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 Draft Environmental Assessment for the Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve Boundary Change.
The Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve in California proposes to add nine parcels to and remove one parcel with an incompatible use from the management boundary of the reserve. Per NEPA, the purpose of the Draft Environmental Assessment is to analyze the potential impacts to the reserve of approving these boundary changes. Publication of this Federal Register notice begins the official 30-day public comment period for this Draft Environmental Assessment.
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 Elaine.Vaudreuil@noaa.gov.
- Mail ‒ Submit written comments to
Elaine Vaudreuil, Ecosystems Program
NOAA Office for Coastal Management
1305 East-West Highway, 10th Floor
Silver Spring, MD 20910
- Completed environmental assessments and environmental impact statements:
- 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.