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Title: Conservation Plan for the Interior Least Tern, Pallid Sturgeon, and Fat Pocketbook Mussel in the Lower Mississippi River (Endangered Species Act, Section 7(a)(1))
Authors: Biedenharn Group, LLC.
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
United States. Army. Corps of Engineers. Mississippi Valley Division.
Mississippi River Geomorphology and Potamology Program (U.S.)
Killgore, K. Jack.
Slack, William Todd.
Fischer, Richard A. (Richard Alvin), 1964-
Hoover, Jan Jeffrey, 1954-
Harrison, Audrey B.
Hartfield, Paul D.
Biedenharn, David S.
Kleiss, Barbara A., 1958-
Keywords: Channel Improvement Program
Conservation plan
Endangered Species Act
Fat Pocketbook Mussel
Least Tern
Lower Mississippi River
Pallid Sturgeon
Environmental management
Habitat management
Mississippi River Geomorphology & Potamology Program (U.S.)
Publisher: Environmental Laboratory (U.S.)
Engineer Research and Development Center (U.S.)
Description: MRG&P Report
Abstract: Section 7(a)(1) of the Endangered Species Act (ESA) requires all federal agencies to use their authority as appropriate to carry out programs for the conservation (i.e., recovery) of endangered and threatened species. For more than a decade, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) has worked with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and state conservation agencies to identify and resolve endangered species and ecosystem management issues that could impact USACE civil works missions in the Lower Mississippi River (LMR). It has become apparent that the very programs that have most significantly affected the river are potentially the most important and cost-effective tools to maintain and enhance its ecological functions. This is accomplished by considering and incorporating ecological engineering opportunities during the design phase of channel improvement and channel maintenance projects. The USACE has also opportunistically implemented cost-effective secondary channel restoration actions in the LMR by sharing responsibilities and resources with partner agencies. Cumulatively, both the site-specific engineering actions and the restoration opportunities have significantly benefitted the habitat baselines of endangered species associated with the LMR channel. Herein, the USACE outlines the programmatic mechanisms by which the Channel Improvement Program of the Mississippi River and Tributaries project is being utilized to implement conservation measures that maintain and improve habitat values within the LMR for recovery of endangered and other trust species inhabiting the river channel. This program has been developed under informal consultation with the USFWS, and complies with section 7(a)(1) of the ESA, USACE Environmental Operating Principles, Civil Works Ecosystem Restoration Policy (ER 1165-2-501), and supports the conservation intent of EO 13186 Responsibilities of Federal Agencies to Protect Migratory Birds.
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