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SER - Posting History

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January 2014 - PRESENT

  • 2-27-14: The Environmental Certification form has been updated to include the Record of Decision (ROD) date.
  • 02-20-2014: The SER MOU/MOA page has been updated to post the Section 7 NOAA-Fisheries Programmatic Biological Assessment, which provides the assessment of impacts used in developing the Programmatic Biological Opinion for Pacific salmonids, Pacific eulachon, and green sturgeon and which covers coastal draining portions of Caltrans Districts 1, 2, and 4; roughly the range of coho salmon.
  • 02-12-2014: The CE/CE form, the CE Checklist, the Air Quality Conformity Findings Checklist, and the Air Quality Conformity Analysis Outline have been updated to include two new categorical exclusions available for use under 23 CFR 771.117(c)(22) and 771.117(c)(23) (Projects Within an Existing Operational Right-of-Way and Projects Receiving Limited Federal Funding).  These CEs are effective 02-12-2014.

    Additionally, the Division of Environmental Analysis has prepared a Fact Sheet for these categorical exclusions which can be found on the SER’s Other Guidance page.
  • 02-11-2014: SER Vol. 1, Chapter 30 (“Categorical Exclusions") and Chapter 34 (“Exemptions to CEQA") have been updated to include more information on Project Description.

    Additionally, the Air Quality Conformity Analysis Cover Letter Sample has been updated and moved to the Forms and Templates page, and the air quality section of Chapter 38 (“NEPA Assignment") was revised to include some minor technical corrections, provide a new link to the revised Cover Letter Sample, and to include an updated Project-Level Conformity Process Flowchart.
  • 1-24-14: The PS&E / Ready to List Review Tool has been updated to improve quality and consistency.
  • 1-14-14: The SER MOU/MOA page has been updated to post the Section 7 NOAA-Fisheries Programmatic Biological Opinion (BO) for Pacific salmonids, Pacific eulachon, and green sturgeon, effective 10-18-13. The Programmatic BO covers routine maintenance, small capital projects, and geotechnical investigations. Areas covered include coastal draining portions of Caltrans Districts 1, 2, and 4; roughly the range of coho salmon.

