Midwest Region - Ohio Ecological Services Office Conserving the nature of America

Federal Programs

Summary of Cooperation with Federal Agencies


Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC)

The Service works with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to implement hydropower projects on various rivers in Ohio, and helps to ensure that these projects do not adversely affect Federally listed species, and other trust resources such as Inter-jurisdictional fish and mussels. Our office also reviews fossil fuel power plant proposals which are regulated by FERC.

> www.ferc.gov


U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

The Service works with four U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Corps Districts in Ohio (Buffalo, Huntington, Pittsburgh, and Louisville) to protect important water resources, such as streams, wetlands, lakes (especially Lake Erie), and the Ohio River, and the wildlife that depend on these systems.

Our work with the Corps of Engineers involves projects which are planned and constructed by the Corps (Planning Branch) and projects that are regulated by the Corps under Section 10 of the Rivers and Harbors Act and Section 404 of the Clean Water Act, as amended.

> www.lrd.usace.army.mil


Federal Communication Commission

The Service coordinates with the Federal Communication Commission to ensure that projects such as telecommunication towers do not have an adverse effect on Federally listed species or migratory birds.

> www.fcc.gov


Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement

The Mission of the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement is to carry out the requirements of the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act in cooperation with States. They ensure that coal mines are operated in a manner that protects citizens and the environment and mitigate the effects of past mining by reclaiming of abandoned coal mines. In Ohio, the Ohio Department of Natural Resource’s Division of Mineral Resource Management implements these programs under the guidance of the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement. The Ohio Field Office works with the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement , the Ohio DNR's Division of Mineral Resource Management, and mining operators to incorporate protection and restoration of federally listed species and their habitats, especially federally threatened and endangered bats, into mining and reclamation plans.



U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Many projects in Ohio are funded and/or regulated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, which delegates implementation of most projects and programs to the State EPA. Most of the projects reviewed by the Service pertain to several section of the Clean Water Act, as amended.

> www.epa.gov


U.S. Department of Agriculture

Our office reviews projects and plans for several agencies in the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
> www.usda.gov

These include: