LAND AND NATURAL RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT
Department of Natural
includes the following divisions:
Division of Geological & Geophysical Surveys, Division
of Forestry, Division of Land, Division of Mining and Water Management, Division of Oil and Gas,
Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation, Public Information Center.
California Environmental Protection Agency's (Cal/EPA)
, is the agency charged with ensuring and
improving environmental quality to protect the public health, the welfare of California citizens,
and California's natural resources. The site contains information on Permit Assistance Centers,
Cal/EPA's Environmental Technology Program, Environmental Enforcement Program, and Regulatory
Reform Program, as well as various press releases, publications, special environmental reports, and
California Department of Water
manages California's water resources. Related entities include the
California Water Commission, which advises DWR and coordinates state and local views with regard to
federal appropriations for flood control, water and fishery projects in California, and the
Reclamation Board, which is charged with flood control. The site contains comprehensive information
on the California Water Plan and California's water resources, including detailed information on
groundwater, surface waters, rivers and reservoirs.
regulates and disseminates information concerning agricultural and
open space lands and soil, recycling, geology and seismology, and mineral, geothermal and petroleum
resources. The site contains links to the Department's various divisions and programs, as well as
to its FTP servers, which contain information not found on the website.
- Division of Oil, Gas and
Geothermal Resources supervises the drilling, operation, maintenance and abandonment of
oil, gas and geothermal wells. Although this site currently contains only limited general
information, more comprehensive information (such as DOG's regulations) can be accessed through the
linked DOG FTP server.
- Division of Land
Resource Protection is charged with the responsibility for protecting farmland and soil
resources. Its website contains information on the four programs administered by the DLRP:
Agricultural Land Stewardship Program, the Farmland Mapping and Monitoring Program, the Land
Conservation (Williamson) Act and the Open Space Subvention Program.
Department of Fish and
which is in charge of "conserving" wildlife, has a wide range of
materials on its website, including DFG rules and regulations, and extensive information regarding
enforcement, marine resources, hunting, hatitats, licensing and fishing.
Resources Agency of
is responsible for the conservation, enhancement, and management of
California's natural and cultural resources, including land, water, wildlife, parks, minerals, and
historic sites. The Agency is composed of 18 State departments, boards, conservancies, and
is responsible for attempting to reduce air pollutants while
recognizing and considering the effects on the economy of the state. Contact information and, where
available, links are provided to each of the 35 air pollution districts. Each district establishes
and enforces air pollution regulations in order to attain and maintain all state and federal
ambient air quality standards and adopts its own rules and regulations to combat the particular air
quality problems in its region. The districts accordingly control emissions from and permit
stationary sources of air pollution, as well as implement transportation control measures for their
respective regions. The CARB web site also contains a huge database of CARB program and topic
information, as well as background information on air quality, board information, and meeting
- Bay Area Air Quality Management
District regulates sources of air pollution within the nine San Francisco Bay Area
Counties. Its site contains information on the air pollutants regulated by the District, permit
requirements, information on its Business Assistance Program, and on-line access to all of the
BAAQMD rules and regulations (in progress).
The State Water
Resources Control Board is the California agency charged with responsibility to
ensure the quality of the waters of the state and to allocate the beneficial uses of those waters.
Its web site includes copies of agenda items, board minutes, and adopted resolutions, water quality
orders, and water rights orders, copies of
SWRCB plans, policies, staff
reports and other publications and information regarding the SWRCB's various programs
andfee systems. Among the
programs for which information is provided are the Storm Water Program, Nonpoint Source Information , Underground Storage Tank
Guidance, and Bay Delta
Division is the division of the Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management of
the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration responsible for administering the National
Coastal Zone Management Program. The Division provides technical, programmatic and financial
assistance and advocates comprehensive resource management with state and territorial coastal
programs and other agencies, institutions, and the general public.
National Oceanic and Atmospheric
Administration mission is to "describe and predict changes in the Earth's
environment and to conserve and manage wisely the Nation's coastal and marine resources."
NOAA's site has information and links on everything to fisheries to the National Weather Service.
Conservation Service is a part of the Department of Agriculture that works to
conserve and sustain natural resources. In that capacity, the NRCS administers various incentive
and assistance programs aimed at conserving wetlands, wildlife habitat, farmland and grazing lands,
among other resources. The site contains information on NRCS's programs, as well as technical
information such as a plant and soil database.
The Forest Service
agency within the Department of Agriculture that manages public lands in national forests and
grasslands. The Forest Service is also the largest forestry research organization in the world, and
provides technical and financial assistance to State and private forestry agencies.
U.S. Army Corps of
Engineers generally provides engineering, management and technical support to the
Department of Defense, other federal agencies, and state and local governments. Of specific
interest is the Corps' responsibility for regulating the waterways and wetlands of the United
States. This site for the headquarters of the Corps and contains general information (mostly in
army-speak) on the Corps' functions, responsibilities, and areas of expertise.
Protection Agency was set up to protect human health and to safeguard the natural
environment. The EPAs site includes an extensive description of the EPAs projects and
programs, access to all regulations, legislation, and proposed rules relating to environmental
protection, related hotlines and agency dockets, and the National Center for Environmental
Publications and Information (NCEPI), the central repository for all EPA documents. The EPA
headquarters page also has links to each of the 10 EPA regions, which are responsible for the execution of the Agency's
programs, considering regional needs and the implementation of federal environmental laws.
