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Michelle Tovar

Principal, Biologist

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Michelle has over 15 years of experience in permitting, regional conservation planning, environmental compliance, sensitive species and their habitats, and mitigation. She was a fish and wildlife biologist at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for more than eight years where she provided consultations pursuant to the Endangered Species Act (ESA) Section 7 and 10 and reviewed, planned, and conducted a variety of biological investigations to determine the impact of development projects on the terrestrial and aquatic resources of the Sacramento Valley and Bay Area.

As a Stantec project manager and permit specialist, Michelle assists clients with state and federal compliance under the ESA, National Environmental Policy Act, and Clean Water Act. She applies her experience in negotiating avoidance, mitigation/compensation, and enhancement agreements with agencies including the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Federal Highway Administration, Caltrans, the Regional Water Quality Control Board, and private developers.

Michelle’s experience and relationships with clients and regulatory agencies related to environmental compliance documents and related permits makes her an asset to any project team. She’s also passionate about promoting science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education to young children as part of Stantec and at her daughters school. 

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