January - DECEMBER 2013

  • 12-31-13: SER Volume 1, Chapters 28 and 38 have been updated to reflect the First Amended Programmatic Agreement among the Federal Highway Administration, the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, the California State Historic Preservation Officer, and the California Department of Transportation Regarding Compliance with Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act, as it Pertains to the Administration of the Federal-aid Highway Program in California (PA).
  • 12-19-13: The Division of Environmental Analysis (DEA) has developed the Mini-PEAR as a tool to provide the minimum level of environmental scoping that should be undertaken at the PID phase of a project. The addition of the Mini-PEAR as a tool does not change any existing policy regarding when a PEAR must be prepared, and the use of the Mini-PEAR is not required. The Mini-PEAR can be found on the PEAR web page.
  • 12-19-13: SER Volume 1, Chapters 35, 36, and 37 have been updated to reflect the CDFW Environmental Filing Fees effective January 1, 2014.
  • 11-15-13: SER Volume 1, Chapter 27 has been updated to include information on the Visual Impact Assessment (VIA) Questionnaire, the VIA Annotated Outlines, and to clarify when a Scenic Resources Evaluation (SRE) is required.
  • 11-15-13: The Environmental Certification form and the Certificate of Environmental Compliance form have been updated to improve quality and consistency and to reflect MAP-21 changes. Samples of the Environmental Commitment Record known as the Permits, Agreements, and Mitigation (PAM) form for District 4 and the Environmental Commitment Record form for District 11 have been updated.
  • 10-9-13: To reflect legislative changes, including MAP-21, and to improve quality and consistency, the following “Training on Demand” presentations have been updated:
    • Section 4(f), the “How Come and the How To”
    • The Importance of the Administrative Record
    • NEPA/404 MOU
    • The 23 USC 139 (Formerly Section 6002) Efficient Environmental Review Process
    • Introductory Course on Purpose and Need
    http://www.dot.ca.gov/hq/env/training/index.htm
  • 8-13-13: The Annotated Outlines for the joint and NEPA-only environmental documents have been updated. Key updates include:
    • An introduction was added which provides a brief history of the development of the AOs and their intended use.
    • The Coastal section was expanded and coastal considerations were incorporated throughout the AOs.
    • More information on the Park Preservation Act was added to the joint AOs.
    • Clarifications were made to CEQA section of the joint AOs under the header "Effects of the Proposed Project."
    • A List of Preparers was added.
    • Minor changes were made to the Visual/Aesthetics, Geology/Soils/Seismic/Topography, Paleontology, Hazardous Materials, Air Quality, and Climate Change sections.
    • Hyperlinks were checked and updated as needed.
    • Minor edits were made throughout each AO to incorporate "Plain Language" principles.
    In addition, the Environmental Document Review Checklist has been updated to reflect the most recent changes to the AOs.
  • 7-26-13: The Title VI Policy Statement: updated by Caltrans Director Malcolm Dougherty March 2013.
  • 7-10-13: "A Historical Context and Archaeological Research Design for Work Camp Properties in California" has been added to the Other Guidance SER page. This is the fourth document in our archaeological research design series.
  • 6-7-13: The SER MOU Page, SER Volume 1 Chapters 5, 15, 20, 30, and 38, and the CE/CE form and CE Checklist have been updated pursuant to the renewed 23 USC 326 CE Assignment MOU. The MOU is in effect from June 7, 2013 through June 7, 2016.
  • 5-29-13: The SER Acronyms and Abbreviations List has been updated and a new SER Glossary has been created. Both documents are in Microsoft Word format and can be incorporated into environmental documents or easily adapted to other uses. The Glossary is formatted as a Microsoft Word table.
  • 5-10-13: The Air Pollution Standards Table has been revised and posted on the SER Forms and Templates.
  • 5-6-13: The SER MOU/MOA page has been modified to include updates to the federal notification letters.
  • 5-6-13: SER Volume 1, Chapter 38, NEPA Assignment, has been modified to include updates to the federal notification letters.
  • 3-26-13: SER Volume 1, Chapter 38, NEPA Assignment, has been updated to provide live links to the NEPA Assignment MOU (October 1, 2012).
  • 3-12-13: SER, Volume 1, Chapter 6 has been updated to reflect changes associated with MAP-21 and NEPA Assignment.
  • 2-8-13: The Programmatic Section 4(f) Evaluation (Annotated Outline) has been updated to reflect changes associated with the July 2012 Section 4(f) Policy Paper, MAP-21, and NEPA Assignment.
  • 1-17-13: A SER Acronyms and Abbreviations List has been compiled and posted on the SER. The link to the list is located on the left navigation column of the SER above the glossary link. This list contains the most common acronyms and abbreviations found on the SER and may also be adapted for use in environmental documents.
  • 1-2-13: SER, Volume 1 Chapters 35, 36 and 37 have been updated pursuant to AB 2402, which amended the California Fish and Game Code to designate the Department of Fish and Game as the Department of Fish and Wildlife, effective January 1, 2013. Chapters 35, 36 and 37 have also been updated to reflect the 2013 increase in the CEQA document filing fees.

