Matt is a Senior Scientist and Environmental Planner with a diverse background in stream ecology, water quality, wetland science, environmental due diligence, and site remediation.
Matt DeCaro currently provides permitting and regulatory compliance assistance for land use projects from their planning stages through review, approval, and construction. Matt performs wetland, stream, and shoreline delineations and fish & wildlife habitat assessments and provides land use planning assistance for residential, commercial, and industrial projects. He also conducts code and regulation analysis, prepares reports and aquatic permit applications for local, State, and Federal review, and provides restoration and mitigation design.
Matt earned a Bachelor of Science degree with a focus in Environmental Science from the Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington, with additional graduate-level coursework and research in aquatic restoration and salmonid ecology at Alaska Pacific University in Anchorage, Alaska. Matt is formally trained in the use of the Washington State Wetland Rating System and Determination of Ordinary High Water Mark by the Washington State Department of Ecology. He has attended USFWS survey protocol workshops for multiple threatened and endangered species. Matt has considerable experience managing Phase I Environmental Site Assessments, subsurface investigations, and contaminant remediation projects throughout the Pacific Northwest. His experience also includes NEPA compliance for federal projects, noxious weed abatement, spotted owl surveys on federal and private lands, and salmonid spawning and migration surveys.
Education and Professional Development
- B.S., Environmental Science focus; Evergreen State College, Olympia, WA
- Graduate-level coursework and research in Aquatic Restoration and Salmon Ecology; Alaska Pacific University, Anchorage, AK
Professional Certifications, Training, and Workshops
- Washington State Wetland Rating System (2014); Washington State Department of Ecology
- Ordinary High Water Mark Determination; Washington State Department of Ecology
- Grass, Sedge, and Rush Identification for Western WA Puget Lowland Habitats; Coastal Training Program
- Endangered Species Act (ESA) Puget Sound Workshop; FEMA Region X
- Environmental Professional (EP) by ASTM Standard 1527-13
- Habitat Survey Workshops: Spotted Owl, Leopard Frogs, SW Willow Flycatchers; US Fish and Wildlife Service
- NEPA Workshop: Writing the Perfect EA/FONSI or EIS; NW Environmental Training Center
- Certified Erosion and Sediment Control Lead (CESL)
- 40-Hour OSHA Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response (HAZWOPER)
- TSA Transportation Worker Identification Credential