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3 ODOT Environmental Guidance Statement
ODOT will carry out its mission consistent with sound environmental stewardship and best management practices. We strive to meet the spirit and intent of environmental laws. We comply with regulations, and we will enhance the environment, balancing such enhancement with the scope and purpose of our ODOT mission. Valuing Oregon’s environment is the responsibility of every ODOT employee and it is reflected in our decision and actions.

4 Definition of the term “Environment”
All of the external factors affecting an organism, including living organisms and non-living variables such as water, soil, climate, light and oxygen. All of these factors together make up the environment.

5 Best Management Practices
Avoid Minimize Mitigate

6 Resource Topics Archaeology Historic Resources
Biology and Endangered Species Water Quality Wetlands Air Quality Noise Quality Erosion Control Hazardous Materials

7 Archaeology in ODOT

8 Potential range of impacts:
Ground disturbance: Staging of equipment and material Embankment Guardrail installation/flaring Culvert extensions, etc. Other ground disturbing activities beyond backslope of ditch

9 Historic Resources What are Historic Resources?
Buildings, Sites, Objects, etc., which are significant in history Must be at least 50 years old Must meet eligibility criteria for the National Register of Historic Places for federal regulatory laws to apply

10 Maintenance Project Issues - Historic Resources
Bridge rails, transition rails, guardrail Masonry features - parapet rails, culverts, stone facing, pedestrian features Memorial features - historic signs, plaques, markers Effects to setting - fill, removal of landscaping, new visual elements

11 Biology and Endangered Species

12 SMA’s for Plants and Wildlife
Sensitive Management Area (SMA) is a voluntary program initiated by Environmental Services in 1994 in response to the increasing number of state and federally listed species and resources found along ODOT right-of-way. There are approximately 40 SMA sites found along ODOT right-of-way

13 RES and RAZ Mapping Tools
a tool that field crews could use to help avoid impacts to sensitive resources. RES (Resource and Sensitive Area) RAZ (Restricted Activity Zone)

14 RAZ Map example

15 Endangered Species The federal Endangered Species Act (1973) requires agencies “insure that their actions are not likely to jeopardize the continued existence of endangered or threatened species or result in the destruction or adverse modification of critical habitat of such species.” U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) regulates listed plants, wildlife, invertebrates (including birds), and resident fish. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries (NOAA Fisheries) regulates listed ocean-going (anadromous) fish and marine mammals.

16 Endangered Species Act
ESA defines “take” to include: -- “harass, harm, pursue, hunt, shoot, wound, kill, trap, capture, or collect…” -- “Harm” is further defined to include: “…significant habitat modification or degradation that results in death or injury…” -- “Harass” is further defined to include: “…significantly disrupt normal behavior patterns which include, but are not limited to, breeding, feeding, or sheltering”. --Critical Habitat - “the specific areas within the geographical area occupied by the listed species on which are found those physical or biological features which: -- are essential to the conservation of the species. -- may require special management considerations . -- PERMITTED WORK required

17 Clean Water Act Section 404
Federal Law enacted in 1972 U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) regulates Establishes a federal connection (nexus) if a permit is required. Authorized States to administer their own general permit program for dredged or fill material. Oregon Division of State Lands (DSL) has regulatory control.

18 ODFW In-Water Work Period

19 Clean Water Act Section 404

20 Riparian Area Critical Habitat Designations
(NOAA Fish, and USFWS) can include an area up to 300 linear feet from the Ordinary High Water Elevation.

21 Areas adjacent to the stream that provide:
Riparian Area Areas adjacent to the stream that provide: Shade Sediment transport control Nutrient or chemical regulation Streambank stability Inputs of large woody material or organic matter

22 Wetlands 3 defining characteristics of a wetland
Hydrology- ground and surface water Hydric Soil – abundance of moisture Vegetation

23 Resource Topics Water Quality runoff treatment, floodway, floodplain. Air Quality – alignment, traffic lanes, signalization, regulatory study. Noise Quality – alignment, traffic lanes, sound barriers, restrict work periods. Erosion Control – sedimentation into waters of the STATE (loss of soil) Hazardous Materials – spills, cleanup, remediation

24 Examples of Non Compliance (Courtesy of NOAA Fish Enforcement Staff)


26 Water Quality


28 Habitat Destruction


30 Riparian Loss


32 Culvert Cleaning


34 Road Construction Slide


36 Bank Hardening


38 Unauthorized Fill

39 Unregulated In-stream Work

40 Unauthorized Flood Control

41 Side Channel Modification

42 Culvert Cleaning


44 Acronyms BMP – Best Management Practice CWA – Clean Water Act
DSL – Oregon Division of State Lands ESA – Endangered Species Act FHWA – Federal Highway Administration IVM – Integrated Vegetation Management NOAA Fish – National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration Fisheries ODA – Oregon Department of Agriculture ODF – Oregon Department of Forestry ODFW – Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife

45 Acronyms ODF – Oregon Department of Forestry
ODFW – Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife RAZ – restricted activity zone RES – Salmon Resource and Sensitive Area RMA- Riparian Management Area SHPO – State Historic Preservation Office SMA – Sensitive Management Area USACE – US Army Corps of Engineers USCOE – US Army Corps of Engineers USFWS – U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service


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