January - December 2012

  • 12-21-12: SER Forms and Templates: The Environmental Document Review Checklist has been updated to align with the changes made to the Annotated Outlines earlier this fall. The updated Environmental Document Review Checklist should be utilized immediately.
  • 12-6-12: SER Forms and Templates: The Air Quality Conformity Public Notice Language for conformity is updated to: 1) incorporate new areas based on U.S. EPA's ozone area designations effective July 2012; and 2) add RTP and TIP conformity language where appropriate; and 3) note that RTP and TIP language should not be used in Mono and Inyo County PM10 areas (non MPO areas).
  • 10-12-12: SER, Volume 1, Chapter 20 has been updated to reflect changes associated with the July 2012 Section 4(f) Policy Paper as well as NEPA Assignment.
  • 10-10-12: SER, Volume I Chapters 3, 4, 5, 15, & 18 have been updated to reference the NEPA Assignment Program.
  • 10-05-12: SER, Volume I Chapters 12, 13, 14, 17, 19, 22, 28 and 33 have been updated to reference the NEPA Assignment Program.
  • 10-01-12: The surface transportation reauthorization act, Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21), became effective on October 1, 2012. SER Volume 1 Chapter 1 has a summary of key updates of MAP-21. The following updates have been made:
    • A terminology crosswalk has been been developed. Printing this would be helpful.
    • SER Volume 1 Chapters 30, 31, 32, 37 and 38 have been updated. Key updates include:
      • The NEPA Pilot Program is no longer a "pilot" and is now a renewable NEPA Assignment Program
      • The Statute of Limitations has been changed from 180 days to 150 days
      • Section 6002 is now identified in these Chapters as the 23 USC 139 Efficient Environmental Review process. If a schedule is included in the Coordination Plan, concurrence from each participating agency is required.
    • SER Memoranda of Understanding (MOU)/Memoranda of Agreement (MOA): The NEPA Assignment MOU (effective October 1, 2012) has been added to the NEPA Assignment section.
    • SER Forms and Templates have been updated as identified: The following forms were updated to identify Section 6004 Categorical Exclusions (CEs) as 23 USC 326 CEs and Section 6005 CEs as 23 USC 327.
    • SER Policy Memos have been issued:
      • Assignment of Responsibilities under the Surface Transportation Project Delivery Program (NEPA Assignment)
      • Review Procedures for Environmental Documents under the NEPA Assignment Program
      • Environmental Document Quality Control Program under NEPA Assignment
      • Categorical Exclusions for 23 USC 326 CE Assignment and 23 USC 327 NEPA Assignment Responsibilities
      • Procedures for Determining Legal Sufficiency of NEPA Documents under the USDOT Secretary Assignment of Responsibilities under Title 23 United States Code section 327
    • Notice of Availability (NOA): Effective October 1, 2012, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) will only accept electronic submissions of Environmental Impact Statements for their publication of the Notice of Availability (NOA) in the Federal Register. SER Volume 1, Chapters 32, 37, and 38 have been updated to reflect this change. Additionally, the NOA form has been removed from the SER Forms and Templates page.
  • 09-13-12 A new link has been added to the SER Main and What's New pages that allows a subscription service for SER updates. Subscribers will be notified automatically by e-mail that an update has been posted on the SER What's New page.
  • 08-22-12: The Annotated Outlines for the joint and NEPA-only environmental documents have been updated. Key updates include:
    • Title Page: Minor corrections were made to the Title Page to more clearly identify cooperating agencies and responsible agencies.
    • Baseline: Language was added to ensure clear and consistent identification of the environmental "baseline" under both NEPA and CEQA.
    • Section 4(f) De Minimis: Changes to the "Parks and Recreational Facilities," "Cultural Resources," and "Section 4(f) Appendix" have been made. The "de minimis" determination and documentation is now part of the Section 4(f) Appendix. The changes to these sections reflect that the de minimis information is in the Section 4(f) Appendix.
    • Section 4(f): The July 20, 2012 Section 4(f) Policy Paper has been added as a reference.
    • Environmental Justice (EJ): The December 16, 2011 FHWA Guidance on EJ and NEPA has been added as a reference.
