Collaboration with Federal and State Agencies, Rice Growers and Industry Further Protect Endangered Salmon and Steelhead Trout
EPA Reinstates No-Spray Buffer Zones in California, Oregon and Washington to Protect Salmon as a Result of Final Settlement Agreement for Northwest Center for Alternatives to Pesticides v. EPA
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Under the Endangered Species Act (ESA), the government protects endangered and threatened plants and animals (listed species) and the habitats upon which they depend. The ESA requires federal agencies to ensure that any action they authorize, fund, or carry out, will not likely jeopardize the continued existence of any listed species, or destroy or adversely modify any critical habitat for those species. Read more about how the ESA is administered.
EPA's Endangered Species Protection Program (ESPP) helps promote the recovery of listed species. The ESPP is a program designed to determine whether pesticide use in a certain geographic area may affect any listed species. If limitations on pesticide use are necessary to protect listed species in that area, the information is relayed through Endangered Species Protection Bulletins. Read more basic information.
Bulletins Live! - Access Endangered Species Protection Bulletins to view pesticide use limitations for your county or read the Bulletins Live! tutorial (6 pp, 431K, about PDF).
Risk Assessment Process - Learn how EPA evaluates risk to endangered species from pesticides and read specific regulations regarding risk assessments.
For Pesticide Users - Learn how to apply pesticides safely while minimizing risk to species. Get tips for reducing impacts on wildlife and how to use anticoagulant rodenticides.
Efforts to Implement NAS Report Recommendations on Ecological Risk Assessment for Endangered and Threatened Species
Effects Determinations - Read how EPA develops "effects determinations" and about consultations with other agencies as a result of litigation.
Species Information - Learn about types of threatened and endangered species and where they live. Also, access EPA's Fact Sheets about specific species.
For Kids - Learn about endangered species and view an endangered species poster and coloring book.