Tag Archives: Endangered Species Act
To reduce compliance costs and increase regulatory certainty, private landowners can take voluntary pre-listing conservation actions—in other words, steps to protect species before they are listed under the U.S. Endangered Species Act. This report discusses nine case studies of voluntary activities covering different species, regions, and situations. Four of the cases are electric power companies.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Water Act 316(b) rule establishes requirements for cooling water intake structures at power plants effective October 2014. It also includes provisions to protect species listed as threatened and endangered under the federal Endangered Species Act. This report explains these provisions to inform plant owners and operators as they plan […]
Defining Critical Habitat Under the Endangered Species Act: A Review of Policy, Practices, and Scientific Approaches
The process for designation of critical habitat—areas essential to the recovery of species protected by the U.S. Endangered Species Act—has been inconsistent. This report explains the critical habitat concept, including its scientific basis, designation practices, methods, and tools. It draws on scientific literature reviews and interviews with conservation biologists and federal agency personnel involved with […]