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Title: ENVIRONMENTAL%20MANAGEMENT%20SYSTEMS%20AND%20ADAPTIVE%20MANAGEMENT%20IN%20TRANSPORTATION%20%20Lessons%20from%20State%20Highway%20130%20in%20Central%20Texas


1
ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS AND ADAPTIVE
MANAGEMENT IN TRANSPORTATION Lessons from State
Highway 130 in Central Texas
  • Presented by
  • Jason BuntzEnvironmental Compliance Program
    Manager
  • Hicks Company
  • SH 130 Environmental Compliance Manager
  • Lone Star Infrastructure

2
State Highway 130 at Interstatate 35 North of
Austin August 2005
3
State Highway 130 Crossing the Colorado River
August 2006
4
Introduction
  • Nationwide efforts being made to improve
    transportation delivery and environmental quality
  • CEQ recommendations for improving NEPA
  • FHWA/AASHTO efforts to incorporate EMS at State
    DOT level
  • EPA Green Highways Partnership
  • AGC and EPA teaming in Sector Strategies Program
  • State Highway 130 in Central Texas as an example
    of innovation
  • TxDOT Exclusive Development Agreement
  • First of its kind EMS
  • Integration of Adaptive Management

5
Introduction
  • Opportunities for future transportation projects
  • Lessons learned
  • EMS and Adaptive Management to streamline and
    energize NEPA
  • Green Highways as an avenue to do things better
    than before
  • Sector Strategies and AGC mobilizing large and
    small contractors

6
Nationwide EffortsCEQ
  • White House Council on Environmental Quality
    (CEQ) review of NEPA
  • 1997 NEPA Effectiveness study
  • Recommends using an Adaptive Management approach
    to NEPA to streamline and manage uncertainty
  • Describes NEPA as a one-time event (old paradigm
    predict-mitigate-implement)
  • Introduces new paradigm predict-mitigate-implemen
    t-monitor-adapt

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Nationwide EffortsCEQ
  • 2002 NEPA Task Force
  • 2003 Modernizing NEPA report
  • Adds concept of EMS Addresses concerns about
    creating open-ended NEPA
  • 2006 Guide on aligning NEPA, EMS and Adaptive
    Management
  • 2006 Handbook on relationship of NEPA, EMS and
    Adaptive Management SH 130 as a Case Study

8
Nationwide EffortsFHWA/AASHTO
  • FHWA/AASHTO effort to incorporate EMS at State
    DOT level
  • 2000 Executive Order 13148 requires all Federal
    Agencies to implement EMS by 12/31/05
  • 2003 FHWA/AASHTO workshop and EMS Implementation
    Guide
  • Includes TxDOT EMS as case study
  • Recommends Plan-Do-Check-Act model (ISO 14001)
  • Process Roadmap and templates

9
Nationwide EffortsFHWA/AASHTO
  • 2006 AASHTO EMS Implementation Update
  • Many states see duplicity between ISO 14001 and
    ISO 9000 Total Quality Management
  • Some see costs outweighing benefits

10
Nationwide EffortsGreen Highways Partnership
  • Green Highways Partnership
  • Grew from FHWAs Environmental Streamlining and
    Stewardship initiative
  • Vital Few goals from FHWA 2003 Performance Plan
  • Spurred by 2002 Executive Order 13274 promoting
    NEPA streamlining and environmental stewardship
  • Improve transportation decision making through
    early coordination
  • Reduce EIS approval times from 54 mos. to 36 mos.
  • Increase ecosystem conservation through Exemplary
    Projects (e.g., Environmental GIS databases)

11
Nationwide EffortsGreen Highways Partnership
  • EPA Region III Mid-Atlantic builds on FHWA
    momentum toward greening US highways
  • June 2005 Executive Planning Charrette in
    Philadelphia defines the vision
  • November 2005 first Green Highways Forum
  • Green Hwys Partnership establishes three main
    themes
  • Watershed driven storm water management
    innovative BMPs
  • Reuse and recycling slag cement, recycled
    asphalt
  • Conservation and ecosystem management GIS
    mapping and state of the art methods

12
Nationwide EffortsGreen Highways Partnership
  • What makes a Green Highway?
  • Built with materials providing enhanced watershed
    based storm water management
  • Built with recycled materials
  • Built with State of the art methods to protect
    critical habitat and ecosystems

13
Nationwide EffortsSector Strategies Program
  • EPA and AGC partner in the Sector Strategies
    Program for Construction
  • May 2003 EPA announced new program in the Office
    of Policy, Economics and Innovation to improve
    environmental performance sector wide
  • Associated General Contractors of America (AGC)
    as representative for Construction

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Nationwide EffortsSector Strategies Program
  • Program focuses on three main objectives
  • Addressing regulatory barriers to improved
    environmental performance
  • Helping to expand the use of EMS
  • Measuring environmental performance
  • AGC and EPA task force develop EMS guide for
    construction industry based on the EPAs
    National Environmental Performance Track

