Mark Schrader Environment and Right-of-Way Engineer FHWA – North Dakota Division (701) 250-4343 ext 111 Mark.Schrader@fhwa.dot.gov
Why Implement Environmental Commitments? It’s the law
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 (PS&E), and construction inspections.
Environmental Commitment Implementation Process Review May 2006 Interagency Team –USFWS, NRCS, NDG&F, NDDOT, and FHWA The following findings resulted from the review
Communication of Environmental Commitments Knowledge and Experience within Design, Construction, and Environmental Process to Track/Monitor Environmental Commitments
Bill Bicknell, Fish & Wildlife Biologist U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Bismarck, North Dakota (701) 355-8512 William_Bicknell@fws.gov
October 2005 Memorandum of Agreement between North Dakota Department of Transportation and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Role of the Fish & Wildlife Service 1. Review and comment on city, county, state, and federal highway construction projects. 2. Develop practical recommendations to minimize impacts to the environment. 3. Work as part of an interagency team.
Interagency Team Approach 1. Includes Engineers, Contractors, Consultants, and Biologist. 2. Focus on developing the best possible projects for North Dakota. 3. Jointly develop recommendations that can be implemented.
Environmental Coordination Engineers, Consultants, Contractors and Biologists