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Environmental Services works closely with numerous Federal and State agencies, Tribes, landowners, and the public to protect and recover endangered species, protect and preserve our cultural resources, and reduce impacts to wetlands, air, water, and the human environment.
BPA is committed to protecting and recovering threatened and endangered
species in the Columbia River Basin.
Endangered Species Act
Under the Endangered Species Act (ESA), BPA consults with the United
States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and the National Marine Fisheries
Service (NMFS) to protect ESA-listed species affected by our transmission lines,
power, and fish and wildlife projects through the ESA section 7 interagency
process. In BPA's service territory, the USFWS holds jurisdiction over terrestrial and freshwater species,
while NMFS holds jurisdiction over marine mammals and anadromous salmon and
steelhead. BPA works with NMFS and USFWS to make this process as efficient as possible. One way we have streamlined the consultation process is through programmatic biological opinions for BPA's Fish and Wildlife Program. Known as the Habitat Improvement Program Biological Opinion, or HIP4, this Biological Opinion provides ESA compliance for most of the habitat improvement activities that BPA funds. This process has saved time and money for both agencies while accelerating habitat improvement project implementation.
For an overview of the Federal effort to recover ESA-listed salmon and steelhead in the Columbia Basin, see www.salmonrecovery.gov.