    • Water Quality and Storm Water Runoff: A minor change to the Regulatory Setting language provides clarification on the SWRCB and RWQCB roles within their jurisdictions. Reference to the Storm Water Data Report (SWDR) has been removed from the boilerplate language under the NPDES Program. An internet link has been added to guidance on the recommended content and format for the Water Quality Assessment Report (WQAR). Broken internet links to additional storm water guidance and information have been repaired.
    • Geology/Soils/Seismic/Topography: The Regulatory Setting language has been updated to reflect the Department's use of Seismic Design Criteria (SDC) in the design of structures. An internet link to the SDC has been added to the Guidance section.
    • Paleontology: Clarifying changes were made to text throughout this section.
    • Hazardous Waste/Materials: Clarifying changes were made to text throughout this section.
    • Biological Environment: The Regulatory Setting language was updated in the "Wetlands and Other Waters" and the "Threatened and Endangered Species" sections. Under "Natural Communities," corrections were made to mark instructions as blue "guidance text."
    • Climate Change: The Climate Change section was updated to provide the correct link to the HQ Climate Change reviewer e-mail address, as well as to provide clarifying language in the guidance text. The adaptation section has also been modified to reflect the National Research Council's Report on Sea Level Rise that was released to the public on June 22, 2012. Caltrans Director's Policy 30 (DP-30) (approved on June 22, 2012), was added to the boilerplate language in the State Regulatory Setting section.
  • 8-9-12: FHWA Section 4(f) Policy Paper was released on July 20, 2012. It replaces the 2005 FHWA Section 4(f) Policy Paper. SER Volume I Chapters 1, 20, 28, and 37 have been updated
  • 3-23-12: Volume 1, Chapter 34 of the SER has been updated to include the requirement that a CEQA Notice of Exemption be filed with the Governor's Office of Planning and Research (OPR), State Clearinghouse. This requirement applies to any project on the State Highway System for which the Department has determined that the project is exempt from CEQA.
  • 3-22-12: Policy Memo - Mandatory Filing of Notices of Exemption for Projects Subject to CEQA, Gina Moran, March 21, 2012. This policy memo requires that a CEQA Notice of Exemption be filed with the Governor's Office of Planning and Research (OPR), State Clearinghouse. This requirement applies to any project on the State Highway System for which the Department has determined that the project is exempt from CEQA.
  • 3-5-12: Forms & Templates -The Transportation Air Quality Conformity Checklist has been removed from the SER Forms and Templates page. Reference to this checklist has also been removed from Volume I, Chapter 38. The Air Quality Conformity Findings Checklist, which has been updated, should be used and reflects current practice.
  • 3-5-12: Volume 1, Chapter 38. Reference to the Transportation Air Quality Conformity Checklist has been removed from this chapter. It was also updated to reflect the STEVE database replacing the NEPA tracking spreadsheet to track NEPA Delegation milestones and to note that the Statewide Audit Coordinator changed from Cindy Adams to Dale Jones.
  • 3-1-12: Volume 3, Chapter 4, Federal and State Endangered Species Act Procedures has been revised to include an overview of the laws, regulations, policies, and procedures related to plant and animal species regulated under the Federal Endangered Species Act and the California Endangered Species Act. The revised chapter also discusses Essential Fish Habitat consultation procedures and the timing of biological tasks in relation to the project development process.
  • 2-6-12: Chapters 35, 36, and 37 have been updated to reflect changes pursuant to AB 209 (Statutes of 2011), which amended CEQA to require that the Notice of Availability specify how the environmental document shall be provided in electronic format.
  • 1-26-12: The SER Forms and Templates webpage was updated to provide the most recent versions of the NOD and NOE forms, which were both revised by the State Clearinghouse to include the project applicant pursuant to SB 320 (Statutes of 2011). Links to these forms in Chapters 34, 35, 36, and 37 have been updated as well.
  • 1-9-12: SER Volume I Chapters 35, 36 and 37 have been updated to reflect the increase in Department of Fish and Game's CEQA document filing fees effective January 1, 2012.

