Gresham, Smith and Partners is proud to announce that Jody Barksdale, P.E., ENV SP, senior vice president in the firm’s Water + Environment market, was named to the Florida Water Environment Association’s (FWEA) Board of Directors. As a director at large, Barksdale will work to advance a clean and sustainable water environment by promoting public awareness, providing professional development opportunities for members and advocating for sound public policy.
“It is an honor and a privilege to serve on the FWEA Board of Directors,” commented Barksdale. “My involvement in the organization has been rewarding and I look forward to helping provide the same experience for my fellow members. By encouraging the public to become water stewards, exposing our members to innovative concepts and engaging our elected officials in meaningful conversations related to policy, we can better protect the water environment for Florida’s future generations.”
Barksdale joined GS&P in 2012 and has more than 30 years of experience. He serves as GS&P’s biosolids practice leader, working to implement efficient and sustainable biosolids facilities, with a focus on energy generation, biogas utilization and nutrient harvesting. A long-time member of FWEA, he has been actively involved with the organization, serving as the founding chair of the Wastewater Process Committee and former chair of the Biosolids Committee. Barksdale currently serves as co-chair of the Water Environment Federation’s Sustainable Residuals Use Sub-Committee and is the Dryer Task Force Lead for the organization’s Bioenergy Sub-Committee.
The Florida Water Environment Association (FWEA), founded in 1941, is one of the largest state-run wastewater associations in the United States. The organization promotes a clean and sustainable water environment while bringing professionals together through professional development and networking opportunities. FWEA is comprised of nine local chapters and five student chapters at state universities.