SCHEDA Ecological Associates


Company Profile

SCHEDA ECOLOGICAL ASSOCIATES, INC. (SCHEDA) is a Florida-registered corporation committed to providing both private and public sector clients with innovative, cost-effective solutions for a changing environment. With Florida offices in Tampa, Sarasota, Delray  Beach, Sunrise, Miami, and Destin, SCHEDA’s highly motivated staff of experienced professionals has provided a variety of professional environmental consulting services ranging from large public works projects and watershed management studies to small-scale residential site development. These services include but are not limited to:

  • Environmental Permitting and Mitigation;
  • Habitat Restoration Design;
  • Seagrass Studies;
  • Wetland and Wildlife Studies;
  • Threatened and Endangered (T&E) Species Surveys;
  • Geographic Information Systems (GIS)/Habitat Mapping and Analysis;
  • Land Use/Watershed Planning and Management;
  • Comprehensive Ecological and Cultural Assessments;
  • Impact Analysis;
  • Construction Inspection and Monitoring;
  • Stormwater Management, and;
  • National Pollutant Discharge Elimination Systems (NPDES) Coordination.

Scheda is woman-owned and currently certified as a Disadvantaged or Woman-Owned Business Enterprise (DBE/WBE) with the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), the Florida Department of Management Services, various counties and aviation authorities in Florida, City of Tampa, and South Carolina Department of Transportation.

Scheda’s professional staff of 21 scientists and technicians is led by a senior management team with over 150 years of combined career experience. The Scheda Team utilizes both practical consulting expertise and a thorough knowledge of the regulatory framework necessary to meet the most challenging of client needs. Scheda staff members have formerly worked for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Southwest Florida Water Management District (SWFWMD), Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP), Dade County Department of Environmental Resources Management (DERM) and the Environmental Protection Commission of Hillsborough County (EPC). Our environmental experience complements many engineering teams working on the planning, design, permitting and construction of a variety of projects.

Scheda’s team of professionals also has extensive experience in the field of habitat mapping, restoration, and design having overseen or designed hundreds of acres of freshwater and estuarine habitats. We are currently providing habitat restoration design services for the SWFWMD SWIM Program, SFWMD, Sarasota Bay Estuary Program (SBEP), FDEP, and Hillsborough, Pinellas, Manatee, Sarasota, Collier, and Charlotte Counties. In addition, we have completed a variety of Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Program, Acceler8, Lake Okeechobee Fast Track, and Regional Offsite Mitigation Area development projects.




519 18th Street - Orlando, FL, 32805   TEL / 407.212.1599 







The Environmental Law Institute has announced that Thomas Ries, Executive Vice President and Principal Scientist has received the 2013 National Wetlands Award for Conservation & Restoration. Ries and six other award recipients were honored at a ceremony at the U.S. Botanic Garden in Washington, DC on May 9, 2013.  For more than 25 years, Ries has played an instrumental role in wetland restoration in southwest Florida working for the Southwest Florida Water Management District's Surface Water Improvement & Management (SWIM) program, then through Scheda and Ecosphere Restoration Institute, a non-profit organization he started in 2007 to advance public-private partnerships for habitat restoration. He has been involved in over 80 habitat restoration and stormwater retrofit projects, resulting in the restoration of more than 2,400 acres of wetlands. These projects include some of the region's most ambitious and successful restoration projects, several of which have won local, state and national awards.

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