Threatened & Endangered Species Assessment
Adverse effects to endangered and threatened species represent one of the highest profile environmental issues of our time. A wide range of human activities can potentially affect endangered species, including agriculture, dredging, timber management, industrial activities, power generation and water management. Endangered and threatened species are found among all the various different taxonomic groups, such as mammals and birds, fish, aquatic invertebrates such as crustaceans and mollusks, and insects, reptiles, amphibians, and plants. A number of federal and state agencies are involved in enforcement of endangered and threatened species regulations and evaluations of potential impacts of activities on endangered and threatened species. In addition, environmental organizations are very active in monitoring the possible effects of all of these diverse activities on endangered species and litigating against EPA concerning potential effects on endangered and threatened species.