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etowah aquatic HCP overview

about the etowah

about the species

about esa & hcps

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about the endangered species act & habitat conservation plans

the ESA and endangered species
The federal Endangered Species Act, signed into law by President Nixon in 1972, was designed to protect species from extinction. The ESA works by prohibiting take of species. Take includes direct impacts, such as hunting, harming or collecting individuals, and indirect impacts, such as habitat destruction.

The Endangered Species Act of 1973
http://www.fws.gov/endangered/esa.html

The endangered species program of the US Fish & Wildlife Service
http://www.fws.gov/endangered/

Endangered species of Georgia
http://athens.fws.gov/endangered.html

HCPs
The ESA allows incidental take of endangered species in certain circumstances. Individuals, businesses, and non-federal governments (such as counties and cities) pursuing otherwise lawful activities that are likely to result in take of endangered species can write Habitat Conservation Plans (HCPs) to describe how they will provide for the overall protection of a species, even though there may be some "incidental take" of individuals. If the US Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) approves an HCP, it grants an Incidental Take Permit to the applicant. The permit protects the applicant from punishment for incidental loss of species, as long as the approved HCP is followed.

US FWS: Endangered Species Habitat Conservation Planning
http://endangered.fws.gov/hcp/

-general info about HCPs

Multi-species HCPs: Experience with an Ecosystem Approach
http://endangered.fws.gov/esb/2000/07-08/20-22.pdf

case studies and links to HCP documents
National Center for Environmental Decision Making Research: Case Studies - Habitat Conservation Plans
http://www.ncedr.org/casestudies/summaries.htm

- case studies about specific HCPs

Sonoran Desert Conservation Plan, Pima County, AZ
http://www.co.pima.az.us/cmo/sdcp/sdcp2/prelimSDCP/prelim.html

-preliminary Sonoran Desert Conservation Plan

Cedar River Final HCP, Seattle, WA
http://www.ci.seattle.wa.us/util/About_SPU/Water_System/Habitat_Conservation_Plan--HCP/COS_001620.asp

recovery plans
US FWS General Information on Recovery Plans
http://endangered.fws.gov/recovery/index.html

-includes FAQs and other links

Recovery Plan for Mobile River Basin Aquatic Ecosystem
http://ecos.fws.gov/recovery_plan/pdf_files/2000/001117.pdf

funding
Article about money available to states for endangered species conservation
http://news.fws.gov/NewsReleases/R9/E07E80CB-8FEE-4D08-B652BEEC832B69B8.html

For more information:
Eric Prowell, Hydrologist
USFWS, Georgia Ecological Services
105 West Park Drive, Suite D.
Athens GA 30606
(706) 613-9493
Eric_Prowell@fws.gov