The Natural Resources Program Area includes the latest guidance, examples, and information resources to aid Federal facilities in managing endangered or threatened species, wetlands, erosion control, habitat development, native landscaping, and wildlife in general.
In the area of water conservation, Section 3, paragraph (f) of Executive Order (EO) 13693, Planning for Federal Sustainability in the Next Decade, encourages agencies to improve water use efficiency and management by:
- Reducing agency potable water consumption intensity measured in gallonsper gross square foot by 36 percent by fiscal year 2025 through reductions of 2 percent annually through fiscal year 2025 relative to a baseline of the agency's water consumption in fiscal year 2007;
- Install water meters and collecting and utilizing building and facility water balance data to improve water conservation and management;
- Presidential Memorandum of December 2, 2011 (Implementation of Energy Savings Projects and Performance-Based Contracting for Energy Savings);
- Reduce agency industrial, landscaping, and agricultural (ILA) water consumption measured in gallons by 2 percent annually through fiscal year 2025 relative to a baseline of the agency's ILA water consumption in fiscal year 2010; and
- Install appropriate green infrastructure features on federally owned property to help with stormwater and wastewater management.
The following definitions from EO 13693 are applicable to this Program Area:
- Agency - an executive agency as defined in section 105 of title 5, United States Code, excluding the Government Accountability Office (EO 13693, Section 19, para b).
- Federal Facility - any building or collection of buildings, grounds, or structures, as well as any fixture or part thereof, which is owned by the United States or any Federal agency or that is held by the United States or any Federal agency under a lease-acquisition agreement under which the United States or a Federal agency will receive fee simple title under the terms of such agreement without further negotiation (EO 13693, Section 19, para l).
- Net-zero Water Building - a building that is designed, constructed, or renovated and operated to greatly reduce total water consumption, use non-potable sources as much as possible, and recycle and reuse water in order to return the equivalent amount of water as was withdrawn from all sources, including municipal supply, without compromising groundwater and surface water quantity or quality (EO 13693, Section 19, para p).
- Water Balance - a comparison of the water supplied to a defined system to the water consumed by that system in order to identify the proportion of water consumed for specific end-uses and ensure potential water leaks in the system are addressed (EO 13693, Section 19, para z).
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This initiative was launched to develop a 21st Century conservation and recreation agenda.
Signed on 8 November 2013, this manual establishes implementing guidance to manage DoD's natural resources for mission and stewardship purposes. Specifically, the manual: 1) clarifies and provides detailed guidance for how to implement DoDI 4715.03 "Natural Resources Conservation Program" published in March 2011; 2) creates streamlined procedures for required annual and five-year INRMP reviews with federal and state regulators, reducing the approval time for proposed actions; and 3) establishes new performance metrics to better evaluate how natural resources management enables the military mission and supports the long-term and sustainable use of habitats at a landscape level.
This Department of Defense Instruction 4715.03, signed 14 February 2011, is a major update of DoD guidance established in 1996. It formalizes policies and procedures for the integrated management of natural resources on military lands, air, waters, coastal, and nearshore areas managed or controlled by the Department of Defense. The DoDI updates programming and budgeting priorities, and establishes new performance metrics to better evaluate how natural resources management can enable the military mission and ensure long-term health of installation ecosystems.
Issued by the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ), this document contains recommendations to enhance our ability to maintain healthy, resilient, and sustainable ocean, coasts, and Great Lakes resources for the benefit of present and future generations. These recommendations have been developed by the Interagency Ocean Policy Task Force and include a National Policy for the Stewardship of the Ocean, Our Coasts, and the Great Lakes.
This guidance was affirmed as remaining in effect in the Implementing Instructions for EO 13693.
This guidance is to be used by Federal agencies for landscape practices when constructing new, or rehabilitating existing, owned or leased facilities, or when landscaping improvements are otherwise planned. The guidance is originally dated 31 October 2011 and was supplemented on 22 October 2014.
This Presidential Memorandum directs Federal agencies to take steps to protect and restore domestic populations of pollinators.
This act (16 USC 1451-1464, last amended in November 1990), is the Federal legislation that governs the preservation and management of coastal waters in the nation.
Protection and Enhancement of Environmental Quality
5 Mar 1970 and amended by EO 11990
Under this EO, the Federal Government must provide leadership in protecting and enhancing the quality of the nation’s environment to sustain and enrich human life. Federal agencies must initiate measures needed to direct their policies, plans and programs so as to meet national environmental goals.
Use of Off-Road Vehicles (ORVs) on The Public Lands
24 May 1977
This EO specifies that ORVs may not be used without special use and location designation.
Trails for America in the 21st Century
18 January 2001
This EO mandates that Federal agencies will, to the extent permitted by law and where practicable--and in cooperation with Tribes, States, local governments, and interested citizen groups--protect, connect, promote, and assist trails of all types throughout the United States.
Facilitation of Cooperative Conservation
26 Aug 2004
This EO requires that the Secretaries of the Interior, Agriculture, Commerce, and Defense and the Administrator of the EPA shall:
1. carry out the programs, projects, and activities of the agency that they respectively head that implement laws relating to the environment and natural resources in a manner that:
- facilitates cooperative conservation;
- takes appropriate account of and respects the interests of persons with ownership or other legally recognized interests in land and other natural resources;
- properly accommodates local participation in Federal decisionmaking; and
- provides that the programs, projects, and activities are consistent with protecting public health and safety;
2. report annually to the Chairman of the CEQ on actions taken to implement this order; and
3. provide funding to the Office of the Environmental Quality Mgmt Fund for a Conference.
Northern Bering Sea Climate Resilience
9 December 2016
The focus of this EO is artic environmental stewardship. It is the policy of the United States to enhance the resilience of the northern Bering Sea region by conserving the region's ecosystem, including those natural resources that provide important cultural and subsistence value and services to the people of the region.
This document, published August 9, 1995 in the Federal Register, announces guidance developed by the interagency workgroup under the direction of the Office Federal Environmental Executive (OFEE) to assist federal agencies in the implementation of environmentally and economically beneficial landscape practices.
This October 2014 document is an addendum to the Sustainable Practices for Designed Landscapes guidance and includes new information on landscape design and maintenance as part of the National Pollinator Health Strategy. These guidelines apply to all Federal agencies and activities that are subject to the provisions of EO 13514. The Addendum applies to agencies constructing new or rehabilitating existing owned or leased facilities, or otherwise implementing landscaping practices on agency-owned or leased land or space. It supports pollinator habitat, beyond the building footprint, in agency efforts to meet the goals of the National Pollinator Health Strategy.
This act, Public Law 93-629 (7 USC 2814), established a Federal program to control the spread of noxious weeds.
This act (16 USC 1133), originally dated September 3, 1964, mandates that each agency administering any area designated as wilderness is responsible for preserving the wilderness character of the area. When the agency uses the area for another purpose, it will do so in a manner that preserves the wilderness character.
This act (16 USC 1271-1287, last amended in May 1991) outlines the policy of the United States that certain selected rivers of the nation which, with their immediate environments, possess outstandingly remarkable scenic, recreational, geologic, fish and wildlife, historic, cultural, or other similar values, must be preserved in free-flowing condition, and that they and their immediate environments must be protected for the benefit and enjoyment of present and future generations.
The purpose of this act (16 USC 1531-1547, et al., last amended in October 1988), is to provide a means whereby the ecosystems upon which endangered species and threatened species depend may be conserved, to provide a program for the conservation of such endangered species and threatened species, and to take such steps as may be appropriate to achieve the purposes of the treaties and conventions for protection of endangered species (16 USC 1531(b)). Under ESA, the policy of Congress is that all Federal departments and agencies must seek to conserve endangered species and threatened species and must use their authorities in furtherance of the purposes of this act. Further, Federal agencies must cooperate with state and local agencies to resolve water resource issues in concert with conservation of endangered species (16 USC 1531(c)).
7 June 1995
This EO mandates that Federal agencies, to the extent permitted by law and where practicable, improve the quality, function, and sustainable productivity and distribution of U.S. aquatic resources for increased recreational fishing opportunities. It also established the National Recreational Fisheries Coordination Council.
