CGS has joined NSD – September 2023

Coastal Geologic Services (CGS) has joined Natural Systems Design, Inc. (NSD), a Pacific Northwest environmental engineering firm based in Washington. CGS serves coastal land managers through assessment and design projects and provides regional science studies primarily in the Puget Sound area, and also in the greater Pacific Northwest.

This acquisition expands NSD’s interdisciplinary team and capabilities, providing increased value to river, shoreline, wetland, and now coastal ecosystems and local communities.

“We look forward to integrating CGS’s collective expertise and capacity into the NSD fold, continuing to deliver multidisciplinary and innovative design, while targeting some of the most complex environmental and water related challenges facing our region,” said NSD’s President and Principal River Engineer, Leif Embertson.

“Coastal Geologic Services is thrilled to join Natural Systems Design,” said Jim Johannessen, CGS’s President and Principal Engineering Coastal Geologist. “Merging talent and mission with NSD provides greater value to our clients, creates growth opportunities for our employees, and increases our positive impact in the nearshore and community.” Moving forward together, NSD + CGS will continue to deliver leading edge services with enhanced capability and expertise in applied coastal management and engineering.

About NSD

Founded in 2003, the firm’s design approach adheres to the philosophy that clean water and functional natural processes are critical to sustaining a healthy aquatic ecosystem within a community. Through combining ecology, geomorphology, hydrology, hydraulics, and engineering services, and now an added expertise in coastal management and engineering, NSD designs rivers, streams, wetlands and shorelines that look and perform as functional ecosystems.


Leif Embertson

President, Principal River Engineer

Natural Systems Design and Coastal Geologic Services |


Alyssa Castro

Marketing and Business Development Manager

Natural Systems Design and Coastal Geologic Services |

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