and Water Division works under a variety of Congressional
authorities to meet the Fish and Wildlife Service's conservation
objectives. Our work on water development issues includes:
technical advice and recommendations on ways
to avoid and mitigate impacts to fish and wildlife for
federal water development projects and hydropower licenses;
waterway and wetland permit applications;
environmental impact statements relating
to these projects.
Due to overlapping interests regarding the protection of, and improvement
to, fish and wildlife habitats and resources, we coordinate project
planning with other Fish and Wildlife Service field office divisions,
particularly the Endangered Species, Contaminants,
Refuges, and Habitat Restoration programs. We also coordinate
with other agencies such as
National Marine Fisheries
Service and Oregon
Department of Fish and Wildlife.
The Service reviews and comments on permit applications for
inwater development projects and makes recommendations for
avoiding or mitigating project impacts to fish and wildlife.
Projects reviewed include replacement of pilings, channel maintenance
dredging, bank stabilization, dock construction, bridge repair
or replacement, navigational aid construction, and large commercial
or industrial developments that generally involve wetland fills.
Permits for these inwater activities are administered by the
Corps of Engineers or the Coast Guard.