What we do
Satisfying our nation's need for energy, like many human activities, has the potential to harm fish and wildlife resources. This program works with Service scientists and managers to help assess and minimize the detrimental effects of energy development to our trust species and their habitats.
In the Northeast, the energy-related activities of most concern are surface coal mining, natural gas drilling, commercial wind energy development, and hydroelectric generation. Each poses unique challenges, from both environmental and regulatory perspectives, and our assistance to project developers and other agencies may involve endangered species permitting, NEPA review, eagle permitting, consultation and studies for licensing hydroelectric projects, best management practices development, and other technical assistance.