June Sucker Listing: Endangered Species Act
|>||Following the enactment of the Endangered Species Act, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service listed the American bald eagle as endangered throughout most of the lower 48 states. In 1963, less than 1,000 birds were found in the lower 48 states. However, efforts to recover the bald eagle have proven successful, bringing numbers to more than 6,000 nesting pairs today.|
In 1966 Congress passed the first Endangered Species Act because of concerns about the decline of many wildlife species. The Endangered Species Act is a complex and far-reaching national conservation law. The purpose is to conserve the ecosystems upon which endangered and threatened species depend and thereby to conserve and recover listed species. The law is administered by the Interior Department's US Fish and Wildlife Service and the Commerce Department's National Marine Fisheries Service.
Section 7 of the Endangered Species Act mandates federal agencies to consult with the US Fish and Wildlife Service on any action that may affect endangered species. Partly as a result of consultations on water development projects, the June Sucker Recovery Implementation Program was developed in order to collectively accomplish recovery actions for the June sucker while allowing water development and operations to continue.
Activities and accomplishments implemented through the program are intended to offset impacts of proposed new and existing water development projects so that they avoid the likelihood of jeopardizing the continued existence of June sucker or adversely modifying its critical habitat.
Because US Fish and Wildlife Service is legally mandated to administer Section 7 of the Endangered Species Act and make determinations on species status, it is necessary for the Service to periodically evaluate whether the program is making sufficient progress towards recovery of June sucker.