2008 News Archive
Espey Consultants, Inc. (EC) is pleased to announce the promotion of Dale Gray, P.E., to Vice President and Partner. Mr. Gray has been with EC since 2003 and manages the Civil Design Department in the Austin office. Mr. Gray is a graduate from Washington State University and has a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering. He is responsible for business development, production management, and project formulation strategies in the areas of municipal infrastructure and land development.
Stovall Opens EC's Amarillo Office
Espey Consultants, Inc. (EC) is pleased to announce that Jeff Stovall, Ph.D., P.E., PMP has accepted a position as Project Manager in EC's Water Resources Department in Amarillo. Jeff received an undergraduate degree in Engineering Physics and graduate degrees in Civil Engineering from Texas Tech University. He is also a member of the graduate faculty at Texas Tech and has taught advanced classes on groundwater contaminant transport and surface water hydrology.
Jeff came to EC from the Department of Energy's Pantex Plant where he led the development of variably saturated flow and transport models that were used to determine the final remedial actions for groundwater to protect the Ogallala aquifer. He has also worked on a number of projects using models to evaluate the long-term resources of the High Plains aquifer in Texas. His expertise in developing and applying models will enhance EC's capabilities to provide groundwater availability and remediation services.
Espey Consultants, Inc. prepared a summarized survey of municipal drainage utilities operating throughout Texas in 2008. The report provides information on population served, annual revenue, customer billing rates, and utility customer billing rate structures for 58 Texas cities. This information should be of interest to cities considering Drainage Utility funding for drainage management programs. However, if you are not familiar with Drainage Utility funding, the survey report is a great introduction to Drainage Utility concepts and the funding advantages associated with a user-fee-based revenue stream for drainage management. The recent national economic downturn will result in increased competition for reduced general fund revenues. The Drainage Utility offers a long-term, stable revenue stream independent of tax-based funding sources. Download a copy of the 2008 Drainage Utility Survey.
Oswald Joins Espey
Espey Consultants, Inc. (EC) is pleased to announce that Mr. George Oswald, P.E., D.WRE has accepted a position as Senior Engineer in the EC Austin office. George graduated from the University of Tennessee in 1971 and led the City of Austin’s drainage management program for over 16 years. He has also worked as a consultant for eight years providing services to municipalities in Texas and surrounding states. George retired from the City of Austin in March 2008, where he managed the Watershed Engineering Division for the Watershed Protection and Development Review Department. His expertise in the advancement of the City’s drainage utility and grant acquisition programs will complement EC’s capabilities to provide services to cities interested in developing drainage utility funding programs and CIP drainage infrastructure facility implementation plans.