Habitat Conservation on the West Coast
The survival of protected species requires healthy habitat. The Endangered Species Act and Magnuson-Stevens Act direct NOAA Fisheries to protect, conserve, and restore freshwater and marine habitats. Quality habitat provides food, protection, and safe areas for spawning and rearing. It includes specific features, like water bodies and vegetation. Degradation of habitat can limit species' survival and undermine the integrity of the ecosystem.
Through our authorities, NOAA Fisheries reviews federal proposals for land and water development to make sure the activities do not further degrade habitat or protected species. We also support restoration actions to improve habitat quality through technical assistance and funding. With support of our partners, we are working on hundreds of projects to protect and restore vital habitat for salmon and steelhead, marine mammals, and other aquatic species.
- West Coast Floodplains
- Overview of Oregon FEMA Biological Opinion
- FAQs: Oregon FEMA Biological Opinion
- Technical Guidance: Oregon RPA for floodplain protection
- Key details of the Oregon RPA for floodplain protection
- Biological Opinion for FEMA's National Flood Insurance Program in Oregon
- RPA only: Biological Opinion for FEMA's National Flood Insurance Program in Oregon
- VIDEO: Confluence of Purpose - Southern Flow Corridor - Landowner Preferred Alternative