3 February 1999
This EO addresses the prevention of the introduction of invasive species and provides for their control and minimization of the economic, ecological, and human health impacts the invasive species causes. The EO establishes the Invasive Species Council, which is responsible for the preparation and issuance of the National Invasive Species Management Plan, which details and recommends performance-oriented goals and objectives and specific measures of success for Federal Agencies
Marine Protected Areas
26 May 2000
This EO mandates strengthening the management, protection, and conservation of existing marine protected areas (MPA) and establishment of new or expanded MPAs; the development of a scientifically based, comprehensive national system of MPAs representing diverse U.S. marine ecosystems and the Nation’s natural and cultural resources; and the avoiding causing harm to MPAs through federally conducted, approved, or funded activities.
Responsibilities of Federal Agencies To Protect Migratory Birds
10 January 2001
This EO directs executive departments and agencies to take certain actions to further implement the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. The EO requires that each Federal agency taking actions that have, or are likely to have, a measurable negative effect on migratory bird populations is directed to develop and implement, within 2yr, a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) that shall promote the conservation of migratory bird populations. Under this EO, the SOI will establish the interagency Council for the Conservation of Migratory Birds (Council) to oversee the implementation of the EO.
Amendments to Executive Order 12962
September 26, 2008
This Executive Order expands the scope of Executive Order 12962
Safeguarding the Nation from the Impacts of Invasive Species
8 December 2016
This EO amends EO 13112 and directs Federal Agency actions to continue coordinated Federal prevention and control efforts related to invasive species.
This act (16 U.S.C. 2901-2911) encourages Federal departments and agencies to utilize their statutory and administrative authority to the maximum extent possible to conserve and protect non-game fish and wildlife and their habitats.
This act (16 USC 666c, last amended in July 1965), is the Federal legislation that coordinates programs and activities regarding the conservation and rehabilitation of fish and wildlife in the United States.
Developed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), the guidance describes a crediting framework for Federal agencies in carrying out recovery measures for threatened and endangered species. Under the guidance, Federal agencies may show how adverse effects of agency activities to a listed species are offset by beneficial effects of actions taken elsewhere for that species. The combined effects of the adverse and beneficial actions must provide a net benefit to the recovery of the species.
This act, (16 USC 1362 - 1407) states policy to prevent the extinction or depletion of marine mammals as a result of man's activities. It further encourages the development of international arrangements for research on and conservation of all marine mammals.
This act (16 USC 1401 - 1444) declares that the United States will strictly limit all dumping into the ocean of any material which would adversely affect human health, welfare, or amenities, or the marine environment, ecological systems, or economic potentialities.
This act (16 USC 703-711, last amended in December 1989), is a Federal law that enforces international conventions for the protection of migratory birds and game animals to which the United States is a party.
Dated 19 May 2015, the Strategy outlines a comprehensive approach to tackling and reducing the impact of multiple stressors on pollinator health, including pests and pathogens, reduced habitat, lack of nutritional resources, and exposure to pesticides.
This document will guide federal land managers to effectively and efficiently use available resources and engage public and private partnerships in taking action for the conservation and management of pollinators and pollinator habitat on federal lands. This is the DRAFT 11 May 2015 version.
This March 2016 Action Plan lays out a series of activities to fulfill the President's drought-resilience goals. Furthermore, this Action Plan outlines the ways in which the member departments and agencies of the National Drought Resilience Partnership can use existing resources to take additional steps to work with State, regional, tribal, and local partners to respond to drought and lay the founda¬tion for long-term resilience within existing authorities. This Action Plan brings together a wide range of initiatives and concepts to build stronger drought-resilience capabilities. To assist the reader, an Appendix has been included to provide a list of acronyms used throughout the Action Plan.
This memorandum, dated 16 March 2016, states that "It is the policy of the Federal Government to coordinate and use applicable Federal investments, assets, and expertise to promote drought resilience and complement drought preparedness, planning, and implementation efforts of State, regional, tribal, and local institutions. In addition, where appropriate, the Federal Government shall seek partnerships with such institutions and the private sector in order to increase and diversify our Nation's water resources through the development and deployment of new technologies and improved access to alternative water supplies." The memorandum also encourages Federal agencies to implement policies and take actions to achieve drought resilience goals including supporting efforts to conserve and make efficient use of water by carrying out relevant research, innovation, and international engagements.
This December 2015 White House strategy document outlines the impact of climate change on already-strained water resources, actions by the Obama Administration to address water resource challenges, and an aggressive two-part water innovation strategy to accelerate ongoing progress with the goals of:
1) Boosting water sustainability through the greater utilization of water-efficient and water reuse technologies; and
2) Promoting and investing in breakthrough R&D that reduces the price and energy costs of new water supply technology.
This Convention was created on 2 February 1971, in Ramsar, Iran amended by Paris Protocol of 3 December 1982, and entered into force for the United States on 18 December 1986. Each country must promote the conservation of wetlands and waterfowl by establishing nature reserves on wetlands and provide adequately for their wardening (Article 4, para 1).
The current Federal delineation manual, dated January 1987, used in the Clean Water Act Section 404 regulatory program for the identification and delineation of wetlands. Except where noted in the manual, the approach requires positive evidence of hydrophytic vegetation, hydric soils, and wetland hydrology for a determination that an area is a wetland.
Protection of Wetlands
24 May 1977 and amended by EO 12608
Under this EO each Federal agency must provide leadership and take action to minimize the destruction, loss or degradation of wetlands, and to preserve and enhance the natural and beneficial values of wetlands. Each agency, to the extent permitted by law, must avoid undertaking or providing assistance for new construction located in wetlands unless the head of the agency finds: there is no practical alternative to such construction; the proposed action includes all practical measures to minimize harm to wetlands that may result from such use. In making this finding the head of the agency may take into account economic, environmental and other pertinent factors (Section 2(a)). Each agency must also provide opportunity for early public review of any plans or proposals for new construction in wetlands (Section 2(b)).
Originally this Act authorized the Surgeon General of the Public Health Service, in cooperation with other Federal, state and local entities, to prepare comprehensive programs for eliminating or reducing the pollution of interstate waters and tributaries and improving the sanitary condition of surface and underground waters. The original statute also authorized the Federal Works Administrator to assist states, municipalities, and interstate agencies in constructing treatment plants to prevent discharges of inadequately treated sewage and other wastes into interstate waters or tributaries. Since 1948, the original statute has been amended extensively either to authorize additional water quality programs, standards and procedures to govern allowable discharges, funding for construction grants or general program funding. Amendments in other years provided for continued authority to conduct program activities or administrative changes to related activities.
This act (16 .SC 4401-4413), dated 13 December 1989, was promulgated to conserve North American wetland ecosystems and waterfowl and the other migratory birds and fish and wildlife that depend upon such habitat. The act encourages partnership among public agencies and other interested to: protect, enhance, restore, and manage an appropriate distribution and diversity of wetland ecosystems and other habitats for migratory birds and other fish and wildlife in North America; maintain current or improved distribution of migratory bird populations; and sustain an abundance of waterfowl and other migratory birds consistent with the goals of the North American Waterfowl Management Plan and the international obligations contained in the migratory bird treaties and conventions and other agreements with Canada, Mexico, and other countries.
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A bi-monthly newsletter developed by NOAA’s Coastal Services Center. Each issue focuses on a tool, information resource, or methodology of interest to the nation's coastal resource managers.
Sponsored b NOAA’s Coastal Services Center. This directory provides access to coastal-related databases and libraries throughout the nation.
Sponsored by NOAA, this bimonthly magazine is a trade publication for the nation's coastal resource managers. Past issues discuss various coastal zone initiatives and projects.
This quarterly newsletter highlights stewardship activities conducted by Department of Defense installations throughout the watershed.
Steppingstones, a Department of Defense Partners in Flight Program (DoD PIF) newsletter, reports on issues of interest to those interested in bird conservation on military lands.
Through this Bulletin, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service disseminates information on rulemakings, recovery plans and activities, conservation partnerships, research developments, and a variety of other issues. It is distributed on-line four times per year.
This EPA online newsletter providing information on fish and shellfish issues, including human health impacts of eating fish, ecological issues associated with fish, recently published research and other related topics. EPA will publish the newsletter monthly.
