Ohio Ecological Services Field Office
Midwest Region

Federal Programs

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Federal Communication Commission

Office of Surface Mining

Ohio River Valley Ecosystem

Great Lakes Basin Ecosystem Team

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

U.S. Department of Agriculture

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.


U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Corps

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.

Examples of Corps projects that we are currently working on include:
  • Monday Creek Restoration Project; Athens, Hocking, Perry Counties
  • Muskingum River Basin Study; Coshocton, Muskingum, Morgan, Washington Counties
  • Upper Ohio River System Study
  • Cleveland Harbor Study
  • Dover Dam Study

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.


Office of Surface Mining

The Service works with its sister agency, Office of Surface Mining in the U.S. Dept. of Interior, which has oversight over the regulatory program that is implemented by the Ohio DNR Division of Mineral Resource Management. In Ohio this program includes the regulation of surface coal mining in eastern and southeastern Ohio, and sand/gravel and quarry mining throughout the State. Again, our primary interest is to protect and restore Federally listed species and other Federal trust resources.


Ohio River Valley Ecosystem (ORVE)

The Ohio River Valley Ecosystem (ORVE) includes portions of ten states and straddles three Service administrative regions (Northeast, Southeast, and Northcentral). The Ohio River Valley Ecosystem Team is composed of Service personnel from each region, and is charged with the development and implementation of a strategic plan for conserving Service trust resources in the ORVE.


Great Lakes Basin Ecosystem Team

click to enlarge The Great Lakes Basin Ecosystem Team is composed of 43 U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service field stations in the Great Lakes ecosystem that represent a range of Service programs including Fisheries, National Wildlife Refuges, and Law Enforcement. Through the Team and its partners in the ecosystem, the Service addresses landscape-scale resource objectives using an ecosystem approach.


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.


U.S. Department of Agriculture

Our office reviews projects and plans for several agencies in the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
These include:

Last updated: February 20, 2012