National Environmental Policy Act and Other Environmental Compliance
The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969 is the foundation of modern American environmental protection in the United States and its commonwealths, territories, and possessions. NEPA requires that federal agency decision makers, in carrying out their duties, use all practicable means to create and maintain conditions under which people and nature can exist in productive harmony and fulfill the social, economic, and other needs of present and future generations of Americans. NEPA provides a mandate and a framework for federal agencies to consider all reasonably foreseeable environmental effects of their proposed actions and to involve and inform the public in the decision-making process.
NOAA’s Coral Reef Conservation Program (CRCP) has prepared a discretionary Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PEIS) to streamline NEPA compliance and to ensure consistency across the matrixed program. In an effort to continue increasing efficiency of environmental compliance, CRCP is pursuing programmatic approaches to compliance with several other statutes as well. As those processes are finalized, documentation will be added to the below list.
The NOAA Coral Reef Conservation Program was established in 2000 by the Coral Reef Conservation Act. Headquartered in Silver Spring, Maryland, the program is part of NOAA's Office for Coastal Management.