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Coordination and conclusions

Coordination and Conclusions

Number of Copies

Agency Submissions & Comments


Coordination

  • ESRs are reviewed by OES and coordinated with resource agencies as part of the NEPA review and as required by:

    • Clean Water Act

    • Fish and Wildlife Coordination Act

    • Endangered Species Act

    • Wild and Scenic River Act

    • Etc.


Agency Coordination:

  • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) coordination:

    • projects with potential impacts to federally listed species, wildlife, stream, and/or wetlands.

  • Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) coordination:

  • projects with potential impacts to State listed species, wildlife, streams, wetlands, State scenic rivers, within the Lake Erie Coastal Management Zone (CZM).

  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) coordination:

  • projects that require a jurisdictional determination on waters of the U.S., an individual 404 permit, and/or Section 10 in the Rivers and Harbors Act.


Agency Coordination continued:

  • The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA) coordination:

  • projects that require a 401 WQC

  • National Park Service (NPS) coordination:

  • projects that impact a Nation Wild or Scenic River, a direct tributary to a Nation Wild or Scenic River, or a stream that is listed on the Nationwide Rivers Inventory (NRI).

  • The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA): coordination:

  • projects that require an Environmental Assessment or an Environmental Impact Statement.


OES Review and Agency Coordination

  • Level One ESRs:

  • Draft ESRs : One complete PDF copy and the text of the Level 1 form as a Word document submitted to the ODOT District Office.

  • Final ESRs : One PDF copy submitted to the ODOT District Office (a hard copy may be request by the District Office)

  • The PDF is then forwarded to OES.

  • Approved documents are coordinated as PDFs with USFWS and ODNR and other agencies as needed.

  • Coordination typically takes 30 days .


OES Review and Agency Coordination

  • Level Two and LV Threes ESRs:

  • Draft ESRs:

    • Consultant submits one complete PDF copy and the text of the Level 1 form as a Word document to the District for coordination with OES

    • Necessary revisions are routed back through the District then to the Consultant.

  • Final ESRs:

    • The final completed PDF is then forwarded

    • to District/OES for coordination with:

    • - USACE - USFWS

    • - OEPA - ODNR

    • - OES

    • Possibly NPS, USEPA, USCG, etc.

    • A hard copy may be requested as needed.

    • Coordination typically takes 30 days .


Conclusions

  • Agency comments to ESRs must be addressed in:

    • NEPA Document,

    • Commitments (plan changes),

    • And /or correspondence back to the agencies may require additional field studies or coordination

  • Comments may relate:

    • Alternative selection

    • Avoidance, minimization, and/or mitigation of impacts to ecological resources.

    • Specialized studies or reports required;

      • BA/BO

      • Mussel relocation

  • Responses to agency comments are prepared in coordination with the ODOT District office and OES


  • IMPORTANT NOTE:

    Under no circumstances should a consultant coordinate any ODOT project ecological document with any regulatory or resource agency.


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