Kayleigh Douglass

Professional Expertise

Data Collection and Management

ArcGIS Online Customization

Surface Water Quality Sampling

Groundwater Quality Sampling

GIS Mapping and Spatial Analysis

R Programming

 

Professional Affiliations

 

Florida Stormwater Association

URISA

Brevard Zoo Conservation Department

 

Certifications

 

DEP SOP’s for Water Sampling and Meter Testing

Intro to DEP SOP’s for Groundwater Sampling

Brevard County Per-And Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) Water Sampling

Brevard County NRMO

Brevard County, Florida

2018

 

Analysis of Onsite Wastewater-treatment Systems (OSTDS) Potential Loading Impact to the Indian River Lagoon and Connected Waterways in Brevard County

Brevard County Natural Resource Management Office

Brevard County, Florida

2018-ongoing

 

 Groundwater Pollution: Engaging the Community in Solutions

Marine Resources Council for Brevard County/FDEP

Brevard County, Florida

2017-ongoing

 

Groundwater Sampling and Model for the Breeze Swept Subdivision Septic System Connection

City of Rockledge

Rockledge, Florida

2017- ongoing

 

Stormwater Infrastructure Inventory

City of Indian Harbour Beach.

Brevard County, Florida

2017-ongoing

 

 

Indian River Lagoon TMDL

Refinement and Allocation Tool Development

Brevard County

Brevard County, Florida

2016-ongoing

  

Indian River Lagoon Watershed Load Development for 3D Numerical Model

Florida Institute of Technology for Brevard County

Brevard County, Florida

2015-ongoing 

 

Surface Water Quality Sampling for TMDL Prioritization

City of Indian Harbour Beach

Brevard County, Florida

2017-2018 

 

City Infrastructure Database Development, GIS System Setup, and Web Application

City of Rockledge

Brevard County, Florida

2017-2018

 

State of the Indian River Lagoon Web Application and Ecological Health Gap Analyses

Indian River Lagoon Natural Estuaries Program

Brevard County, Florida

2017-2018

 

Citrus Park Cumulative Impact Study

Earth Resources, Inc. for Hillsborough County

Hillsborough County, Florida

2017-2018 

 

Cape Canaveral Air Force Station Survey and GIS Mapping

Allen Engineering for the USAF 45th Space Wing

Brevard County, Florida

2016-2018 

 

Groundwater Source Study Leading to Muck Accumulation in Turkey Creek

Florida Institute of Technology for Brevard County

Turkey Creek, Brevard County

2016-2018 

 

McKay Creek Water Quality Sampling Plan

Applied Sciences for City of Largo

Largo, Florida

2016-2017

 

Huntington Lakes II Water Quality Monitoring

City of Rockledge

Brevard County, Florida

2016-2017

  

Model-based Basin Prioritization Effort for the City of Titusville

Environmental Consulting & Technology, Inc. for the City of Titusville

Brevard County, Florida

2015-2017 

 

Indian River Lagoon Watershed Load Development for 3D Numerical Model

Florida Institute of Technology for Brevard County

Brevard County, Florida

2015-2016

 

Kayleigh Douglass
Environmental Scientist
Applied Ecology, Inc.

Education

• B.S. Conservation Biology and Ecology, Florida Institute of Technology, 2016

Summary

Kayleigh Douglass graduated from Florida Institute of Technology with her Bachelor’s Degree in Conservation Biology and Ecology and has 2.5 years of experience. Her interests include conservation initiatives, implementation of best management practices, and public outreach. Since joining Applied Ecology, she has continued to grow her skillset, expanding her mapping and spatial analysis capabilities, applying her analytical skills to public sector projects, and learning water quality collection SOPs. Ms. Douglass has just recently completed the large infrastructure survey integration of dozens of facility types for the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station (CCAFS) and the CAD to database conversion in the web environment for the City of Indian Harbour Beach.

Ms. Douglass is the lead environmental field technician for all water quality sampling projects, including surface water sampling for the City of Indian Harbour Beach and groundwater and Stormwater sampling for the City of Rockledge. She is highly involved in the site prioritization analyses and modeling for a recently initiated large-scale groundwater study in Brevard county. This State funded project addresses the need to provide a priority plan to identify the critical areas where groundwater contamination is most likely impacting the Indian River Lagoon. She is also involved in the public outreach component of the project, by training and engaging citizen scientists throughout the 3-year long project.

Ms. Douglass is heavily involved in our community and has been volunteering for the Brevard Zoo Conservation Department for the past fiveyears, where she gained experience in following the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) standards, animal care, and community outreach. She currently cares for the Perdido Key Beach Mice, an endangered endemic species of the Florida panhandle, and assists in the Adopt-A-Mangrove Program. She also has supported Brevard County Natural Resources Management Office with their GIS data infrastructure collection and management needs.

Highlighted skills include: ArcGIS mapping, ArcGIS Online customization,
data collection, integration, and management, Microsoft Office, R scripting,
surface water quality sampling, storm water quality sampling, groundwater
quality sampling, animal care, and community outreach.

