Environmental monitoring (71 - 80 of 88 items)
Wetlands Overview: Federal and State Policies, Legislation, and Programs
RCED-92-79FS: Published: Nov 22, 1991. Publicly Released: Dec 5, 1991.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed federal and state wetlands policies, legislation, and programs.GAO found that: (1) over one-half of the original 221 million acres of wetlands in the contiguous 48 states have already been lost and another 290,000 acres are being lost annually to agriculture, development, and other causes; (2) over 80 percent of past wetlands losses have been attri...
Rangeland Management: Comparison of Rangeland Condition Reports
RCED-91-191: Published: Jul 18, 1991. Publicly Released: Aug 20, 1991.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO followed up on its 1988 report on the Bureau of Land Management's (BLM) and Forest Service's rangeland management programs, comparing the conclusions and analyzing the findings of two studies conducted by BLM and the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) on the condition of the public rangeland under BLM jurisdiction.GAO found that: (1) although NRDC and...
Wildlife Management: Effects of Animal Damage Control Program on Predators
RCED-90-149: Published: Aug 9, 1990. Publicly Released: Sep 11, 1990.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the effects of animal damage control (ADC) programs on several predator species to determine whether a comprehensive federal policy existed for managing predator species and whether the policy and practices were threatening predator populations.GAO found that: (1) the federal government did not have a comprehensive policy specifically for managing...
Federal Land Management: Better Oil and Gas Information Needed to Support Land Use Decisions
RCED-90-71: Published: Jun 27, 1990. Publicly Released: Jul 3, 1990.
GAO analyzed: (1) how Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and Forest Service land-use plans address oil and gas issues and the social, economic, and environmental impacts of oil and gas development; and (2) stipulations the agencies used to reduce such impacts.GAO found that: (1) 75 of 82 BLM and Forest Service land-use plans, and related environmental impact statements concerning lands having high oi...
Shortfalls in BLM's Management of Wildlife Habitat in the California Desert Conservation Area
T-RCED-90-1: Published: Oct 2, 1989. Publicly Released: Oct 2, 1989.
GAO discussed the Bureau of Land Management's (BLM) management of wildlife habitat in the California Desert Conservation Area (CDCA), focusing on its efforts to protect and enhance wildlife under current legislative authority. GAO found that: (1) in 1980, BLM developed a comprehensive land use plan that required it to develop specific plans for and monitor 57 wildlife habitat management areas and...
Implementation of the Federal Onshore Oil and Gas Leasing Reform Act of 1987
T-RCED-89-69: Published: Sep 28, 1989. Publicly Released: Sep 28, 1989.
GAO discussed the Bureau of Land Management's (BLM) and the Forest Service's implementation of legislation concerning those agencies' administration of oil and gas leases on public lands. GAO noted that: (1) although both BLM and the Service determined that they needed to study potential environmental impacts and satisfy all environmental requirements before issuing oil and gas leases or approving...
California Desert: Planned Wildlife Protection and Enhancement Objectives Not Achieved
RCED-89-171: Published: Jun 23, 1989. Publicly Released: Aug 1, 1989.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO assessed whether the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) appropriately considered wildlife interests in its management of the California Desert Conservation Area (CDCA).GAO found that: (1) BLM is statutorily required to manage CDCA in accordance with the principles of multiple use, sustained yield, and resource protection; (2) BLM has worked to develop environm...
Wetlands: The Corps of Engineers' Administration of the Section 404 Program
RCED-88-110: Published: Jul 28, 1988. Publicly Released: Sep 15, 1988.
In response to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Army Corps of Engineers' administration of section 404 of the Clean Water Act to determine the extent to which the Corps: (1) coordinated with federal resource agencies during the permit process; (2) identified violations of permit conditions; and (3) imposed sanctions against those who failed to obtain required permits or violated permit co...
Federal Land Management: An Assessment of Hardrock Mining Damage
RCED-88-123BR: Published: Apr 19, 1988. Publicly Released: Apr 19, 1988.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information regarding: (1) unreclaimed federal land resulting from hardrock mining operations in 11 western states; (2) federal and state expenditures to reclaim hardrock mine sites; and (3) state requirements regarding the reclamation of such sites.GAO found that, of an estimated 424,049 acres of unreclaimed federal land in the 11 states: (1) 281,...
Mineral Resources: Interior Has Improved Its Administration of Coal Exchanges
RCED-87-53: Published: Feb 17, 1987. Publicly Released: Mar 19, 1987.
In response to a congressional request, GAO evaluated the Department of the Interior's procedures for administering the trade or exchange of federal coal lands, interest, or leases for privately owned property to determine whether they ensure the: (1) exchange of coal of equal value only; (2) protection of environmental values; (3) protection of the public interest; and (4) prevention of potential...