Thomas L. Singleton Consulting, Inc.
Owner's Representative - water, energy, and environmental services

Experience

Thomas L. Singleton Consulting (2012-Present), President, Owner. Dedicated to helping communities meet their long-term water supply, water quality, flood protection, and environmental needs through sustainable water resource management. Strongly committed to helping communities build stakeholder consensus and support for their projects. Developed and guiding implementation of the nationally recognized Sustainable Water Resource Management Plan in Winter Haven, Florida. National leader in managing for a continuous flow of ecosystem services for economic, social, and environmental benefits. Business sales and strategy consultant to other consulting firms and businesses. Member of the Southeast Watershed Forum Board; the Tallahassee Community College, Wakulla Environmental Institute-Environmental Science Technology (WEI-EST) Advisory Board, and; the University of South Florida, Urban Green Infrastructure Science Committee.

Atkins (2008-2012), Senior Vice President, Director Sales and Strategy, Project Director. Led over 450 scientists and engineers in developing and implementing water, energy, and environmental projects with thousands of clients from across the country. In 2011-2012, increased the number of proposals submitted by over 50%, nearly doubled the hit rate for both volume and fee, and increased the contracted and committed work in hand by 50%. These improvements were accomplished through the expansion into new markets and service lines and the implementation of a matrix organization anchored by sales leaders strategically placed within key technical service areas. Led the development of a sustainable water resource management plan and conservation and restoration targets to meet the long-term water resource needs of the City of Winter Haven, Florida. The plan provides a road map for planning management and growth in a way that will allow the community to protect and manage water resources and maximize opportunities for economic growth associated with the CSX intermodal transportation facility that is being developed in Winter Haven. The plan received the APEX Grand Award for excellence in writing and an Award of Excellence for layout and design and the Atkins National Recognition Silver Medal Award in 2011, and was featured in a number of technical journals, including Stormwater magazine, the Florida Engineering Society Journal, and the Atkins Technical Journal.

Florida Department of Environmental Protection (1996- 2008), Environmental Administrator. Led the development of the strategic approach for implementing the nationally acclaimed TMDL Program in Florida. Co-authored the guidance document entitled "A Framework for Implementing the Watershed Approach to Developing TMDLs." Assisted in developing and writing the 1999 Florida Watershed Restoration Act (Chapter 99-223, Florida Statutes), relating to the implementation of water quality standards, and the Impaired Surface Waters Rule (Chapter 62-303, Florida Statutes), establishing the methodology for identifying impaired waters requiring restoration and the development of TMDLs. Led stakeholder participation processes involving hundreds of stakeholders in support of developing and implementing TMDLs and directed a statewide team of professionals in all phases of water quality assessment, TMDL development, and the development of water quality restoration plans known as Reasonable Assurance Documents and Basin Management Plans. Notably, there have been no lawsuits with local governments over the implementation of TMDLs in Florida. Served as the Department spokesperson and liaison to the public and media for watershed assessments. Directed the development, editing, and production of all reports produced by the TMDL program, including the State’s biennial water quality report to Congress, water quality status and assessment reports, TMDL reports and implementation plans, water quality monitoring reports, and best management practice (BMP) manuals.

South Florida Water Management District
 (1991-1996), Governmental Representative. Directed the resolution of water resource issues in Miami-Dade County, Florida. Developed and managed the State's first mobile irrigation lab for agriculture water conservation and led revisions to the State's agricultural consumptive use permitting rules without challenge. Led the development of some of the State's first stormwater master plans and over $8 million in water quality restoration projects. Led the development of a regional watershed management plan to guide the rebuilding of south Dade after Hurricane Andrew in 1995. The project influenced the design of some of the urban water supply elements of the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP) and received the American Institute of Architects’ Honor Award for Urban and Regional Design in 1999. Led a multi-agency task force from 1991-1993 in documenting countywide deficiencies in the sanitary system, resulting in a $3 billion state and federal settlement with Miami-Dade County. Organized and helped implement a volunteer-based tree-planting campaign, "Planting a Tree for Marjory," in honor of the 101st birthday of Marjory Stoneman Douglas. Received the Keep Florida Beautiful Award, Citation for Outstanding Achievement, in 1992.