Selected Recent Project Experience

Environmental Field Technician. As part of an investigation into potential concerns regarding Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS), Brevard County Natural Resources Management Office contracted with Applied Ecology, Inc. to determine the level of emerging contaminants throughout the County. Applied Ecology staff collected samples from 50 locations distributed county-wide from shallow ground water wells, shallow irrigation wells, deep irrigation wells, lagoon water from the Indian River and Banana River, and muck from the bottom of the lagoon. The County also contracted to sample three shallow irrigation wells in South Patrick Shores for the full suite of federally listed priority pollutants, carcinogens, volatile and semi-volatile organics, pesticides, heavy metals and radionuclides due to community concerns about cancer rates in that area. Ms. Douglass was the water quality sampling lead for field data collection following strict SOP.

Environmental Scientist and GIS Technician. In response to the deterioration of the health of the Indian River Lagoon (IRL) along Florida’s east coast, Brevard County residents approved a sales tax referendum in 2016 to fund the Save our Indian River Lagoon (SOIRL) Project Plan. Solutions to restore the IRL include pollution prevention measures, many implemented through local ordinances. This project was a community-based prioritization effort based on groundwater pollution potential and distance to nearby utilities for residential communities on septic within Brevard County’s IRL watershed. Extensive predictive modeling efforts utilizing the ArcNLET groundwater transport with site-specific information for the watershed was undertaken to determine the minimum buffer required to effectively protect the IRL from nitrogen loads from septic systems. Additionally, these modeling efforts were used to identify communities/individual parcels of interest by ranking the potential of contamination to groundwater from these septic sources. Ms. Douglass was responsible for GIS mapping, data development, spatial analyses, site prioritization, and reporting.

GIS Technician and Environmental Field Technician. The legislative-funded
groundwater pollution modeling project addresses the need to provide a priority
plan to identify the critical areas where groundwater contamination is most likely
impacting the Indian River Lagoon. AEI’s responsibilities include spatial data
acquisition and assessment, groundwater modeling and respective calibration
based on field collected data, and statistical analyses and reporting. Ms.
Douglass is involved in GIS database development and implementation, preparation of GIS input for model runs and calibration efforts, groundwater
quality sampling, GIS mapping, data entry, and reporting.

GIS Technician and Environmental Field Technician. Applied Ecology provided support in gathering input dataset, customizing a groundwater model, and comparing results to peer reviewed data for the removal of 280 septic tanks in the Breeze Swept subdivision in Rockledge. In addition, the selection and installation of 5 shallow groundwater wells and monitoring will be used to field verify nitrogen loading potential from septic tanks and calibrate the customized ArcNLET model run. This is the first project to design sampling to quantify the potential reduction of ammonia and nitrate-nitrite loads into an impaired waterbody by connecting a community from septic to sanitary sewer. This is a critical monitoring project that will inform the prioritization of the funding from the Save Our Indian River Lagoon Project Plan. Ms. Douglass is involved in GIS mapping, site prioritization, data entry, field data collection, groundwater water quality sampling, and groundwater model calibration.

GIS Technician. Stormwater inventory management of a geospatial layers,
production of hardcopy maps for City staff, and ArcGIS Online Web application
updates and maintenance for the City of Indian Harbour Beach, FL. Ms.
Douglass is involved in geospatial layer editing, map production, and integrating
constructed facilities in the ArcGIS Online environment, as needed.

GIS Technician. Applied Ecology is continuing the work with Brevard County and all stakeholders in the refinement of the Indian River TMDL process to implement new proposed target loads in the North and Central IRL, and the Banana River. This task includes working with FDEP to provide an easy to use tool to allocate loads across the stakeholders in an equitable and scientifically defensible manner. Ms. Douglass assisted in the grid development, spatial data creation, and ArcGIS Online web map preparation.

GIS Technician. Development of watershed nutrient input data to incorporate
in the circulation and salinity model developed by Florida Institute of Technology
to allow best muck management decisions. Annual funding from the State
Legislative request has allowed subsequent temporal expansions of the original
3.0 SWIL model from 1995 through 2015. In addition, 2016 funding further
enhanced the model by expanding the spatial boundary of the original model
from Ponce Inlet to Fort Pierce Inlet. SWIL 5.0 further expands the model
spatially to include the St. Lucie watershed and temporally to December 2017.
Ms. Douglass was responsible for the GIS data development of land use and
treatment datasets, as well as spatial statistics and reporting.

Environmental Field Technician. Development and implementation of a surface water quality sampling plan that prioritized the implementation of additional projects (BMPs) to improve the water quality of the Banana River and Indian River Lagoon. The sampling focus was placed on nutrient data, since the current TMDL is based on seagrass impairment caused by eutrophication. The project included site and parameter selection, sampling of in situ parameters and laboratory parameters using FDEP approved SOPs, data analysis and reporting. Ms. Douglass was involved in data entry, field data collection, and reporting.