An online newsletter about responsible forestry and green building.
This document is a picture of the extent of beach monitoring in U.S. coastal and Great Lake waters. The List provides information to the public about beaches in their state. It will also help EPA determine how to better implement the BEACH Act. EPA compiled this list using information submitted by states and territories to EPA as of January 31, 2008.
Issued 6 times per year, the intent of the newsletter is to provide accurate, timely, and in-depth coverage of wetland regulation, policy, science, and management.
This is a DoD-sponsored newsletter issued as a part of their Natural Resources Program. The newsletter updates the status of the program, provides information on training and meetings, and highlights success stories and future plans.
The Society for Ecological Restoration International provides RESTORE as a service to the restoration community. Subscription is open to anyone who is interested in sharing and/or learning about opportunities or information relevant to ecological restoration (conferences, workshops, jobs, informal requests, etc.). Listed events and announcements are not necessarily endorsed by SER. RESTORE is sent out as often as newsworthy events are submitted.
A Federal Highway Administration monthly newsletter highlighting current environmental streamlining practices from around the country.
The newsletter is mailed out twice a year, generally in January and July. Provides information on wetlands management in Texas as well as listing classes and event of possible interest.
This is an online newsletter published by the Water Environment Federation (WEF) that highlights the latest in stormwater industry news. The three sections of the newsletter -- news, features, and events -- cover advanced practices, local programs, and case studies as well as policy updates, grant opportunities, and financing options. The newsletter also spotlights cutting-edge research in addition to industry tools and reports. Articles are published throughout the month on The Stormwater Report website and are distributed by email as a monthly digest to about 30,000 stormwater professionals.
This library contains on-line resources on water conservation and efficiency. Subject matter covered in the library include: drought management, alternative supplies, conservation programs, water saving tips, residential efficiency, and metering.
In 1996 the Coastal America Partnership established a network of Coastal Ecosystem Learning Centers (CELCs). The network combines the resources of federal agencies with marine educational centers. Most Learning Centers are aquaria, museums, and research centers. The goal of each CELC is to educate and involve the public in protecting our nation's coastal and ocean ecosystems.
Items in this collection were originally submitted to the NOAA Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management (OCRM) by state coastal zone management programs in accordance with the Coastal Zone Management Act of 1972. OCRM transferred the collection to the NOAA Coastal Services Center Library in 1996. New items that are produced and submitted to OCRM are sent to the library after OCRM approval for the CZIC Collection. The collection provides data and information crucial to the understanding of U.S. coastal management and NOAA's mission to sustain healthy coasts.
The resource library is a collection of transportation resources (e.g., sample planning documents, design guidelines, contract guidance, manuals, planning and management toolboxes, trainings, conference presentations, reports, case studies, best practices, etc.) specific to the Federal Land Management Agencies (FLMAs). To date the resource library has more than 150 documents and trainings to choose from and continues to be populated with new resources.
This EPA resources page provides practitioners links to key resources to protect and restore fragile lake shorelands and to promote better lakeshore stewardship by property owners.
Developed by the NOAA Coastal Services Center, the Digital Coast contains not only the tools and data produced by the Center, but also coastal management-relevant content from other organizations.
This page contains an index of EPA documents related to water quality standards, including those referenced in the WQS Handbook. You can sort the index alphabetically, by publication date, or by topic.
This site is designed to provide state, local, and voluntary watershed management entities with a variety of tools and information that will aide in successful watershed management.
Developed by the Stroud Water Research Center, this is a web toolkit to support citizens, conservation practitioners, municipal decision-makers, researchers, educators, and students to collaboratively advance knowledge and stewardship of fresh water. WikiWatershed web tools offer: 1) rapid visualization of watershed data; advanced geospatial analysis capabilities; and science-based predictions of human impacts on stormwater runoff and water quality.
The Alliance is a stakeholder-based 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to the efficient and sustainable use of water. The Alliance creates and maintains a web-based water conservation clearinghouse that offers product information, best practices specifications, research reports, training materials, program descriptions, codes and standards, program evaluation tools, drought planning and response, and professional expertise.
The vision of American Forests is to have healthy forest ecosystems for every community. Their strategy for achieving the mission is to provide action opportunities to targeted audiences to enable them to improve their environment with trees. They do this by using the best science to identify conservation issues, then develop and market practical solutions that individuals and groups can apply. American Forests' targeted audiences are individuals, community groups, government at all levels, educators, and businesses.
ARCSA promotes rainwater catchment systems in the United States through educational opportunities and the exchange of information at their Web site and through their workshops. The membership consists of professionals working in city, state, and federal government, academia, manufacturers and suppliers of rainwater harvesting equipment, consultants, and other interested individuals.
AWWA is an international nonprofit scientific and educational society dedicated to the improvement of drinking water quality and supply. Founded in 1881, AWWA is the largest organization of water supply professionals in the world. Its more than 57,000 members represent the full spectrum of the drinking water community: treatment plant operators and managers, scientists, environmentalists, manufacturers, academicians, regulators, and others who hold genuine interest in water supply and public health. Membership includes more than 4,700 utilities that supply water to roughly 180 million people in North America.
This is a partnership between EPA and the National Estuary Programs (NEPs) to address climate change in coastal areas. This effort brings together EPA's Oceans and Coastal Protection Division and Climate Change Division to build additional capacity in the NEPs and other coastal communities as they prepare to adapt to the effects of climate change. Other EPA offices, such as the Global Change Research Program, are supporting this effort as well. The purpose of Climate Ready Estuaries is to assist NEPs and coastal communities in becoming "climate ready" by providing tools and assistance to assess climate change vulnerability and plan for adaptation.
This is a partnership with a goal of better management of coastal resources, with the participating agencies pledging to coordinate their statutory responsibilities and combine their resources and expertise. The Coastal America partnership is formalized by a Memorandum of Understanding signed by 13 sub-cabinet level agency representatives of the federal government. They committed their agencies to work together and integrate their efforts with state, local and non-governmental activities.
When the United National Forum on Forests was formed in 2 002, this group was also formed to cooperate on forest issues and support the work of the UNFF. This is an interagency partnership to support the work of the UNFF and enhance cooperation and coordination on forest issues for the promotion of sustainable management of all types of forests.
The CDHC was created in 2002, in response to the U.S. Coral Reef Task Force's (USCRTF) National Action Plan to Conserve Coral Reefs. CDHC is involved in activitie such as: sequencing the coral genome, setting diagnostic criteria, and developing diagnostic tools. Currently over 50 partners, including federal agencies, EPA, DOI, NOAA along with academia, non-profit and industry, contribute their time and expertise to the CDHC, while organizational infrastructure is supported by the Congressionally funded Coral Conservation Program.
The DoD Natural Resources Program (NR Program) supports the military's testing and training mission by protecting its biological resources. The NR Program provides policy, guidance, and oversight for management of natural resources on approximately 29 million acres of military land, air, and water resources owned or operated by DoD. The NR Program's goal is to support the military's combat readiness mission by ensuring continued access to realistic habitat conditions, while simultaneously working to ensure the long-term sustainability of our nation's priceless natural heritage.
Ducks Unlimited conserves, restores, and manages wetlands and associated habitats for North America's waterfowl.
Collection of fact sheets, regulatory guidance, grant availability, and permitting information concerning wetlands
FLTI is housed within the Western Transportation Institute (WTI) at Montana State University-Bozeman (www.westerntransportationinstitute.org). The FLTI works collaboratively across all of WTI's research areas to provide implementable transportation solutions for federal and public agencies that have responsibilities related to public land management, transportation, and resource protection.
The Council was created in 1993 to change the dialogue about and the practice of sustainable forestry worldwide. The purpose of the U.S. branch of the FSC is to coordinate the development of forest management standards throughout the different biogeographic regions of the U.S., to provide public information about certification and FSC, and to work with certification organizations to promote FSC certification in the U.S.
An independent non-profit organization formed in 1998 to foster recognition and rewards in the marketplace for goods and service providers who practice Integrated Pest Management, or IPM.
