Finding Ecological Information through Reliable Websites

By |2018-11-02T08:51:29+00:00July 20th, 2013|Tags: , , |

How much can you learn from the World Wide Web? The short answer: A lot! The Internet provides many useful articles, links, websites, opinions, and pictures to help us get through the day. However, a search engine might not get the job done in a timely fashion.

Search “threatened and endangered species” and there are 3,850,000 hits. A “wetlands” search returns 8,460,000 results, while “NEPA” (National Environmental Policy Act) provides 10,400,000 webpage opportunities. Do you have time to search through those pages when you are looking for which threatened and endangered species could be near your project?

RS&H uses the Internet to find information on ecological and natural resources. It is important to remember to use reliable websites – not a blog. While some of the information is good, some is not scientifically based. How do you sort the good from the bad to not waste time and money? One option is to ask us and we can help you find accurate information. But to help you initially, we have compiled a list of frequently used websites that are great resources. If you still can’t find what you are looking for, call us with any questions.

List of resourceful websites:

  • US Fish and Wildlife Service – www.fws.gov
    Threatened and endangered species by state and county
  • US Environmental Protection Agency – www.epa.gov
    Rules and regulations for: water, air, toxic substances, waste, spills, NEPA
  • Natural Resources Conservation Service – www.nrcs.usda.gov
    Soils, Farm Bill programs (WRP, CRP, etc.), conservation practices
  • US Army Corps of Engineers – www.usace.army.mil
    Wetlands, permits, lakes, parks
  • Federal Energy Regulatory Commission – www.ferc.gov
    Regulations for interstate transmission of: electricity, natural gas, oil
  • National Wetland Plant List – rsgisias.crrel.usace.army.mil/NWPL
    Wetland plant descriptions and pictures

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Kate Lindekugel
Kate Lindekugel
As an environmental scientist, Kate has more than 13 years of experience including ecological surveys and field studies, functional assessments, preparing environmental reports and permits, data management, stream channel and wetland restoration, peer reviewed research, and coordinating with local, state, and federal regulatory agencies, as well as public and private stakeholders.

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