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Gary Goforth, P.E., Ph.D.
Dr. Gary Goforth has more than 35
years of experience in water resources engineering, encompassing
strategic planning, design, permitting, construction, operation and
program management. For the last 30 years, his focus has been on
large-scale environmental restoration programs in the
Kissimmee-Okeechobee-Everglades ecosystem. He was the Chief Consulting
Engineer during the design, construction and operation of the $700
million Everglades Construction Project,
containing over 41,000 acres of constructed wetlands. He is
experienced in public education, water quality treatment design and
evaluation, engineering design and peer review, systems ecology,
statistical hydrology, hydrologic modeling, hydrodynamic modeling, water
quality modeling, environmental permit acquisition and administration,
hydrologic and water quality performance analyses.
1/2016 - present:
Founder and Principal Engineer, Gary Goforth, LLC
1/2005 - 1/2015: President and Principal
Engineer, Gary Goforth, Inc.
1/97-12/2004 CHIEF CONSULTING
ENGINEER, South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD).
Responsible for strategic planning, design review,
development of operational plans, and program management
of Everglades restoration projects. Provided factual and
expert witness testimony in State and Federal courts.
4/94-12/96 DIRECTOR, Everglades
Program Management Division, Ecosystem Restoration
Department, SFWMD. Developed and implemented a
management system for over 50 projects comprising the
Everglades Program, estimated value of approximately
$800 million. Responsible for state and federal
coordination of Everglades Program implementation,
including acquisition and administration of
12/88 - 4/94 DIRECTOR, Project
Management Division, Construction Management Department,
South Florida Water Management District. Responsible for
coordinating the planning, engineering design,
permitting and construction of capital facilities.
7/86 - 12/88 SR. WATER RESOURCES
ENGINEER, Resource Operations Dept., South Florida Water
Management District. Developed a functional prototype of
a decision support system to aid in the operation of the
agency's 250 major water control facilities.
12/83 - 7/86 RESEARCH ENGINEER, Dept.
of Environmental Engineering Sciences, University of
Florida. Evaluated the technical
feasibility of using a large-scale centrifuge to
investigate the movement of hazardous waste through
soil. Appointment included assignment at the U.S.
Army Engineer Waterways Experiment Station; provided
engineering support in the design of dredged material
6/81 - 11/83 WATER RESOURCES
ENGINEER, Espey, Huston and Assoc., Inc., Austin, Texas.
Participated in numerous water resources projects,
including hydrologic modeling in support of stormwater
management systems for lignite mines, numerous water
quality studies, hydrodynamic modeling of thermal
discharges on estuaries, and navigation study of the
Houston Ship Channel.
1/80 - 5/81 GRADUATE RESEARCH
ASSISTANT, Dept. of Environmental Engineering Sciences,
University of Florida. Conducted field sampling and
analyzed the impacts of thermal discharges from a
nuclear power plant on marsh productivity.
2/77 - 12/79 RESEARCH ASSISTANT,
Dept. of Environmental Engineering Sciences, University
of Florida. Conducted field sampling to determine the
nutrient dynamics in a freshwater marsh receiving
secondary waste effluent.
Ph.D. May 1986, Environmental Engineering
Sciences, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida;
Dissertation: "Technical Feasibility of Centrifugal Techniques
for Evaluation of Hazardous Waste Migration." Course work
focused on soil physics, surfactant chemistry, groundwater
hydrology and physical and computer modeling.
M.E. June 1981, Environmental Engineering
Sciences, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida. Thesis:
"Long-Term Performance of Stormwater Detention Facilities: A
Comparison of Design Methodologies." Course work focused on
applied and statistical hydrology, surface water hydraulics,
operations research, and systems ecology.
B.S.E. December 1979, Environmental
Engineering Sciences, University of Florida, Gainesville,
Florida. Course work focused on comprehensive environmental
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