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 ‒ Current Activities
- Coral Reef Conservation Program Final Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement
The Office for Coastal Management announces the availability of the Final Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement for the Coral Reef Conservation Program (CRCP). Managed by NOAA’s National Ocean Service, the CRCP is implemented in coastal areas and marine waters of Florida, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Gulf of Mexico, Hawaii, Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, American Samoa, the U.S. Pacific Remote Islands, and targeted international regions including the wider Caribbean, the Coral Triangle, the South Pacific, and Micronesia.
- Connecticut National Estuarine Research Reserve Public Scoping Meeting
NOAA and the State of Connecticut announce a virtual public scoping meeting to solicit comments on significant issues related to the development of a Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the proposed Connecticut National Estuarine Research Reserve (CT NERR). The meeting will be held on Tuesday, August 4, 2020, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Eastern. Written comments provided electronically must be submitted no later than Tuesday, August 18, 2020; written comments submitted by mail must be postmarked by Tuesday, August 18, 2020. The public scoping meeting will be conducted online via WebEx and by telephone.
Online participants should go to the following University of Connecticut website to attend and get instructions for participating in the public scoping meeting: https://uconn-cmr.webex.com/uconn-cmr/onstage/g.php?t=a&d=1200263550.
Telephone participants should use the toll-free number +1 415-655-0002 and the attendee access code 120 026 3550.
- Completed environmental assessments and environmental impact statements:
- Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve Boundary Change and FONSI
- 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:
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