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Welcome to Oregon’s Programmatic ESA Consultation for Highway Projects. User’s Training on How to Implement the ODOT-FHWA Programmatic ESA Consultation June-July 2013

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welcome to oregon s programmatic esa consultation for highway projects

Welcome to Oregon’s Programmatic ESA Consultation for Highway Projects

User’s Training on How to Implement the ODOT-FHWA Programmatic ESA Consultation

June-July 2013

Presented by ODOT Geo-Environmental Section (Highway Div., Technical Services), the Federal-Highway Administration (Oregon Div.), and National Marine Fisheries Service (Oregon State Habitat Office)

background purpose
Background & Purpose
  • Emphasis on Programmatic Agreements
  • SLOPES only provides coverage for some species and some Highway actions
    • USACE permits
    • Stormwater-only impacts
    • No FWS species
  • FHWA as the lead Federal Nexus
  • Increasing role of ODOT in Local Agency projects
  • Project Notification
    • Certain activities do not require “approval”
programmatic goals
Programmatic Goals
  • Overall Goals
    • Improve the condition of the environmental baseline most directly impacted by the transportation program (e.g., habitat connectivity, water quality)
    • Avoid and minimize adverse impacts to federally-listed species and critical habitat
  • Section 7(a)(1)
  • Better tracking of project effects (good and bad)…fewer actions need regulatory approval in future
    • Necessary for ODOT and Local Agency
early coordination
Early Coordination
  • Importance of early coordination
  • Prior to DAP, provide Services Liaison, FHWA, NRU and Region Env. basic project information
    • Project name, type, location
    • Anticipated notification type (approval/no approval)
    • Anticipated bid let date
    • Possible activities that may require “modifications” to design standards or mitigation
    • More details on “how to” during Day 2
programmatic scope
Programmatic Scope
  • NMFS Species
    • “Take”
    • Informal consultation
  • USFWS Species
    • “Take”
    • Informal consultation
  • Action Area
    • Aquatic and riparian effects
    • Stormwater effects

Credit: Jamie King, Alaska DFW

exclusions
Exclusions

Excluded activities may

require Individual Consultation

  • Tidegates
  • NEPA Class I (EIS)
  • Solely related to mass transit or rail
  • New permanent stream crossings or roads in the riparian zone (except bridge approaches or as needed to restore historic stream channels)
  • In-water work downstream of Willamette Falls Dec. 1 - Jan. 31
  • Stream channel realignment (except to restore former channels or eroding banks)
exclusions cont
Exclusions (cont.)
  • New lanes/intersections that contribute to other land use changes that trigger effects
  • Drilling or earthwork at EPA-designated Superfund Site, a state-designated clean-up area, or in the likely impact zone of a significant contaminant source
  • Direct or indirect take of Steller sea lion, killer whale
  • Effects to USFWS species (for now)
  • Large projects with greater than “programmatic-scale effects”
modifications
Modifications
  • NMFS interest in Programmatics
  • Expedite Project Notification by designing & building according to Design Standards
  • NMFS recognizes one-size-does-not-fit-all
  • Minor modifications – report in Notification
  • Substantive modifications –Early Coordination; likely will trigger Services approval of Notification
  • Major modifications may exceed “programmatic effects” = exclusion
other esa consultation options
Other ESA consultation Options
  • SLOPES IV or V
  • Bridge Preservation (USFWS)
  • Vernal Pools (USFWS)
  • ODOT Maintenance 4d exemption
  • ODOT Maintenance HCP
  • Individual Consultation
    • To streamline, model after FAHP
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