Northwest Association of Environmental Professionals

NWAEP Lunch & Learn - Programmatic Consultations with NMFS - What Can They do for You? (NMFS)

  • Thursday, January 15, 2015
  • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
  • Portland State University URBN 204 (Portland) and Anchor QEA (Seattle)


  • Join now to attend for free!
  • Networking from 12: to 12:15!

Registration is closed

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:

Habitat Restoration

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 ( if you have questions.  

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