Acquistion expands ESA’s newly formed Fish and Aquatic Sciences Practice and adds key services for water quality and aquatic ecological health.

Environmental Science Associates (ESA) is pleased to announce that it has acquired Janicki Environmental, Inc. Headquartered in St. Petersburg, Florida, the six-person firm—long recognized for its work in estuarine and aquatic science—joins ESA’s Southeast region. The added expertise this team brings will greatly strengthen ESA’s aquatic science and water quality and quantity capabilities as well as expanding services for clients in the water, transportation, and natural resources management markets.

Founded in 1969, ESA has steadily grown into a company of more than 700 employee-owners who provide planning, design, permitting, mitigation, and habitat restoration services for projects serving communities, infrastructure, open spaces, and natural lands. Janicki, founded in 1999, is known for its highly specialized expertise in environmental and ecological analysis, especially related to water quality. The acquisition is a natural next step for both firms as the two have teamed together on multiple projects across the Southeast for more than two decades.

From left, Kristin Jenkins, Mike Wessel, Tony Janicki, Susan Janicki, Ray Pribble, and Jon Perry of Janicki Environmental, join ESA’s Southeast region.

“Our trusted, long-standing teaming relationship with Janicki made it easy for us to mutually start the discussion of incorporating Janicki into the ESA team,” said Leslie Moulton-Post, ESA President and CEO. “Together, the ESA-Janicki team will be a dominant force in key water quality and aquatic ecological health technical services that are in substantial and consistent demand in Florida and are growing steadily across the country.”

Co-founders Dr. Tony Janicki and Susan Janicki and Dr. Ray Pribble, along with the firm’s team members, will all hold senior-level environmental scientist roles at ESA. In this capacity, they will continue serving key joint clients like Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Tampa Bay Water, Peace River Manasota Water Supply Authority, Southwest Florida Water Management District, St. Johns River Water Management District, Sarasota Bay Estuary Program, and Tampa Bay Estuary Program, among others, to deliver objective, science-based analyses.

“After a quarter-century of running our firm—with much of that time spent teaming with ESA—I couldn’t be more thrilled for us to officially join forces with ESA,” said Dr. Janicki. “It’s a tremendous opportunity for us to apply our unique expertise on a much broader, national scale.”

“Not only will the addition of Janicki deepen ESA’s expertise in several key service areas such as estuarine and freshwater ecology, watershed management, and limnology and lake restoration as we build out our dedicated Fish and Aquatic Sciences practice,” said Chris Fitzer, ESA’s Fish and Aquatic Science Practice Leader, “but also the Janicki team will bring many desired technical, in-house capabilities such as mechanistic and statistical modeling, so that we can address issues associated with minimum water levels, total maximum daily loads, and water supply. This will provide huge benefits for our clients from coast to coast.”

ESA’s history includes several notable mergers and acquisitions that have served to deepen the firm’s technical services capabilities. Read more about these here.