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Steve Mathies MWH

Steve Mathies, Ph.D.

Coastal Restoration and Resilience Practice Leader, Global

Steve Mathies is the Coastal Restoration and Resilience Practice Leader at MWH Global. Steve has more than 35 years of experience focused on ecosystem restoration and hurricane protection in the Gulf of Mexico coastal region, and his main objective at MWH is to focus company assets to deliver planning, design and construction services specific to coastal protection and restoration across the U.S., with specific attention to Louisiana and the Gulf of Mexico area, and to use that knowledge and experience to help communities adapt and respond to climate change.  He is also responsible for exporting lessons learned and expertise gained in Louisiana and the Gulf area to other MWH clients and regions globally.

Steve brings extensive experience in both private and public sector positions to MWH.  His previous work has required development of large and small scale plans and programs to accomplish ecosystem restoration in coastal Louisiana to combat coastal land loss resulting from subsidence, altered hydrology and projected sea level rise as a result of climate change.

Public sector service includes serving as Executive Director of the Louisiana Office of Coastal Protection and Restoration, Deputy Secretary for the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources, Chief of the Coastal Wetlands Planning, Protection, and Restoration Act (CWPPRA) Project Management Branch, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and Director of the Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program (BTNEP). Most recently Steve served as Executive Director of the Louisiana Office of Coastal Protection and Restoration with responsibility for developing, implementing, and enforcing a comprehensive coastal protection and restoration master plan for the State of Louisiana.

Steve received his Ph.D. in Botany from Mississippi State University, and his Master of Sciences in Biological Sciences and Bachelor of Arts in Education from Northwestern State University.


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