Environmental Planning


SST conducts a variety of environmental analyses for undersea projects, from simple desktop surveys to more formal impact assessments. We review existing data, describe the project scope, conduct the necessary field work and prepare detailed assessments of the impacts of project activities, taking into account federal, state and local regulatory requirements and interests.

SST environmental planning experts are trained and experienced in preparing environmental documentation required by:

  • National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA)
  • State “little NEPA” laws
  • Endangered Species Act (ESA)
  • Magnuson Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act
  • Marine Mammal Protection Act
  • Clean Water Act (CWA 404/401) and Rivers and Harbors Act (RHA)
  • National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA)
  • EO 12114 Environmental Effects Abroad of Major Federal Actions
  • Coastal Zone Management Act (CZMA)
  • State submerged lands access
  • Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) licensing

Our environmental planning compliance strategy is based on a clear understanding of the project scope, location and customer jurisdictions. SST helps identify procedures, roles and responsibilities for timely permitting. Underwater pipelines, power and communications cables, subsea structures and other commercial activities are addressed from an environmental, cultural and governmental regulatory perspective providing the customer with comprehensive, cost effective project planning.

SST designs and deploys trawl resistant subsea structures to enhance survivability based on planned surveys and acquired knowledge of man-made and natural threats.

Environmental planning is often a schedule driver.  SST integrates environmental planning into all phases of the project to help maintain schedules while minimizing environmental impact and costs.