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Texas Highway 130 Improving Environmental
Performance with On-time Delivery
  • 90 mile tolled reliever for IH 35 in Central
    Texas
  • Design/Build Exclusive Development Agreement
  • Fast-track development1st 49 miles due to open
    lt6 years from NTP-1
  • Includes liquidated damages for missing delivery
    dates

16
Texas Highway 130Design-Build Model
  • Design-Build vs Design-Bid-Build
  • Fluctuating development process
  • Cross-fertilization

17
Texas Highway 130Environmental Requirements
  • EDA Exhibit B, Section 4 Environmental
    Requirements
  • Independent Environmental Compliance Manager
    dedicated full time
  • Team of biologists, archeologists, hazardous
    materials specialists, water quality specialists
  • Independent Environmental Compliance Inspectors
  • Zero Environmental Violations policy
  • Comprehensive Environmental Protection Program
  • Monitoring and reporting
  • Training for all Developer employees
  • Permit deliverables and mitigation

18
Texas Highway 130EMS vs. EDA
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Texas Highway 130 EMS Options
  • Available EMS Models
  • ISO 14001
  • EPA Performance Track
  • TCEQ EMS Program
  • American Chemistry Council
  • LSI Certified under TCEQ Program
  • Regulatory Incentives
  • Performance based vs. conformance based

20
Texas Highway 130 EMS Basics
  • E Environment
  • Underlying mission protect the environment
  • M Management
  • Parallel mission maintain compliance
  • (Human dimension success depends on
    performance of people)
  • S Systems approach
  • Data management, adaptive feed back, continuous
    improvement

Goal Change the culture of the organization
21
Texas Highway 130The Basic EMS Model
22
Texas Highway 130 EMS Elements
  • Policy
  • Planning
  • Implementation and Operations
  • Training
  • Document Control
  • Operations
  • Emergency Preparedness Response
  • Monitoring and Correction Action
  • Continual Improvement

23
Texas Highway 130EMS Elements
  • Policy
  • Stated Generally in EDA zero violations
  • Expanded as LSI Official EMS Policy
  • Added Element of Pollution Prevention
  • Management Commitment
  • Continual Improvement

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Texas Highway 130EMS Elements
  • Planning
  • Required by EDA
  • Construction Monitoring Plan
  • Hazardous Materials Management Plan
  • Project Mitigation Plan
  • Environmental QC of Design
  • Design-build as perpetual motion machine
  • EPIC 1

25
Texas Highway 130EMS Elements
  • Training
  • Level 1Everyone
  • Level 2Foremen, Supervisors, Inspectors
  • ToolboxResponse to Current Issues
  • Spill response
  • Work in Creeks
  • Erosion Controls
  • Habitat Protection
  • Awards Incentive Program

26
Texas Highway 130EMS Elements
  • Monitoring and Corrective Action
  • ECI FunctionsMore than Inspectors Consultants
    and Auditors
  • Monitoring Reports
  • Daily Logs
  • Incident Reports (MISR)
  • Weekly ReportingUnresolved Issues
  • Relationship with Area Construction Inspectors
    (ACIs)

27
Texas Highway 130EMS Elements
  • Implementation and Operations
  • Emergency Preparedness and Response
  • HMMP
  • Includes Contact Tree
  • Reporting Guide

28
Texas Highway 130EMS Elements
  • Continual Improvement
  • A Philosophy and Operating ProtocolDont Always
    Expect to Get it Right the First Time
  • Management Support
  • Encourage
  • Train
  • Follow-up
  • Annual Audits
  • Internal
  • TCEQ via EMS Certification
  • Community Outreach

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LSI and Clean Texas
  • Texas EMS
  • Voluntary
  • Incentives to go beyond compliance and improve
    performance
  • Platinum Level link to EPA National
    Environmental Performance Track
  • LSI enters at the Partner level in 2004
  • Paper-recycling program
  • Community outreach
  • Land/wildlife habitat conservation

30
LSI and Clean TexasEMS Audit
  • Initial EMS audit June 2005
  • Moderate non-conformance in 2 key areas
  • Performance measurement
  • Objectives and targets
  • Considerable room for improvement

31
LSI and Clean TexasPerformance Measurement
  • LSI Environmental Performance Measurement Program
  • Uses long-standing safety initiative of
    self-assessment
  • Tailored to construction disciplines
  • Foremen perform self-assessments weekly
  • Scores tabulated and presented to Sr. Mngt. To
    show trends by discipline and by geographic area
  • Individual assessments addressed directly with
    construction manager

32
LSI and Clean TexasMeaningful Objectives
  • Updated Aspects Impacts analysis
  • New significant aspects determined
  • New Objectives and Targets
  • Increase recycled content 50 by 2006
  • Lower diesel emissions 5 by 2006
  • Reduce reportable spills 50 by 2006
  • Increase land/wildlife habitat conserved 50 by
    2006
  • Reduce generation of vegetative debris 50 by
    2006
  • Follow up audit Oct 2006 to confirm improvements
  • Noted conformance in all areas
  • Recommended approval for LSI at the Gold Level
  • Approval granted Feb 07

