At WEC, we know how difficult it is to do any project that affects our lakes, rivers and coastlines because of the technical, environmental and regulatory hurdles. Our scientists and engineers are committed to delivering successful projects, while protecting the waters we all need and enjoy.

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Meet the Team


John Durkee, P.E.


  • Former SCDHEC employee/manager
  • Over 25 years of NPDES Permitting Experience
  • Wide range of industrial experience
  • B.S. civil engineering (Clemson University) and M.E. civil and water resources engineering (U. of South Carolina)

Matt Goodrich, P.E.


  • Over 20 years of experience in the planning, design, and permitting of a wide range of public and private projects in the Southeastern U.S. rivers, estuaries and coastal areas.
  • Specialized expertise in evaluating project impacts to surface water quality, especially in impaired waters.
  • Focus in computational modeling, including 1D/2D/3D hydrodynamics, water quality, waves, sediment transport and storm surge.
  • B.S. civil engineering (Lehigh University) and M.S. coastal and oceanographic engineering (U. of Florida)

Jeff deBessonet, P.E.

Senior Engineer

  • Former SCDHEC manager (30+ years)
  • Extensive Clean Water Act/regulatory experience
  • Wealth of water program knowledge and understanding about navigating regulatory processes

Kitty F. Ziober, M.S.

Environmental Scientist

  • Over 15 years of experience in environmental science as it relates to ecology, water quality, marine and estuarine science.
  • Areas of specialization include surface water quality, environmental monitoring and assessment, impact evaluations, environmental permitting and regulatory compliance (e.g. NEPA), and numerical wave modeling.
  • Range of experience includes environmental assessment, planning, and impact evaluations for marinas, waterfront development, port expansion, and navigation improvements.
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Stephen Creighton, P.E.

Project Engineer

  • Over 6 years of experience in consulting, design, and construction of an array of public and private projects.
  • Broad range of experience with the FEMA Flood Risk program including flood hazard modeling, mapping, field reconnaissance, and public outreach.
  • Focus in coastal engineering, beach nourishment, data collection, erosion, and numerical wave modeling.
  • B.S. civil engineering (U. of Florida) and M.S. coastal and oceanographic engineering (U. of Florida).
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Sarah Mason

Environmental Scientist

  • 10 years’ experience in wastewater, water quality monitoring, and conservation.
  • Focus includes industrial and municipal regulatory compliance monitoring and permitting support.
  • Range of experience includes environmental monitoring, wastewater and ambient water analysis, permitting and regulatory support, and public education and outreach.