Section 7 of the Endangered Species Act and environmental review of state listed species for federal-aid projects
As project sponsor, local public agencies (LPAs) must review their actions and determine whether the action may affect state and federally listed and proposed endangered species; or proposed or designated critical habitat. To accomplish this, review the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service website and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources website to generate species lists for specific counties. LPAs also have the option to pursue the Iowa DNR's Environmental Review process. The process is outlined on the Iowa DNR's Environmental Review website.
Once the species lists are obtained, the LPA will determine whether their actions may affect any of those species or their critical habitat. If no species or their critical habitat is affected, no further consultation is required. If they may be affected, consultation with the USFWS and coordination with the Iowa DNR is required.
The following information will assist in carrying out these requirements:
- Section 7 Instructional Memorandum 3.111
- Iowa DNR Website – review for a list of state listed species/critical habitat
- USFWS Website – review for a list of federally listed species/critical habitat
- Determination of Effect (DOE) – form to be completed after receiving the DNR list and after evaluating USFWS website information
Habitat assessments should be completed by individuals with a natural resource degree or equivalent work experience, such as a consultant or county conservation board.
- USFWS website: Describes habitat requirements of federal species
- Iowa DNR website: – Describes habitat requirements of state species
- USFWS Consultation Letter: The Iowa DOT will complete USFWS consultation and report the finding of effect to federal species/critical habitat.