Environmental policies (41 - 50 of 83 items)
Drinking Water: Stronger Efforts Needed to Protect Areas Around Public Wells From Contamination
RCED-93-96: Published: Apr 14, 1993. Publicly Released: May 4, 1993.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) and state efforts to implement the wellhead protection (WHP) program, focusing on the: (1) barriers to states' WHP program development and implementation; and (2) options available to overcome implementation barriers.GAO found that: (1) only 26 states and 1 territory have complied with the 1989 legislativ...
Natural Resources Protection: Reelfoot Lake Lease Terms Met, but Lake Continues to Deteriorate
RCED-92-99: Published: Aug 17, 1992. Publicly Released: Aug 17, 1992.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on Reelfoot Lake in Tennessee, focusing on: (1) the Fish and Wildlife Service's (FWS) compliance with its lease agreement with Tennessee; (2) the primary causes of the lake's deterioration; and (3) options for and barriers for improving the lake's condition.GAO found that: (1) FWS responsibilities over Reelfoot Lake and Reelfoot Nationa...
Rangeland Management: Results of Recent Work Addressing the Performance of Land Management Agencies
T-RCED-92-60: Published: May 12, 1992. Publicly Released: May 12, 1992.
GAO discussed its work on public rangeland management, focusing on: (1) its response to a consultant's critique of three GAO reports issued between 1988 and 1990 on rangeland management; and (2) other reports it has issued regarding rangeland monitoring and livestock grazing activity. GAO noted that: (1) the consultant made numerous criticisms about GAO reports regarding grazing allotments, ripari...
Federal Lands: Status of Land Transactions Under Four Federal Acts
RCED-92-70BR: Published: Dec 3, 1991. Publicly Released: Jan 7, 1992.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the status of certain federal land transactions authorized under five federal acts, focusing on: (1) actions taken to complete the land transactions; and (2) the use and development of the lands transferred out of federal ownership.GAO found that: (1) the land transactions authorized under the El Mapais National Monument and National Conservation A...
Rangeland Management: BLM's Hot Desert Grazing Program Merits Reconsideration
RCED-92-12: Published: Nov 26, 1991. Publicly Released: Dec 26, 1991.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO examined the Bureau of Land Management's (BLM) management of the federal livestock grazing program in the Southwest desert areas, known as hot deserts, focusing on the program's environmental and budgetary costs and benefits.GAO found that: (1) current livestock grazing activity on BLM allotments in hot desert areas imposes the risk of long-term environment...
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: Problems Being Experienced With Current Monitoring Approach
RCED-91-123: Published: Jul 22, 1991. Publicly Released: Jul 22, 1991.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Forest Service's management indicator species approach to monitoring wildlife and their habitat in national forests, focusing on the cost-effectiveness and ultimate usefulness of this approach.GAO found that: (1) although the management indicator approach is based on sound theory, several practical drawbacks exist which raise questions about wh...
Public Land Management: Attention to Wildlife Is Limited
RCED-91-64: Published: Mar 7, 1991. Publicly Released: May 10, 1991.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed federal wildlife management on public lands, focusing on: (1) whether the Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) appropriately considered wildlife interests during federal land use planning processes; and (2) the impact of federal management practices on wildlife conditions.GAO found that: (1) no legislation existed that specified a...
Public Land Management: Issues Related to the Reauthorization of the Bureau of Land Management
T-RCED-91-20: Published: Mar 12, 1991. Publicly Released: Mar 12, 1991.
GAO discussed the Bureau of Land Management's (BLM) management the public lands and issues related to BLM reauthorization. GAO noted that although BLM continues to make only limited progress in accomplishing its land management responsibilities, it has taken such specific actions as: (1) establishing management plans for all BLM riparian and wetland acreage and estimating the additional funds and...
Federal Fire Management: Limited Progress in Restarting the Prescribed Fire Program
RCED-91-42: Published: Dec 5, 1990. Publicly Released: Feb 27, 1991.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO evaluated the federal government's fire management program for wilderness areas, focusing on: (1) the benefits of allowing some fires to burn in controlled situations; (2) progress and constraints in implementing a revamped prescribed fire program; and (3) the need to monitor the program's implementation.GAO found that: (1) a joint Department of the Interio...