The Interagency Marine Debris Coordinating Committee (IMDCC) is an interagency body responsible for developing and recommending comprehensive and multi-disciplinary approaches to reduce the sources and impacts of marine debris to the nation's marine environment, natural resources, public safety, and economy. The IMDCC ensures the coordination of Federal agency marine debris activities both nationally and internationally, as well as recommends research priorities, monitoring techniques, educational programs, and regulatory action.
Founded in 1972, IECA is a non-profit organization that serves as the premier global resource for the prevention and control of erosion.
Developed in response to DOI Secretarial Order No. 3289, the LCCs were launched to better integrate science and management to address climate change and other landscape scale issues. By building a network that is holistic, collaborative, adaptive, and grounded in science, LCCs are working to ensure the sustainability of our economy, land, water, wildlife, and cultural resources. The 22 LCCs collectively form a network of resource managers and scientists who share a common need for scientific information and interest in conservation. Each LCC brings together federal, state, and local governments along with Tribes and First Nations, non-governmental organizations, universities, and interested public and private organizations.
This organization is the result of an initiative launched in June 1994 among non-European temperate and boreal countries to develop and implement internationally agreed criteria and indicators for sustainable forest management. The 12 member countries are: Argentina, Australia, Canada, Chile, China, Japan, Republic of Korea, Mexico, New Zealand, Russian Federation, United States of America, and Uruguay The focus of the group is to advance the development and implementation of internationally agreed criteria and indicators for the conservation and sustainable management of temperate and boreal forests (outside Europe) at the national level.
NARRP is a professional planning association dedicated to providing the public opportunities for the enjoyment and benefits of quality outdoor recreation, in balance with natural, cultural, historic, and scenic resource protection. NARRP provides its members with the opportunity to reach out to recreation resource stewards nationwide in order to advance professional educational development, interagency networking, information and technology exchange, and nurture working relationships and long-term friendships.
A directory of State Archaeologists for the United States and its possessions. State Archaeologists can answer questions regarding laws, procedures, current research, educational programs, and other aspects of archaeology for each state and possession.
Audubon's mission is to conserve and restore natural ecosystems, focusing on birds, other wildlife, and their habitats for the benefit of humanity and the earth's biological diversity.
The purpose of this organization is to help people and organizations develop and implement measures to reduce vulnerability to drought.
The NEP was authorized under the 1987 Amendments to the Clean Water Act to improve estuarine waters, habitats and living resources by working with partners and the public. Estuaries are places where rivers meet the sea. Under NEP EPA develops plans for attaining or maintaining water quality in an estuary. This includes protection of public water supplies and the protection and propagation of a balanced, indigenous population of shellfish, fish, and wildlife, and allows recreational activities, in and on water, requires that control of point and nonpoint sources of pollution to supplement existing controls of pollution.
A not-for-profit organization founded in 1948 as the National Water Well Association. Their purpose is to provide guidance to members, government representatives, and the public for sound scientific, economic, and beneficial development, protection, and management of the world's ground water resources.
The National Invasive Species Council (NISC) was established by Executive Order (EO) 13112 to ensure that Federal programs and activities to prevent and control invasive species are coordinated, effective and efficient.
Not-for-profit organization involved in the preservation of habitat, re-introduction of species, and conservation issues in general.
The mission of The Nature Conservancy is to preserve the plants, animals and natural communities that represent the diversity of life on Earth by protecting the lands and waters they need to survive.
NatureServe is a non-profit conservation organization whose mission is to provide the scientific basis for effective conservation action. NatureServe and its network of natural heritage programs are a source for information about rare and endangered species and threatened ecosystems. NatureServe represents an international network of biological inventories-known as natural heritage programs or conservation data centers-operating in all 50 U.S. states, Canada, Latin America and the Caribbean. NatureServe and its partners not only collect and manage detailed local information on plants, animals, and ecosystems, but develop information products, data management tools, and conservation services to help meet local, national, and global conservation needs.
The Pacific Institute is dedicated to protecting our natural world, encouraging sustainable development, and improving global security. The Pacific Institute currently has five main areas of research: Water and Sustainability, Environment and Security, Community Strategies for Sustainability and Justice, Economic Globalization and the Environment, and Global Change working on a wide variety of topics.
A consortium of ten federal government Member agencies and over 260 non-federal
Cooperators representing various disciplines within the conservation field: biologists, botanists, habitat preservationists, horticulturists, resources management consultants, soil scientists, special interest clubs, non-profit organizations, concerned citizens, nature lovers, and gardeners. PCA Members and Cooperators work collectively to solve the problems of native plant extinction and native habitat restoration, ensuring the preservation of our ecosystem. This site contains state or regionally-specific guides on native plant landscaping, grant programs, in invasive species.
The members of the Sierra Club work together to protect our communities and the planet. The Club is America's oldest, largest and most influential grassroots environmental organization.
A non-profit organization with a mission "to promote ecological restoration as a means of sustaining the diversity of life on Earth and reestablishing an ecologically healthy relationship between nature and culture." Founded in 1987, the Society now boasts members in 37 countries and all 50 US states, with 14 chapters serving regions of North America, England, Europe, Australia and India.
The Society of American Foresters (SAF) is the national scientific and educational organization representing the forestry profession in the United States. The mission of SAF is to advance the science, education, technology, and practice of forestry; to enhance the competency of its members; to establish professional excellence; and, to use the knowledge, skills, and conservation ethic of the profession to ensure the continued health and use of forest ecosystems and the present and future availability of forest resources to benefit society.
The Society is a non-profit organization founded in 1980 to promote wetland science and the exchange of information related to wetlands.
The SFI program promotes responsible forest management in North America, and responsible procurement globally. To do this, SFI offers certifications of forests themselves as well as certifications that track wood and fiber from the forests to the end user. Two goals of the SFI program are first, SFI program participants practice sustainable forestry on all the lands they manage and second, they influence millions of additional acres through the training of loggers and foresters in best management practices. SFI Inc. is an independent, non-profit charitable organization.
Established in 2002 to provide a forum that would address all issues related to forests in a coherent and comprehensive manner and a forum that would facilitate the exchange of experiences in the implementation of sustainable forest management practices by Governments and stakeholders. UNFF meets annually for two weeks and all Member States of the United Nations and States members of specialized agencies participate in the annual sessions.
The Task Force was established by Presidential Executive Order 13089. Their mission is to lead, coordinate, and strengthen U.S. government actions to better preserve and protect coral reef ecosystems. The Task Force is co-chaired by the Departments of Commerce and of the Interior, and includes leaders of 12 federal agencies, seven U.S. states and territories, and three freely associated states.
The goal of the partnership is to revitalize urban waters and the communities that surround them, transforming overlooked assets into treasured centerpieces and drivers of urban revival. The Partnership is led by the EPA, the DOI and the USDA and coordinated by the White House Domestic Policy Council.
This is an independent global non-profit organization dedicated solely to the work of wetland conservation and sustainable management. It’s mission statement is “To sustain and restore wetlands, their resources and biodiversity for future generations through research, information exchange and conservation activities, worldwide.”
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The DOI Environmental Achievement Awards convey high-level recognition to DOI employees and partners for DOI projects in the following categories: Sustainability Hero; Green Innovation; Lean, Clean, and Green; Good Neighbor; Green Dream Team; Building the Future; and Environmental Remediation.
These awards are presented to organizations that have achieved exemplary conservation results through public-private cooperation and community engagement.
Each year the U.S. Department of Energy, in conjunction with the Federal Interagency Energy Policy Committee ("656" Committee), sponsors the Federal Energy and Water Management Awards. These awards honor individuals and organizations making significant contributions to the efficient use of energy and water resources in the federal government.
The Gulf of Mexico Program Partnership developed the Gulf Guardian awards as a way to recognize and honor the businesses, community groups, individuals, and agencies that are taking positive steps to keep the Gulf healthy, beautiful and productive. The first Gulf Guardian Award winners were recognized in 2000. Every year since, a first, second and third place award are given in seven categories: Business, Civic/Non-Profit Organization, Partnerships, Youth/Education, Individual, Government, and Bi-National.
This award is given to recognize efforts to promote the conservation of natural resources, including the identification, protection, and restoration of biological resources and habitats; the sound management and use of the land and its resources; and the promotion of the conservation ethic. Environmentally beneficial landscaping is also a factor in this award. These are annual awards celebrating the previous years' accomplishments/innovations. Nominations are typically accepted until March and the awards given in June.
