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DISTRICT 4 - DIVISION OF ENVIRONMENTAL PLANNING & ENGINEERING

 

Our Mission

The Division of Environmental Planning & Engineering was formed in 1970's in response to the enactment of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). The Division is obligated for managing Caltrans’ responsibilities under all applicable federal and state environmental laws and regulations. In so doing, the Division ensures consistent and uniform application of environmental policies, standards, procedures, guidelines, and practices.

The Division consists of an interdisciplinary team of planners, engineers, archaeologists, architectural historians, historians, biologists, and landscape architects who play an integral role in the delivery of environmentally sound transportation projects.

 

Organization

THE OFFICE OF ENVIRONMENTAL ANALYSIS serves the environmental needs of District 4 and administers Caltrans’ responsibilities under federal and state law in compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) & the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).

THE OFFICE OF ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING is responsible for providing technical environmental engineering studies required for the environmental approval of projects in the District. The Office also provides technical support to Design, Construction and Maintenance offices in all matters related to air quality, noise, vibrations, dredging and hazardous waste.

THE OFFICE OF CULTURAL RESOURCES is responsible for identifying cultural resources that may be affected by Caltrans projects and for developing measures to mitigate impacts to those resources.

THE OFFICE OF BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES AND PERMITS is responsible for preparing natural environment memos and studies, biological evaluations and assessments, and for identifying mitigation that is required for project approval. The Office also provides functional support to Design, Construction and Maintenance offices in securing and ensuring compliance with permits and regulatory approvals from the California Department of Fish and Game, the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission, the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, the National Marine Fisheries Service and the United States Army Corps of Engineers.

THE OFFICE OF WATER QUALITY is the District focal point for water quality related issues. The Office is responsible for providing technical studies, obtaining permits, providing support to the Office of Natural science and the District on environmental mitigation work and functional PS&E support on roadway projects. The Office of Water Quality ensures the Department's Storm Water Management Plan (SWMP) is implemented in the District. The Office also provides technical support to Design, Construction and Maintenance offices in all matters related to storm water and non storm water discharges.

THE OFFICE OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROGRAM/PROJECT MANAGEMENT provides administrative and program support and serves as the Division of Environmental Planning and Engineering’s single focal point for environmental delivery status tracking and reporting, resource management, training coordination, and Information Services and general administative support.