Mike Alfieri Launches Academic Textbook on the Karst Systems of Florida

Mike Alfieri, P.G.’s, academic textbook, The Karst Systems of Florida: Understanding Karst in a Geologically Young Terrain, which he authored along with Dr. Sam Upchurch, P.G., Dr. Tom Scott, P.G., Dr. Beth Fratesi, and Dr. Tom Dobecki, P.G., was published by Springer International and officially released October 2018 in hardcopy and e-Book formats. Using the State of Florida as their laboratory, …

WRA Is Now Using Unmanned Aerial Vehicles For Ecological Services

WRA’s environmental team commenced work on a Charlotte Harbor Estuary Program (CHNEP) grant to perform a wading bird nest survey using Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) throughout the upland-cut canals in the City of North Port. While the survey results will be a useful update to the previous wading bird nest survey data (last collected by the FWC in the 1990s) …

Know what action to take before March on your expiring Nationwide Permit (NWP)

Nationwide Permits (NWP) are blanket authorizations issued by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (ACOE) for projects that are determined to have a minimal impact on aquatic resources.  These authorizations (50 in all) are issued at one time and expire on the same date (March 19, 2017 for the 2012 series).  Certain activities require landowners to submit a pre-construction notice (PCN) …

Michael C. Alfieri, P.G., P.Hg., CGWP Selected for NGWA Groundwater Modeling Advisory Panel

Michael C. Alfieri, Professional Hydrologist, P.G., CGWP was selected to participate in the National Ground Water Association’s (NGWA) recently established Groundwater Modeling Advisory Panel. Anticipating that future modeling demands will be higher, require more complexity, and potentially crossing multiple scientific disciplines, the Panel’s overall objective is to further enhance the practice of groundwater modeling. Mr. Alfieri was previously the Secretary …

Florida Governor Rick Scott Appoints Michael Alfieri to Board of Professional Geologists

WRA would like to congratulate Michael Alfieri, Professional Geologist, on his appointment to the Board of Professional Geologists.   TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Today, Governor Rick Scott announced the reappointment of Michael Alfieri to the Board of Professional Geologists.   Alfieri, 40, of Odessa, is the principal hydrogeologist at Water Resource Associates, Inc. He is reappointed for a term beginning January …

WRA Awarded Three Year Contract with JEA

WRA, a leader in Florida water supply planning and permitting for over 18 years, was recently awarded a three year contract with JEA for: (1) hydrologic/hydrogeologic modeling; (2) water resource management; and (3) consumptive use permit (CUP) support services. In respect to modeling, WRA will be providing services for hydrogeologic modeling and professional consulting services regarding St. Johns River Water …

Proposed “Waters of the U.S.” Rule May Create Significant Permitting Delays 

The implementation of the newly proposed Water of the United States Rule will take affect later this month unless stayed in the courts as a result of numerous filed lawsuits. This rule would constitute a significant regulatory expansion by the USEPA with respect to claiming jurisdiction over wetland systems previously exempt. The USEPA sets the criteria for implementation of the …

Authorized Gopher Tortoise Agent Florida

WRA can be your first point of contact if you are informed that these protected species exist on your property. An onsite relocation may require an Agent, and an offsite relocation will always require an Authorized Agent. Agents may use various methods to capture and relocate gopher tortoises, including but not limited to bucket trapping, live trapping, and hand shovel …

The Importance of the Lower Floridan Aquifer in FL’s Water Future

With Florida becoming the third-most populated state, it has been said that groundwater, or more specifically the Floridan aquifer system (FAS), may be approaching a critical tipping point as a relatively cheap and accessible water supply. While that may be true for different zones of the FAS in certain areas of the state, if water managers and researchers are successful, …