Environmental Quality

Conservation Story Map

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The ODASA-ESOH has the primary responsibility for the Environmental Quality programs in the Department of the Army. Environmental Quality includes Conservation programs associated with managing natural resource and cultural resource legal requirements, and Native American affairs associated with legal, treaty and trust responsibilities. Compliance programs include managing air, water, and waste legal requirements, environmental impact analysis, and environmental program performance auditing. The ODASA-ESOH is the point of contact for the Army Environmental Program and coordinates with the Office of the Secretary of Defense, Congress, other Federal agencies.

Army Conservation Program: The Army Conservation Program supports the military mission by helping to maintain the availability of Army installation lands for critical military training and testing missions. This occurs through compliance with the Endangered Species Act and National Historic Preservation Act, among others. The ODASA-ESOH is the Army's Federal Preservation Officer (FPO) and senior policy level official for historic preservation and executes responsibilities associated with those designations. The Story Map below titled The U.S. Army – Protecting the Resources We Defend, provides a pictorial and GIS-based introduction to the Army’s efforts to protect and conserve the natural resources that we defend.

Army Compliance Program: The Army Compliance Program includes installation compliance activities to meet the requirements of the Clean Water Act, Safe Drinking Water Act, Clean Air Act, Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, and the Toxic Substance Control Act. The Army also implements the Environmental Program Assessment System to audit and assist installations in their compliance programs.

National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA): The ODASA-ESOH is the authorizing official for the Army’s NEPA regulation 32 CFR 651 Environmental Analysis of Army Actions. This regulation defines the Army process for systematic examination of the environmental consequences associated with proposed Army actions.