Statement of Qualifications
Who We Are
Watershed Environmental is a small, innovative environmental consulting firm. Founded in 1997, it was one of the first modern companies of its kind to come on the scene in Central California. Since then, we have become widely recognized as a top-quality resource for land managers, local government agencies, private property owners, nonprofit organizations, holding companies, and anyone who needs to navigate the complex, seemingly impenetrable maze of state and federal regulations in order to develop or restore their land.
We’re proud to say that the vast majority of our business comes from past and current client referrals. Virtually all of our work occurs in Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, and Ventura counties.
What We Do
Watershed specializes in performing and preparing biological resource sections of Environmental Impact Reports. We have nearly two decades’ experience in biological assessments, botanical and wildlife surveys, biological mitigation design, habitat restoration and monitoring, wetland delineation, and wetland permitting.
One of the first environmental consulting firms to adopt and master Geographic Information System (GIS) technology, Watershed remains a leader in collecting and providing biological information. GIS is a powerful tool for environmental impact assessment, environmental constraints analysis, mitigation design, biological inventory, and ecological modeling. We routinely use the latest software to perform environmental analysis, understand and map complex spatial patterns, model physical and ecological processes, and prepare maps and figures for the many reports we prepare.
Owned and operated by Mark de la Garza, Watershed Environmental, Inc. is located in Santa Barbara, California. Mark has been working as an environmental consultant since 1988, when he graduated from the University of California at Santa Barbara with a BA in Environmental Studies. He returned to UCSB for graduate school, launched Watershed Environmental in 1997, and earned a Masters in Environmental Science and Management in 1998, a member of the first graduating class of the prestigious Bren School.
GIS analyst/cartographer Melodee Hickman, who has an MA in Geography from UCSB, does all of Watershed’s GIS work in-house. Her responsibilities include compiling previously mapped analog and digital data, building project-specific GIS databases, creating base maps for biological field surveys, inputting the field survey data into the GIS database, generating map statistics (size of areas mapped and potentially impacted), performing constraints analyses, and creating maps and figures for technical reports and pubic presentations.