National Environmental Policy Act and Environmental Compliance
The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969 is the foundation of modern American environmental protection in the United States and its commonwealths, territories, and possessions. NEPA requires that federal agency decision makers, in carrying out their duties, use all practicable means to create and maintain conditions under which people and nature can exist in productive harmony and fulfill the social, economic, and other needs of present and future generations of Americans. NEPA provides a mandate and a framework for federal agencies to consider all reasonably foreseeable environmental effects of their proposed actions and to involve and inform the public in the decision-making process.
NOAA’s requirements for implementing NEPA may be found at www.nepa.noaa.gov.
- NEPA ‒ Request for public comment on the Coral Reef Conservation Program Draft Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement.
NOAA has prepared a draft Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement for coral reef conservation and restoration activities conducted by NOAA’s Coral Reef Conservation Program (CRCP) throughout parts of the United States, including the South Atlantic Ocean, Gulf of Mexico, and Remote Pacific Islands, and priority international areas (i.e., wider Caribbean, Coral Triangle, South Pacific, and Micronesia). The draft Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement assesses the direct, indirect, and cumulative environmental impacts of NOAA’s proposed action to continue funding and otherwise conducting coral reef conservation and restoration activities through the CRCP’s existing programmatic framework and related procedures. Publication of the Federal Register notice begins the official 45-day public comment period for this draft Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement.
You may submit comments on this draft assessment through any of the following methods:
- Electronic Submission ‒ Submit all electronic public comments by e-mail to Liz.Fairey@noaa.gov.
- Mail ‒ Submit written comments to
Harriet Nash, Deputy Director, NOAA’s Coral Reef Conservation Program
Office for Coastal Management
1305 East-West Highway, N/OCM6, Room 10404
Silver Spring, MD 20910
For further information contact:
National Marine Fisheries Service, Office of Habitat Conservation
NOAA Coral Reef Conservation Program
1305 East-West Highway
Silver Spring, MD 20910
- Completed environmental assessments and environmental impact statements:
- Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve Boundary Change and FONSI
- Pointe-au-Chien Cultural Heritage Protection Reef, Coastal Louisiana and FONSI
- Wisconsin Point Dune Restoration Project, Superior, Wisconsin and FONSI
- Georgia Coastal Nonpoint Pollution Control Program Analysis for Full Approval and FONSI
- He‘eia National Estuarine Research Reserve, Hawaii
- Hika Park Pedestrian Bridge, Village of Cleveland, Wisconsin
- Illinois Coastal Nonpoint Pollution Control Program
- Dauphin Island Audubon Bird Sanctuary Site Improvements, Mobile County, Alabama
- Jug Bay Marsh Boardwalk and Observation Platform, Anne Arundel County, Maryland
- Routine Program Change Request for Clatsop County, Oregon
- Routine Program Change Request for Coos County, Oregon
- Silver Creek Bridge Replacement, Carlton County, Minnesota
- William Brooks Park Boardwalk Extension and Bird Observation Tower, Chickasaw, Alabama
- Endangered Species Act (ESA) – Consultation procedures
- Essential Fish Habitat (EFH) – Consultation procedures
- Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA) – Consultation procedures
- National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) Compliance – Consultation procedures
- Formal Coordination and Consultation Documents:
For more information, contact us.