NWAEP Lunch & Learn
Live in PDX
Webcast in Seattle
Programmatic Consultations with NMFS- What Can They do for You?
Presented by Eric Murray
National Marine Fisheries Service
Due to the high volume of Endangered Species Act Section 7 consultations on common activities throughout the Pacific Northwest, the National Marine Fisheries Service has completed a number of programmatic consultations with various Federal Agencies including the following:
Portland District of the Corps - SLOPES for Restoration
Bonneville Power Administration- Habitat Improvement Programmatic III
Forest Service/BLM - Aquatic Habitat Restoration Bi-Op
US Fish and Wildlife/NOAA Restoration - PROJECTS Bi-Op Opinion
Federal Highways Administration - Oregon & Washington Federal Highways Programmatics
Portland District of the Corps- SLOPES for Stormwater for Transportation, and Utilities
Over- and In-water Structures
Portland District of the Corps- SLOPES for Over- and Inwater Structures
What Advantages to Programmatics Consultations provide?
- Efficiency - we can often process an implementation under a programmatic in days as compared to weeks or months for an individual consultation
- Certainty - the design criteria and conservation measures we want to see for certain activities can be determined during project development rather than after-the-fact.
- Conservation - if applicants follow the criteria in programmatic consultations, they can be assured they are doing their part to conserve listed species
Eric is the Endangered Species Act Section 7 Coordinator for the Oregon-Washington Coastal Area Office of the West Coast Region of NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service. He has been with the agency since 2001.He currently oversees the area office’s section 7 program, reviewing biological opinions, providing ESA training, and serving as a policy advisor to the Assistant Regional Administrator. In previous positions, Eric served as the project lead for the 2011 salmon and steelhead five-year review, the listing of rockfish in Puget Sound, and the listing of eulachon. Prior to his work with NOAA, Eric worked for the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. Eric graduated with B.S. degree in Environmental and Forest Biology from the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry and holds a master’s degree from the Great Lakes Research Center at Buffalo State College.
Please note that the actual talk will start promptly at 12:15. However we encourage everyone to join us for some friendly discussion and networking from 12 to 12:15. (Note the small change in timing from our normal events)
Please join NWAEP in Portland, OR for this Lunch & Learn discussion by registering and reserving a spot! The event will be available in Seattle via webinar, hosted at Anchor QEA. Free for members and $10 for non-members. Please email Lindsay Mico (email@example.com) if you have questions.