ESS Group Awarded Five-Year EPA National Aquatic Resource Surveys Contract

Waltham, MA, June 1, 2016 – ESS Group, Inc., a privately-held, full-service environmental consulting and engineering company based in New England, is pleased to announce that it has been awarded a 5-year, $31.8 million contract with the US EPA as one of its prime contractors to provide technical and administrative support for the agency’s National Aquatic Resource Surveys (NARS) program. The NARS program is a collaborative effort between the US EPA, state agencies, and tribes to conduct statistical surveys designed to assess the status of and changes in quality of the nation’s coastal waters, lakes and reservoirs, rivers and streams, and wetlands.

The anticipated scope of work under the contract will include training of field crews; collecting water; sediment, biota and physical habitat samples; distributing field sampling supplies; tracking sampling activities and crews; conducting laboratory and data analyses; and preparing regional aquatic resource survey condition assessments.

In-house capabilities and proven experience in designing and implementing water resource and water quality surveys, as well as long-term watershed and water resource monitoring programs, were critical to ESS’s selection as a prime contract vendor to the EPA. ESS technical and consulting services to be provided under this contract include surface water quality sampling and testing, sediment quality sampling and testing, macroinvertebrate population assessments, fish resource studies, aquatic plant management and monitoring, and other associated studies related to these watershed-scale assessments.

“The award of this significant multi-task order contract by the US EPA as a prime contractor is a real game changer for ESS. It significantly advances our ability to expand our brand recognition and capabilities in the federal government services market sector on a national level,” stated ESS President & CEO Charles Natale. “It also reaffirms our well-established expertise in water resource management and water quality assessment studies in coastal and inland environments, which has been one of our hallmark service lines over the last 20 years.”

About ESS Group, Inc.
ESS Group, Inc. a multi-disciplinary environmental consulting and engineering firm with offices in Waltham, Massachusetts, East Providence, Rhode Island, Portsmouth, New Hampshire, and Norfolk, Virginia. ESS’s staff of scientists, engineers, and regulatory specialists provides a comprehensive range of services related to water resources and stormwater, natural resources and ecology, coastal engineering and marine sciences, environmental compliance and remediation, and energy generation and transmission. Learn more at

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