The National Wetlands Awards are presented annually to individuals who have excelled in wetlands protection, restoration, and education. The program is co-sponsored by the Environmental Law Institute, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, USDA Forest Service, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, Federal Highway Administration, and NOAA Fisheries. The Environmental Law Institute coordinates the awards program, while the federal agency co-sponsors provide financial support, serve on the selection committee and participate in the ceremony.
This EPA website describes how cyanbacterial harmful algal blooms develop and how to prevent, detect, mitigate, and treat for them.
The purpose of this guidance is to aid in the preparation of decommissioned military and commercial vessels using best management practices so they "will be environmentally sound in their use as artificial reefs," as required under Section 3516 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2004 (P.L. 108-136). Options for managing obsolete and decommissioned military and commercial vessels include reusing all or parts of the vessel, recycling or scrapping, creating artificial reefs, and disposing of vessels on land or at sea, according to the guidance.
Operated by the Great Lakes Information Network (GLIN), this site provides information on state costal programs and general coastal management and best practices for reducing erosion.
CZMP is a unique federal-state partnership that provides a proven basis for protecting, restoring, and responsibly developing the nation's important and diverse coastal communities and resources. State and federal coastal zone management efforts are guided by the CZMP's Strategic Framework, which is organized around three major themes: Sustain Coastal Communities, Sustain Coastal Ecosystems, and Improve Government Efficiency. This site provides program guidance, access to information on state programs, and major initiatives.
Climate change is affecting coastal environments, calling for revised conservation approaches, and therefore must be considered in long-term planning. This guide provides a step-by-step approach for incorporating climate change information into new or existing conservation plans. The guide's six steps draw from existing strategic conservation planning frameworks but focus on climate considerations and key resources specifically relevant to the coastal environment, including coastal watersheds.
An educational website to inform people on the sources, impacts, and solutions of the marine debris issue. On this site users can download informative marine debris brochures, posters, fact sheets, guidebooks, and activity books tailored to specific audiences, including beach goers, fishermen, boaters, students and educators.
This report summarizes the condition of ecological resources in the estuaries of the United States and highlights several exemplary Federal, State, Tribal, and local programs that assess coastal ecological and water quality conditions. This report rates the overall condition of U.S. coastal waters as fair to poor, varying from region to region. It represents a coordinated effort among EPA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the U.S. Geological Survey, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and coastal States.
This September 2007 report is the result of an EPA-funded five year national study on marine debris which sets a nationwide scientific baseline on the problem. The study found that general-source marine debris trash that comes from both ocean- and land-based activities increased across the United States by more than 5 percent each year.
This document, dated June 2011, is a primer on more than a dozen approaches for ensuring that wetlands and beaches can migrate inland, as people remove buildings, roads, and other structures from land as it becomes submerged.
These approaches are known as "rolling easements."
This interagency guide includes a description of tools and techniques for applying smart growth guidelines, with case studies illustrating the guidelines in action. For example, communities can (1) protect and restore natural buffers between the community and water; (2) align natural hazard planning with development plans; (3) promote waterfront revitalization, including retrofitting historic properties for new uses; and (4) provide a variety of land and water-based options that accommodate seasonal fluctuations in transportation needs. This guide was developed by EPA, the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the International City/County Management Association and the Rhode Island Sea Grant Program, in consultation with the national Smart Growth Network.
This guide provides an overview of adaptation options available to coastal managers to reduce their system's vulnerability to climate change impacts.
This handbook summarizes the current state of National Park Service (NPS) climate adaptation and key approaches currently in practice or considered for climate change adaptation in coastal areas in order to guide adaptation planning in coastal parks. The chapters focus on policy, planning, cultural resources, natural resources, facility management, and communication/education. The handbook highlights processes, tools and examples that are applicable to many types of NPS plans and decisions. One chapter includes a case study of Hurricane Sandy response and recovery strategies including changes to infrastructure. Another chapter features practical coastal infrastructure information including cost per unit length of constructed features (including seawalls, beach nourishment, and nature-based features). The level of detail varies by topic depending on the state of research and practice in that field.
This action plan is developed jointly by White House Council on Environmental Quality, the U.S. Department of Commerce, U.S. Department of the Interior and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the governors of California, Oregon and Washington to address challenging ocean and coastal management issues along the West Coast. This website will provide updates on the progression of the plan.
This site explains U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service guidance and regulations related to emergencies involving acts of national defense or security emergencies and the conservation of candidate, threatened and endangered species as required under the Endangered Species Act.
The purpose of the handbook is to provide information and guidance on the various consultation processes outlined in the regulations for endangered and threatened species management. Additionally, the handbook will ensure consistent implementation of consultation procedures by those biologists responsible for carrying out section 7 activities. Chapters of the handbook deal with major consultation processes, including Informal, Formal, Emergency, and Special Consultations; and Conferences.
These bulletins are a part of EPA's Endangered Species Protection Program. Bulletins set forth geographically specific pesticide use limitations for the protection of threatened and endangered (listed) species and their designated critical habitat.
The goal of the Endangered Species Act is the recovery of listed species to levels where protection under the Act is no longer necessary. The program uses a variety of tools and plans for species recovery. Recovery Plans are an essential part of the recovery program and plans that have been revised or finalized since 1989 are available electronically as well as species profiles.
This report presents an examination of Federally listed Threatened and Endangered (T & E) species on United States Army installations, and the results of a survey conducted to ascertain the kinds and quality of efforts being made to monitor these species in compliance with the Endangered Species Act of 1973 and AR 200-3.
This April 2012 guide provides federal, state, tribal and other natural resource managers with tools to more effectively address the complexities and uncertainties involved in natural resource management, especially under challenging conditions such as climate change. The Applications Guide includes case studies ranging from river flow management and protecting migratory birds to siting renewable energy projects. These are drawn from four areas important to Interior and its partners: climate change, water resources, energy, and human impacts on the landscape. The examples show the breadth of adaptive management applications at different scales and different levels of complexity.
This guide examines how climate change is already affecting the nation's wildlife and habitats and addresses how natural resource managers will need to prepare for and adapt to these unprecedented changes. Developed by a collaboration of experts from federal, state, and non-governmental institutions, the guide offers practical steps for crafting conservation actions to enhance the resilience of the natural ecosystems on which wildlife and people depend. This publication was developed by a workgroup convened by the National Wildlife Federation and included individuals from: Desert Research Institute, EcoAdapt, U.S. EPA, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Geos Institute, Maryland Department of Natural Resources, NOAA, National Park Service, Point Blue Conservation Science, The Nature Conservancy, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Geological Survey, and Wildlife Conservation Society.
Developed by an inter-agency steering team, Eco-Logical encourages Federal, State, tribal, and local partners involved in infrastructure planning, design, review, and construction to use flexibility in regulatory processes. Specifically, Eco-Logical puts forth the conceptual groundwork for integrating plans across agency boundaries, and endorses ecosystem-based mitigation - an innovative method of mitigating infrastructure impacts that cannot be avoided.
This manual identifies, documents, and encourages the use of environmentally sensitive maintenance of dirt and gravel roads. The document provides insight into using natural systems and innovative technologies to reduce erosion, sediment, and dust pollution while more effectively and efficiently maintaining dirt and gravel roads and gives the users a "tool box" full of environmentally sensitive maintenance "tools" and practices.
Released in December 2012, this report examines the ways expanding populations, increased urbanization, and changing land-use patterns could profoundly impact natural resources, including water supplies, nationwide during the next 50 years. Significantly, the study shows the potential for significant loss of privately-owned forests to development and fragmentation, which could substantially reduce benefits from forests that the public now enjoys including clean water, wildlife habitat, forest products and others.
The purpose of this guidance is to discuss the eligibility of Federal-aid funds for the control of noxious weeds and aquatic noxious weeds and establishment of native species provisions contained in Section 6006 of the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU).
These DOI guidelines provide guidance to cultural landscape owners, stewards and managers, landscape architects, preservation planners, architects, contractors, and project reviewers prior to and during the planning and implementation of project work.
