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Threatened and Endangered Species

The Endangered Species Act (ESA), signed into law by President Nixon in 1973, is intended to conserve the Nation's natural heritage for the enjoyment and benefit of current and future generations.   The ESA specifically provides for the conservation of species which are in danger of extinction throughout all or a significant portion of their range, and conservation of the ecosystems on which they depend.

The Water Resources Division supports implementation of the ESA in the Mountain-Prairie Region by undertaking hydrologic investigations and developing water management strategies intended to protect and enhance the water-related habitat required by endangered fish and migratory birds.  

In the Mountain-Prairie Region, Water Resources staff provide technical support to two ongoing, basin-wide efforts to protect and recover threatened and endangered species:


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