Division of Environmental Analysis (DEA)

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In response to enactment of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), in 1969, and the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), in 1973, Caltrans formally initiated an environmental function. Subsequently, in response to the passage of a host of environmentally-related lawsand regulations and heightened public support for the environment, the Program has grown to become a substantive and inseparable part of Caltrans' planning, development, construction, operation and maintenance efforts.

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    The Division of Environmental Analysis administers Caltrans' responsibilities under federal and state environmental law. The Program develops and maintains Caltrans environmental standards, policies, procedures, and practices that are implemented by the Department's 12 District Environmental Branches. Program staff work with the districts to identify and assess the effects of Caltrans projects on the state's natural and cultural environments, and identify ways to avoid or mitigate those effects.

    The Division of Environmental Analysis acts as the Department compliance lead and assists the Districts and our transportation partners in:

    • Complying with state and federal environmental laws;
    • Encouraging the public to participate in the environmental evaluation process;
    • Determining the environmental consequences of our activities;
    • Proposing prudent, feasible and cost effective strategies and alternatives to avoid or minimize adverse impacts of the Department's activities, and;
    • Ensuring the mitigation selected is appropriate.
  • The Environmental Management Office (EMO) has posted guidance on Mitigation under CEQA.
  • The Environmental Management Office (EMO) has updated the Community Impact Assessment (CIA) template to include a heading for Relocations and Real Property Acquisition and to update links. The CIA template can be found on the SER Other Guidance page.
  • The Environmental Management Office has updated the AB 52 language in Chapter 28 of the SER.
  • The California Natural Resources Agency recently proposed changes to Appendix G of the CEQA Guidelines (CEQA Checklist) based on AB 52. The California Office of Administrative Law approved these changes on September 27, 2016. EMO has posted an updated CEQA Checklist to the SER Forms and Templates page which includes these changes.
  • Caltrans has updated the California Historic Bridge Inventory to include bridges constructed between 1965 and 1974. Of the 48 structures formally evaluated, 12 were found eligible for inclusion in the National Register of Historic Place and California Register of Historical Resources. Caltrans Statewide Historic Bridge Inventory: 2015 Update 
  • The Section 106 PA and 5024 MOU Annual Reports for July 2015-June 2016 are now available for viewing. This report satisfies our annual reporting requirement.
  • The Environmental Management Office (EMO) has posted a new Community Impact Assessment (CIA) template which can be found on the SER Other Guidance page. EMO would like to thank the CIA Statewide Working Group for all of their hard work and dedication in developing this template!
  • A new CE Checklist has been posted to the Forms and Templates page.  The CE Checklist posted on July 8, 2016 was missing the hazardous waste section.  Staff who completed a CE during this time do not need to prepare a new CE or Checklist.  However, a brief memo to the project file should be prepared that addresses the hazardous waste questions found in the CE Checklist.
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California Department of Transportation
1120 N Street
Sacramento, CA 95814

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California Department of Transportation
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Sacramento, CA 95814

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