How do you know whether a project is likely to jeopardize a species?
Date Published: May 2014
The Department of Interior (Fish and Wildlife Service) or the Department of Commerce (National Marine Fisheries Service) will make this determination during formal consultation. Once the Responsible Entity, as the action agency, has made the determination that a species is likely to adversely affect listed species and initiate formal consultation, it is up to the Services to make this finding and prepare a biological opinion discussing their conclusions.
That said, jeopardizing the continued existence of a species is defined as engaging in actions that would reasonably be expected, directly or indirectly, to reduce appreciably the likelihood of survival and recovery of a listed species. This may be the case due to reductions in species’ reproduction, numbers, or distribution.