Federal agency turns to Woocheen companies for environmental expertise

Science & Remediation




April 24, 2023

USACE awards Sealaska Remediation Solutions $21M contract

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From immense, groundwater-protecting construction projects to cleaning up dangerous pollutants, various entities that are part of Sealaska’s Woocheen family of businesses have worked on environmental and infrastructure improvements with the United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) for many years. In particular, Sealaska Remediation Solutions (SRS) has built expertise in removing toxins that imperil people and the planet.

“Emerging contaminants threaten the health of our oceans and other critical water resources,” said SRS General Manager David Kostorowski. “We are uniquely equipped to clean them up.”

The USACE’s recent award of a five-year, $20.9 million contract to Sealaska Remediation Solutions (SRS) for environmental consulting services continues that valued relationship.

“Working with the Corps of Engineers is a real honor,” Kostorowski said. “This contract is the result of years of excellent scientific and project management service to the USACE by multiple Sealaska subsidiaries. At SRS, we’re proud to represent Sealaska and Woocheen in the performance of this important environmental, ecological, and water-management work.”

The contract will involve a variety of projects in the USACE’s Walla Walla, Seattle, and Portland districts. While the precise work SRS will perform has not yet been defined, it will generally involve assisting the USACE with expertise during field sampling of water, air, soil, and sediment, laboratory analysis, data evaluation, quality control, and regulatory compliance.

The USACE’s needs under this contract align well with SRS’ technical capabilities and its mission to restore and preserve our waters. Work performed will provide primary support for freshwater resource development projects, ecosystem restoration projects, and clean hydropower operations. Physical, chemical, and biological testing and toxicological assessments will be focused on locations primarily in and around the inland freshwater environments of the combined Columbia and Snake River Basins, which is the biggest watershed in North America entering the Pacific Ocean. The U.S. States included in this area are mainly Washington, Idaho, and Oregon with some small portions of Montana, Wyoming, and Nevada.

“As climate change and human activity diminish the supply of clean water, companies with a solid understanding of toxicology and the ability to respond quickly with creative solutions are more important than ever,” said Jeff Carnahan, senior director of environmental programs at SRS. “We are eager to lend our scientific skills to assist.”