CEC Columbus is excited to welcome Matt Petty to the team as a senior project manager in our ecological sciences practice. Matt has over 14 years of experience in environmental services and compliance in both the public and private sectors. Before joining CEC, Matt was a firm-wide discipline leader for ecological services. In that role, he successfully oversaw and managed technical advancements in natural resources and National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) services across the country.
Matt specializes in ecological and stream restoration, wetland delineation, stream and lake assessment, threatened and endangered species surveys, NEPA compliance, environmental permitting, fisheries management, and biological/water quality/sediment sampling. He is actively involved in evaluating the environmental impacts of projects, including roadway and railroad expansions, stormwater/wastewater management, utility transmission lines, water intakes and diversions, levee expansions, disaster recovery, and floodplain improvements projects. In his previous role, he was a member of the Climate Resilience Team, a cross-discipline coalition at the forefront of developing climate-resilient solutions for clients.
Some of Matt’s recent roles include serving as the program director for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineer’s National Shoreline Management Study, developing new master planning documents for federal management of the nation’s Great Lakes and ocean shorelines, and managing the City of Columbus’ Land Stewardship Update Project, one of the largest shoreline buffer implementation projects in the region. He has also managed assessment and restoration projects for the National Park Service, Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority, and several cities in Tennessee. His East Lake Park restoration project won several awards, including the Renovated Facility Award from the Tennessee Recreation & Parks Association and the Outstanding Engineering Project award from the American Society of Civil Engineers.
Matt is a Project Management Professional (PMP), Professional Wetland Scientist (PWS), and Certified Ecologist. Matt has lectured on his innovative assessment protocols for streams and shoreline habitats at universities and presented them at national conferences. He has a bachelor’s degree in Zoology & Environmental Science from Miami University and a master’s degree in Environmental Studies from Virginia Commonwealth University.
About CEC Columbus
CEC’s Columbus office was established in 1997 with waste, civil, and environmental practices, with ecological services being added in 2004. It has now grown into a full-service office that supports each of our markets with diversity across the professional disciplines. CEC Columbus employs civil engineers, surveyors, biologists, geologists, and environmental scientists. Their main revenue sources currently include real estate development, natural gas development, and aggregate mining permitting and development.