EXAMINATION OF STATE POLICIES ON ENDANGERED SPECIES AND TRANSPORTATION PROJECTS IN THE UNITED STATES

State departments of transportation have evolved many strategies for dealing with endangered species laws. It is likely that some states could develop more effective and efficient strategies if they knew other states' policies. To aid in an exchange of such information the authors developed and distributed a survey on state department of transportation strategies for dealing with endangered species. The survey involved 21 questions covering 11 policy issues. The mail-in and mail-back survey was sent to an environmental official of each of the 50 state departments of transportation. The survey response rate was outstanding--45 states provided detailed responses. A major pattern that emerged from the survey was the wide diversity of strategies for dealing with endangered species. Responses to questions regarding personnel who performed endangered species work and the effects of state endangered species laws showed wide variations in state strategies. Sixty-two species were named by the 45 responding states as one of their top three species in terms of compliance work. Most states have communities of protected plant species within their rights-of-way. Many differences in the ways that states approach protected species surveys for major corridor studies and for protected aquatic species were evident. The extent to which state departments of transportation have relocated protected species was identified. Only nine states have had projects stopped by endangered species, but most states have had projects delayed or redesigned because of endangered species. Questions regarding compliance with Section 7 of the Endangered Species Act identified national trends. Finally the unique policies of the states were identified.

Language

  • English

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: p. 51-58
  • Monograph Title: Transportation environmental issues: air, noise, water, mitigation processes, and alternative fuels
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00674200
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 0309060508
  • Files: TRIS, TRB, ATRI
  • Created Date: Jan 31 1995 12:00AM