Sandy Scheda
Southeast Transportation Director

ESA  Staff

Sandy directs and manages our surface transportation clients in the Southeast region, including the Florida Department of Transportation (and their federal partners: Federal Highway Administration, Federal Transit Authority, and the Federal Railroad Administration), along with various county and municipal transportation departments.

With more than 30 years of experience conducting environmental planning efforts, biological assessments, and related studies, Sandy leads her team through the development of NEPA documents, biological assessments, USCG Navigation Activities Evaluations, and complex permitting processes associated with roads and bridges, and she often provides technical review of all documents associated with a project. She has navigated projects requiring complex wetland impact permits, bridge permits, and even sovereign submerged land easements.

Sandy’s vast transportation project portfolio has involved environmental data collection and analysis, development and evaluation of project alternatives, compiling required environmental documents, and conducting public involvement programs. She is also well-versed in providing environmental support for transportation construction and maintenance teams, reviewing construction project plans, designing erosion control protection, implementing water quality programs, and overseeing contamination remediation.

A large part of Sandy’s career includes working in the water resources arena and providing ecological/NEPA expertise, permitting, and construction support for several Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Program and Natural Resources Conservation Service restoration projects in south Florida. In this capacity, Sandy has worked with clients at South Florida Water Management District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Jacksonville), and Natural Resources Conservation Service. Project objectives have included hydropattern restoration, water and wetlands preservation, floodplain restoration, and quantity and timing of freshwater flows to downstream estuaries, all to serve various south Florida ecological restoration goals.

Before joining ESA, Sandy was a co-owner (with Tom Ries) of her own consulting firm—Scheda Ecological Associates—which she started on her own in 1990. Sandy holds a Master of Science in Zoology and Bachelor of Arts degrees in Geology and Biology from the University of South Florida. Her multidiscipline background allows her to best serve her clients; for instance, she can jump from serving as a biologist specializing in freshwater ecology to a field geologist collecting valuable data for environmental audits.