Issued by the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) August 2016, this strategy document and describes how recent innovations in policy, finance, and technology are facilitating significant growth in private and philanthropic investment in natural resources restoration and preservation. See attached
This seven-part series of fact sheets is primarily intended for decision makers who are considering adoption of Low Impact Development (LID), but who have concerns with LID. These fact sheets explain the benefits of LID in clear terms and through examples. Specific fact sheets in this series directly address specific concerns that have been raised about adopting LID, thereby busting barriers.
A collaborative research study between the U.S. EPA and the CDC that is investigating human health effects associated with recreational water use. This study will help us better understand the link between water pollution, swimming at the beach, and peoples' health. A main goal of the NEEAR study is to better understand how new ways of measuring water pollution can be effectively used to protect swimmers' health.
This plan is specific to each individual program and addresses all aspects of environmental protection for the estuary, including issues such as water quality, habitat, living resources, and land use. The CCMP is based on a scientific characterization of the estuary, and is developed and approved by a broad-based coalition of stakeholders. You will also find examples of active CCMPs here.
Issued by the USDA, this report addresses the state of the forests in the United States and the indicators of national progress toward the goal of sustainable forest management.
The land use and soil erosion portions of the inventory has been updated.
The NRCS Strategic Plan sets the direction and priorities for NRCS in all activities in helping people help the land. The plan will be used to develop tactics to deliver on their core mission.
This Synthesis and Assessment Product 4.4 (SAP 4.4) analyzes information on the state of knowledge of adaptation options for key, representative ecosystems and resources that may be sensitive to climate variability and change. The report identifies strategies to protect the environment as these changes occur.
This report summarizes the EPA research findings on the best practices for building roadside vegetative barriers to improve air quality.
This newly issued report (January 2008) contains 17 case studies from across North America that show the economic viability of LID practices. Using these practices in construction projects can lower costs while improving environmental results. The report highlights examples that, in most cases, reduce project costs while improving environmental performance. Total capital savings ranged from 15 to 80 percent, with a few exceptions in which LID project costs were higher than conventional stormwater management costs. As LID practices become more common, it is likely that they will become cheaper to use.
Every community should establish a tree canopy goal for their community as an important step in ensuring that their valuable green infrastructure is maintained at minimum thresholds, even as the community continues to develop. Each community must first identify what their tree canopy cover is, and then set their own goals to help meet environmental and quality of life goals, including federal and local clean air and water regulations. Once a specific goal is determined, the local government can pursue that goal using policies, procedures, and budget.
Every drop of water saved in the U.S. saves energy, and every unit of energy saved saves water. That overlap has come to be known as the "energy-water nexus." This report, from the American Council for an Energy -Efficient Economy (ACEEE) and the Alliance for Water Efficiency combines the energy efficiency community and the water efficiency community. The report develops a blueprint for future joint efforts and envisions a policy agenda that could drive actions at the federal, state, local, and watershed levels.
Multiple Army installations are participating in an energy-conserving pilot program to only use as much energy as they create by 2020. The initiative will focus on energy as well as water and waste usage.
Promotes simple ways of reducing the amount of water used for irrigation include growing xeriphytic species (plants that are adapted to dry conditions), mulching, adding water retaining organic matter to the soil, and installing windbreaks and fences to slow winds and reduce evapotranspiration.
Published November 2012 by the American Water Resources Association, this document showcases state, multi-state, and regional efforts to implement Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM). In particular, this collection of case studies highlights the effectiveness of IWRM at all levels of water management and discuss the process of shifting to an IWRM approach and the resulting costs and benefits.
A site promoting EPA's initiative to increase the use of water-efficient products. The site breaks these products into sub-topics such as: industry, residential, and landscaping.
This comprehensive plan developed by EPA, with state and national partners to reduce runoff and increase environmental and economic benefits for communities is now available. The strategy will help reduce stormwater runoff and sewer overflows by promoting "green infrastructure" approaches, such as green roofs, trees and tree boxes, rain gardens, and porous pavements. The plan explains how states, municipalities, permitting authorities, and non-governmental organizations can use green infrastructure practices to meet water quality goals while sustaining their water infrastructure. The document outlines ways to bring green infrastructure technologies and approaches into mainstream use for runoff and sewer overflow management.
EPA document number EPA 841-B-09-001, December 2009, was developed by the US EPA Office of Water. This stormwater guidance document implements Section 438 of the Energy Independence and Security Act (EISA) of 2007 and EO 13514 Section 14. The document was developed in conjunction with other federal agencies and provides a step-by-step framework that will help federal agencies maintain pre-development site hydrology by retaining rainfall on-site through infiltration, evaporation/transpiration, and re-use to the same extent as occurred prior to development. The Technical Guidance provides background information, key definitions, case studies, and guidance on meeting the new requirements.
This website provides an overview of how the WBDG approaches water conservation and links to the applicable codes and case studies.
The latest generation of water-saving, high-efficiency toilets must use less than 1.3 gal per flush and meet performance standards for quality in order to qualify for EPA's WaterSense label.
A voluntary public-private partnership that identifies and promotes high performance products and programs that help preserve the nation’s water supply (EO 13423, Section 2(c)).
This guide, dated May 2013, provides a summary of the 2008 handbook and also highlights some new watershed-related tools that have been developed since 2008 that can be used for more effective decision-making leading to improved management of our water resources.
This report, EPA/600/R-06/037F, was prepared by the National Center for Environmental Assessment (NCEA) within EPA's Office of Research and Development (ORD). This report supplements the Guidelines for Ecological Risk Assessment (ERA) (U.S. EPA, 1998a) by addressing issues unique to ecological assessments of watersheds. Using lessons learned from watershed ERAs, the report presents guidance and examples for scientists performing watershed ecological assessments. The report also can be useful to risk assessors, watershed associations, landscape ecologists, and others seeking to increase the use of environmental assessment data in decision making.
The Clean Watersheds Needs Survey 2004, made available in January 2008, summarizes the results of EPA's 14th national survey on pollution control capital investment needs required to meet environmental and human health objectives of the Clean Water Act. The report provides vital information for Congress, state legislatures, communities and others to help them make informed decisions relating to clean water infrastructure and pollution control methods.
This document is an update to Saving Bays and Estuaries, published in 1989. Questions about managing pollution runoff, increasing wildlife habitat and controlling invasive species in the nation's estuaries are among those addressed in this document.
Green infrastructure is an approach to wet weather management that is cost-effective, sustainable, and environmentally friendly. Green Infrastructure management approaches and technologies infiltrate, evapotranspire, capture and reuse stormwater to maintain or restore natural hydrologies.
This guidance was developed under the executive order issued by President Obama in May 2009, which declared the Chesapeake Bay a national treasure and ushered in a new era of shared federal leadership, action and accountability. It presents the most effective tools and practices to address nonpoint source pollution that is currently contributing nutrients and sediments from federal land management activity in the Chesapeake Bay watershed. The categories of activity that are addressed in this guidance are agriculture, urban and suburban (including turf), forestry, riparian areas, decentralized wastewater treatment systems, and hydromodification. The same techniques can be utilized by states, local governments, conservation districts, watershed organizations, developers, farmers and citizens in the Chesapeake Bay watershed.
Developed by EPA's Office of Wetlands, Oceans, and Watersheds, this document is designed to help anyone undertaking a watershed planning effort, but should be particularly useful to persons working with impaired or threatened waters. It contains in-depth guidance on quantifying existing pollutant loads, developing estimates of the load reductions required to meet water quality standards, developing effective management measures, and tracking progress once the plan is implemented. New materials were added to the handbook including ways to protect important elements of the landscape and aquatic habitats within a watershed.
This EPA document, issued February 2013, supplements the Handbook for Developing Watershed Plans to Restore and Protect Our Waters. The webinar is intended to encourage the inclusion of proactive wetland management in the watershed planning process. The supplement promotes using a watershed approach that protects existing freshwater wetlands and maximizes opportunities to use restored, enhanced, and created freshwater wetlands to address water quality problems.
LID is an approach to land development (or re-development) that works with nature to manage stormwater as close to its source as possible.