January - December 2011

  • 10-24-11: Volume 4 of the Environmental Handbook-Community Impact Assessment has been updated to include recent methodologies for conducting a Community Impact Assessment. A chapter on Environmental Justice has been included. Information on creating a community profile has been expanded and includes new sources for data. There are also updated processes for analyzing farmland impacts including instructions for completing the required farmland conversion forms.
  • 09-12-2011: Caltrans staff and consultants preparing compliance documents under Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act are encouraged to use the "Tract Housing in California, 1945-1973: A Context for National Register Evaluation" document posted in the "Other Guidance" section of the SER for the survey and evaluation of post-World War II houses and housing tracts.
  • 09-07-11: The Division of Environmental Analysis (DEA) has developed the "Alternatives Analysis Frequently Asked Questions" to provide guidance on the development of alternatives, including requirements for NEPA documents, requirements for CEQA documents, when avoidance alternatives are required, the difference between a design option and an alternative, and other important considerations.
  • 08-18-2011: Changes to Chapter 38 are as follows:
    • Quality Control:
      • Resource/Technical Specialist Review was slightly modified to state that where there is no consultation/coordination involved on an issue, no comment received on that issue, and no other reason to update the information on that resource/technical specialty area between the draft and final environmental document, no technical specialist review of that issue area is required for the final environmental document.
      • Technical Editor review was modified to clarify that no Caltrans technical editor review is required for an environmental document prepared by a local agency or its consultant. The local agency and its consultant are responsible for technical editing of the environmental documents they prepare.
    • Statewide Audit Coordinator changed from Scott Williams to Cindy Adams.
    • Various minor wording changes throughout to reflect that the Pilot Program is no longer new.
  • 08-16-11: Project Initiation Documents and the Preliminary Environmental Analysis Report, Kelly C. Dunlap, July 28, 2011. This policy memo clarifies when a PEAR is needed and reinforces the level of detail necessary for a PEAR. The intent of the PEAR is to provide a concise report outlining the issues for the environmental document, and any assumptions made in relation to those issues.
  • 08-04-11: Policy Implications of Sunnyvale West Neighborhood Association et al v. City of Sunnyvale, 190 Cal. App. 4th 1351 (2010), Kelly C. Dunlap, July 28, 2011. This policy memo discusses the requirement to compare environmental impacts of a proposed project to baseline conditions as required by CEQA, and it clarifies the Department's approach for traffic modeling in regard to the proposed build project and baseline conditions.
  • 07-12-11: The revised Annotated Outlines (AOs) have been posted on the SER. The following AO sections have been updated:

    Air Quality section: updated to reflect the latest guidance, as well as updated links and tables, including the addition of an attainment status column to the State and Federal Criteria Air Pollutant Standards, Effects, and Sources Table.

    Biological Environment section: The Wetlands and Other Waters subsection was updated to highlight federal CWA Section 404(b)(1) Guidelines, and to add links to current USACE manuals and guidance. USACE RGL 05-02 was added to this subsection, and along with RGL 08-02, provides the specifics of the time frame for the validity of jurisdictional determinations (JDs). The T&E Species subsection was updated to specify that per 50 CFR 402.12(e) federal endangered species lists should not be older than 180 days. T&E Species Guidance was also revised to clarify essential fish habitat requirements pursuant to the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act of 1976.

    Climate Change section (joint documents only): updated to reflect the current status of legislation, as well as updated links and graphics. The methodology for completing climate change analysis remains the same as the previous AO version.

    Land Use section: guidance was updated to highlight the need to assess the consistency of project alternatives with State, Regional, and Local Plans and to document the assessment. Noise section: updated per the new California DOT noise policy protocol approved by FHWA for new or reconstruction highway projects. This new Protocol becomes effective on July 13, 2011 for all Federal Aid projects.

    Paleontology section: updated pursuant to the Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009 (16 USC 470aaa).

    Water Quality and Stormwater Runoff section: updated to more fully integrate the requirements of U.S. EPA's Section 404(b)(1) Guidelines (U.S. EPA CFR 40 Part 230) into guidance for compliance with the federal CWA.

