Aqua Strategies Inc. is a registered small business based in Central Texas providing water resources planning services. Fresh to the market, our talented engineers have more than 90 years combined experience.
We are Solving Water Resources Challenges Through Sound Science and Thoughtful, Independent Planning.
Texas Engineering Company Registration Number: 15911; Oklahoma Engineering Company Registration Number: 7214
Federal Government Small Business DUNS #: 079388169
Aqua Strategies is a logical choice for entities needing water planning services. In a market with many large engineering firms who provide water planning as a secondary service, we differentiate ourselves in the following ways:
1We offer exceptional technical experience and skills to back up the quantification of water quality, water availability and demand.
2We can assess and quantify risk and uncertainty to help the client balance acceptable risk with cost.
3We’re experienced with funding. We have an exceptional record for bringing in state and federal funds to reduce the financial burden for our clients.
4We specialize in support. We have extraordinarily good dispute resolution, meeting facilitation and communication skills. We design stakeholder processes to ensure that outcomes enjoy public support.
5We stay focused on the task. Our staff has a long history in designing and building water-related infrastructure. We use this experience to provide strong, unbiased water planning recommendations. We stay focused on your goals since we are not positioning ourselves to provide final design and construction services.
6We’re well-connected. We have access to an external committee of seasoned experts for thoroughly vetting and developing water management strategies and ideas.
Barney Austin, PhD, PE
President and CEO
Barney Austin has worked in the field of water resources for more than 23 years. With a Bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Engineering and a PhD in Civil Engineering, he specializes in water supply planning, hydrology, hydraulics, and environmental flows. He has lived and worked in Canada and England, and has been in the United States for the last 17 years. The former director of the Surface Water Division of the Texas Water Development Board, he was an active participant in the development of state water plans in Texas, Oklahoma and California, and oversaw nine surface water programs. Barney has managed many large projects and diverse groups of people, successfully bridging the gap between technical and non-technical stakeholders as well as the private and public sectors. He now heads up Aqua Strategies Inc.
License #100370 (Texas)
Tim Osting, PE, D.WRE
Tim Osting is a professional engineer working from the field and from the office on water resources topics since 1996. Specializing in hydrology, hydraulics, water quality and environmental flows, Tim has successfully designed and implemented complex, multi-agency, multi-year, multi-disciplinary field data collection and modeling programs to answer water supply policy and permitting decisions.
Tim collaborates with resource agencies, university researchers and stakeholder groups on complicated water resources projects involving watersheds, rivers, lakes and coasts. Tim strives to increase understanding of environmental systems by using grounded field data and well-interpreted modeling of water quality, water quantity, sediments, and multi-dimensional hydrodynamics.
License #91931 (Texas)
Clint Walker, Esq, PE, BCEE
Clint Walker has 28 years of experience in water resources management and engineering, focused on developing facility and water management plans, as well as conjunctive water use/water reclamation projects. He has managed multi-disciplinary program, project, and design teams responsible for planning, design and construction services of water, wastewater and water reclamation systems.
Mr. Walker has conducted studies and authored papers on water supply planning; water treatment and distribution; reclaimed water treatment, distribution and user retrofits; wastewater collection, treatment, and disposal; and groundwater recharge and reuse. He also specializes in resolving construction claims/disputes and implementing various methods of alternative project delivery.
License #87135 (Texas); #C-24149 (Arizona); #C-10048 (Nevada); #185030 (California); #27628 (Oklahoma)
Office Administrator and Bookkeeper
Elise Dominey is our Office Administrator and Bookkeeper. Elise is a certified legal secretary and has had various Office Manager, executive assistant, administrative, receptionist and accounting duties, through companies including PricewaterhouseCoopers in Dallas and RE/MAX in Austin. Elise formerly worked for the Dripping Springs Water Supply Corporation as their Corporate Bookkeeper, handling payroll, financial reporting, and accounts payable and receivable.
Engineer in Training
Frank Schalla is an Engineer in Training specializing in water supply planning, hydrology and hydraulics. Previously he worked internationally in West Africa and Central America on development projects including water supply planning, rainwater harvesting systems, and water system optimization and design, which involved collaboration with governmental and non-governmental organizations on projects and funding. Prior to working internationally Frank worked with the US Geological Survey, conducting water related studies, analyzing base flow and streamflow gain and loss, and maintaining real-time water quality and stream gage stations. He has a master’s degree in Environmental and Water Resources Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin. TBPE EIT Number: 44805.
"Barney Austin and his colleagues at Aqua Strategies distinguish themselves with their excellent water resources planning skills and their technical expertise in all aspects relating to the development and protection of water supplies. Aqua Strategies is a great firm to work with."
"Tim Osting has successfully completed several innovative river science studies for TRA projects involving water quality, field data collection, modeling, and monitoring programs."
"Barney Austin of Aqua Strategies is an accomplished and highly-regarded hydrologist who deeply understands the interconnection of water resources science, policy and planning. He has extensive experience in working on local, state and federal water resources issues. His greatest attribute, however, is his personal and professional integrity. I give my highest recommendation for Dr. Austin and Aqua Strategies."