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POS 444 / ES 410 Introduction to Public Policy

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U.S.. Environmental Protection Agency 
Information about Agency history, mission, projects, laws and regulations, budget and more. 

U.S.. Environmental Protection Agency : Laws & Regulations
information about laws, regulations, compliance & enforcement and policy & guidance

National Service Center for Environmental Publications

U.S. Fish and Wildlife. Endangered Species Act
The purpose of the ESA is to protect and recover imperiled species and the ecosystems upon which they depend. It is administered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) and the Commerce Department's National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS). The Service has primary responsibility for terrestrial and freshwater organisms, while the responsibilities of NMFS are mainly marine wildlife such as whales and anadromons fish such as salmon.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife. Laws & Policies
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) share responsibility for administration of the Endangered Species Act (ESA). We have issued internal guidance and national policies to promote efficiency and nationwide consistency in implementing the ESA to conserve and recover listed species of plants and animals native to the U.S. and its territories.

United States Department of Agriculture : Economic Research Service
The mission of USDA's Economic Research Service is to anticipate trends and emerging issues in agriculture, food, the environment, and rural America and to conduct high-quality, objective economic research to inform and enhance public and private decision making.

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
Mission of NOAA is to understand and predict changes in climate, weather, oceans, and coasts, to share that knowledge and information with others, and to conserve and manage coastal and marine ecosystems and resources.

USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service Landscape Initiatives 

United States Environmental Statistics

Energy Information Administration 

Environmental Protection Agency 

  • Envirofacts : Envirofacts provides a single point of access to select U.S. EPA environmental data.
  • AirData: AirData produces reports and maps of air pollution data based on criteria that you specify.


National Agriculture Statistics 

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
Gathers worldwide environmental data about the oceans, earth, air, space, and sun and their interactions to describe and predict the state of the physical environment.

  • NOAA Fisheries Statistics: The Fisheries Statistics Division collects data and coordinates information and research programs to support the science-based stewardship of the nation's living marine resources.
  • NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information: NCEI is responsible for hosting and providing access to one of the most significant archives on Earth, with comprehensive oceanic, atmospheric, and geophysical data. From the depths of the ocean to the surface of the sun and from million-year-old ice core records to near real-time satellite images, NCEI is the Nation’s leading authority for environmental information. 
  • NOAA World Ocean Database:  Provides our nation unmatched expertise in the scientific stewardship of marine data and information.

National Parks Service

Natural Resources Conservation Service

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services