33
Other EMS ElementsStandard Operating Processes
  • Implementation and Operations
  • Operational Control
  • Independent Role of ECM
  • Standard Operating Process (SOPs)Formal Protocol
    for Required Method of Operation
  • Examples
  • Dewatering
  • Migratory Bird Protection
  • SWP3 Issue Escalation
  • Demolition Activities
  • MISRsMonitoring Incident Status Reports
  • Importance of Buy-in

34
Other EMS ElementsEnvironmental GIS Database
  • Environmental GIS
  • Spatial database
  • Inventory of sensitive areas
  • Track new/changed compliance issues
  • Adaptive management program documentation
  • Audit toolEMS requirement

35
Other EMS ElementsEnvironmental, Permits, Issues
and Commitments
  • Environmental Permits, Issues Commitments
  • The NEPA Document
  • EPIC Drivers
  • NEPA
  • Regulatory programs (e.g., 404/401 Permit)
  • Exclusive Development Agreement
  • Developer Commitments
  • EPIC in Design-Build

Design
Build
EPIC 1
EPIC 2
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Other EMS ElementsEnvironmental, Permits, Issues
and Commitments
  • EPIC 2Example

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Other EMS ElementsEnvironmental, Permits, Issues
and Commitments
  • EPIC 2Example

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Other EMS ElementsEnvironmental, Permits, Issues
and Commitments
  • EPIC 2Example

39
The Adaptive EMSContinual Improvement
  • Continual Improvement the Learning
    Organization
  • Design-Build Expect the Unexpected
  • Reconciling Flexibility with Consistency
  • Back to Basics Compliance Resource Protection
    Move Project Forward

40
The Adaptive EMSWhat Is It?
  • Puts Entire Organization on a Learning Curve
  • Provides Opportunities for Environmental
    EnhancementStewardship
  • Moves Project ForwardStreamlining

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The Adaptive EMSLearning Curve
  • The R WordResearch Not Just Responding, But
    Applied Learning
  • Develop Research Protocols in Test Cases
  • Premium on Qualified, Multi-disciplined Staff
  • Collect Data and Make Analytical Judgments
  • Systematically Document Findings and Develop
    Recommendations
  • Disseminate Results and Integrate into Programs

42
Temporary Stream Crossing of Berry Creek North of
Austin
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Temporary Stream Crossing Following Major Storm
Gilleland Creek in Austin
44
Temporary Stream Crossing at Brushy Creek North
of Austin
45
The Adaptive EMSLearning Curve Examples
  • Stream dynamics
  • Migratory bird protection
  • Bounce
  • Wildlife habitat assessment
  • Restoration of temporary wetland impacts
  • Watershed protection
  • Alternative stabilization methods
  • Flood event monitoring
  • Temporary crossing design

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Ideas and Opportunities for the Future Early
introduction of EMS
  • Move EMS ahead in development sequenceClose the
    Gap
  • Benefits
  • Early integration with design
  • Early recognition of stewardship opportunities
  • Design QC
  • Hands-on role in permit coordination, compliance
    strategies, streamlining opportunities
  • Early training
  • Consciousness raising
  • Guide design concepts
  • Improve efficiencies in preconstruction
    coordination
  • Geotech investigations
  • Survey
  • Utilities
  • Right of way/right of entry
  • SH 130 Example
  • FEIS
  • GAP
  • EDA
  • EPP
  • EMS

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Ideas Opportunities for the FutureIntegrating
EMS with NEPA
  • EMS as a tool for gathering and communicating
    lessons learned
  • Aspects impacts database
  • Performance measurement and monitoring
  • Adaptive Management and EMS to streamline and
    energize NEPA
  • AM, selectively, to provide flexibility
  • EMS to provide infrastructure
  • Training
  • Monitoring reporting

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Opportunities for the FutureEMS as Mitigation
  • EMS imposed as a mitigation measure in the ROD
  • Environmental improvement as a foremost goal
  • Reduce risk and lessen project cost
  • CAUTION W/ AM, EIS Reevaluations still required
  • Principles of environmental protection and
    stewardship upheld

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Opportunities for the FutureGreen Highways
Principles
  • Green Highways as an avenue to achieve better
    than before results
  • Starts at the outset of NEPA process
  • Purpose Need statement
  • Reasonable alternatives
  • Mitigation commitment to EMS to monitor
    implementation and adapt to change
  • Extend and refine the NEPA snapshot of predicted
    impacts

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Conclusion
  • Common themes abound
  • NEPA restoring and maintaining environmental
    quality
  • EMS continual improvement
  • Green Hwys better than before
  • Sector Strategies improve performance
  • All emphasize collaboration and stakeholder
    involvement

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State Highway 130 and Interstate 35 North of
Austin, Texas August 2006
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State Highway 130 at Brushy Creek North of Austin
April 2007
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State Highway 130 crossing the Colorado River in
Austin April 2007
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For additional Information, contact Jason
Buntz Hicks Company 1504 West 5th
Street Austin, Texas 78703 (512) 478-0858 (512)
844-0977 mobile
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