Offices in Sarasota and Brooksville, Florida

Phone: (941) 552-5657 / Fax: (941)926-0011

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.

Senior Consultant / Hydrogeologist


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, E.I.T.

Mr. Peter Brown is a Florida certified Engineer in Training (E.I.T.) and holds a B.S. in Environmental Engineering Sciences from the University of Florida. He has previously worked with several engineering firms and has gained an extensive knowledge in ArcGIS mapping and hydrologic modeling using ICPR software. He has been involved in the development of Watershed Management Plans for SWFWMD, Marion and St. John's Counties in order to investigate their regional responses to storm events.

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Devin Lemke

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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