CSA Ocean Sciences Inc. (CSA) has provided services in support of the Department of Defense (DOD), largely focused on the environmental programs for the U.S. Navy. CSA has worked for the Navy since the 1980s on projects including National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Environmental Impact Statements (EISs) and related document preparation for ship shock trials and other Navy activities, aerial surveys to assess marine mammal and endangered species populations, benthic habitat characterization (conducted by CSA’s staff of scientific divers) along U.S. coastlines and in the southeastern Gulf of Mexico, and monitoring environmental impacts associated with dredging activities.
CSA understands the magnitude and broad range of complex environmental issues facing the DOD and the Navy. To thoroughly address these issues, CSA focuses on developing and implementing science-based resource and impact assessments and monitoring programs in underwater and aerial environments. We have proven our dedication to providing creative solutions for the Navy using strategic program management and issue-responsive adaptive management strategies to gain regulatory approvals on schedule and within budget in order to successfully meet Navy mission objectives. CSA has significant in-house resources that provide a broad range of multidisciplinary desktop and field survey services to support the DOD and the Navy’s environmental programs.
CSA’s work for the Navy has resulted in the successful completion of more than 40 multidisciplinary domestic and international projects. Since 1992, we have served as the prime contractor on four consecutive Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contracts to provide marine environmental services to NAVFAC Southeast (formally SouthDiv), totaling more than $21,500,000. CSA is currently an approved subcontractor on two Navy IDIQ contracts.
CSA’s commitment to the Navy’s mission is evident in our involvement in the 5-year Key West Harbor Dredging project, which enabled government approval of the first dredging project in a National Marine Sanctuary. As the Navy’s environmental contractor for this high-profile project, CSA was tasked with preparing the environmental assessment, permit applications, and environmental monitoring design and implementation plans. Our professional credibility was crucial to rapid project implementation within an environmentally sensitive and restrictive regulatory framework. The Navy commended CSA for understanding its focus on sustainable readiness, in addition to our knowledge of potential interplays and encroachment from environmental mandates, public perceptions, and litigation on the Navy’s operational readiness and range sustainability initiatives.