HOUSTON – On Aug. 26, the Texas Floodplain Management Association (TFMA) honored Thomas Mountz, P.E., D.WRE., CFM, for his long service to the association and his contributions to the water resources industry.
Mountz, who currently works as a senior project manager at planning, engineering and program management firm Lockwood, Andrews & Newnam, Inc. (LAN), has served TFMA for 20 years. During this time, he served two terms as TFMA’s regional director for Region 5 (Central Texas), and as treasurer on the executive board. He is a long-time member of the association’s stormwater and training committees. His contributions include teaching numerous courses and workshops to educate public and private employees on floodplain management risks and the need for planning for flooding.
In addition to his TFMA contributions, Mountz has served the water resources industry for 48 years as an engineer and project manager. He has expertise in several areas, including water resources management, master planning, floodplain and dam breach modeling, design, stormwater quality analysis, stormwater management ordinance development, best management practices, FEMA map revisions and studies, fluvial geomorphology, stream restoration, grant applications and management, and construction inspection and oversight.
Mountz has managed stormwater management projects throughout Texas. Some of the notable projects he has worked on include a roller-compacted concrete dam within the Trinity River, Lake Casa Blanca Dam Repair, and river modeling for building and bridge structural improvements in the Rio Grande floodplain in Laredo, Texas. He also served as the lead hydrologist for the $150 million San Antonio River Restoration project and as project manager for the post-Katrina update of hydrologic and hydraulic models of the hurricane protection system in Orleans and Jefferson Parish for the Corps of Engineers New Orleans District.
Mountz is recognized as an expert witness in stormwater management and floodplain issues and has provided reports and testimony for clients in Travis County, Cameron County, and Webb County. He has presented on stormwater-related topics to school classes, peer organizations, civic groups, televised public hearings and local governing bodies.
Mountz received his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Texas at Austin. He is a registered professional engineer in Texas and Florida.