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1 ODOT Programmatic ESA Consultation on the Federal-Aid Highway Program (FAHP) User’s Guide Training, June-July 2013 Oregon’s Federal Aid Highway Programmatic Biological Opinion (FAHP) Presentation to the Local Agencies November 14, 2013

2 ODOT Programmatic ESA Consultation on the Federal-Aid Highway Program (FAHP) User’s Guide Training, June-July 2013 Background & Purpose Emphasis on Programmatic Agreements Previous Programmatic outdated FHWA as the lead Federal Nexus (not Corps anymore) Increasing role of ODOT in Local Agency projects No stormwater coverage in SLOPES IV

3 ODOT Programmatic ESA Consultation on the Federal-Aid Highway Program (FAHP) User’s Guide Training, June-July 2013 Programmatic Goals Overall Goals 1.Improve the condition of the environmental baseline most directly impacted by the transportation program (e.g., habitat connectivity, water quality) 2.Avoid and minimize adverse impacts to federally-listed species and critical habitat 3.Decrease consultation time and associated costs

4 ODOT Programmatic ESA Consultation on the Federal-Aid Highway Program (FAHP) User’s Guide Training, June-July 2013 Communication Better tracking of project impacts…fewer actions need regulatory approval in future –Necessary for ODOT and Local Agency Greater transparency & communication

5 ODOT Programmatic ESA Consultation on the Federal-Aid Highway Program (FAHP) User’s Guide Training, June-July 2013 Project Type Bike/Pedestrian Facilities Bridge Repair Bridge Replacement Culvert Extension/Repair Culvert Replacement Fish Habitat Restoration Intersection Safety Modernization/New Alignment/Bypass Pavement/Facility Preservation Roadside Development Rockfall/Slide Mitigation Signals/Signs Widening/Adding Lanes Qualifying Actions

6 ODOT Programmatic ESA Consultation on the Federal-Aid Highway Program (FAHP) User’s Guide Training, June-July 2013 Exclusions Tidegates EIS Solely related to mass transit or rail New permanent stream crossings or roads in the riparian zone ( With some exceptions ) In-water work downstream of Willamette Falls Dec. 1 - Jan. 31 Stream channel realignment ( except to restore former channels or eroding banks) Excluded activities may require Individual Consultation

7 ODOT Programmatic ESA Consultation on the Federal-Aid Highway Program (FAHP) User’s Guide Training, June-July 2013

8 ODOT Programmatic ESA Consultation on the Federal-Aid Highway Program (FAHP) User’s Guide Training, June-July 2013 STEPS Document early coordination with Services (new requirement) Project Notification which may or may not require Service’s approval depending on action

9 ODOT Programmatic ESA Consultation on the Federal-Aid Highway Program (FAHP) User’s Guide Training, June-July 2013 Actions Requiring Service’s Approval (a) Actions with required mitigation such as: on-site stormwater treatment deficit, net increase in artificial fill or abandoned fill in the functional floodplain, unvegetated streambank riprap, any streambank riprap above OHW, in-stream flow control structures. (b) In-water work extension requests. (c) Fisheries restoration structures and/or fishways, including ladders, culvert retrofits, pool-riffle structures, and roughened chutes. (d) Weed control that does not meet herbicide treatment standards. (e) Blasting in/near aquatic habitats (only allowed when listed species will not be present5). (f) Bridge replacement that cannot meet fluvial performance or pile driving standards. (g) Stream channel modifications or waterway enhancements that do not meet design standards, such as fish passage retrofits, channel restoration, set-backs, and water control. (h) Stormwater flow management in a drainage basin that is less that 100 mi2. (i) Other modifications to FAHP design standards that may result in direct impacts to listed aquatic resources.

10 ODOT Programmatic ESA Consultation on the Federal-Aid Highway Program (FAHP) User’s Guide Training, June-July 2013 Actions that don’t require Service’s Approval (a) Work below ordinary high water (OHW) completed during the in-water work period. (b) Weed control near aquatic habitat that occurs manually or otherwise meets FAHP herbicide treatment design standards. (c) Bridge replacement that meets fluvial performance and pile driving standards. (d) Projects without stream channel or waterway enhancements, or projects with stream channel or waterway enhancement that meet design standards. (e) Projects that involve stormwater flow management in drainage basins larger than 100 mi2 that meet design standards. (f) Project may or may not involve minor modifications to buffer distances, riparian habitat impacts; or otherwise can be designed as per the FAHP.

11 ODOT Programmatic ESA Consultation on the Federal-Aid Highway Program (FAHP) User’s Guide Training, June-July 2013

12 ODOT Programmatic ESA Consultation on the Federal-Aid Highway Program (FAHP) User’s Guide Training, June-July 2013 STEPS Construction Initiation Notice Fish Salvage Environmental Inspection Project Completion Report Post-construction biological monitoring is required for all FAHP projects that clear vegetation or grade within riparian zones and streams, or involve streambank restoration, site restoration, or other habitat enhancements.

13 ODOT Programmatic ESA Consultation on the Federal-Aid Highway Program (FAHP) User’s Guide Training, June-July 2013 Modifications Expedite Project Notification by designing & building according to Design Standards NMFS recognizes one-size-does-not-fit-all Substantive modifications –Early Coordination; likely will trigger Services approval of Notification Channel confinement

14 ODOT Programmatic ESA Consultation on the Federal-Aid Highway Program (FAHP) User’s Guide Training, June-July 2013 Variances

15 ODOT Programmatic ESA Consultation on the Federal-Aid Highway Program (FAHP) User’s Guide Training, June-July 2013 Variances

16 ODOT Programmatic ESA Consultation on the Federal-Aid Highway Program (FAHP) User’s Guide Training, June-July 2013 Communication with FHWA & NMFS Quarterly meetings to discuss issues Annual summary report Webmap interface for on demand reporting –Allows geo-spatial view of project locations and status –Quick access to detailed project information –Constantly updated and always available

17 ODOT Programmatic ESA Consultation on the Federal-Aid Highway Program (FAHP) User’s Guide Training, June-July 2013

18 ODOT Programmatic ESA Consultation on the Federal-Aid Highway Program (FAHP) User’s Guide Training, June-July 2013

19 ODOT Programmatic ESA Consultation on the Federal-Aid Highway Program (FAHP) User’s Guide Training, June-July 2013

20 ODOT Programmatic ESA Consultation on the Federal-Aid Highway Program (FAHP) User’s Guide Training, June-July 2013

21 ODOT Programmatic ESA Consultation on the Federal-Aid Highway Program (FAHP) User’s Guide Training, June-July 2013 Website ENTAL/Pages/fahp.aspx Key to Success : Download the Biological Opinion and User Guide and refer to them often.

22 ODOT Programmatic ESA Consultation on the Federal-Aid Highway Program (FAHP) User’s Guide Training, June-July 2013 Website

23 ODOT Programmatic ESA Consultation on the Federal-Aid Highway Program (FAHP) User’s Guide Training, June-July 2013 Questions?


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