Science Center Objects

The National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA) is the cornerstone of our Nation's environmental laws and was enacted to ensure that information on the environmental impacts of any Federal, or federally funded, action is available to public officials and citizens before decisions are made and before actions are taken

USGS Environmental Affairs Program

PROGRAMMATIC ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STATEMENT (PEIS) for Active Source Marine Seismics (joint with National Science Foundation)

  • Final PEIS with Appendices
  • USGS Record of Decision, text only (signed by Associate Director David Applegate, February 27, 2013)
  • NSF website with related documents (e.g., draft PEIS, notice of public hearing)

TRAINING

Approximately ~20 personnel in the USGS Coastal and Marine Geology Program at the Santa Cruz (contact: Jennifer White) and Woods Hole (contact: Jane Denny) Centers have completed offshore protected species observer training.

USGS Involvement in Hawaii-Emperor Langseth Surveys, 2018-29

Mid-Atlantic Resource Imaging Experiment (MATRIX), August 2018

Queen Charlotte Fault, 2017

Sound Source Characterization Cruise, 2016

USGS Seismic Survey in the Atlantic Ocean, 2014-2015 (Field Activity 2014-011-FA)

  • USGS Law of the Sea Project
  • Final NEPA Determination
  • Final Environmental Assessment
  • Federal Register Notice of IHA Issued
  • Incidental Harassment Authorization
  • NMFS Biological Opinion
  • USFWS Consultation (ESA)
  • NMFS Consultation (EFH)
  • Public Comments Received (NMFS)
  • Federal Register Notice of Application for IHA
  • Draft Environmental Assessment

USGS Low-Energy Seismic Survey in Deepwater Gulf of Mexico, 2013 (Field Activity 2013-001-FA)

  • USGS Gas Hydrates Project
  • Application for Incidental Harassment Authorization
  • Draft USGS NEPA Determination
  • Draft Environmental Assessment
  • Environmental Assessment
  • Public Comments Received
  • USGS NEPA Documentation:
  • NMFS Biological Opinion
  • Incidental Harassment Authorization
  • 90-day Protected Species Visual Observer Report

USGS Marine Geophysical Survey in Central-Western Bering Sea, 2011 (Field Activity 2011-034-FA)

  • USGS Law of the Sea Project
  • Incidental Harassment Authorization
  • Draft Environmental Assessment
  • USGS NEPA Documentation
  • 90-day Monitoring Report
  • Related documents on NMFS website

USGS Very Low-Energy Survey in Beaufort Sea, 2011 ( Field Activity 2011-001-FA)

  • USGS Gas Hydrates Project
  • Compiled documents (including NMFS Letter of Concurrence for no takes)
  • PSVO report

USGS Marine Geophysical Survey in Central Gulf of Alaska, 2011 (USGS PCMSC Field Activity N-01-11-GA)

  • USGS Law of the Sea Project
  • Incidental Harassment Authorization
  • Draft Environmental Assessment
  • USGS NEPA Documentation
  • 90-day Monitoring Report
  • Related documents on NMFS website

USGS Seismic Survey in the Arctic Ocean, 2010 (Field Activity 2010-018-FA)