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​Federal Projects

NSA provides environmental services to Federal agencies throughout the USA.  Some of our representative

Federal projects are highlighted below.


Review the Effects of Sediment Disposal on the Ecology of the Snake River, Washington.  USACE. NAICS Code - 541620

NSA was authorized by the Walla Walla District, Washington State, of the Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) to compile and synthesize aquatic habitat data from the Snake River from 1983 to 2010.  The compiled report has helped the USACE to evaluate environmentally acceptable and beneficial measures for managing dredged sediment in the Snake River system, particularly the effects of sediment disposal on salmonid fish populations.  Results of existing studies and studies conducted in the lower Columbia River and its estuary suggest that creating shallow water habitat benefit endangered Snake River salmon fish (salmonids) by providing feeding and rearing areas, in contrast to the current habitat limited condition of the reservoirs. Richard Turner, Project Manager and Contracting Officer's Representative (COR), USACE, richard.c.turner@usace.army.mil, (509) 527-7625.

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Submerged Aquatic Vegetation (SAV) Monitoring, Coastal Florida. USACE. NAICS Code - 541620

This project is a part of the multi-agency Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Program (CERP) in Florida.  Elements of the project included: 1) surveying and monitoring biological and physical characteristics within defined 2-3 acre plots using GPS and field data sheets at 22 sites along the East and West coasts of Florida, 2) working in extreme environmental conditions with field crews and equipment, 3) providing data and results to predetermined government standards of performance, and 4) compiling and analyzing significant amounts of biological and physical data. Contract W912EP-10-C-0027.  Sue Kemp, Biologist, USACE, Susan.K.Kemp@usace.army.mil, 904-232-2017. 

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Biological Monitoring, Alaska. BLM. NAICS Code - 541620

NSA was selected by the US Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in 2010 to participate in one of the first large scale mine-related biological monitoring studies in Alaska.  The study was designed to better understand the contaminant load in lower trophic levels of the aquatic food web and the relationship to abandoned mines on public lands, specifically the Red Devil Mine (RDM), an abandoned cinnabar mining and mercury (Hg) retort site on the banks of the Kuskokwim River in western Alaska. The resulting information was used in the remediation of abandoned mines and subsequent sampling to monitor contaminant levels in the future.  The mine was first opened in the 1930's and closed in 1971. During the mid-1950's, RDM was a leading producer of mercury; production records indicate that at least 35,000 flask of mercury were produced there, which equates to roughly 1,330 tons.

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Range Heath Study, Wyoming. BLM. NAICS Code - 541620

NSA was responsible for collecting data on 17 permanently marked 10-Plot trend transects as part of range health assessment in western Wyoming.  Each transect consisted of ten (10) 9.6 square foot plots located along transect lines varying in length up to 1,000 ft.  NSA provided a minimum of 2 personnel to work together on each transect in the field, as well as equipment, tools, materials, supervision, and other items and incidental services necessary to perform trend monitoring.  The total area covered during the survey was approximately 82,000 acres across three counties. BLM Worland, Wyoming District. Contract L12PX01088. Range Health Monitoring. Mike Peck, mpeck@blm.gov.

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Interior Least Tern/Piping Plover Habitat Assessment, Yellowstone River, Montana. BLM. NAICS Code - 541620

NSA completed a habitat survey along 200 miles of the Yellowstone River in August 2012 to map potential tern and plover habitat.  Habitat data was collected with Garmin GPS units and converted into ArcMap Shapefiles using DNR GPS (Minnesota Department of Natural Resources) and ArcMap 10.  Bureau of Land Management, Miles City, Montana Field Office.  Contract No. L12PS00612, Yellowstone River/Interior Least Tern/Piping Plover Habitat Assessment. BLM Order No. L12PX01143, Rebecca A. Undlin, Contracting Officer, BLM, 406-233-2829.

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Threatened and Endangered Species Survey on State Lands, Brevard County, Florida. USACE. NAICS Code - 541620

NSA provided all services for surveying endangered and threatened species within specified areas of Three Forks Marsh Conservation Area (TFMCA) in Brevard County, Florida.  NSA assembled and reviewed existing natural resource data relevant to the proposed project with an emphasis on determining the threatened and endangered species occuring on project lands.  The data review included St. Johns River Water Management District (SJRWMD) maps, Florida Natural Area Inventory lists of protected species, USFWS information on protected species, USACE and SJRWMD project documents, land use classification maps, aerial photographs, and other reports regarding natural resources within or in immediate proximity to the project.  NSA also interviewed appropriate land managers for species accounts on project lands and adjacent properties.

