Natural resources (1 - 10 of 79 items)
Arctic Issues: Better Direction and Management of Voluntary Recommendations Could Enhance U.S. Arctic Council Participation
GAO-14-435: Published: May 16, 2014. Publicly Released: May 19, 2014.
The Arctic Council (Council) is a voluntary intergovernmental forum for Arctic States, with involvement of indigenous organizations and other stakeholders, to address various environmental and economic issues through projects and reports targeting a variety of subjects. The eight Arctic States guide the work of the Council through consensus decisions and rotate the chairmanship of the Council ever...
Measuring Our Nation's Natural Resources and Environmental Sustainability: Highlights of a Forum Jointly Convened by the Comptroller General of the United States and the National Academy of Science
GAO-08-127SP: Published: Oct 24, 2007. Publicly Released: Oct 24, 2007.
One of the greatest challenges facing the United States in the 21st century is sustaining our natural resources and safeguarding our environmental assets for future generations while promoting economic growth and maintaining our quality of life. To manage natural resources effectively and efficiently, policymakers need information and methods to analyze the dynamic interplay between the economy an...
Alaska Native Villages: Most Are Affected by Flooding and Erosion, but Few Qualify for Federal Assistance
GAO-04-142: Published: Dec 12, 2003. Publicly Released: Dec 12, 2003.
Approximately 6,600 miles of Alaska's coastline and many of the low-lying areas along the state's rivers are subject to severe flooding and erosion. Most of Alaska's Native villages are located on the coast or on riverbanks. In addition to the many federal and Alaska state agencies that respond to flooding and erosion, Congress established the Denali Commission in 1998 to, among other things, prov...
Environmental Protection: Grants for International Activities and Smart Growth
RCED-00-145R: Published: May 31, 2000. Publicly Released: May 31, 2000.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) grants for international activities and smart growth, focusing on the: (1) number, dollar amount, and recipients of international and smart growth grants; (2) purposes of and the activities pursuant to the grants; and (3) statutory bases that EPA cites for awarding these grants.GAO noted th...
Recreation Fees: Demonstration Program Successful in Raising Revenues but Could Be Improved
T-RCED-99-77: Published: Feb 4, 1999. Publicly Released: Feb 4, 1999.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO discussed the recreational fee demonstration program, focusing on: (1) ensuring that future revenues can be applied to the agencies' highest priority unmet needs; (2) coordinating fees between agencies at demonstration sites that are close to each other; (3) being more innovative in setting fees; and (4) assessing the effect of fees on specific segments of...
Environmental Protection: Funds Obligated for Completed Superfund Projects
RCED-98-232: Published: Jul 21, 1998. Publicly Released: Jul 31, 1998.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) efforts to deobligate and recover funds for completed Superfund projects, focusing on: (1) the progress that EPA has made to recover the unspent funds on the inactive Superfund contracts and assistance agreements that GAO identified; and (2) whether any additional funds that expired during 1997 for Superf...
Forest Service: Alaska Region's Operating Costs for Fiscal Years 1993 Through 1998
T-RCED-98-227: Published: Jul 28, 1998. Publicly Released: Jul 28, 1998.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO discussed: (1) the National Forest Service's Alaska Region's allocation of funds for its operating costs for fiscal year (FY) 1993 through FY 1998; (2) the nature, purpose, and allocation of centralized field costs and the steps the Alaska Region is taking to comply with the congressional limitation on the expenditures for the regional office and centralize...
Hazardous Waste: Progress Under the Corrective Action Program Is Limited, but New Initiatives May Accelerate Cleanups
RCED-98-3: Published: Oct 21, 1997. Publicly Released: Dec 5, 1997.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Resource Conservation and Recovery Act Corrective Action Program, focusing on: (1) the progress made in cleaning up facilities under the program; (2) factors affecting progress; and (3) any initiatives that EPA, the states, and industry have taken to accomplish cleanups.GAO noted that: (1) only about 8 pe...
Federal Land Management: Estimates of Timber Value and Economic Effects of Harvesting the Headwaters Forest
RCED-97-241R: Published: Sep 24, 1997. Publicly Released: Oct 10, 1997.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the value of timber resources in the Headwaters Forest area in northwestern California and the effects of harvesting the forest on jobs, payrolls, and taxes if harvesting were to occur. GAO noted that on September 28, 1996, the federal government, the state of California, and Pacific Lumber Company (the owner) signed an agreement for...
Superfund: Stronger EPA-State Relationship Can Improve Cleanups and Reduce Costs
RCED-97-77: Published: Apr 24, 1997. Publicly Released: May 28, 1997.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on: (1) the lessons learned from five states that have had significant experience in leading Superfund cleanups; and (2) how the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) can help to ensure that interested states are successful in their efforts to take on increased Superfund responsibilities.GAO noted that: (1) on the basis of GAO's review...