Steve Carroll

Name: Steve Carroll
Occupation: Engineer
Agency: Ducks Unlimited (DU)

Steve is the supervising engineer at DU for projects in the San Francisco Bay Area. He has over 20 years of engineering and restoration experience within the environmental field and has been directly responsible for the engineering design and construction of over 40,000 acres of seasonal and tidal wetland restoration and enhancement projects totaling $60 million in project funding agreements.

Complementary to his restoration experience Steve has designed and implemented fisheries projects including fish screens and ladders, has extensive experience with marine construction and the delivery of tidal restoration in shallow water environments and with the design and implementation of ADA public use facilities He has a strong project and construction management background, and has successfully delivered numerous wetland restoration projects of varying scope, size and complexity. Steve has also been the lead on the majority of DU’s dredging and beneficial reuse projects.

Some of his project experience in the Bay Area includes: Lead design engineer and construction manager for the tidal restoration of Cullinan Ranch; construction manager and engineering designer on phases of the tidal restoration of Outer, Middle and Inner Bair Island; project and construction manager on the Napa Sonoma Marshes Wildlife Area wetland restoration project, as well as managing and engineering support on the South Bay Salt Ponds project Phase 2.

When asked where his inspiration came for the work he does (and his ambition) Steve said:

“My passion for being outdoors was imprinted upon me by my grandfather who took me backpacking, fishing, and exploring all over California, throughout my childhood. Many of those memories are some of my most cherished. I am very fortunate to have found a career that not only keeps me engaged with nature but puts me in a position to help ensure that quality habitat will persist for future generations of wildlife and people.

And although not yet two, his daughter “appears to have the same genetic disposition for being outside and ‘wild.’ Ironically, her favorite toys consist of a wood decoy she calls ‘big duck’ and an entourage of rubber ducks. Rarely will she leave the house without them. Every chance we get we head outside to explore, currently to the beach or Marin open space, but before too long we will be headed off to the backcountry just like I did with my grandfather.”