  • 06-28-11: SER Volume 1, Chapter 14, Biological Resources, Volume 3, Chapter 3, Waters of the U.S. and the State, and the ED Review Checklist form have been updated per Jay Norvell's June 22, 2011 memo: "Clarification Regarding FESA List Validity".
  • 06-23-11: Clarification Regarding Federal Endangered Species List Validity Jay Norvell, June 22, 2011. A policy memo was released to clarify that per 50 CFR 402.12(e), federal endangered species lists should not be older than 180 days.
  • 06-21-11: NEPA/CEQA Re-Validation form was revised in the second category under NEPA Conclusion- Validity to clarify that with additional documentation, the original ED or CE remains valid.
  • 06-16-11: Chapter 12 has been revised to include the requirements of the new Noise Protocol (May 2011).
  • 06-09-11: Guidance on Incorporating Sea Level Rise is now available. This guidance provides a framework for determining when and how to address sea level rise impacts on the Department's projects during the planning and project initiation phases. The planning scenarios used in this guidance are consistent with those recommended by the Coastal Ocean Climate Action Team.
  • 04-25-11: Tracking Federal Endangered Species Act Consultations and Automatic Elevation Procedures, Jay Norvell, March 18, 2011. As of March 31, 2011, in line with STEVE implementation, a tracking procedures and automatic elevation process has been implemented to ensure timely consultation between the Department and USFWS. Steps for data input into STEVE, ensuring a complete BA, timely initiation, and automatic elevation procedures expected to be utilized, are outlined in the memo.
  • 03-29-11: SAMI MOU between Caltrans, CDFG, USACE South Pacific Division, U.S. EPA, USFWS, and NMFS. The purpose of the MOU is to establish a mutual framework for coordinated review concerning the development of SAMI in California by Caltrans and CDFG for advance mitigation of planned transportation projects at a landscape scale.
  • 03/24/11: An updated Categorical Exclusion Checklist has been posted. The approach to documenting consideration of applicable federal regulations and Executive Orders has been modified for clarity and brevity and the unusual circumstances statement has been updated.
  • 3/18/11: Chapter 15, Wetlands and Other Waters of the United States has been updated to provide additional guidance on regulations, assessment and reporting requirements, and permit requirements pertaining to Waters of the United States and the State.
  • 03/11/11: Reference Guide for the Issuance of U.S. DOT Highway Easements or Special Use Permits, Rick D, Land, December 21, 2010. This memo and U.S. Forest Service Reference Guidance is provided as the interim tool for Caltrans and U.S. Forest Service Personnel pending revision of the 1989 U.S. Forest Service/Caltrans MOU.
  • 02/17/11: Remediation and Enhancement of Fish Passage Locations, Rick D. Land, December 16, 2010. The Department encourages additional attention and effort to remediate all structures that impede the migration of anadromous fish as required by existing law such as Fish and Game Code 5901 and Streets and Highway Code 156 [SB 857].
  • 02/15/11: Review Procedures for Environmental Mitigation Cooperative Agreements, Kelly C. Dunlap (February 3, 2011). This memo announces that the Environmental Management Office is now the lead for mitigation cooperative agreements and sets forth the procedures for developing and executing a mitigation cooperative agreement.
  • 01/13/11: Chapter 38 Air Quality section includes an updated air quality conformity checklist, now for use on all projects assigned to Caltrans by FHWA. Previously, separate air quality conformity checklists were used for projects assigned to Caltrans under Section 6004 and projects assigned to Caltrans under the Pilot Program. The key information from each checklist has been incorporated into this combined checklist.
  • 01-03-11: Updated the Air Quality Conformity Public Notice Language to reflect PM2.5 nonattainment designation changes effective for conformity purposes on 12-14-2010, and added graphics to assist with recognizing areas where language is to be applied.

