The regulations regarding natural resources in the US vary from state to state. Concerned citizens should check with their individual Department of Natural Resources (DNR) offices about their activities. Department of Natural Resources handles the registration of boats, snowmobiles and ATVs and much more. The rules, concerning boats, state that all boats over sixteen feet in length must have a registration title.
Some states have up to 140 different divisions. Each natural resource such as air, water, dam and reservoir safety, geology surveys, hazardous waste and management has many subdivisions. The US wants to protect and make the air, water, and land as healthy as possible. That means protecting the resources and putting restrictions on the use of the resources.
The US Fish and Wildlife Departments make regulations regarding hunting and fishing in the States. Most require a fishing/hunting license for any sportsman over the age of sixteen. The laws protect the wildlife and help improve its habitat.
The EPA deals with air and water to maintain healthy lands. It provides burn permits, tests well water and provides recycling programs for farmers and businesses. It also helps to protect endangered species and keep out invasive ones. It protects the wetlands, lakes, rivers, and other waterways.
Parks and ranger stations enforce the rules set by each state. They provide education and control of each natural resource. Each park will have its own camping regulations usually in conjunction with the DNR’s regulations as far as burning and waste. They make the park areas safe for both visitors and wildlife.
The Office of Energy oversees the projects relating to utilities including power plants, radio, phone, electricity and water lines. The DNR issues permits that cover pollution to air and water with regards to power plants.
The US Department of Agriculture also plays a huge part in protecting the natural resources of the United States. Many people own land and need assistance to conserve and protect it. The Natural Resources Conservation Services helps in this way. Two resources that will help landowners know what to do and how to pay for improvements are: 2008 Farm Bill and the Environmental Quality Incentives Program.
The USDA also regulates how people use the soil, along with US Geological Society, to preserve the mineral qualities in the soil. Mining regulations apply here as do erosion controls to keep rivers flowing cleanly so fish other wetland creatures can survive. The USDA regulates which pesticides and insecticides farmers may use.