Environmental Documents: Endangered Species
The Endangered Species Act (ESA) was passed by Congress to protect species that are in danger of becoming extinct or are threatened with extinction. Reclamation complies with the ESA in the operation, maintenance, and rehabilitation of projects and facilities, and on new construction projects, by completing Biological Assessments for actions that may affect those species. ESA compliance is also fully incorporated into the region's National Environmental Policy Act process.
NOAA Fisheries Service oversees the protection and recovery of certain marine-related endangered or threatened species, including salmon and steelhead. For actions that are likely to adversely affect ESA-listed species, NOAA Fisheries presents their determination of how to protect these species in a Biological Opinion issued to Federal agencies. For actions that are not likely to adversely affect ESA-listed species, NOAA Fisheries concurs with the determination in a letter of concurrence issued to Federal agencies. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service also issues Biological Opinions and letters of concurrence for actions affecting non-marine endangered / threatened species.
Biological Assessments and Opinions
Columbia/Snake Salmon Recovery Program
Reclamation and US Army Corps of Engineers own and operate the Federal Columbia River Power System (FCRPS), a series of hydropower projects on the Columbia and lower Snake Rivers. The Bonneville Power Administration markets and distributes the power generated from these dams. The FCRPS is operated in compliance with the Endangered Species Act and other Federal laws. Details on FCRPS and the ESA >>
|Idaho Fish & Wildlife Office Biological Opinions|
|Tributary Habitat Program|
|US Fish and Wildlife Service|
Environmental Protection Specialist
Bureau of Reclamation
Pacific Northwest Region
1150 N. Curtis Road
Boise, Idaho 83706