January - December 2010

  • 11-24-10: Chapter 34 section "Emergency Exemptions" text and the "Emergency Projects Environmental Process and Requirements" guidance have been updated to provide additional clarification on emergency project documentation for both CEQA and NEPA compliance.
  • 07-29-10: Guidance for District submittals for Alternative Natural Environment Study (Minimal Impact) (NES MI) - No Effect , Gregg Erickson (July 22, 2010). This memo provides guidance to Caltrans districts interested in developing a shorter template than the currently approved NES MI template for use on projects that have no effects on biological resources. The memo identifies the elements necessary to include in an alternative format and the approval process.
  • 06-24-10: The SER Forms and Templates page has been updated to include the Environmental Document Review Matrix, a tool to track external/internal Administrative Environmental Document review comments. The form is used by the HQ DEA Coordinators on all Pilot Program QA reviews.
  • 06-09-10: The Chapter 38 list of important file contents has been updated to add public meeting materials and the Environmental Commitments Record.
  • 06-09-10: Links and references in the SER to the 6004 MOU have been updated to reflect the MOU renewal of the CT CE assignment program effective 6/7/10, including Chapter 30, Chapter 38, and the SER MOU/MOA page.
  • 06-07-10: CE/CE form was updated per the 6004 MOU renewal of the CT CE assignment program for an additional 3 year term, beginning 6/7/10.
  • 05-20-10: Chapter 1 has been updated to add links to the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, and to DOT Order 5650.2 - Floodplain Management and Protection.
  • 05-20-10: Chapter 20 was edited for clarification and to reference the Programmatic Section 4(f) Annotated Outline.
  • 05-18-10: SER Forms and Templates - the Environmental Document Review Checklist has been updated to incorporate changes to the annotated outlines and to include the Environmental Document Preparer signature block.
  • 05-17-10: The Annotated Outlines for the joint and NEPA-only environmental documents have been updated. Key updates include:
    • Climate Change (CEQA): Updates were made to the regulatory setting and some subsections were re-organized.
    • Section 4(f): Minor changes were made to Section 4(f) to clarify regulatory citations and to include cross-link to Programmatic Section 4(f) Annotated Outline.
    • Lead Agency: Title page and related text have been improved to more clearly identify Lead Agency for CEQA and/or NEPA.
    • Wetlands: Guidance has been updated regarding preliminary jurisdictional determinations, and ACOE approval per RGL 08-02.
    • Water Quality: Regulatory Setting was modified.
    • Threatened and Endangered Species: Clarifying text has been added to ensure the inclusion of effect findings, and identification of mitigation measures which were developed as a result of consultation.
  • 05-11-10:The Chapter 38 desktop version of charging practices information has been updated to reflect new Local Assistance charging codes.
  • 05-11-10:Chapter 25 has been updated to provide additional information and links to further resources and guidance, and to better integrate Environmental Justice into the Project Development process.
  • 05-04-10: Chapter 33, the "Internal Review and Approval for Consultation / Reevaluation" section and the Reevaluation/Consultation flowchart were updated to better reflect the requirements of the NEPA Pilot Program.
  • 04-22-10: An annotated outline has been developed and posted for Programmatic Section 4(f) Evaluations.
  • 04-22-10: Chapter 38 charging practices information updated to reflect new Local Assistance charging codes.
  • 04-19-10: The CEQA portion of the NEPA/CEQA Revalidation form was edited to clarify how to document the instance when a CE is no longer valid and a new CE must be issued.
  • 04-15-10: Chapter 38 has been updated to include information on the use of the Annotated Outlines, including deviating from the approved outline.
  • 04-14-10: Chapter 17 has been updated to add a link to DOT Order 5650.2 - Floodplain Management and Protection.
  • 03-22-10: The Joint Caltrans/FHWA Reevaluation Guidance was updated to better address its applicability under the NEPA Delegation Pilot Program.
  • 02-18-10: Chapter 38. A desktop version of charging practices information has been added to Chapter 38. The Uniform Environmental Filing System (UFS) section has also been updated.
  • 02-18-10: Forms & Templates page : Instructions for using the Uniform Environmental Filing System (UFS) have been updated. The template for UFS tabs has also been updated to reflect changes.
  • 01-07-10: SER Chapters 35,36,37 have an updated link to the State Clearinghouse and Planning Unit website regarding the 2010 increase to CEQA Document Filing Fees.

