Environmental monitoring (81 - 90 of 243 items)
Invasive Species: Obstacles Hinder Federal Rapid Response to Growing Threat
GAO-01-724: Published: Jul 24, 2001. Publicly Released: Jul 31, 2001.
Invasive species--harmful, nonnative plants, animals, and microorganisms--are widespread throughout the United States, causing billions of dollars of damage annually to crops, rangelands, and waterways. An important part of pest control is quick action to eradicate or contain a potentially damaging invasive species. Federal rapid response to invasive species varies: species that threaten agricultu...
Wetlands Protection: Assessments Needed to Determine Effectiveness of In-Lieu-Fee Mitigation
GAO-01-325: Published: May 4, 2001. Publicly Released: May 30, 2001.
More than half the estimated 220 million acres of marshes, bogs, swamps, and other wetlands in the United States during the colonial times, have disappeared, and others have become degraded. This decline is due, primarily, to farming and development. Developers whose projects may harm wetlands must, according to environmental regulations, first avoid and then minimize adverse impacts to wetlands t...
National Park Service: Agency Should Recover Costs of Validity Examinations for Mining Claims
RCED-00-265: Published: Sep 19, 2000. Publicly Released: Oct 19, 2000.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the federal costs of conducting validity examinations at three California Desert parks, focusing on whether: (1) data are available on the National Park Service's costs of conducting validity examinations at these parks since 1994; and (2) the Park Service recovers the costs of such examinations from claimants.GAO noted that: (1) the...
Environmental Information: EPA Needs Better Information to Manage Risks and Measure Results
GAO-01-97T: Published: Oct 3, 2000. Publicly Released: Oct 3, 2000.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) needs comprehensive and accurate data to manage its programs more effectively. In reports going back to 1988, GAO has identified many long-standing problems in the agency's efforts to collect and use environmental data. This report summarizes GAO's findings on: (1) EPA's need to set risk-based priorities for its programs, and (2) develop outcome-oriented m...
Tongass National Forest: Process Used to Modify the Forest Plan
RCED-00-45: Published: Apr 17, 2000. Publicly Released: May 3, 2000.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Tongass National Forest's revised forest plan, focusing on the: (1) process used by the Department of Agriculture (USDA) to modify the management direction in the 1997 plan and decide the appeals on the basis of the modified plan; (2) reasons the administration chose to use the process; and (3) reactions to the modifications and the process.GAO...
Environmental Protection: Collaborative EPA-State Effort Needed to Improve Performance Partnership System
T-RCED-00-163: Published: May 2, 2000. Publicly Released: May 2, 2000.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO discussed the National Environmental Performance Partnership System (NEPPS), focusing on: (1) grants and agreements made under NEPPS between the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and states; (2) progress that EPA and the states have made in developing results-oriented performance measures to be incorporated into NEPPS agreements and grants to the states...
South Florida Ecosystem Restoration: A Land Acquisition Plan Is Needed to Supplement the Strategic Plan Being Developed
T-RCED-00-137: Published: Apr 5, 2000. Publicly Released: Apr 5, 2000.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO discussed the Department of the Interior's actions in response to previous GAO recommendations to improve the management of the South Florida Ecosystem Restoration Initiative, focusing on what: (1) the South Florida Ecosystem Restoration Task Force has done to identify and acquire lands needed to accomplish the goals of the restoration initiative; and (2) I...
Acid Rain: Emissions Trends and Effects in the Eastern United States
RCED-00-47: Published: Mar 9, 2000. Publicly Released: Mar 27, 2000.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on acid rain emissions trends in the eastern United States, focusing on: (1) sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxides emitted into the air at the national level; (2) deposition in the eastern United States and in three environmentally sensitive areas; (3) sulfates and nitrates in lakes in the Adirondack Mountains and the prospects for the lak...
Forest Service Planning: Better Integration of Broad-Scale Assessments Into Forest Plans Is Needed
RCED-00-56: Published: Feb 15, 2000. Publicly Released: Mar 16, 2000.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Forest Service's ecosystem planning efforts, including the Great Lakes Ecological Assessment, focusing on the: (1) views of the Forest Service, other federal agencies, and GAO on key elements that broad-scale ecosystem based assessments should contain to maximize their value to the forest planning process; (2) extent to which the Forest Service...
Superfund: Information on the Program's Funding and Status
RCED-00-25: Published: Oct 29, 1999. Publicly Released: Nov 29, 1999.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the Superfund program, focusing on the: (1) status of the program's funding and expenditures, including information on the Superfund trust fund to date and the moneys appropriated from it to federal agencies other than the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for Superfund activities; (2) costs to responsible parties for all site cl...