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Environmental Review

The Nebraska Nongame and Endangered Species Conservation Act is designed to conserve species of wildlife for human enjoyment and to ensure they continue to be viable components of their ecosystems. Therefore, state agencies must ensure actions they authorize, fund or carry out do not jeopardize the continued existence of endangered and threatened species or result in the destruction or modification of critical habitat. The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission carries out threatened and endangered species reviews.

When is a review required?

Any project that requires a state-issued permit, uses state funds or is conducted by a state agency requires an environmental review for impacts on endangered and threatened species.

How do I request an environmental review?

In order to obtain an environmental review, submit a letter or email requesting a review, along with the following information, to Michelle Koch, Fish and Wildlife Specialist, Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, P.O. Box 30370, Lincoln, NE 68503.

  • Description of the whole and complete project, including the timing of the project, area (acres) to be disturbed and current land use of the project area.
  • Explanation of the type of state and/or federal permits required for the project and funding source.
  • Project location and county (including section, township, range OR latitude, longitude coordinates).
  • Aerial photo delineating the project area, including any off-site areas that will be used for things such as borrow sites, waste sites, access/haul roads, etc.
  • Contact information (name, mailing address, email address, and phone number) of the person submitting the request for review.

How long does the review process take?

The environmental review process takes an average of 30 days; during peak planning and construction seasons, the process typically takes longer. Please plan accordingly and allow sufficient time for the review to be conducted. Projects are reviewed in the order they are received and will NOT be expedited.

Wind Energy

The following wind energy documents are available for download.
Avian Assessment Guidance for Wind Energy Facilities
Guidelines for Avoiding, Minimizing, and Mitigating Impacts of Wind Energy on Biodiversity in Nebraska
Bat Assessment Guidance for Wind Energy Facilities in Nebraska

Checklists and Standard Procedures

The following endangered and threatened species checklists and standard procedures are available for download.
NPDES Construction Storm Water Endangered and Threatened Species Checklist
NPDES Industrial Storm Water Endangered and Threatened Species Checklist
NPDES Pesticide Permit Endangered and Threatened Species Standard Procedures

For more information

For more information on at-risk species, visit the Nebraska Natural Heritage Program page.

For more information on the environmental review process, email Michelle Koch or call her at 402-471-5438.