Jim Keith Hired As Stormwater Manager in Dallas
Jim brings a wealth of technical leadership skills and in-depth expertise in water resources planning and design projects. A well-respected leader with almost two decades of technical and managerial experience, Jim has national-level proficiency in Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) programs, which will bolster our ability to support a variety of North Texas municipalities and water districts.
“Given the North Texas area’s growing demand for flood-mitigation and stormwater management, we are eager for Jim to help expand our Dallas team and to provide his knowledge on highly nuanced FEMA and water resources issues,” said Scott Hubley, Stormwater, Fort Worth. “Not only is Jim an excellent fit culturally, his professional experience and reputation both regionally and nationally will provide valuable opportunities for us to expand our capabilities.”
Jim has extensive experience in project management and business development and has overseen a variety of water resources planning and design projects, including flood risk management, dam and levee evaluation, and flood warning systems. He is certified as both a professional engineer and a floodplain manager and has a proven track record of delivering efficient solutions for complex projects throughout North Texas.
Jim's noteworthy projects include:
- Managing the first phase of development of a flood warning system to enable city emergency managers to identify areas of inundation based on real-time rainfall information, allowing timely dispatch of first responders.
- Providing technical oversight in the implementation of FEMA’s Levee Analysis and Mapping Procedures (LAMP) as it was piloted within FEMA Region VI.
- Overseeing all modeling aspects of an interior drainage evaluation performed by a national team of contractors and engineers.
In addition to serving as the Dallas chapter president of the Environmental and Water Resources Institute (EWRI), Jim is an active member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), Texas Floodplain Management Association (TFMA) and Society of American Military Engineers (SAME). He earned his bachelor’s degree in hydrology and water resources from Tarleton State University. After graduation, Jim spent five years at Freese and Nichols as a water resource engineer.