This guidance helps citizens and municipalities in urban areas protect bodies of water from polluted runoff that can result from everyday activities. These scientifically sound techniques are the best practices known today. The guidance will also help states to implement their nonpoint source control programs and municipalities to implement their Phase II Storm Water Permit Programs. This is publication number EPA 841-B-05-004, November 2005.
EPA's redesigned nutrients web site now houses new information and tools that will help states, territories, and tribes establish and meet numeric water quality criteria for nitrogen and phosphorus. The new tools include: Scientific Literature Reviews, Wetlands Criteria Technical Guidance, Webcasts, and the BMP and Treatment Technologies Clearinghouse. The clearinghouse contains EPA-evaluated data sets on (1) agricultural best management practices (BMPs) and conservation practices, (2) National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) stormwater BMPs, (3) Publicly Owned Treatment Works (POTW) treatment technologies, and (4) Water Environment Research Federation (WERF) stormwater data.
Prepared by U.S. EPA, this report is the first consistent evaluation of the streams that feed rivers, lakes, and coastal waters. "Wadeable streams" are those which are shallow enough to be adequately sampled without a boat. Conducted between 2000 and 2004, the study was based on sampling at 1,392 sites selected to represent the condition of all streams that share similar ecological characteristics in various regions. It was a collaborative effort that involved dozens of state environmental and natural resource agencies, federal agencies, universities and other organizations. More than 150 field biologists were trained to collect environmental samples using a standardized method.
This September 2014 handbook is intended to advance the use of a "watershed approach" in the selection, design, and siting of wetland and stream restoration and protection projects. Using a watershed approach can help ensure that these projects also contribute to goals of improved water quality, increased flood mitigation, improved quality and quantity of habitat, and increases in other services and benefits that result from ecologically successful and sustainable restoration and protection projects. This report was prepared by the Environmental Law Institute (ELI) and The Nature Conservancy (TNC) with funding from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
Part EPA's Healthy Watersheds initiative, the framework was developed as an organizational tool for reporting on information about the health of ecosystems through an assessment of essential ecological attributes. Examples are provided of the various attributes.
There are many existing assessments available for reporting on the integrity of watershed ecosystem components. Examples of select assessment approaches at the regional, state, and local scales are presented for: landscape condition, biotic condition, chemical/physical, natural disturbance regime, and hydrologic/geomorphic.
Part EPA's Healthy Watersheds initiative, the site list multiple approaches for the conservation and protection of watersheds. The examples provided are generally site-specific and tailored to the particular situation. A combination of approaches has been found to be most effective at maintaining watershed health and integrity.
Links to projects at the national, regional, state, and local scales.
Published by EPA, this document describes the 10 recommended elements of a wetland monitoring and assessment program including a program strategy, monitoring objectives and design, and data management. It further describes wetland-specific assessment approaches available to states and tribes.
This report was issued by NatureServe, a nonprofit conservation group that supports and supplements species data collection and analysis efforts at the U.S. Geological Survey, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), and the Environmental Protection Agency. This report indicates that that nearly a third of at-risk plant and animal species found on wetlands, which are geographically isolated from lakes, rivers, and streams, cannot be protected either by the nation's clean water or endangered species laws.
This is a compilation of 17 constructed wetland system case studies.
This document provides technical guidance and reference for use by state, territory, and authorized tribal managers as well as the public in the implementation of nonpoint source (NPS) pollution management programs. The guidance contains information on the best available, economically achievable means of reducing nonpoint source pollution through the protection and restoration of wetlands and riparian areas, as well as the implementation of vegetated treatment systems.
The NWCA is a collaboration between EPA and its state, tribal, and federal partners representing a national field survey on the health of the nation's wetlands. More than 1,000 sites across the country are being surveyed to assess indicators of wetland health, including water quality and flow, vegetation, and soils. The survey is designed to provide regional and
national estimates of wetland ecological integrity and rank the stressors most commonly associated with poor conditions.
This 2009 EPA Guidebook has been developed expressly to assist communities in developing an integrated stormwater management system which includes proper maintenance of existing wet ponds and wetlands, the exploration of retrofit opportunities, as well as the implementation of micro-treatment practices and low impact development (LID) design principles.
This guide was developed by DOI and a group of electric companies (the Avian Power Line Interactive Committee) to help the industry protect birds from electrocution on utility poles and power lines. The suggested practices volume provides technical instructions to help utilities implement some of the electrocution avoidance measures called for in the Avian Protection Plans.
This workbook contains basic information on programs in USDA that could be used to fund invasive species related projects.
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A general Wetland Plant Identification course or equivalent knowledge is recommended but not required prior to taking this course. This interagency course is designed to improve the ability of field staff to identify specific groups of wetland plants using botanical manuals and other flora. Lectures discuss morphology, terminology and identification. Participants collect representative plants in the field and, back in the classroom, log them in using directed and individual keying exercises. The course is taught by instructors from the Fish and Wildlife Service, Environmental Protection Agency, Natural Resources Conservation Service and the Corps of Engineers.
Developed in 2010 by TRIPTAC, this introductory training webinar will describe partnerships and explain why agencies MUST partner to ensure the success of alternative transportation system (ATS) planning projects. The training will offer an exploration of the steps involved in developing partnerships, discuss the benefits of partnering, and identify the essential elements of sustaining good working relations with partners. Different public involvement mechanisms will be explored for planning and its relation to partnerships. Additionally, participants will learn ways that other land managers have been successfully partnering on ATS projects and discuss the process and benefits of putting together various partnership agreements.
Offered through the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service National Conservation Training Center and based on the new guide, "Climate-Smart Conservation: Putting Adaptation Principles into Practice", this course is designed to clarify climate adaptation for application to on-the-ground conservation. It will provide guidance on how to carry out adaptation with intentionality, how to manage for change and not just persistence, how to craft climate-informed conservation goals, and how to integrate adaptation into on-going work. Course participants will learn to become knowledgeable consumers of climate information, tools, and models. The target audience includes conservation practitioners and natural resource managers working at multiple scales to ensure the ongoing effectiveness of their work in an era of climate change.
This course is based on the new guide 'Climate-Smart Conservation: Putting Adaptation Principles into Practice.' This publication is the product of an expert workgroup on climate change adaptation convened by the National Wildlife Federation in collaboration with the FWS's National Conservation Training Center and other partners. The course is designed to demystify climate adaptation for application to on-the-ground conservation. It will provide guidance in how to carry out adaptation with intentionality, how to manage for change and not just persistence, how to craft climate-informed conservation goals, and how to integrate adaptation into on-going work. Conservation practitioners and natural resource managers will learn to become savvy consumers of climate information, tools, and models.
Offered by the Northwest Environmental Training Center (NWTC), this 1-day course addresses understanding, controlling and managing invasive fish through early detection and assessment, with emphasis on control and management methods. This course is intended for biologists, ecologists and managers seeking an improved understanding of non-native invasive fish species and the methods for prevention, controlling and managing them.
During this Northwest Environmental Training Center (NWETC) online course the specific technical and regulatory approaches to completing ecological risk assessments will be reviewed, with a focus on providing a hands-on understanding of an ERA, including the data collection aspects of the various lines of evidence used. Case studies of both aquatic and terrestrial settings will be examined, and active engagement with the attendees will reinforce the points presented.
This Northwest Environmental Training Center (NWETC) online course will be focused on the general policy and technical approaches to conducting an ecological risk assessment. It will provide a broad overview of the ecological risk assessment (ERA) process as it is used in evaluating potential environmental risks and liabilities associated with hazardous waste sites using the basic ERA paradigm as outlined in USEPA's Ecological Risk Assessment Guidance for Superfund (ERAGS). ERA's in both aquatic and terrestrial settings will be examined, and active engagement with the attendees will reinforce the points presented.
Presentation given during the 2010 DOI Conference on the Environment in April 2010.
Presentation given during the 2010 DOI Conference on the Environment in April 2010.
This course provides a thorough overview of the various sections of the Endangered Species Act (ESA) in a computer-based format. An assessment is administered after each module. A overall score of 80% must be achieved in order to successfully complete this course
The focus is on provisions of ESA and other laws governing species management, agency policies, procedures, and taking action to prevent listings. Review of law and agency policy relating to the management of threatened, endangered, and sensitive species. Particular attention will be paid to building appropriate administrative records of decisions, and the roles of all the players. Discuss obligations for consultation and recovery under the ESA. Interactive lectures, roundtable discussions, exercises, a field trip, and panels are used to facilitate learning. Challenging case studies are used to explore managing TES species across landscapes and jurisdictions in an effort to develop best management practices.
