About Us

The Carol Group, Inc. is a Florida Corporation, providing professional services in engineering and surveying. Headquarters for the company is located in Lake Placid, Florida. The Carol Group was founded by Carol Wehle Howard, former Executive Director of South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD), and is comprised of employees that have decades of respected experience in their individual fields including watershed and resources management, environmental restoration, civil engineering, geotechnical engineering, coastal and estuarine assessment and restoration, permitting and mitigation bank design, surveying, and funding assistance. This creates a depth of knowledge and technical expertise that rival any firm.

The company has been involved with Everglades, St Johns River Basin and Suwannee River Basin restoration programs. It has extensive background in Everglades, Indian River Lagoon, St Johns River, Suwannee River Basin, Lake Okeechobee, and Biscayne Bay water quality challenges which include impaired water bodies, NDPES permits, TMDLs, BMAPS, Numeric Nutrient Criteria, BMP development, BMP implementation and state and federal water quality litigation.

The Carol Group has been involved in the implementation of several National Estuary programs including the Indian River Lagoon and Charlotte Harbor. They have unparalleled practical experience in the planning and implementation of watershed-scale projects to develop and attain Pollution Load Reduction Goals and Total Maximum Daily Loads for Florida waters. They have expertise in large-scale oyster bed mapping and GIS-based habitat restoration modeling.

The firm employs former heads of environmental resource permitting regulatory programs from several water management districts with decades of experience in Environmental Resource Regulation, Mitigation Banking, Water Quality and Consumptive Use permits. Key members of the firm were involved in the development of the Surface Water Improvement Plan (SWIM) program and have 20 years of experience in developing and implementing SWIM plans. Mrs. Wehle Howard has extensive experience securing funds through NRCS (e.g. PL566 Small Watershed Program, Wetland Reserve Program, Environmental Quality Incentives Program, etc.). The Carol Group has expert modeling capabilities in surface water, water quality and ground water. It has extensive water supply planning and permitting capabilities, as well as expertise in water and wastewater systems. Additionally the Carol Group can provide experienced construction management and inspection services.

The Carol Group is a federally certified Woman Owned Small Business engineering and survey company and a Florida state certified Woman Owned Small Business environmental consulting firm.