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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

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coordination and conclusions

Coordination and Conclusions

Number of Copies

Agency Submissions & Comments

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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.
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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.
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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.
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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 .
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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 .
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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
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IMPORTANT NOTE:

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