Tom Barnes
Tom Barnes

As vice president and the Southern California Water Resources Director, Tom leads a team of experts who collaborate with many of the region’s largest water utilities on complex, large-scale, highly scrutinized projects.

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 for water supply, wastewater, and recycled water infrastructure projects. From concept to construction, he partners with clients—including the California Department of Water Resources, Metropolitan Water District, and Los Angeles Department of Water and Power—to solve complex environmental challenges.

Tom holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of California at Berkeley.

December 10, 2019

Co-Equal Benefits of Habitat Protection and Water Supply Security The City of Buenaventura (commonly known as Ventura) relies completely on local water supplies and does not receive any imported water. When these supplies are cut back during droughts, it’s a dire situation. During the recent multi-year drought, each of the local supplies—groundwater, the Ventura River, and Lake Casitas—experienced cutbacks that threatened the need for substantial rationing in the city. It became evident that a new reliable, locally controlled water source was required to meet existing and future demands Read More »
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