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Last Updated: Monday, November 9, 2015 3:30 PM

Division of Environmental Analysis

What's New

  • In an effort to address hydroacoustic impacts early in the project delivery process, "Technical Guidance for Assessment and Mitigation of Hydroacoustic Effects of Pile Driving on Fish," has been updated. The Compendium of Hydroacoustic Data is available in Appendix 1 of the Manual. Please continue to work with appropriate project delivery team members and resource agency staff to address issues specific to your project and to check the fish hydroacoustic website for changes as science and engineering evolve to further address hydroacoustic issues. For biological information and assistance regarding hydroacoustic impacts please contact at 707-445-6627, or at (916) 653-8566.
  • 10-30-2015: NEPA Assignment Fact Sheet has been updated to reflect time savings through September 30, 2015.
  • The Division of Environmental Analysis has updated, and provided expanded instructions for, the Air Pollution Standards Table.
  • The Section 106 Programmatic Agreement Annual Report (July 2014-June 2015) is now available.
  • The 2014 NEPA Assignment Monitoring Report, covering approvals between April 1, 2013 and June 30, 2014, is available for review. The report summarizes Caltrans assessment of its performance under the 23 USC 327 MOU, and was submitted to FHWA in August 2015.
  • Templates for the HPSR form and narrative format, Supplemental HPSR form and narrative format, HRCR form and narrative format, and Supplemental HRCR form and narrative format have been updated to include statements about continuing CSO/SHPO consultation in the following sections of the above named documents: HPSR to District File, HRCR to District file and Findings for State-owned cultural resources.
  • The Federal Highway Administration has posted new "Guidelines for the Visual Impact Assessment of Highway Projects" (FHWA, 2015).
  • The Division of Environmental Analysis has issued a new Policy Memo to clarify existing federal policies for noise analysis to ensure consistency in District practices.
  • The Division of Environmental Analysis (DEA) has created an “Environmental Delegations, Efficiencies, and Effectiveness” brochure which highlights the environmental efficiencies that have been undertaken by Caltrans and our partner agencies DEA beginning in 1983.
  • Chapter 7: Built-Environment Cultural Resources Evaluation and Treatment and Exhibit 2.17: Excess Property Transfers and Route Relinquishments have been updated to include the Caltrans procedures that implement the January 2015 PRC 5024 Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between Caltrans and the State Historic Preservation Officer for built-environment state-owned resources. Exhibit 2.17 focuses on the procedures for complying with the PRC 5024 MOU when Caltrans transfers or relinquishes State-owned historical resources out of its ownership.
  • The Division of Environmental Analysis has posted a new policy memorandum, “Begin Environmental Studies Milestone for Environmental Tracking Databases” (Katrina Pierce, June 23, 2015). This policy memo requires that each District use an Environmental Study Request (ESR) that includes the signature of the Senior Environmental Planner or designee. The date that the ESR is signed by the Senior Environmental Planner shall be the “Begin Environmental Studies” date entered into any environmental tracking databases. A sample ESR has also been posted.
  • On June 17, 2015, Caltrans Director Malcolm Dougherty signed the formal request to the FHWA for renewal of the 23 USC 327 NEPA Assignment MOU, pursuant to 23 CFR 773.115. Later this year, the FHWA will provide Federal Register notification, formally soliciting public comment. The renewal request letter can be found on the MOU page.
  • The Environmental Management Office (EMO) has updated and re-organized its internet pages. Please go to the EMO Homepage to see the changes.
  • The following forms have been updated to fix minor issues: HPSR, Supplemental HPSR, HPSR Narrative, and Supplemental HPSR Narrative forms.
  • 08-20-2015: NEPA Assignment Fact Sheet has been updated to reflect time savings through June 30, 2015
  • SER Chapter 11 has been completely revised and updated. Revisions include updated information on project-level PM analysis, clarification on when conformity is required for construction impacts, and more information on the use of the Air Quality Conformity Findings Checklist and conformity procedures under 23 USC 326 (CE Assignment) and 23 USC 327 (NEPA Assignment). In addition, a new Air Quality Conformity Analysis Cover Letter (sample) has been posted to the SER Forms and Templates page.
  • DEA has posted a new Sample Environmental Commitments Record (ECR) which can be found on the SER Forms and Templates page. This sample ECR has a new “field” for listing mitigation that is required for significant impacts under CEQA, which should be called out separately from other avoidance, minimization, and/or mitigation measures. Although Districts are free to continue using the form of their choice for recording environmental commitments, mitigation measures for significant impacts under CEQA need to be listed separately, regardless of the form that is used. Chapter 39 of the SER has also been updated.
  • Chapters 2 “State Requirements” and 28 “Cultural Resources” of the SER have been updated to include reference to Governor’s Executive Order B-10-11, the new PRC 5024 MOU, and to provide guidance on Assembly Bill 52 which amended CEQA to identify a “Tribal Cultural Resource” as a new, separate, and distinct resource to be analyzed under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).
  • Volume 2 of the SER had been updated to reflect the new Memorandum of Understanding Between the California Department of Transportation and the California State Historic Preservation Officer Regarding Compliance with Public Resources Code 5024 and Governor's Executive Order W-26-92 (PRC 5024 MOU) that went into effect January 1, 2015.
  • SER Chapters 30 and 38 have been updated to be consistent with the new CE Checklist.
  • The Environmental Management Office has updated Chapter 23 (Farmlands) in Volume 1 of the SER.  It includes updated farmland definitions, an updated flow chart, more information on completing NRCS Forms CPA-106 and Form AD-1006, and additional information on Williamson Act coordination with the California Department of Conservation. Additionally, both the CPA-106 and the Form AD-1006 have been added to the SER Forms and Templates page.
  • The Environmental Management Office has updated the Air Quality Conformity Findings Checklist to include a hyperlink that provides additional information on applicable PM control measures and to clarify the conformity documentation required for the project file.
  • The Division of Environmental Analysis has updated the CTC Submittal page to provide updated instructions on CTC submittals when Caltrans is the CEQA Lead Agency and to provide the 2015 submittal due dates.
  • The Emergency Projects Environmental Process and Requirements Guidance has been updated to repair broken hyperlinks and to re-format the document.
  • The CE Checklist has been updated to include four new Categorical Exclusions under 23 CFR 771.117(c), three CEs that have been moved FROM the “d list” TO the “c list, and one new Categorical Exclusion under 23 CFR 771.117(d). These CEs are effective 11-05-2014.
  • The Division of Environmental Analysis (DEA) has developed the "Fact Sheet for New Categorical Exclusions under 23 CFR 771.117(c), CEs moved FROM the “d list” TO the “c list,” and Programmatic Agreements for CEs.”  These CEs are effective November 5, 2014.
  • [Posted on January 7, 2015]

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