Company History

As Principal Scientist and Director of Research Operations, Steven Novotny brings Our Clients over 15 years experience in the Aquatic Sciences as a Project Manager, Research Crew Leader and Technical Science Advisor as well an Aquatic and Fishieries Biologist.  Steven and Leuth Novotny formed Novo Aquatic Sciences, Inc. in 2009 for the purpose of...

Integrating Knowledge of the Aquatic World
into Real-Life Applications


Field Experience

As Principal Scientist for Novo Aquatic Sciences, Inc. since 2009, Steven Novotny regularly authors and contributes to BA / BEs and other aquatic impact assessment documents for NEPA / EIS regulatory documents, and assists in ESA consultations including Magnuson-Stevens Act / Essential Fish Habitat (MSA / EFH) determinations. 


Steven Novotny brings over 15 years of field experience to his position as Principal Scientist for Novo Aquatic:


Project Management experience includes:  fish reconnaissance and tissue analysis studies, fish monitoring of dredging operations, sediment sampling, ESA BA / BEs, aquatic invertebrate studies,  biological and habitat assessments for transportation and construction siting projects as well as fish passage and stream crossings analyses.


Research Crew Leadership experience covers a variety of monitoring projects including:  stream resource assessments, biological monitoring (fish, algae and aquatic invertebrates), sediment sampling, ESA species and habitat surveys, dredge monitoring, and fish salvage.  Regular duties frequently included: ESA Section 7 consultations; contributions to NEPA Documentation; as well as Clean Water Act compliance, Department of State Lands, and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Removal / Fill Permit applications.


Interdisciplinary projects include:  collection and evaluation of water temperature and flow data; wetland determination, delineation and impacts analyses; as well as syntheses of existing baseline data and results of previous studies into final environmental assessments.


During his nine years with SWCA / Fishman Environmental Services as Consulting Fish Biologist in the Aquatic Science Program (2000-2009), Steven Novotny provided fish, aquatic and riparian technical advice for projects throughout Pacific Northwest.  As he managed and participated in myriad monitoring and sampling studies on large and small water bodies within the urban, agricultural and mountainous regions of Oregon, Washington, California, and Alaska, Steven Novotny developed key relationships while gaining invaluable scientific expertise he now brings to Novo Aquatic.  



During his work with the Mt. Hood National Forest, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the Oregon Department of Forestry (prior to joining SWCA / Fishman in 2000), Steven Novotny developed technical expertise including: stream habitat surveying and restoration, water quality monitoring, sediment sampling, electrofishing (including certified training as electrofishing crew leader), radio telemetry, aquatic mollusk surveys,  snorkel surveying for monitoring of threatened bull trout, and fish passage evaluation.  This range of technical skills supports and facilitates the range of services provided by Novo Aquatic to Our Clients.

Professional Relationships

Throughout his fifteen year history of providing Environmental Services, Steven Novotny has established a respected  industry reputation based upon his personal commitment to high standards and his consistent professional commitment to use of 

Solid Science for Greater Understanding of Our Aquatic World.  



That respected reputation is keystone to the network of productive professional relationships Novo Aquatic accesses on behalf of Our Clients with representatives of federal, state, municipal, and other local agencies as well as the interdisciplinary team (IDT) comprising Our Strategic Partnerships with myriad independent consultants in adjunctive services. 



As Principal Scientist for Novo Aquatic, Steven Novotny maintains contact with colleagues and pursues knowledge development through professional affiliations, workshops, presentations, and seminars, as well as volunteer activities such as snorkel surveys and conservation education activities for the Salmon Watch Program in Oregon.


Professional Affiliations and Committees

  • American Fisheries Society
  • Gilbert Ichthyological Society
  • Northwest Association of Environmental Professionals

Recent Projects

Novo Aquatic Sciences, Inc. works with Mari-Gold Environmental Consulting, Inc. as teamed consulting companies currently providing investigative biologists to conduct annual fish monitoring and reporting for U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Maintenance Dredging Projects in the Sacramento and Stockton Deep Water Shipping Channels.  Since 2006, Jordan Gold of Mari-Gold Environmental and Steven Novotny of Novo Aquatic have acted cooperatively as Lead Investigative Biologists conducting the monitoring required to meet mandates of the Endangered Species Act (ESA).


Annual results of this collaborative work are recorded, reports are produced and required permits maintained. Novo Aquatic and Mari-Gold Environmental have presented results for this monitoring work at recent symposia: The annual workshop for the Interagency Ecological Program for the San Francisco Bay-Delta (May 25-26, 2010); The Bay-Delta Long Term Management Strategy’s Science Workshop (May 19, 2010);  Longfin smelt and green sturgeon symposium sponsored by the San Francisco Estuarine Institute and US Army Corps of Engineers (Dec. 2-3, 2009).


Other teamed services provided by Novo Aquatic and Mari-Gold Environmental include similar ESA required fish monitoring in early 2011 on behalf of the San Francisco Bay Dredging Project as well as in late 2010 on behalf of the Port of Stockton’s Berth 8 Dredging Project. Future work on behalf of the Berth 8 project in 2012 has already been requested by the Port of Stockton.


Novo Aquatic  has also teamed Greenbanks, LLC since 2010 to provide fisheries technical expertise for the aquatic habitat restoration aspects of the Tualatin Valley Environmental Bank, a federal and state approved Greenbanks project for wetland and riparian mitigation banking on the Tualatin River in Oregon.