Tiffany Busby

Tiffany Busby

President, Wildwood Consulting Inc.

MEM '94

Professionally, Tiffany has been engaged in improving the lakes, rivers and estuaries in Florida and Georgia at the local level.  Early in her career, Tiffany started the Charlotte Harbor National Estuary Program (NEP) based in Fort Myers, Florida, and worked with the local institutions to develop a comprehensive management plan to protect an estuary threatened by urban development, agricultural runoff and water supply demands.  Through an extensive collaborative process, the plan was completed in 2000 and continues to protect Charlotte Harbor and to fund improvements.  During her tenure with the NEP, Tiffany was also the Legislative Chair for the Association of National Estuary Programs, successfully working to reauthorize the applicable Clean Water Act provisions and to secure federal funding for the 28 programs nationwide.

In 2000, Tiffany founded a private firm, specializing in developing and implementing collaborative management plans to address watershed-level water quality problems, particularly for nutrient and bacteria impairments.  Tiffany and her firm have supported basin-specific implementation of total maximum daily loads (TMDLs), resulting in regulatory requirements for wastewater facilities, urban stormwater sources, and agriculture.  Tiffany has worked with these entities to provide the required collaboration before a “basin management action plan” is legally adopted and to promote the “fair and equitable” allocations required by Florida Statute.

Tiffany has worked with local stakeholders leading to the adoption of 11 basin management action plans (e.g., St. Lucie River and Estuary, Lake Okeechobee, Indian River Lagoon, Lower St. Johns River Main Stem, Lake Jesup, Upper Ocklawaha, and Orange Creek) and the implementation of several other plans.  In the case of the 2008 Lower St. Johns River Main Stem plan, the allocations and related requirements have resulted in the reduction of 52,304 kilograms per year (kg/yr) of total phosphorus and 1,278,158 kg/yr of total nitrogen, restoring healthy dissolved oxygen conditions for aquatic life and greatly reducing harmful algal blooms.   Tiffany also helped to establish Florida’s pilot pollutant trading program, which is now being expanded statewide.

Tiffany is currently an Executive Committee member for the Florida Stormwater Association and is the past Legislative and Governmental Affairs Chair (2011-2014).  Tiffany is a regular speaker at forums such as the Florida Chamber’s Environmental Permitting School, Florida’s Natural Resources Leadership Institute, and at the Florida Stormwater Association’s workshops.  She lives in St. Augustine, Florida with her husband Derek and her two children, Tessa and Drew.

"I was drawn to the Nicholas School of the Environment not only for the extensive courses available, but by the excellence and diversity of the students in the Nicholas School Program. My time in residence in Durham and Beaufort provided exposure to ideas and perspectives from a wide variety of students and faculty, and taught me how to evaluate and present ideas for decision-making. I continue to find this experience very valuable in the professional world where I work with engineers, scientists, attorneys, farmers, and bureaucrats. I never hesitate to tell a client that I am an alumna from the Nicholas School, as Duke’s reputation reinforces my capabilities and professionalism. As I mature in my career, I continue to maintain my connections with many of my Nicholas School classmates who became lifelong friends, as they achieve amazing results in their own fields of expertise. I also seek out Duke Alumni activities in Florida, as the personal and professional connections are both valuable and stimulating."

Program Area

track: WAR