Grant Novak

Aquatic Ecologist

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  • M.S., Environmental Sustainability Management, University of Washington
  • B.S., Marine Biology; Minor in Geography, Florida Atlantic University (GIS/Remote Sensing)
  • GIS Professional, GIS Certification Institute, #67854
  • Remote Pilot License, U.S. Department of Transportation, #3982675
  • Aquatic Biology and Ecology
  • GIS Analysis
  • Endangered Species Act and NEPA/SEPA

Grant Novak has worked since 2002 as a natural resources management specialist. His focus is on designing and conducting environmental monitoring studies, quantitatively assessing construction/restoration project-related impacts to endangered species, and managing complex projects with tight budget constraints and unique logistical challenges. His expertise includes salmon life-cycle modeling, GIS analysis, and in-water flora and fauna surveys using SCUBA in marine and freshwater environments. In addition, Grant has extensive experience in Endangered Species Act and National/State Environmental Policy acts (NEPA/SEPA) compliance. Grant regularly combines knowledge and experience in many disciplines to provide sound project solutions based in science. He is adept at establishing rapport and credibility with diverse groups; planning, managing, and executing complex projects effectively and efficiently; and managing teams of unique individuals to pool their strengths and achieve their highest potentials to benefit clients.

Examples of Grant’s project work include:

  • For the Chelan County Natural Resources Department, Grant is managing a riparian parcel prioritization project. Work includes analysis of multi-spectral imagery and LiDAR-derived elevation data to support an examination of riparian habitat quality in the Wenatchee River watershed. The project seeks to identify and prioritize parcels for riparian restoration.
  • Grant contributed to the Pontoon Construction Project portion of WSDOT’s $4.6 billion State Route 520 Bridge Replacement Program in a variety of ways. To assist WSDOT with its selection of a pontoon construction site, he completed numerous eelgrass and macroalgae surveys using submersible video equipment in Grays Harbor. Because newly constructed pontoons were to be moored in Grays Harbor for an extended period before being transported to the construction site in Lake Washington, concerns were raised over potential for invasive flora and fauna to attach to the pontoons and subsequently be introduced into Puget Sound and Lake Washington. Grant conducted research to monitor rates of attachment and growth of marine organisms on concrete plates moored in Grays Harbor, a multi-year study that aided in development of measures to prevent transport of non-native species from Grays Harbor into Puget Sound and Lake Washington.
  • As project manager and aquatic ecologist for the Chehalis Basin Flood Storage Project, Grant advised and organized a team of consultants, agency personnel, and local stakeholders during planning phases of this complex environmental assessment of flood control alternatives and associated impacts. The team modeled and analyzed potential project-induced flow, temperature, and habitat alterations that would result in direct impacts to aquatic species. In addition, Grant led the development of innovative GIS analyses to determine the spatial extent of flooding effects to aquatic habitat utilized by fish and amphibians. His efforts are helping the state to determine whether a water retention structure on the Upper Chehalis River should be pursued and, if so, what type of structure should be recommended.

“Grant is a very good leader who is adaptable and effective when operating under a variety of constraints. I have the highest confidence in his abilities to overcome all manner of hurdles and am very happy he’s on the job.”
– Susan Leroy, Environmental Manager, CalTrans