GIS Technician. The project for the City consisted of two main tasks: 1) ArcGIS
installation and setup and 2) Web Application Development. Applied Ecology
installed ArcGIS for Server version 10.5.1 ArcGIS Desktop software on the
City’s Microsoft Server 2012, a provided the City with a multiuser, versioned
Enterprise geodatabase in a Microsoft SQL database for their existing
infrastructure (stormwater, sanitary sewer, and reuse). AEI also completed an
web application development effort to provide the City with an editable, fully
functional application for the City’s internal use. Ms. Douglass was responsible
for the cartographic setup of the initial the web application, obtaining ancillary
cartographic layers (roads, addresses, and boundaries), and completing FGDC-compliant metadata for features in the ArcGIS Server.

GIS Technician. Development of a web application (State of the Indian River
Lagoon Application or SIRLAP) to house key water quality and habitat
indicators within the Indian River Lagoon. This application enhances the
understanding of the lagoon’s ecological health by providing a visualization
tool that interprets key water quality and habitat indicator data. The tool is
in the form of an easy to use, open access web application which will provide
lagoon stakeholders easy access to critical datasets to enhance
communication, facilitate scientific inquiry, and guide adaptive management as
well as engage and educate the public with lagoon ecological health
information. Additionally, this process assessed gaps in research and data
collection efforts to prioritize future research efforts. Ms. Douglass assisted in
GIS mapping.

GIS Technician. Hillsborough County proposed an extension to Citrus Park Drive located in the Tampa Bay Watershed and the Double Branch basin. A cumulative impact assessment was prepared to determine the local environmental impacts of the road extension. Land use changes over time were also taken into consideration. Ms. Douglass was responsible for preparing the land use layers and GIS mapping.

GIS Technician. Large-scale infrastructure survey project of aboveground utilities, facilities and infrastructure at CCAFS. The survey included water, wastewater, electric, stormwater, gas, fuel systems, buildings, antennas/towers, pavement and other infrastructure. Ms. Douglass was the GIS Technician responsible for incorporating hundreds of features daily using custom in-house developed batching tools, performing validation and topology checks, mapping inconsistencies and maintaining strict records of all the daily processes.

GIS Technician and Environmental Field Technician. Funded by a State Legislative appropriation, this project was an initial effort to model the groundwater nutrient contributions from residential land uses to the Lagoon. This project demonstrated a method to collect groundwater data that can refine nutrient load projections to Turkey Creek, a tributary that accumulates and contributes muck to the Indian River Lagoon. The project examined three types of study areas (reuse, sewer, septic and natural) to better understand associated groundwater concentrations. Applications of this method can be implemented to refine loading models, understand base flow relative to surface water nutrient sources, and prioritize areas for septic tank and wastewater infrastructure retrofits. Ms. Douglass was involved in data gathering, groundwater water quality sampling, data management, GIS mapping, groundwater model calibration, and final reporting.

GIS Technician. Applied Sciences Consulting and Applied Ecology Inc. were contracted by the City of Largo to conduct an initial sampling plan and interpret the collected data, taking previously collected data into account to determine if the McKay Creek met the Federal Clean Water Act standards initiated in 2016. Collected data was compared to previously collected data from 2014. Ms. Douglass assisted in performing statistics on the collected data and making GIS maps.

Water Quality Field Technician. As part of the BMAP for the North IRL, the City of Rockledge has been proactively planning and implementing BMPs to reduce overall loads to the Lagoon. The Huntington Lakes II project was partially funded using a 319 grant and involved the monitoring of a large wet detention facility for efficiency of nutrient removal. Ms. Douglass was the Field Technician and used strict SOPs to collect stormwater water quality samples at three inflow sites and one outflow. She was also involved in equipment decontamination and reporting.

GIS Technician. Applied Ecology, Inc. developed a custom model which included an adaptation of the Spatial Watershed Iterative Loading Model (SWIL 3.0). The model was used to look at site specific conditions of basins, land use, soils, and rainfall to determine future retrofit project placement for the City of Titusville. Ms. Douglass was responsible for analytical statistics, GIS mapping, GIS layer creation, and report development.

GIS Technician. Development of watershed nutrient input data (SWIL 4.0) to incorporate in the circulation and salinity model developed by Florida Institute of Technology in an effort to allow best muck management decisions. Annual funding from the State Legislative request has allowed subsequent temporal expansions of the original 3.0 Indian River Lagoon SWIL model from 1995 through 2015. In addition, 2015 funding further enhanced the model by expanding the spatial boundary of the original SWIL 3.0 boundary from Ponce Inlet to Fort Pierce Inlet. Three model condition years – years 2000, 2004, and 2015- were incorporated in this model update, providing a more refined output of the changes occurring in the Indian River Lagoon watershed. Ms. Douglass was responsible for the GIS data development, including treatment and land use land cover datasets.