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Section 7 of the endangered species act of 1973

Section 7 of the Endangered Species Act of 1973

Office of Location and Environment


Purpose of endangered species act
Purpose of Endangered Species Act

Insure that an action by FHWA will not jeopardize the continued existence of an endangered species or

result in the destruction or

adverse modification of critical habitat, in accordance with Section 7(a)(2) of the Endangered Species Act.

District Spring Meeting


Purpose of endangered species act1
Purpose of Endangered Species Act

Consult with the Services (and/or Iowa DNR) and use their assistance regarding FHWA’s duty to not jeopardize a listed species.

District Spring Meeting


Purpose of endangered species act2
Purpose of Endangered Species Act

Promote stewardship and conservation of species and the habitats they depend on.

Enhance certainty for all parties and reduce unanticipated project delays and costs.

District Spring Meeting



Section 7 process
Section 7 Process

Determine what species to look for:

  • Send letter to Iowa DNR http://www.iowadot.gov/ole/OLESite/Local.aspx?tabname=localce

  • Send letter to USFWS http://www.iowadot.gov/ole/OLESite/Local.aspx?tabname=localce

District Spring Meeting



Section 7 process1
Section 7 Process

Describe the habitat in your project area:

  • Determine soil type

    http://websoilsurvey.nrcs.usda.gov/app/HomePage.htm

  • Describe vegetation

  • Provide photographs

  • Use habitat guidance for Topeka shiner and Indiana bat

District Spring Meeting


Section 7 process2
Section 7 Process

Review Habitat Characteristics:

Using the response letters from USFWS and Iowa DNR, look up the species cited on each agency’s website.The websites describe the habitats needed for each species. 

http://www.fws.gov/midwest/endangered/lists/iowa_cty.html

https://programs.iowadnr.gov/naturalareasinventory/pages/Query.aspx

District Spring Meeting


Usfws habitat list
USFWS Habitat List:

District Spring Meeting



Iowa dnr habitat list
Iowa DNR Habitat List:

District Spring Meeting





Section 7 process3
Section 7 Process

Is there Habitat? 

  • No – Complete the Determination of Effect Form and indicate that there is “No Effect”. Section 7 is Complete.

  • http://www.iowadot.gov/ole/OLESite/Local.aspx?tabname=localce

  • Yes–  Move on to the next step.

District Spring Meeting


Section 7 process4
Section 7 Process

Determine if the project will affect potentially suitable habitat:

  • No – Complete the Determination of Effect Form and mark there is “No Effect”. Section 7 is Complete.

  • Yes–  Move on to the next step.

District Spring Meeting


Section 7 process5
Section 7 Process

Are there measures that can be taken to avoid potential impacts to habitat?

  • Yes – Complete the Determination of Effect Form and mark there is “No Effect”, describe how it was avoided. Section 7 is Complete.

  • No– Move on to the next step.

District Spring Meeting


Section 7 process6
Section 7 Process

Are there measures that can be taken to minimize potential impacts to habitat?

  • Yes – Complete the Determination of Effect Form and mark “May Affect – Not likely to adversely affect” with the noted measures. Complete letter exchange with Iowa DNR and Iowa DOT will consult with USFWS on behalf of Federal Highway Administration (FHWA).

  • No –Will require more coordination with Iowa DOT, USFWS, and Iowa DNR.

District Spring Meeting


Status of current events
Status of Current Events:

Iowa DOT and FHWA are currently working on a Section 7 programmatic agreement with USFWS to exclude certain project types from review.

Those projects types will be given a “no effect” determination.

Reduce the amount of Section 7 Reviews.

District Spring Meeting


Status of current events1
Status of Current Events:

For projects needing review, the programmatic agreement will outline basic steps and measures to be taken.

A new Instructional Memorandum via the DOT’s Office of Local Systems.

It is intended that LPA’s will be able to clearly meet the requirements of the Endangered Species Act by following the new I.M.

District Spring Meeting


Status of current events2
Status of Current Events:

The timeline for this programmatic agreement is 6-12 months.

Continue to work with your District Local Systems Engineer.

District Spring Meeting


Contact information
Contact Information

District Spring Meeting


What is needed for nepa
What is needed for NEPA?

When submitting project concept include:

  • Environmental Data Sheet

  • Response letters from USFWS and Iowa DNR

  • Determination of Effect (consider all species from USFWS and Iowa DNR letters)

  • Photos of impact area (habitat)

  • Figure of Potential Impact Area (including all easements and fee titles)

District Spring Meeting


Questions
Questions

District Spring Meeting


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