has both public and private professional experience, enabling him to provide a straight forward and integrated approach to resource development and protection. He has successfully worked with, and provided technical input to, numerous public officials and agencies involved in water resource policy. In addition, his background includes ground water modeling, stratigraphic interpretation, geophysical investigations, aquifer testing, ground and surface water quality monitoring, and TMDL’s. Other areas of expertise include alternative water resource development, and irrigation efficiency. Mr. Brown has a B.S. degree in geology from the University of Florida and is a registered professional geologist in the State of Florida.

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Stephen Suau, P.E.

Principal, Managing Partner

 

Mr. Stephen Suau is a Civil Engineer with over 25 years experience in Florida. Although his specialty is watershed management planning and water resources, he has been involved in all facets of civil engineering design, permitting and implementation with both the private and public sectors. Mr. Suau has performed civil engineering related services in the private sector on Developments of Regional Impact and Master Planned Communities throughout Sarasota County. He has also served as Executive Director of Sarasota County’s Planning and Development Services Business Center.


Mr. Suau has a Bachelors of Science degree from the University of Illinois in Civil Engineering and a Masters in Engineering Administration from Bradley University. He resides in Sarasota, Florida and has served as chairman of the Sarasota County Stormwater Environmental Utility Advisory Committee, co-chairman of the Sarasota County Environmentally Sensitive Lands Advisory Committee, vice-chairman of the Myakka River Planning Advisory Committee, and the Sarasota County Sustainable Agriculture Policy Committee. Mr. Suau currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Florida House Institute for Sustainable Development and as chairman of the Sarasota County Economic Develop Corporation’s Biomimicry Committee.

 

Joseph D. Haber, P.G.

Principal, Partner

 

Mr. Haber has educational and practical experience in hydrogeology, hydrology, geochemistry and geographic information systems and has worked as a water resource specialist in the State of Florida since 1999. He has experience in water use and consumptive use permitting and application preparation, including water supply demand projections, conservation plans, groundwater flow modeling, and impact analysis. Mr. Haber also has experience in production wellfield design, water quality monitoring network design and management, aquifer performance testing, Minimum Flows and Levels (MFLs) analysis, agricultural irrigation modeling, production and monitor well network design and geophysical logging. Mr. Haber has a B.S. and M.S. from the University of South Florida in Environmental Science and Policy and Hydrogeology, respectively, and is a registered Professional Geologist in the State of Florida.

Mr. Haber’s experience in the Brooksville Regulation Department of the Southwest Florida Water Management District (SWFWMD) consisted of Water Use Permit (WUP) application evaluation, water supply assessments, permit compliance resolution, preparation and development of groundwater flow models, and technical assistance for applicants. Mr. Haber has worked with several public-sector clients including the City’s of Venice, North Port, Bartow and Tampa, as well as private developers, agricultural and commercial clients to manage and coordinate WUP application preparation, groundwater flow modeling, reasonable demand analysis and water conservation planning to fulfill the SWFWMD’s WUP conditions of issuance requirements.

Mr. Haber has many years of experience designing and managing groundwater quality networks throughout Southwest Florida. This includes scheduling sampling, coordinating and contracting with certified laboratories, quality assurance and quality control, data management and analysis, and report writing. Mr. Haber designed the SWFWMD's Upper Floridan Aquifer Nutrient Monitoring Network in West-Central Florida that currently includes over 100 Upper Floridan monitoring wells through west-central Florida. In addition, Mr. Haber managed the SWFWMD’s Coastal Groundwater Quality Monitoring Network, which included the management and coordination of sampling approximately 800 wells annually.

 

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Peter Brown, P.E.
Professional Engineer


Mr. Peter Brown is a Florida certified Professional Engineer and holds a B.S. in Environmental Engineering Sciences from the University of Florida. Mr. Brown has worked with several engineering firms and has an extensive knowledge in ArcGIS mapping and technical drawing utilizing AutoCAD and Civil 3D. Mr. Brown also has experience in surface water modeling using ICPR3 and ICPR4 as well as groundwater flow modeling using MODFLOW and Groundwater Vistas. Mr. Brown's background includes several years work experience in regards to Water Use and Environmental permitting in which he has developed a comprehensive understanding of key permitting issues through interactions with clients and Water Management District. In addition, Mr, Brown has provided project oversight for the investigation and development of water resource supplies for large-scale agriculture projects and municipalities

Mr. Peter Brown, P.E. has worked with several
engineering firms and has an extensive knowledge in
ArcGIS mapping and technical drawing utilizing AutoCAD
and Civil 3D. Mr. Brown also has experience in surface
water modelling using ICPR3 and ICPR4 as well as
groundwater flow modelling using MODFLOW and
Groundwater Vistas. Mr. Brown’s background includes
several years of work experience in regards to Water Use
and Environmental Resource Permitting in which he has
developed a comprehensive understanding of key
permitting issues through interactions with clients and
Water Management Districts.

