MSA’s in-house team of environmental and wetland scientists, geologists, sewage system professionals and compliance specialists have the experience and knowledge to determine if and how prior land uses or natural events have affected the property.  The full potential of a property can be evaluated and risk can be assessed based on current or proposed land use. Additionally, we work closely with local, state, and federal agencies to ensure that everyone understands the requirements of the project. We help make the best use of your real estate assets even while we acknowledge and support the need for environmental regulation to safeguard our natural resources and promote corporate responsibility.

The field of environmental sciences has a wide range of applications, but its primary goals are to identify the specific requirements for land use, manage potential environmental problems that might affect a property’s use, and assist in preventing environmental problems during site development and normal facility operations. We will ensure the continued preservation of our natural resources by conducting historical research on the property, identifying environmental concerns that could endanger human health and the environment, developing and implementing remediation and mitigation strategies, and preparing the site for use by ensuring the facility complies with applicable regulations through environmental permitting and compliance.

MSA Environmental Scientists – Looking Beneath the Surface

Our services aim to determine the current site conditions, confirm the viability of specific environmental design components of a proposed project, collaborate with the design experts, address permitting and compliance requirements, and identify potential environmental issues that could conflict with the use of the site now or in the future. When necessary, studies that can assess all environmental media (such as soil, groundwater, surface water, sediment, and air) for contaminants of concern can be carried out to not only determine whether contamination occurs at a location but also to ascertain the degree or extent of damage. Closing petroleum storage tanks, remediating the situation, and implementing mitigating measures can all be done to deal with any problems that could be present. Once a facility is up and running, our environmental permitting and compliance services will keep checking that all site activities are carried out in line with the relevant laws.

For additional information about our environmental sciences capabilities, please contact Charles Hall.

Civil Engineering

Environmental Sciences Capabilities

  • Environmental Impact Statements (EIS) and Environmental Impact Reviews (EIR)
  • Wetland assessments, delineations, permitting, mitigation plans and monitoring
  • Chesapeake Bay Preservation Act consulting (CBPA) National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) consulting
  • Potable water wells and irrigation wells, permitting, and engineering plans
  • Wastewater consulting, monitoring, permitting, engineering plans, and operations and maintenance oversight
  • Alternative sewage systems, soil analysis, permitting, drainfield design, and engineering plans
  • Environmental permitting
  • Compliance monitoring and reporting of all types
  • Groundwater consulting, aquifer testing, modeling, and withdrawal permits
  • Spill Prevention Control & Countermeasures Plans
  • (SPCC)
  • Environmental Site Assessment reports – Phases I and II
  • Contamination identification and remediation
  • Site Characterization Reports
  • Corrective Action Plans
  • Underground storage tank removal, replacement, and storage tank reimbursement fund applications
  • Oil Discharge Contingency Plans
  • Expert witness testimony