Tribal Issues & Project DeliveryCase Studies & Lessons LearnedFederal Highway AdministrationWashington Division FHWA Environmental Meeting, June 29, 2004 Sharon P. Love, P.E.Environmental Program Manager, FHWA WA Division Eloise Best, Colville
Tribal Issues and Project Delivery • Some Project-Specific Examples: • Traditional Cultural Properties – Upriver Drive in Spokane County – Delayed 4 years, Mitigation Cost $40,000 • Treaty Rights – Edmonds Crossing – Delayed 3 years Mitigation Cost $5 million + • Archaeology – Hood Canal Bridge – Delayed 1 year Mitigation cost $4.5 million FHWA $3.4 million WSDOT, Delay claim – as much as $30 million
Spokane County Upriver Drive Coyote’s Rocks – TCP • Minor project – sidewalks and shoulder widening. • Documented CE • County lead. • TCP listed on the National Register of Historic Places missed in early review and on DCE.
Upriver Drive, Spokane County Coyote’s Rocks Lessons Learned/Results • Education of Local Agencies –ensure National Register is checked. • Early involvement with Tribes. • Importance of Government-to-Government relationship at the Federal level. • Revisions to checklist used for Documented Categorical Exclusions.
Edmonds Crossing Tribal Fishing Area New Alternative
Edmonds Crossing Lessons Learned • Possible impacts on Tribal treaty rights need to be addressed early. • Tribal input can greatly improve a project – even more so if it is received early (ideally before the Draft EIS is circulated). • There is more to tribal coordination in NEPA than Section 106.
Hood Canal Bridge Port Angeles Graving Dock
Hood Canal Bridge • Late Discovery of Archaeology • Choices: • Terminate contract, further delaying HCB replacement • Figure out a way through the Section 106 process
Hood Canal BridgePort Angeles Graving Dock Lessons Learned • Importance of FHWA andWSDOT involvement with the Tribe early in NEPA. • A good monitoring plan is essential – it worked well in this case. • Face-to-face meetings.
What are we doing to improve coordination with Tribes in WA? • Early notice of projects (during planning) • Annual Meetings with SHPO and Tribes • Review of Metropolitan Planning Organizations to ensure Tribal projects and issues are addressed in their plans.
What are we doing to improve coordination with Tribes in WA? • Programmatic Agreements on Section 106 Consultation • Government-Government Training WSDOT’s Tribal Liaison Office presents training for transportation employees on Section 106 and TERO. WSDOT is training 250 of their staff each year.
For further information: • Sharon Love email@example.com • FHWA Washington Division website: www.fhwa.dot.gov/wadiv • Washington State DOT website: www.wsdot.wa.gov