Making recommendations to
(avoid, minimize, and compensate for) these impacts and enhance fish and
Providing technical assistance to private individuals, organizations, and
businesses regarding project impacts.
Efforts are made to become involved as early in
the project planning process as possible to be the most effective in influencing
project development before commitments of resources are made.
Through project planning activities and the NEPA
process, the ARLES reviews projects planned by all Federal agencies and makes
recommendations to mitigate adverse environmental impacts to fish and wildlife
resources. The benefits of successful environmental coordination include
favorable resolution of natural resource conflicts, timely coordination of our
activities pertaining to NEPA compliance, and more informed decision making.
The ARLES seeks to protect wetlands, uplands, river corridors, and deepwater
habitats by ensuring that Federal projects (e.g., navigation, flood control,
economic development) are designed to mitigate potential impacts on them.
We also attempt to protect rare and declining species and their habitats before
actions such as Federal listings for endangered or threatened species become
The ARLES also investigates, evaluates, and makes
recommendations on permit and license activities of several Federal agencies
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers,
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), and
U.S. Forest Service. Protecting the Nation’s remaining wetlands
through the Corps-administered Clean Water Act section 404 regulatory program is
essential to the fish and wildlife that depend on them. We assist section
404 permit applicants and the Corps in identifying valuable wetlands,
determining areas potentially suitable for disposal of dredged material, and
developing mitigation banks. Hydroelectric power projects licensed by FERC
can result in significant impacts on the environment, such as blocking fish
passage, injury to fish from passage over dams or through turbines, and
reductions or fluctuations in river flow, which degrade or eliminate instream
habitat. Through our involvement in analyzing and preparing
recommendations on these projects, we can influence the manner in which a
permitted and/or licensed activity is carried out to help protect and enhance
fish and wildlife resources.
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