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Managing Environmental Compliance for ODOTs OTIA III State Bridge Delivery Program: Many Regulations – One Framework Michelle Eraut Environmental Program.

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1 Managing Environmental Compliance for ODOTs OTIA III State Bridge Delivery Program: Many Regulations – One Framework Michelle Eraut Environmental Program Manager Federal Highway AdministrationOregon Division 530 Center Street, NE, Suite 100 Salem, Oregon /

2 OTIA III State Bridge Delivery Program $2.5 billion transportation package Enacted by 2003 Legislature (House Bill 2041) Largest investment in Oregon transportation infrastructure in 50 years Includes $1.3 billion to repair or replace almost 400 bridges on the state highway system

3 Program Stages – 365+ Bridges

4 OTIA III State Bridge Delivery Program Goals

5 Environmental Stewardship Program Framework 5 OTIA III Goals Environmental Performance Standards Programmatics: Regional General Permit (Corps) General Authorization (Department of State Lands) Biological Opinion (USFWS and NMFS) Memorandum of Understanding (FHWA, USFS, BLM) Documented Categorical Exclusions (with baselines)

6 Environmental Performance Standards Elements Goal What does success look like? Threshold Statement Relevant to my project? Objectives How do I measure success? Means, Methods, or Materials How can I achieve success? Compliance Documentation How do I document success?

7 Environmental Performance Standards What do they cover? Program Administration Species Habitat Water Quality Site Restoration Compensatory Mitigation Fluvial

8 ODOT Organization Program Manager

9 Environmental Stewardship Tools Overview

10 Communication Electronic Document Management System (EDMS) Permitting Programmatic Agreement Reporting and Implementation Team (PARIT) Design Pre-Construction Assessment (PCA) Construction Field verification via electronic handhelds (PDAs) Planning Tools Overview

11 Planning Tools Communication Electronic Document Management System (EDMS) Web-based (accessible anywhere and anytime) Controlled access (sensitive resources) Searchable (by title and body)

12 Our Challenge 7 Untested Environmental Performance Standards + 4 Undeveloped Environmental Performance Standards + 3 Unique Programmatic Permits Our Solution (equals) 1 PARIT Planning Tools Permitting Programmatic Agreements Reporting and Implementation Team

13 Mission of the PARIT: Facilitate the successful implementation of the OTIA III State Bridge Delivery Programs Environmental Stewardship Program Goals: 1.Develop effective communication protocols 2.Develop effective monitoring & reporting procedures 3.Calibrate understanding of permitting process, compliance, and environmental performance standard intent 4.Refine the permitting process to better achieve the missions and goals of all involved agencies Planning Tools Permitting

14 PARIT 10+ agency participants (liaisons) Two working meetings per month One with Project focus One with Program focus One Annual Coordination Meeting Reporting Evaluating Improving Planning Tools Permitting

15 Pre-Construction Assessment (PCA) Single programmatic permitting application From issue identification (effect) to resolution (specs) Agency-friendly output Metrics tracking Planning Tools Design

16 Field verification via electronic handhelds (PDAs) Linked to EDMS ( transparency ) Environmental database Fast, paperless Planning Tools Construction

17 First bridge replaced… Complied with Environmental Performance Standards Reduced permitting by 100+ days Reduced cost by $1+ Million Pleased Contractor, ODOT, and Permitting Agencies Stewardship Success!!! Coast Fork Willamette River Bridge

18 Building projects sensitive to their communities and landscape through: Integrating Environmental Performance Standards Communicating with Permitting Agencies Evaluating Performance Improving Our Process Conclusion Environmental Stewardship

19 Questions? Michelle Eraut Environmental Program Manager Federal Highway Administration 530 Center Street, NE, Suite 100 Salem, Oregon


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