Education

Graduate Fellow, Atkins Marketing and Business Development Institute, 2012

Graduate Fellow, University of Florida, Florida Natural Resources Leadership Institute, Charter Class, 1999

B.S., Biology, Florida State University, 1977

Honors and Awards


Florida Stormwater Association Outstanding Achievement Award. Sustainable Water Resource Management Plan, Winter Haven, Florida. 2014.

Atkins National Recognition Award - Silver Medal
“Conservation and Restoration Targets for Sustainable Water Resource Management, Winter Haven, Florida." 2012.

APEX Grand Award for excellence in writing. “Sustainable Water Resource Management Plan: A plan for restoring and protecting the water resources of the Peace Creek Watershed and Winter Haven, Florida.” The Plan also received an Award of Excellence for layout and design. 2011.

American Institute of Architects Honor Award for Urban and Regional Design, South Dade Watershed Project, 1999.

FDEP, Cooperative Team Awards, St. Marks River Watershed Pilot Project, 1997 and Suwannee River Work Group, 1999.

Keep Florida Beautiful Award, Citation for Outstanding Achievement, “Plant a Tree for Marjory” Campaign (Marjory Stoneman Douglas), 1992.

Leadership Gainesville, Florida XVIII, Participant, 1991.

Honorary Appointments

Southeast Watershed Forum Board, 2012-present

Tallahassee Community College, Wakulla Environmental Institute-Environmental Science Technology (WEI-EST) Advisory Board, 2012-present

University of South Florida, Urban Green Infrastructure Science Committee, 2013-present

Atkins Foundation Board, 2011-12

Virginia Chesapeake Bay TMDL Advisory Committee, 2010-12

Downtown Redevelopment Agency, Gainesville, FL, Board Member, 1989-91

Publications

Singleton, June 2015. "Winter Haven: Building a Water-Centric Community."

Singleton, June 27, 2014. "Six Recommendations for Getting the Water Right in Florida." Paper presented to the Central Florida
        Water Initiative, Steering Committee, Kissimmee, Florida.

Singleton, October 2013. Developing a Shared Vision for Community Quality of Life in Leon County, Florida: A White Paper.


Singleton, September 2013. "But State Regulations Only do So Much!" Florida Stormwater Association: New Approaches for
        Achieving Permit Compliance. Orlando, Florida.

Britt, Singleton, Tomasko, Seidel, June 2013. "Implementing Sustainable Water Resource Management." NALMS Southeastern
        Lakes and Watershed Management 22nd Annual Conference and Florida Lake Management Society 24th Annual
        Conference and Technical Symposium. Dayton Beach, Florida.


Singleton and Latham, November 2012. "Winter Haven Chain of Lakes: Conservation and Restoration Targets for Sustainable 
        and Innovative Watershed Planning, Winter Haven, Florida." Atkins Technical Journal #9, paper 137.

Bourne, Brumbelow, Gowdish, Singleton, November 2011. “A Web-based Tool for Estimating Climate Change Induced Shifts in 
        Storm Intensity and Frequency in Florida.” Societies, Estuaries, and Coasts: Adapting to Change, Coastal and Estuarine 
        Research Federation.

Seidel, Blankenship, Singleton, et al, June 2011. “A Case Study of Stakeholder Participation in Source Water Protection.” 
        American Water Resource Association.

Singleton, et al, April 2011. “Sustainable Water Resource Management Plan: A plan for restoring and protecting the water 
        resources of the Peace Creek Watershed and Winter Haven, Florida, USA.” Atkins Technical Journal #6, paper 92.

Singleton, et al, December 2010. “Peace Creek Watershed Sustainable Water Resource Management Plan, Winter Haven, 
        Florida
.” City of Winter Haven.


