Reference Materials

The original Biological Opinion, issued October 1, 2015

  • 01
  • Oct
  • 2015
SUBJECT: Environmental Protection
ABSTRACT: The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) has reviewed your letter dated September 19, 2013, and other information submitted by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) for All Aboard Florida (AAF) Limited Liability Corporation’s (LLC) request to obtain a Corps’ permit under Section 404 of the Clean Water Act. The permit will authorize the filling of wetlands in association with Phase II of the AAF Passenger Rail Service Project (AAF Project). This document transmits the Service’s Biological Opinion on Phase II of the AAF Project and its effects on thethreatened Florida scrub-jay (Aphleocoma coerulescens; scrub-jay) and the endangered fragrant prickly-apple (Cereus eriophours var.fragrans Harissiafragrans). It also includes and summarizes our concurrences for the Corps’ determinations for endangered West Indian manatee (Trichechus manatus) and Lakela’ s mint (Dicerandra immaculata), as well as the threatened eastern indigo snake (Drymarchon corais couperi Drymarchon couperi) and wood stork (Mycteria americana). This document is submitted in accordance with section 7 of the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (Act) (87 Stat. 884; 16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.), and the provisions of the Fish and Wildlife Coordination Act of 1958, as amended (48 Stat. 401; 16 U.S.C. 661 etseq.).