Instruction covers the technical, policy, and practical aspects of recovery planning and implementation for threatened and endangered species. This course will enhance your ability to plan for and effectively implement conservation actions for listed trust species and their habitats. Topics covered include: statutory framework, purpose and steps of recovery plan development, how and why to involve stakeholders, working with recovery teams and partners, policies and guidance relevant to recovery, the relationship of recovery to all parts of the Endangered Species Act, 5-year reviews, the application of conservation tools such as decision analysis and adaptive management to recovery efforts, recognizing recovery and preparing for delisting, and monitoring. Case studies and exercises are included to reinforce lecture sessions. This course if offered by the U.S. FWS.
This course introduces participants to invasive plant management at the field level. Instruction will include invasive plant ecology; road maintenance and its influence on the introduction and distribution of invasives; mapping and monitoring invasive plants; invasive control methods; the proper and safe use of recommended equipment; and applicable Refuge System policy. Other topics include preparing pesticide use proposals, interpreting herbicide labels, and identifying Best Management Practices.
This online training resource will assist states or federal agencies to determine when it is appropriate to request a Section 18 emergency exemption from EPA and what a complete application includes. Other stakeholders in this process will find this resource helpful to better understand the purposes and processes of the Section 18 program. This training was developed by UC Davis Extension through the Pesticide Regulatory Education Program (PREP) Cooperative Agreement funded by EPA.
Welcome to the Watershed Academy's module on forestry best management practices (BMPs) in watersheds. This module, along with similar modules on agriculture and urban management, is about controlling impacts from common land use activities that often affect watersheds, water quality, and the condition of aquatic ecosystems. After completing this module, you should be familiar with the steps commonly involved in planning and carrying out timber harvest and reforestation, and several of the basic ways to reduce or avoid impacts on water resources during these activities. Self-test questions appear at the end of the module's eight sections.
Offered by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, this course provides an introduction and overview of basic wetland ecological concepts and principles in the context of planning and operating civil works environmental and mitigation projects. This is course number 272.
The course addresses the basic steps and processes regarding Habitat Conservation Planning under Section 10(a)(1)(B) of the Endangered Species Act. Case studies and interactive exercises are used to reinforce lecture sessions. This training is offered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, National Conservation Training Center.
This 2-day course provides participants first with a broad overview of Site Restoration/Mitigation, and then expands to an examination of specific steps used for innovative restoration and mitigation planning and implementation, applicable to western North America.
Offered by the U.S. Forest Service, topics in this 5-day course include an overview of wildlife issues relative to pre-existing highways and future highway planning; differences in impacts and solutions between low volume and high volume roads; structural and nonstructural solutions to wildlife mortality and habitat connectivity; mitigation and funding for existing highway impacts to wildlife including loss of habitat connectivity and vehicle-caused mortality; and an introduction to current resources on wildlife/highway crossings and interactions, The target audience is resource management biologists and engineers. The class is open to federal, state, and private applicants.
Offered by the U.S. FWS, participants acquire basic information on conducting interagency consultation under Section 7 of the Endangered Species Act. Key information needs and procedures are addressed, with a focus on the information needs related to biological assessments and biological opinions. Lecture and discussion emphasize interagency exchange of information and solutions to support species conservation.
This USFWS course is an overview of the species status assessment (SSA) framework, which is an analytical approach developed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to deliver foundational science information for all Endangered Species Act decisions. The overview will cover the basic concepts and minimum requirements of an SSA and will show you how to diagnose the level of complexity and expertise required to complete an SSA. Although the overview won't cover technical methods in detail, it will introduce the participant to some of the tools and resources available to conduct SSA's with an emphasis on those of low to moderate complexity.
Offered through support from the Nature Conservancy, this curriculum, consists of three, self-paced, online courses, provides a basic level of understanding of the basics of climate change, deforestation and forest degradation, and the REDD+ concept.
In this advanced landscape preservation seminar, explore the sometimes conflicting issues that direct the process of change and decision making for challenging landscapes. Review the practice and discuss the implications of inventorying, evaluating, treating, and maintaining landscape resources. Identify tools and techniques for managing change when difficult issues affect the process. Understand the philosophical foundations for making sound, educated decisions about the preservation and long-term management of historic and cultural landscapes. This course is offered by the National Preservation Institute.
In this introduction to the basics of cultural landscapes, learn about designed, vernacular, and ethnographic landscapes, and historic sites. Review applicable laws and regulations, and discuss how to identify and inventory character-defining features of a landscape. Explore the concepts of preservation planning and documentation, and the development of the cultural landscape report for use in managing historic and cultural landscapes. Case studies illustrate realistic approaches to effective landscape management and preservation. This course is offered by the National Preservation Institute.
Offered by U.S. FWS, this course is designed to give participants a working knowledge of the legal and conservation implications of the MBTA, with special attention to the responsibilities of the Fish and Wildlife Service, through all of its programs, for migratory bird conservation. Partnerships, resources and initiatives which address migratory bird conservation will also be discussed in detail, providing participants an excellent overview of how they can further implement migratory bird conservation.
This 4-day course offers instruction in specific natural resource laws, regulations, policies, Executive Orders, DOD Instructions, and other guidance, noting Service-specific requirements. Course addresses stewardship, preservation, and process; fish, game, and wildlife management laws; protection of wetlands, waterways, and other protected ecological areas; forest and land use management laws; Sikes Act and INRMP; and inter-service cooperation. Practical exercise, half day tour of a DOD or Coast Guard natural resource site and guest speakers are included. This course is approved by the Inter-Service Environmental Education Review Board (ISEERB). There are no tuition costs for this course. It is recommended that this course be taken by: Primary duty (Natural and Cultural Resource Managers and personnel, environmental lawyers (or lawyers in that capacity), Civil Works Natural Resource Managers (U.S. Army Corps of Engineers), Natural Resources Law Enforcement personnel, and environmental staffs.); collateral duty personnel (that are non-natural resources specialists responsible for natural resources management and compliance with Federal laws and DOD policy); and personnel having a direct or indirect impact on natural resources during the performance of their duties.
Training is available upon request on topics such as: ArcGIS, Metadata, Managing Visitor Use in Coastal and Marine Protected Areas, The Coastal Zone Management Role in Managing Hazards. Understanding Marine Protected Areas Survival Skills for Managing Coastal Resources. This is not a complete listing of topics.
This webinar from September 2014 assist NRCS conservation planners, partners, and technical service providers to understand the importance of Essential Fish Habitat, Coastal Zones, and Coral Reefs, and how to properly analyze and document existing conditions and the effects of planned conservation actions. Primary topics include: legal foundations, information/data sources, tools, mitigation measures, and documentation requirements including examples.
Developed in 2010 by TRIPTAC, the goals of this module are to 1) introduce participants to the critical transportation-related concerns and considerations faced by federal land management agencies (FLMAs) and gateway communities, 2) describe how these concerns affect visitors' experiences and the unit resources, 3) outline the different alternative transportation systems options available to planners, 4) provide participants with a framework for evaluating alternative transportation systems, and 5) prepare participants for the rest of the module series. This module is available in PDF or streaming format and is offered by the Federal Lands Transportation Institute.
This interagency course is designed to improve the ability of field staff to identify wetland plants using botanical manuals and floras. The class consists of several one-day sessions on the following groups: woody plants, including winter condition; herbaceous dicots; and grasses, sedges and rushes, and other monocots. Lectures discuss morphology, terminology and identification. Plants representative of that day's topic(s) are collected daily in the field and keyed-out in the classroom, in both directed and individual keying exercises.
A resource guide that presents helpful information for installation leaders who seek to work with local government officials to address encroachment, compatible land use and other sustainability issues that threaten the testing and training mission. It was developed by the International City/County Management Association and the National Association of Counties in partnership with the Sustainable Ranges Initiative in the Office of the Secretary of Defense.
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