February 2017 Volume 14

KC Old Boy Herbert Thomas Promoted to Managing Director of Water Resources Authority

Michael O. Walters
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KC Old Boy Herbert Thomas is an accomplished hydrologist with over 40 years experience in various aspects of water resources management locally and regionally.  He left KC and started his hydrology training on the job at The Water Resources Division in 1971 as a technician and was instrumental in the computerization of the data storage system. In 1983 he graduated from UWI Mona with a B.Sc degree, majoring in Mathematics and Computer Science and in 1985 completed post graduate studies in engineering hydrology at the University College Galway of the National University of Ireand, Ireland.

In 1994 he was seconded to the UNDP funded Flood Plain Mapping Project and was responsible for producing Jamaica’s  1st flood plain map;  Yallahs River, and has done extensive work on hydrologic and hydraulic modelling for flood plain mapping and forecasting in Jamaica.

In 1988 he was contracted to work as the hydrologist on the Hope River Watershed project, where he did significant work in stream bank and gully control in the upper watershed of the Hope River. Under the Hydrological Support Unit Project he spearheaded the demarcation of the island into 26 watershed management units that now forms the basic planning unit for integrated watershed and water resources management.

In1994 Herbert was re-employed to the Water Resources Authority (WRA) of Jamaica and was instrumental in the establishment of the WRA web-enabled database for sharing hydrological data and information. In April of 2016 he was appointed Managing Director of the WRA.

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