National and Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and Environmental Compliance
The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969 (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.) 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 http://www.nepa.noaa.gov/.
- NEPA - There are no NEPA documents undergoing public comment period at this time.
- Recently Completed Environmental Assessments:
- Dauphin Island Audubon Bird Sanctuary Site Improvements, Mobile County, AL
- Jug Bay Marsh Boardwalk and Observation Platform, Anne Arundel County, MD
- Routine Program Change Request for Clatsop County, OR
- Routine Program Change Request for Coos County, OR
- Silver Creek Bridge Replacement, Carlton County, MN
- William Brooks Park Boardwalk Extension and Bird Observation Tower, Chickasaw, AL
- Endangered Species Act (ESA) - There are no formal ESA consultations in process at this time. Informal consultations occur on an as-needed basis.
- Essential Fish Habitat (EFH) - There are no formal EFH consultations in process at this time. Informal consultations occur on an as-needed basis.
- Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA) - There are no formal MMPA consultations at this time.
- National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) Compliance - There are no formal NHPA coordinations occurring at this time.
- Formal Coordination and Consultation Documents: