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Title: ENVIRONMENTAL COMMITMENT COMPLIANCE


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ENVIRONMENTAL COMMITMENTCOMPLIANCE
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  • Mark Schrader FHWA
  • Law and Process Review Findings
  • Bill Bicknell USFWS
  • Field Review Examples
  • Sheri Lares - NDDOT
  • New Process to Improve Environmental Commitment
    Compliance
  • Greg Wermers NDDOT
  • Material Source Approval Process

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Critter Crossings in Other Parts of the World
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Mark Schrader
  • Environment and Right-of-Way Engineer
  • FHWA North Dakota Division
  • (701) 250-4343 ext 111
  • Mark.Schrader_at_fhwa.dot.gov

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Why Implement Environmental Commitments?
  • Its the law

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  • 23 CFR Sec. 771.109 Applicability and
    responsibilities.
  • (b) It shall be the responsibility of the
    applicant, in cooperation with the
    Administration, to implement those mitigation
    measures stated as commitments in the
    environmental documents prepared pursuant to this
    regulation. The FHWA will assure that this is
    accomplished as a part of its program management
    responsibilities that include reviews of designs,
    plans, specifications, and estimates (PSE), and
    construction inspections.

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Environmental Commitment Implementation Process
Review
  • May 2006
  • Interagency Team
  • USFWS, NRCS, NDGF, NDDOT, and FHWA
  • The following findings resulted from the review

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  • Communication of Environmental Commitments
  • Knowledge and Experience within Design,
    Construction, and Environmental
  • Process to Track/Monitor Environmental Commitments

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Bill Bicknell, Fish Wildlife BiologistU.S.
Fish and Wildlife ServiceBismarck, North
Dakota(701) 355-8512William_Bicknell_at_fws.gov
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  • October 2005
  • Memorandum of Agreement
  • between
  • North Dakota Department of Transportation
  • and
  • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

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Role of the Fish Wildlife Service
  • Review and comment on city, county, state, and
    federal highway construction projects.
  • Develop practical recommendations to minimize
    impacts to the environment.
  • Work as part of an interagency team.

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Interagency Team Approach
  • Includes Engineers, Contractors, Consultants, and
    Biologist.
  • Focus on developing the best possible projects
    for North Dakota.
  • Jointly develop recommendations that can be
    implemented.

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Environmental Coordination
  • Engineers, Consultants, Contractors
  • and Biologists

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Floating Turbidity Barrier
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Highway 200 Bridge Replacement- Goose River
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Floating Turbidity Barrier Goose River
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Floating Turbidity Barrier
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Box Culvert Placement
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Turtle Creek 2 miles SE of Washburn
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Turtle Creek U.S. 83 Double Box Culvert
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U.S. 83 Double Box Culvert Raised Lip
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U.S. 83Low Flow Culvert
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U.S. 83Low Flow Culvert For Passage
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Stream Channelization
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Silt Fences
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MaterialSource Sites
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Conclusion
  • Our job is to develop needed transportation
    projects that benefit North Dakota.
  • This can best be accomplished through a
    collaborative process aimed at finding practical
    solutions.

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  • Sheri G. Lares
  • Environmental Section Leader
  • NDDOT
  • Engineering Environmental Section
  • 701.328.2188
  • slares_at_nd.gov

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Communicating Environmental Commitments
  • Planning
  • Design
  • Construction

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Environmental Commitments During the Planning
Process
  • SOV Process
  • Agency Coordination
  • Public Involvement
  • Wetland Table
  • Summary of Commitments

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Incorporating Environmental Commitments During
the Design Phase
  • Environmental Commitment Plan Sheet
  • Wetland Limits
  • Wetland Impact Table
  • Permit Conditions
  • PSE Checklist

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Compliance with Environmental Commitments During
Construction
  • Environmental Commitment Tracking System
  • Project Certification

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Process Improvements
  • Design Manual
  • Standard Specifications
  • Scope of Services

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  • Greg L. Wermers
  • Archaeologist
  • NDDOT
  • Cultural Resource Section
  • 701.328.2137
  • gwermers_at_nd.gov

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