NSA conducted field surveys to determine the presence or absence of federally or state listed threatened and endangered species.  Field surveys were performed within the specified areas of TFMCA.  Observations of wood stork, bald eagle, snail kite, osprey and Audubon's crested caracara nests were conducted.  Identified nesting locations of these species were marked using GPS.  All indigo snakes were recorded and observation locations marked using GPS.  All incidental sightings of threatened and endangered species were recorded and observation locations marked using GPS.

NSA prepared the survey report for the Threatened and Endangered Species Survey.  The report included a summary of coordination with resource agencies (including names of agency personnel at each on-site meeting) and property managers/owners, description of the project lands, survey methodologies applied, survey/sampling locations with corresponding data sheets, aerial photos, and summary tables. USACE, Jacksonville District. Contract No. W912EP-13-C-0007. Diana Martuscelli, Biologist, diana.m.martuscelli@usace.army.mil, 904-232-1877.USACE

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Caracara Monitoring & Tagging in Support of Kissimmee River Restoration (KRR) Project, Okeechobee & Highlands Counties, Florida. USACE. NAICS Code - 541620

NSA assembled and reviewed existing scientific literature and data relevant to the proposed project nesting survey, with an emphasis on caracara (Caracara cheriway) historical habitat use, distribution, nesting behavior, threats, disturbance, and all other scientific surveys conducted for this species. The data reviewed included pre-survey evaluations of maps, including, but not limited to, aerial photographic maps with detailed contract areas provided by the USACE, U.S.  Geological Survey (USGS) 7.5 minute topographic maps, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) soils maps maintained by the Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS), and South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) maps.  All data, literature, and reports were compiled for review prior to meetings and/or field work.

NSA conducted nesting surveys during peak caracara nesting season 600 meters from the KRR Contract 12A project footprint.  NSA followed the appropriate nest survey procedures in the Survey Protocol for Finding Caracara Nests and  the 2012 Caracara Project Work Plan.  The surveys performed verified or updated nest locations as needed and identified new nests.  If monitoring determined that a nest had failed, monitoring of the pair continued at least through April 30, as re-nesting could occur.  Monitoring identified reproductive status, nest locations, nest success, and fledging success of nesting caracaras in the project area up to 600 meters from the restoration project footprint.  USACE, Jacksonville District. Contract No. W912EP-13-C-0007. Diana Martuscelli, Biologist, diana.m.martuscelli@usace.army.mil, 904-232-1877. USACE

Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP) Monitoring Data Analysis, Formatting, and Loading, Jacksonville District. USACE. NAICS Code - 541690

NSA provided services for the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Program (CERP) monitoring data analysis, formatting and loading. Analysis consisted of ensuring that appropriate scientific data elements by type, applied and loaded into the Morpho data management system.  NSA formatted data that was loaded to Morpho into CID approved templates and triggered the process for loading. Data load processes relied on positional location of data for the process to load correctly. Guidelines for formatting the data complied with standard templates and were strictly followed. All work was completed and delivered on the CERPZone.  USACE Jacksonville District.  Contract No. W912EP-12-P-0043. Sue Kemp, Biologist, susan.k.kemp@usace.arrmy.mil, 904-232-2017.

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Forest Management Plans for the Winnebago and Omaha Tribes, Nebraska. BIA. NAICS Code - 541620

NSA completed revised forest management plans for the Winnebago and Omaha Indian Tribes in eastern Nebraska for the Bureau of Indian Affairs.  As part of the assignment, we analyzed and compiled BIA provided forest acreage and other resource information (climatic, habitat, range, soil, wildlife, watershed, etc.) as necessary to prepare the draft amendment of the current forest management plan document, in compliance with NEPA, and following the minimum content requirements.  NSA ascertained the wants and wishes of the Tribes and its members as to the management of their forest resources.  Alternatives as considered in the NEPA phase of the project, and the preferred alternative used to amend the forest management plan, were based on discussions with adult members of the Tribe's and the Tribal Councils.  Reservation wide meetings, held at the District level, were used to determine tribal member issues, wants and needs.  BIA Rocky Mountain Region, Billings, Montana. BIA Contracts A12PX91365 and A12PX91348. Dan Rasmussen, 406-247-7941.

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