Melissa Fontenot is the President of Cypress Environmental Consulting LLC based in Houston, Texas. Ms. Fontenot has both a B.S. in Marine Sciences and an M.S. in Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences from Texas A&M University and is a certified Professional Wetland Scientist with the Society of Wetland Scientists and a certified Ecologist with the Ecological Society of America. Ms. Fontenot’s background includes 18 years of experience working in wetland ecosystems in Texas and across the southern United States. Ms. Fontenot specializes in wetland and water resources, environmental assessment, and regulatory permitting for municipal, transportation, land development, and energy industry projects. Ms. Fontenot regularly conducts jurisdictional wetland delineations, functional and conditional assessments, mitigation plans, and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ permit applications for impacts to waters of the U.S. regulated under Section 404 of the Clean Water Act and Section 10 of the Rivers and Harbors Act. Ms. Fontenot previously served as a member of the Colorado-Lavaca Basin and Bays Expert Science Team as part of the Texas Senate Bill 3 environmental flow evaluations (Senate Bill 3, Section 11.02362). Currently, Ms. Fontenot is active with the Texas Master Naturalist program as a volunteer assisting ecological restoration projects in the Houston region and as a member in local professional organizations including the Houston Chapter of Women’s Transportation Seminar (WTS) as a proponent of advancing women in the transportation industry.
Ms. Muzal is an environmental scientist in the Houston office specializing in Phase I environmental site assessment (ESA), wetland and waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) delineation, Clean Water Act Section 404 permitting, threatened and endangered species assessment, and preparation of National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) documentation for public and private industry clients. Ms. Muzal’s relevant training include U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ wetland delineation training, Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) Training Course ENV429 Environmental Procedures for Local Governments, and Texas Parks and Wildlife Department freshwater mussel identification.
Ms. Lee is a qualified biologist in the Houston office with a Master of Wildlife Science degree from Texas A&M University and over 3 years of experience conducting Phase I environmental site assessments (ESA), biological surveys, threatened and endangered species assessments, wetland and waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) delineations, and preparing National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) documentation for public and private industry clients. Ms. Lee also has relevant training in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' wetland delineation training.
Mr. Gutierrez is a registered professional archaeologist (RPA) in the Houston office with a Master of Science in Maritime Archaeology and Conservation from Texas A&M University. He is highly skilled in conducting cultural resource desktop reviews, pedestrian surveys, and post-survey documentation in Texas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Georgia. He has experience preparing National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) Section 106 and Texas Antiquities Code (TAC) documentation for public and private industry clients. He has conducted regulatory coordination with State Historic Preservation Offices (SHPO) such as the Texas Historical Commission (THC) and Oklahoma Archaeological Survey (OAS) and well as federal agencies such as the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Carlsbad Field Office (CFO) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE).