CSA Ocean Sciences Inc. (CSA) supports international, federal, state, and local government agencies in the United States and throughout the world to provide marine environmental consulting expertise. We specialize in multidisciplinary projects involving the assessment of potential environmental impacts in coastal and marine ecosystems, and offer a wide variety of scientific analysis and field survey services to support our government clients worldwide.
Government Projects and Services
- NEPA-compliant EISs, EAs, EIAs, and all types of federal and state permitting documents
- Impact avoidance and mitigation
- Application documentation and negotiations
- Agency-client coordination applied to coastal zone management consistency determinations
- NPDES effluent monitoring
- NOAA incidental harassment authorizations and Letters of Authorization
- Dredge and fill project
- U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) requirements
- Coastal construction
- Beach restoration
- Fisheries and Essential Fish Habitat (EFH) Assessments
- Resource conservation and protection plans
With a multidisciplinary team of over 80 scientific experts, CSA has the resources necessary to provide clients with smart, innovative solutions to a full range of environmental issues. CSA personnel are formally trained and experienced in the U.S. NEPA process as well as internationally-recognized standards such as Equator Principles (EP), International Finance Corporation (IFC) Performance Standards, and World Bank Group Environmental, Health, and Safety (EHS) guidelines for pollution prevention, control, and monitoring.
Our history of sound, unbiased, and technically-proficient studies has gained the respect of our clients, as evidenced by the repeat business of major agencies and clients.
CSA staff’s broad knowledge of marine, terrestrial, and aquatic environments, their interactions, and associated environmental issues provides the foundation for the development of realistic measures to reduce and mitigate potential adverse environmental impacts. Consistent presentation of objective project information has established our corporate credibility for permitting environmentally, politically, and legally sensitive projects.
With extensive scientific and technical expertise in the latest federal, state, and local regulatory requirements, our scientists are recognized for negotiating complex permitting agreements and fulfilling reporting, monitoring, and testing requirements. Understanding a proposed project’s potential environmental and regulatory constraints is critical to developing timely and cost-effective project plans, evaluative studies, effective stakeholder management, and successful permitting.
CSA’s portfolio of domestically-based projects includes a broad range of data collection and sampling services, habitat management, assessment and restoration, data synthesis, and scientific studies. Our staff has an extensive background conducting permitting activities and studies associated with a range of federal government agencies, including the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM); Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE); U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE); U.S. Department of Defense (DoD ); National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA); U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ); U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA); U.S. Department of Energy (DOE); and the National Park Service (NPS).
Our international expertise ranges from studies conducted for the United Nations to the Cayman Island government, for which CSA has provided EIAs that comply with and follow World Bank environmental principles, IFC environmental and social safeguard policies, and the EHS guidelines update of the World Bank Group (prepared by the IFC), as required for each proposed project. In addition, CSA is well-versed in the acquisition of international environmental and survey permits for regions including the Middle East, Mediterranean, Africa, Asia and South Pacific, South America, and the Caribbean. Our focus on high-quality, scientifically sound, and innovative environmental solutions has established CSA as an expert in coastal and marine-related studies.