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Environmental Affairs Division Director

Brian RaglandCarlos Swonke, P.G., serves as director of Environmental Affairs.

Swonke joined the TxDOT Automation Division in 1987 after earning a bachelor's degree in geology from Sul Ross State University in 1984 and doing graduate work at Texas State University in the Applied Geography Program. He soon moved to the Environmental Section of the Design Division and in 1993 took a Water Resources Branch manager position in the then newly created Environmental Affairs Division.

While at TxDOT, Swonke was instrumental in TxDOT's first wetland banking efforts, led the compliance program for the new EPA construction storm water rules and municipal storm sewer system permitting program, and co-authored TxDOT's first storm water guidance manual. Additionally, he was the TxDOT liaison for the development of the state's coastal management program and served on several state- and national-level research advisory committees.

In 1998, he left TxDOT to serve as a project manager at Turner Collie & Braden. Ten years later, he joined Blanton & Associates, where he stayed until he accepted the Environmental Affairs Division director position in January 2012.

Contact Swonke by phone at (512) 416-2734 or by email.