Mr. Peter Brown, P.E. has worked with several
engineering firms and has an extensive knowledge in
ArcGIS mapping and technical drawing utilizing AutoCAD
and Civil 3D. Mr. Brown also has experience in surface
water modelling using ICPR3 and ICPR4 as well as
groundwater flow modelling using MODFLOW and
Groundwater Vistas. Mr. Brown’s background includes
several years of work experience in regards to Water Use
and Environmental Resource Permitting in which he has
developed a comprehensive understanding of key
permitting issues through interactions with clients and
Water Management Districts.
Mr. Peter Brown, P.E. has worked with several
engineering firms and has an extensive knowledge in
ArcGIS mapping and technical drawing utilizing AutoCAD
and Civil 3D. Mr. Brown also has experience in surface
water modelling using ICPR3 and ICPR4 as well as
groundwater flow modelling using MODFLOW and
Groundwater Vistas. Mr. Brown’s background includes
several years of work experience in regards to Water Use
and Environmental Resource Permitting in which he has
developed a comprehensive understanding of key
permitting issues through interactions with clients and
Water Management Districts.


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Devin Lemke
Staff Hydrologist
 

Ms. Devin Lemke holds a Bachelor of Science in Geology from the University of South Florida and has both academic and practical experience in geology, hydrogeology, hydrology and ecohydrology. Her experience and technical skills include a working knowledge of ArcGIS, geologic mapping and map interpretation, collection of data in both lab and field settings, organization and processing of large scientific data sets and technical report writing.

 

Ms. Lemke’s field experience includes aquifer performance testing, water quality sampling, wellfield mapping and creation of associated inventories, well construction-related oversight, geophysical borehole logging, and wetland delineation. During her academic training, she also completed several intensive field studies through the University of South Florida involving Florida hydrogeology as well as geologic mapping of complex structural environments in both Idaho and Southern California. 


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Aaron Walsh
CAD Technician
 

Mr. Aaron Walsh has worked with several engineering firms and has an extensive knowledge in ArcGIS mapping and technical drawing utilizing AutoCAD, Land Development Desktop and Civil 3D. Mr. Walsh also has experience in surface water modeling using HydroCAD and Streamline software. Mr. Walsh’s background includes several years of work experience related to site development and subdivision design in which he has developed a comprehensive understanding of key permitting issues through interactions with clients and municipalities. Mr. Walsh has extensive knowledge in designing and producing final plans for: Subsurface Sewage Disposal Systems, Roadways, Underground Utilities, Grading and Drainage, Legal Boundaries and Stormwater Retention Basins.

Mr. Walsh has managed survey crews and has excellent field and data collection skills, utilizing Leica, Sokkia, and Carlson surveying equipment. He provided morning briefings and direction for up to 5 survey crews, as well as managed the estimating department of a land surveying firm.  Mr. Walsh has led existing conditions, as well as as-built surveys. He has extensive experience performing percolation testing, and the design of septic systems. 


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Mr. Aaron Walsh has worked with several engineering firms and has an extensive knowledge in ArcGIS mapping and technical drawing utilizing AutoCAD, Land Development Desktop and Civil 3D. Mr. Walsh also has experience in surface water modeling using HydroCAD and Streamline software. Mr. Walsh’s background includes several years of work experience related to site development and subdivision design in which he has developed a comprehensive understanding of key permitting issues through interactions with clients and municipalities. 
Abigail Jefferson
Hydrologist
 

Ms. Abigail Jefferson holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Earth Science, with a concentration in Geology, a minor in Biological Sciences, and an Emphasis in Mathematics from the University of Northern Colorado. Ms. Jefferson has both academic and applied experience in geology, structural geology, mineralogy, sedimentology and stratigraphy, volcanology, igneous and metamorphic petrology, paleontology, hydrogeology, and hydrology. Her technical skill set is extremely diverse and includes proficiency in ArcGIS and R Statistics, geologic mapping and map interpretation, analytical writing, collection of scientific data in both laboratory and field settings and organization and statistical processing of multivariable data sets.

 

Ms. Jefferson’s field experience includes geologic mapping and creation of associated stratigraphic columns, interpretation of geologic history, interpretation of depositional environments, interpretation of paleocurrent data, aquifer performance testing, water quality sampling, wellfield mapping and creation of associated inventories, groundwater modeling, and wetland delineation. During her academic training, Ms. Jefferson also completed numerous field studies through the University of Northern Colorado involving hydrogeology in Ecuador, as well as geologic mapping and historic interpretation of intricate structural environments in Utah, Colorado, and Wyoming.