Tom BarnesSouthern California Water Director
As vice president and director of ESA’s water group in southern California, Tom leads a team of experts who collaborate with many of the region’s largest water utilities on complex, large-scale, highly scrutinized projects. His depth of expertise and solid leadership skills are cornerstones of our firm.
Tom brings more than 25 years of experience in environmental planning and management services with an emphasis on water and wastewater utilities throughout southern California. He specializes in CEQA/NEPA analysis, natural resources management, permitting, and mitigation development, largely for water supply, wastewater, and recycled water infrastructure projects. From concept to construction, he partners with clients to solve complex environmental challenges on water supply projects for clients including the California Department of Water Resources, Metropolitan Water District, and Los Angeles Department of Water and Power.
Tom holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of California at Berkeley.