Hampson, Bourne, and Singleton, January 2010: 13-15. “Return on Investment from New GIS Technologies for Water Resources 
        Engineering, Science, and Planning.” Water Resources Impact, American Water Resource Association.

Singleton, Brown, Pfahler, Wapnick, and Britt, November/December 2009: 20-33. “Sustainable Water Resource Management: 
        A Conceptual Plan for the Peace Creek Watershed and the City of Winter Haven, Florida.” Stormwater Magazine.

Singleton November 2009: 14-15. “Sustainable Water Resource Management: A Conceptual Plan for the Peace Creek 
        Watershed and the City of Winter Haven, Florida.” Florida Engineering Society Journal.

Wapnick, Singleton, and Harwood, May 2009: 12-30. “Beating Bacteria, A New Methodology for Identifying and Prioritizing 
        Water Bodies with High Concentrations of Fecal Coliform.” Stormwater Magazine.

Singleton, Bourne, and Hampson, 2009. “A Pragmatic Cycle for Ongoing Water Resources Research and Management.”
        ASCE World Environmental and Water Resources Congress.

Singleton, et al, 2000-2006. “Water Quality Status and Assessment Reports, a series of 10 reports for the major river basins in 
        SW Florida.” Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP).

Singleton, et al. 2000. "Assessing Water Resource Vulnerability: A Planning Tool for Community Decisions." Florida Springs
        Conference. Gainesville, Florida.

Singleton, 1999. “Implementing a Watershed Approach,” National Conference of State Legislators, Jacksonville, Florida,
        presentation and paper; the paper was also presented at the Florida Water Resources Conference, Tallahassee, Florida.

Singleton and Lord, 1999. “A Framework for Implementing the Watershed Approach to Developing TMDLs." Division of Water 
        Resource Management, FDEP.

Singleton, 1999. "
Proposal for Implementing a Watershed Approach to Protecting Water Resources." Natural Resource 
        Leadership Institute, Practicum.

Singleton, et al, 1998.  “A Model for Implementing Watershed Planning and Management: St. Marks River Watershed Pilot
        Project,” Annual Southeastern Lakes Management Conference: Integrating Water Resources and Growth into the 21st
        Century, Orlando, Florida, six papers and presentations; the papers were delivered as part of a special three-hour session on
        comprehensive water resource planning.

Singleton and Lord, 1998. “Assessing Water-Resource Vulnerability: A Planning Tool for Community Decisions.” Woodville 
        Karst Plain Wakulla
Springs Symposium. FDEP.

Singleton, Lee, Hand et al, 1997. "St. Marks River Watershed Pilot Project Report: A Model for Basin Planning and
        Management." Division of Water Resource Management, FDEP. Due to large file size of document, download individual                   sections of report: Part 1 - IntroductionPart 2, Uniqueness of Place; Part 3a - Behavior of Water; Part 3b - Behavior of Water;           Part 4 - Basin Planning and Closing.

Singleton, 1996. “Rebuilding South Florida in the Aftermath of Hurricane Andrew,” National Symposium: Assessing the Cumulative
        Impacts of Watershed Development on Aquatic Ecosystems and Water Quality, Chicago, Illinois, paper and presentation.

Singleton and Williams, 1995. “South Dade Watershed Project Report.” South Florida Water Management District project 
        report; received the American Institute of Architects’ Honor Award for Urban and Regional Design, 1999.


Singleton, 1994. "Watershed Planning: An Urban Case Study in South Dade County." Governor's Commission for a Sustainable
        South Florida. Naples, Florida.

Singleton, 1993. “Hurricane Andrew: Effect on Stormwater Management,” Florida Water Environment Association, Annual
        Stormwater Conference: Implementation of Water Quality Goals in Stormwater Management, Orlando, Florida, paper and
        presentation.

Singleton, 1993. "Watershed Planning: Integrating Land Use and Water Resource Planning." After Andrew: Conservation
        Opportunities and Challenges in South Dade, Environmental Conference, Miami, Florida, paper and presentation.

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