Natural Resource Inventories and Assessments

Geosyntec's biological assessment and monitoring creates an accurate picture of the affected environment. Our services provide a reliable evaluation of the health of streams, rivers, lakes, and ocean environments and can offer a less expensive alternative to complex chemical testing programs.

Our team supplies a high degree of experience that can evaluate the ecological health of a given environment and show how organisms integrate the effects of varied stressors at your site over time. This means Geosyntec can characterize the long-term ecological issues and the status of highly valued biological communities.

By examining a variety of species, their life stages, their survival, and their health, Geosyntec can decipher the complex relationships among habitat, bioregion, and ultimately water and sediment quality. Geosyntec has experienced biologists who efficiently conduct fish and invertebrate collection for both site investigations and NPDES-permit compliance. We also partner with industry-leading laboratories to perform sample analyses, compile all metric scores and data in a project database, and utilize geographic information system capabilities to define spatial relationships and ensure data consistency and comparability.

Geosyntec's biological monitoring services include fish tissue collection for analysis of chemicals of concern; fish population and macroinvertebrate/plankton community studies; fish kill investigations; and sediment infaunal invertebrate studies. We also conduct habitat inventories and assessments; sediment and water quality toxicity testing; ecological risk assessments; and Natural Resource Damage Assessments.

Our practitioners compile environmental impact statements for compliance with National Environmental Policy Act requirements and consult with clients on Clean Water Act (CWA) Section 404 wetland permitting, Section 401 water quality certification, and threatened and endangered species surveys related to the Endangered Species Act (ESA) and Section 7 requirements.

For more than a dozen clients, Geosyntec has monitored the concentrations of chemicals found in fish tissue over a period of many years. Often, the fish community is exposed to chemicals via direct or indirect uptake from contaminated sediments. By monitoring the fish tissue concentrations over time, the effectiveness of an environmental remedy can be evaluated. Additionally, biota-sediment accumulation models can be developed and refined to support informed management decisions. This has been used for both active remedies (e.g., dredging) and passive remedies (e.g., MNR). These monitoring data provide our clients and the regulatory agencies with an accurate picture of the affected environment.

Lead Consultants

  • Lisa Austin, P.E.

    Lisa Austin is a Principal Engineer based in California with more than 25 years of experience focused on water quality and stormwater management. Lisa's practice focuses on National Polluta ...
  • David Bonnett, P.E., P.Eng.

    David Bonnett is a Principal Engineer based in Massachusetts with 30 years of experience focused on water and natural resources engineering and waste containment facility planning and design, inclu ...
  • Mark Hanna, Ph.D., P.E., LEED AP

    Mark Hanna is a Senior Principal Water Resources Engineer based in California with over 20 years of experience focused on water resources management. His experience in water rights, integrated wate ...
  • Poppy Staub

    Margaret "Poppy" Staub is a Senior Principal Geologist and Environmental Engineer based in Colorado with more than 20 years of experience focused on environmental compliance, Superfund site managem ...
  • Keith Tolson, Ph.D.

    Keith Tolson is a Senior Principal Environmental Scientist with more than 15 years of experience focused on environmental sciences. He Specializes in the application of risk-based principles to sup ...
  • Eric Strecker, P.E., BCEE

    Eric Strecker is a Senior Principal Water Resources Engineer based in Oregon with more than 30 years of experience focused on the design, monitoring, and evaluation of stormwater best management pr ...
  • Kim Williams, P.E., CPSWQ

    Kim Williams is a Senior Consultant Water Resources Engineer based in California with more than 20 years of experience focused on civil and environmental engineering. Specializing in stormw ...
  • Adrienne Nemura, P.E., BCEE

    Adrienne Nemura is a Senior Principal Water Resources Engineer based in Michigan with more than 30 years of experience focused on helping clients identify cost-effective and sustainable solutions t ...
  • Michael Lodato, P.G.

    Michael Lodato is a Principal Geologist based in Florida with more than 25 years of experience focused on the field of hydrogeology, site assessment, and remediation using innovative technologies. ...
  • Mark Ellard, P.E., CFM, D.WRE

    Mark Ellard is a Senior Principal Water Resources and Environmental Engineer based in Florida with more than 20 years of experience in diverse watershed management, water quality assessment, and st ...
  • Ganesh Krishnan, P.E., D.WRE

    Ganesh Krishnan is a Senior Principal Engineer based in Georgia with more than 20 years of experience focused on water resources and geoenvironmental engineering. Ganesh specializes in design engin ...
  • Brandon Steets, P.E.

    Brandon Steets is a Senior Principal Water Resources Engineer based in California with more than 16 years of experience focused on helping clients develop cost-effective solutions to their complex ...
  • Kathleen Harrison, P.G. QSP, QSD, QISP, ToR

    Kathleen Harrison is a Principal Geologist based in California with more than 20 years of experience focused on watershed management, stormwater pollution prevention, and erosion control. She is a ...
  • Robert Hartzel, CLM, CPESC

    Robert Hartzel is a Principal Water Resources Scientist based in Massachusetts with more than 20 years of experience focused on leading water resources restoration, watershed planning, and environm ...
  • Ken Susilo, P.E., CPSWQ

    Ken Susilo is a Senior Principal Water Resources Engineer based in California with more than 20 years of experience focused on urban stormwater management. Ken specializes in the development of mul ...
  • Tom Fendley, P.E.

    Tom Fendley is a Principal Environmental Engineer based in Georgia with more than 30 years of experience focused on civil/infrastructure design, construction engineering and contract administration ...
  • Philip Reidy, P.E.

    Phil Reidy is a Principal Water and Natural Resources Engineer based in Kuala Lumpur with over 25 years of experience focused on geotechnical and stormwater management. He has specialized experienc ...
  • Lance Fontenot, Ph.D., PWS

    Lance Fontenot is a Principal Toxicologist based in Louisiana with more than 20 years of experience focused on assessing the human health and ecological effects of hazardous substance releases, and ...
Geosyntec Consultants
Geosyntec is a specialized consulting and engineering firm that works with private and public sector clients to address new ventures and complex problems involving our environment, natural resources, and civil infrastructure.

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