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  1. Significant changes proposed to Endangered Species Act criteria

    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Marine Fisheries Service are proposing changes intended to improve implementation of the Endangered Species Act. These proposals include two rules and a policy to improve the process of designating areas of “critical habitat” and consulting on the effects of federal actions on critical habitat. These proposals are designed to increase the predictability of the services’ actions related to critical habitat under the ESA, according to a press release issued by FWS. Critical habitat represents the habitat essential for a species’ recovery . ESA required, with few exceptions, that critical habitat be designated for species that are protected under the act. Critical habitat designations do not create reserves or protected areas, but federal agencies are required to consult with the services to ensure that any actions they authorize, fund or carry out are not likely to result in the “destruction or adverse modification” of designated critical habitat. The first proposed rule revises the definition of “adverse modification,” as the current regulatory definition has been invalidated by the courts. The proposed revision focuses FWS’s review of federal actions on how they would affect the designated critical habitat’s ability to support recovery of the listed species and reflects the approach the services have employed since 2004. The second proposed rule clarifies the procedures and standards used for designating critical habitat. These changes should enhance the clarity and efficiency of the critical habitat designation process, FWS says. The third proposal is a policy to provide greater predictability, transparency and consistency regarding how the services consider exclusions from critical habitat designations. “Our goal in proposing these revisions is to make the process of designating and consulting on critical habitat more predictable, more efficient and more easily understood, “says Gary Frazer, assistant director for ecological services with FWS. Hopefully, passage of these changes will, among other effects, shorten the time required for hydro projects to complete the endangered species consultation process during the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission licensing and relicensing process. For comprehensive information on these proposed rules, visit http://www.fws.gov/endangered/improving_esa/reg_reform.html . For more regulation & policy news, click here .

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    Fri, 16 May 2014

  2. Obama appointees revoke Bush Endangered Species Act rule

    The secretaries of Commerce and Interior announced April 28 their departments are revoking a rule issued in the final days of the Bush administration that they said undermined Endangered Species Act protections.

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    Thu, 30 Apr 2009

  3. Hydro Licensing and the Endangered Species Act: Implications of FERC's Current Approach

    If a hydro project affects a threatened or endangered species , the Endangered Species Act authorizes the U.S. departments of Commerce or Interior to specify plans for protecting these species.

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    Fri, 1 Jun 2007

  4. U.S. seeks comments on American eel protection as endangered species

    he American eel may need federal protection as a threatened or endangered species , the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced September 28, following an initial review of a petition seeking to protect the species under the Endangered Species Act (ESA).

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    Wed, 28 Sep 2011

  1. Columbia Basin agencies seek assistance for endangered species work

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    Thu, 20 Jan 2011

  2. U.S. denies Endangered Species protection to American eel

    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service declared January 30 that Endangered Species Act protection is not warranted for the American eel.

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    Wed, 31 Jan 2007

  3. Supreme Court refuses to broaden Endangered Species Act

    A closely divided Supreme Court rejected an effort June 25 to expand the scope of Section 7 of the Endangered Species Act.

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    Fri, 29 Jun 2007

  4. 401 Water Quality Certification: Negotiating A ‘Common Sense’ Result

    During relicensing of its 48-MW Lake Chelan project, Chelan County Public Utility District worked with the state of Washington to craft a 401 water quality certificate that balances competing requirements to protect endangered fish and to ensure high water quality.

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    Sun, 1 Jun 2008

  5. ESA changes would limit federal jeopardy consultation with wildlife agencies

    Proposed changes to rules implementing the Endangered Species Act would let federal agencies such as the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission determine whether federal actions are likely to jeopardize protected species, in some cases without the need to consult federal resource agencies.

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    Fri, 22 Aug 2008

  6. U.S. seeks endangered species monitoring at American River hydro projects

    The Bureau of Reclamation seeks bids to perform spawning and stranding surveys of endangered steelhead affected by hydroelectric projects on the lower American River in California.

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    Tue, 14 Oct 2014

  7. U.S. calls conference on endangered species studies for Northwest hydroelectric system

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has scheduled a pre-proposal conference on a proposed solicitation for biological studies in the Pacific Northwest involving endangered species in the federal hydroelectric system.

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    Wed, 18 Sep 2013

  8. Government shutdown cancels U.S. conference on endangered species studies for Northwest hydro system

    As a result of a federal government shutdown, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has canceled a pre-proposal conference on a proposed solicitation for biological studies in the Pacific Northwest involving endangered species in the federal hydroelectric system.

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    Thu, 3 Oct 2013

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