Keith is the Principal and CEO of Underwood & Associates, Inc. He has more than 30 years of experience creating methods and techniques to restore watershed ecosystems. He is recognized for his innovative talent in reconnecting upland developed areas to estuarine ecosystems such as the Chesapeake Bay. Keith is known as the primary regional and national leader in the design and construction of sand seepage wetlands, regenerative stream channels, coastal plain outfall systems, and holistic approaches to site specific stormwater discharges. He is an expert in plants native to the Mid-Atlantic Region and specifically in the Coastal Plain Physiographic Region and specializes in Atlantic White Cedar and pitcher plants. Through his many years of restoration work he has forged partnerships with nonprofit organizations, government organizations, scientists and researchers, & the regulatory community.
From contract award through final construction, Chris is involved with the planning, design, permitting, and construction of ecosystem restoration projects to ensure true ecological restoration is achieved. He collaborates with clients, inspectors, project partners, and all staff to ensure expectations are met and the restoration effort is resilient over time. Prior to joining Underwood & Associates, Inc. Chris spent 5 years working within the Chesapeake & Coastal Service at the Maryland Department of Natural Resources.
Keith is a highly motivated partner skilled at building good relationships with his team, with vendors, with inspectors, and with clients to ensure successful completion of construction projects. He understands the ever-changing nature of a construction site and is adept at balancing all the moving parts.
Keith is the lead designer for Underwood & Associates and has significant experience in designing, engineering, and permitting stormwater management, outfall restoration, stream restoration, and living shoreline projects. Keith uses Underwood & Associates’ Regenerative Design philosophy to design Regenerative Stream Channel (RSC), Step-Pool Stormwater Conveyance (SPSC), Dynamic Living Shoreline (DLS) projects, and others. Keith is a formally trained watershed scientist and is capable of providing the wide range of habitat assessments, site surveys, design plans, engineering analyses, and permitting services necessary to progress a project from conceptual to fully permitted. His skills include Maryland Biological Stream Survey (MBSS) assessment and analysis, hydrologic and hydraulic numerical modelling programs, ecological uplift projections, and TMDL nutrient load reduction calculations.
A skilled professional with 20 years’ experience in administration, organization, marketing, business development, and project management, Heather has provided Contract and Project Management in support of all Underwood & Associates, Inc. projects since 2011. She is adept at balancing multiple projects and ensuring that our team meets deadlines. Heather leads the team in proposal development and manages human resources while overseeing the myriad day-to-day tasks necessary of a successful design/build firm.