- EPA Region 9
Nevada, Arizona, Hawaii, and the territories of Guam and American Samoa) This site contains
information regarding Region 9's Air Programs (including Clean Air Act programs, indoor and outdoor
air quality information, stratospheric ozone protection, radiation), Water Programs (including
drinking water standards, sewage treatment requirements, wetlands protection), Solid and Hazardous
Waste Programs (including Superfund site cleanup, solid and hazardous waste management), Pesticides
and Toxics Programs (including community right-to-know information on toxics, pesticide program
activities), Cross-Program Activities (including U.S./Mexico border issues, environmental justice,
pollution prevention, environmental impact statement review).
- EPA Region 10
Idaho, Oregon and Washington)
- EPA Brownfields
- Superfund Home Page
- Toxic Substances
Control Act Biotechnology Program Homepage
- Nonpoint Source
Pollution Control Program
United States Fish and
Wildlife Service, is a bureau within the Department of the Interior that was created
to conserve, protect, and enhance fish and wildlife and their habitats. The USFWS's major
responsibilities are migratory birds, endangered species, freshwater and anadromous fish, the
National Wildlife Refuge System, wetlands, conserving habitat, and environmental contaminants. The
USFWS is divided into seven geographic regions, with headquarters located in Washington, DC.
Regional Offices are involved in regional and local activities, while headquarters offices are
involved in nationwide activities. A vast array of information can be accessed through the USFWS
site by using the USFWS search
engine, which searches thousands of USFWS sponsored pages, including the Migratory Bird Management Home
Page, the North American
Waterfowl and Wetlands Office Home Page), the Endangered Species Home Page,
the National Wetlands Inventory Program Home
Page, and the National Wildlife
Refuge System Home Page.
Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program
voluntarily with private landowners, providing them with financial and technical assistance to
restore all types of degraded wildlife habitat (including wetlands) on their property.
was set up to ensure a "secure and reliable energy system that is
environmentally and economically sustainable . . . ." The home page serves as a jumping board
into DOE's many different programs, operations, and laboratories. In addition, it contains links to
DOE directives, regulations, and DOE's research and development database.
site contains information relating to the NPS's programs, such as the
National Historic Landmark Program, the National Natural Landmark Program, the National Register of
Historic Places, the Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance and the Land and Water
Conservation Fund, as well as detailed information on the NPS's planning projects and legislative
information relating to the NPS and its mission.
Department of Interior
- Minerals Management Service
bureau of the U.S. Department of the Interior that manages the mineral resources of the Outer
Continental Shelf and collects, verifies, and distributes mineral revenues from Federal and Indian
lands. The site contains a variety of information relating to MMS's mission, including statistics
relating to leasing, exploration, production and revenues, MMS funded project reports, and laws and
regulations governing the MMS.
is a part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
(NOAA). NMFS administers NOAA's programs which support the domestic and international conservation
and management of living marine resources.
Federal Energy Regulatory
is an independent regulatory agency within the Department of Energy that
regulates the transmission and sale for resale of natural gas in interstate commerce, regulates the
transmission of oil by pipeline in interstate commerce, regulates the transmission and wholesale
sales of electricity in interstate commerce, licenses and inspects private, municipal and state
hydroelectric projects, oversees related environmental matters, and administers accounting and
financial reporting regulations and conducts of jurisdictional companies.
Bureau of Land Management
administers public lands within a framework of numerous laws, including the Federal Land Policy and
Management Act of 1976.
Office of Surface
is a bureau of the U.S. Department of the Interior with responsibility, in
cooperation with the states and Indian Tribes, to protect citizens and the environment during coal
mining and reclamation, and to reclaim mines abandoned before 1977.
Office of Pipeline
administers the Department of Transportation's national regulatory program to
assure the safe transportation of natural gas, petroleum, and other hazardous materials by
pipeline. The site includes regulations and interpretations and numerous forms.
Environmental Resources Evaluation System (CERES)
was developed by the California
Resources Agency and integrates a wide range of natural and cultural resource information.
Land Use Planning
Information Network (LUPIN)
The UC Berkeley Digital
web site contains information and collections of photographs,
satellite images, maps, full text documents, and "multivalent" documents, including
environmental documents (such as coastal plans, basin plans, zoning ordinances), aerial
photographs, geographic data, and botanical datasets.
The Natural Resources
at the Department of the Interior contains a "virtual library"
that provides access to the vast resources on all aspects of the management, use and conservation
of all types of natural and cultural resources, including water and land and associated biological
and extractive resources. Accessible information includes topics such as American Indians and
Alaska Natives, the earth, environmental, biological, economic and other natural and social
sciences, as well as laws, regulations, maps, and scientific, technical and economic information.
Oil-Link is a
comprehensive source of information about the oil and gas industry.
Rocky Mountain Mineral Law
Independent Petroleum Association of
The Utilities Reform Network
Power Association of Northern
The California Department of Forestry and Fire
is a comprehensive site that includes information on each of the ten programs
that fall under the CDF's Resource Management Program, including information on the Cooperative
Forestry Landowner Assistance Program, the California Forest Improvement Program, the Resource
Conservation and Development Program and the Forest Products Utilization and Special Projects
The Fire and Resource Assessment
(FRAP) is responsible for assessing the amount and extent of California's forests
and rangelands, analyzing their conditions and identifying alternative management and policy