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Shane C. Staten, SpwS


Mr. Staten’s career has been focused on wetland and stream ecosystem restoration. He has managed the St. Louis office (formerly the local office of Terra Technologies) since 2008.


  • Masters of Environmental Management, Duke University School of the Environment and Earth Sciences, 2001

  • Bachelors of Arts, Integrative Biology with honors, Minor: Conservation Resource Studies, University of California, Berkeley, 1999


  • Certified Senior Professional Wetland Scientist

  • Rosgen Level 2: River Morphology and Applications

  • Rosgen Level 1: Applied Fluvial Morphology Stream Geomorphology Training

  • Past President, Society of Wetland Scientists Central Chapter 2005-2008, Treasurer: 2014-2016, Secretary 2022-2024, and Webmaster: 2005-2014

  • Member of International Board of Directors, Society of Wetland Scientists 2006-2007

  • Fellow, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation Conservation Fellows Program

  • Secretary, Kirkwood Urban Forestry Commission

  • Member, Conservation Federation of Missouri's Wetlands and Waterfowl Committee

  • Certified Prescribed Burn Manager, Missouri Department of Conservation

  • Approved Special Inspector for Major Land Disturbance Projects in St. Louis County


Wetland & Stream Mitigation Banks - Missouri & Kansas - Mr. Staten has been a primary or contributing designer for 22 approved and 5 proposed wetland and stream mitigation banks across Missouri and eastern Kansas encompassing almost 3,400 acres (more than 5 square miles) of restored wetland, riparian corridor, and stream habitats. These projects have resulted in significant improvements in water quality and wildlife habitat because of the protection of more than 32 miles of stream channels with greatly expanded riparian corridors, restoration of 6 miles of historical stream channels, and the creation of more than 1,000 acres of floodplain wetlands which filter pollutants, store flood waters, and provide high quality habitat for many species of wildlife. In addition to project management, Mr. Staten performed the wetland delineations for many of these properties and has helped guide many of these projects through the complicated regulatory approval process. He has also performed construction inspection, monitoring, and group site visits, including hosting two wetland conference field trips and senior EPA officials.


Missouri River Inner Levee Tract Jurisdictional Assessments - Kansas City, Missouri - Mr. Staten was the project manager for a series of wetland and stream system assessments that encompassed more than 2,600 acres of properties held in Clay County. Because the owner is proposing to develop the sites, they desired to know the locations of onsite wetlands and streams as well as possible locations for mitigation projects. Mr. Staten led the field work and coordinated the production of the project reports between staff at three offices.


Mid-America Sand Wetland Delineation - Jackson County, Missouri - Mr. Staten was the project manager for the complicated and difficult delineation of this approximately 246-acre parcel of highly altered Missouri River floodplain land. He performed detailed analysis of historical aerial photography and led the fieldwork to accurately and efficiently assess the location and limits of any jurisdictional wetlands and streams on the property and then wrote the resulting report submitted to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.


Lakeside 370 Mitigation Wetland Design & Monitoring - St. Peters, Missouri - Mr. Staten assisted in the design of the mitigation project required as part of the creation of the Lakeside 370 Business Park in St. Peters, Missouri. This mitigation project includes the creation of more than 50 acres of herbaceous, scrub-shrub, and forested wetlands as well as approximately 34 acres of riparian enhancement areas. One of the mitigation wetlands is a 24-acre marsh located in the large onsite lake which contains a recreational canoe trail. Mr. Staten also oversaw the construction and monitoring of the mitigation areas and led the intensive five-year habitat monitoring effort of an additional 106 acres of existing forested, scrub-shrub and herbaceous wetlands, including extensive sampling of the vegetation, soils, surface water, ground water and water quality.


Smith Creek Wetland & Stream Mitigation Bank Stream Restoration Design & Geomorphic Assessment – Moniteau County, Missouri - Mr. Staten was the lead author of an assessment of the design and current state of more than 1.5 miles of seven small streams that were recently restored in central Missouri, with lead engineering provided by John Kahl, P.E. The assessment analyzed the streams’ current level of functioning by evaluating stream morphology, riparian vegetation, hydraulics and watershed hydrology utilizing Rosgen and Natural Channel Design concepts.


DePue Zinc Smelter Bluff Area Vegetative Assessment - DePue, Illinois - Mr. Staten assessed the vegetation on a portion of a Superfund site consisting of a 74-acre bluff adjacent to a former zinc smelter site with the primary objective of identifying any locations with atypical plant communities or vegetative growth and with a secondary objective of categorizing and mapping the vegetation into roughly defined plant communities in order to provide a general description of the vegetation of the assessed area. The results of this investigation are intended to guide future decision making regarding this site.


Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District Sewer & Channel Design General Services Contract – St. Louis County, Missouri - Mr. Staten was the Project Manager for seven stream bank stabilization and storm sewer design projects located throughout St. Louis County with a combined design budget in excess of $350,000. In addition to client, subcontractor and staff coordination, Mr. Staten performed quality assurance and quality control supervision and handled all Clean Water Act permitting.

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