CHS Grad meets Vice President BidenJul 13th, 2012 | By admin | Category: Community
During Vice President Joe Biden’s April 23 visit to the Florida Everglades to view the development of the restoration of Florida’s “River of Grass,” Howie Gonzales had a chance to meet him and discuss the national impact of this project.
Gonzales is a 1990 graduate of Chalmette High School who received the Kiwanis Club of Arabi-St. Bernard Scholarship, and is currently the Program Manager with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Jacksonville District.
As chief of the Jacksonville District’s Ecosystem Branch, Gonzales oversees the overall planning, design and construction of the Corps’ South Florida Ecosystem Restoration programs and projects, which includes the Corps’ Everglades restoration projects. One such project is the Modified Water Deliveries (MWD) to Everglades National Park project in Miami-Dade County, FL., where Biden spoke.
“The Everglades ecosystem is a unique resource that cannot be replaced,” said Gonzales. “In addition to the habitat that the Everglades provides for plants and animals, including many threatened and endangered species, people depend on the Everglades for fresh water. Because of this connection between humans and the natural environment, every individual that lives, works or plays in south Florida needs to do their part to help conserve water usage – this, in part, will help protect this irreplaceable treasure.”
Gonzales began his 18-year career with the Corps in February 1994 as a student intern while studying at the University of New Orleans. Prior to working for the Jacksonville District, he was a program manager with the Sacramento District, a senior project manager with the Albuquerque District, and a study and project manager with the New Orleans District, where he managed multiple water resources projects. He graduated from the University of New Orleans in December 1994 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering, in 1998 with a Master of Science Degree in Engineering Management, and in 2001 with a Master of Business Administration.
Gonzales is the son of Howard and Betty Gonzales, who still reside in Chalmette, and has two daughters, Logan, 10, and Lindsay, 8.