January - December 2009

  • 10-19-09: SER Chapter 38 has been revised. Guidance on Charging Practices has been updated to more strongly clarify that the Pilot Program Special Designation 6DELE and Pilot Program WBS codes are to be used only for Section 6005 Pilot Program activities, and to add participation in Pilot Program self assessments to the activities that may be charged to the Special Designation. Assignment language required for stand-alone Section 4(f) evaluations on Section 6004 CE projects has been added to the Section 4(f) section of Chapter 38.
  • 10-05-09: A link to the FHWA Memo regarding Interim Guidance Update on Mobile Source Air Toxic Analysis in NEPA Documents, dated September 30, 2009, has been posted under SER Policy Memos.
  • 09-08-09: Title VI Policy Statement: updated by Caltrans Director Iwasaki on August 25, 2009.
  • 09-15-09: A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the CA Department of Transportation, US Army Corps of Engineers and US Department of Agriculture Forest Service has been established on Compensatory Mitigation for Transportation Projects on National Forests in California.
  • 08-12-09: SER Chapters 31, 37, and 38 have been revised to reflect a change in the definition of Complex Environmental Assessments.
  • 07-31-09: SER Chapter 38 guidance on the appropriate person to sign the Environmental Document Review Tool, has been revised to reflect that the document preparer is responsible for completing and signing the checklist. The guidance has also been updated to reflect that the District/Region is responsible for ensuring that the Environmental Document Review Tool is completed.
  • 07-22-09: FHWA's "What is Transportation Conformity?" training is now available on the Training on Demand webpage. The training provides an understanding of the basics of transportation conformity, including a general overview of the transportation conformity process and its major requirements.
  • 07-21-09: The Air Quality section of Chapter 38 has been updated to provide clearer direction and updated links.
  • 7-09-09: SER Chapter 32 has been updated to include links to the on-line training for Section 6002 and the NEPA-404 MOU. Additional text has been added regarding collaboration on methodologies and detail under Section 6002.
  • 07-08-09: Chapter 38 and Forms & Templates page: Updated NEPA Delegation Tracking Spreadsheet and instructions have been posted with a revision date of 6/26/09. A new spreadsheet column has been added to record the HQ Coordinator "Class of Action Concurrence" date.
  • 07-07-09: The Charging Practices section of Chapter 38 has been updated to instruct District Local Assistance environmental staff to use the Special Designation 6LADELE for Pilot Program related activities.
  • 06-26-09: Air Quality questions 4b and 4c were revised, and two new CE categories were added based on updates to 23 CFR 771.
  • 06-24-09: A revised Chapter 10 Hazardous Materials, Hazardous Waste and Contamination (formerly titled "Hazardous Waste") is now available. This chapter provides an overview of the procedures used to address hazardous materials, hazardous wastes, and contamination during the project planning and delivery process.
  • 06-23-09: In response to requests by staff, we have posted the CEQA and NEPA forms in unlocked and unprotected versions with instructions as to how to toggle the lock/unlock feature to be able to use the Microsoft Word Form features and also format text, cut and paste, use hyperlinks and other functions that are not available when the form is locked.
  • 06-10-09: The joint NEPA/CEQA and NEPA-only annotated outlines have been revised to reflect new or revised regulations, requirements, or practices. The discussion of Section 4(f) has been revised pursuant to 23 CFR 774; the regulatory requirements discussion in the Water Quality/Storm Water section has been updated; the flowcharts in the Air Quality section have been revised. The joint NEPA/CEQA outlines have been revised to include an updated discussion of climate change and a new discussion of climate change adaptation strategies pursuant to state requirements and the Governor’s executive order.
  • 06-08-09: Chapters 31 and 37 instructions for circulation of draft and final environmental documents have been updated. It is now requested that a copy of the environmental document be provided to the Headquarters NEPA Delegation Office when an EA or EIS is circulated to the public. The DEIR/DEIS and FEIR/FEIS distribution lists have been updated to reflect this change.
  • 05-18-09: Instructions for using Uniform Environmental Filing System have been updated to clarify that establishing the environmental project files based on the Uniform Filing System should be done as soon as practical after environmental studies begin. The Index attached to the instructions has also been updated to clarify that the Plans, Specifications, and Estimates tab 530 should contain the PS&E package, Project plans, Correspondence and Review comments as appropriate.
  • 05-18-09: Chapters 1, 30, 31, 32, and 37 have been revised to add references to 23 CFR 774 and the updated 23 CFR 771.
  • 5-1-09: Guidance for the Joint Issue Memo for the Dispute Resolution Process for Section 7 Endangered Species Act Consultation, Jay Norvell (April 8, 2009). This memo provides additional guidance to the Joint Issue Memo for the Dispute Resolution Process for Section 7 Endangered Species Act Consultation that was formalized in November 2006 for all projects where Caltrans or FHWA is the lead agency.
  • 4-29-09: Interim Policy for Establishing Funding Assurance for Mitigation Requirements, Jay Norvell (November 14, 2008). This memo discusses the procedures for establishing funding assurances to the California Department of Fish and Game in permit or mitigation obligations as required under the Fish and Game Code and the California Endangered Species Act. It also includes example letters and a template for conveying assurances when submitting permit applications, consistency determinations or incidental take requests.
  • 4-21-09: Caltrans CTC Submittal Page and flowchart have been updated to clarify the coordination procedures for environmental documentation between Caltrans and the CTC. Expands memo requirements to disclose whether the project conforms to baseline agreements. DEIR/DEIS, FEIR/FEIS distribution lists also now lists the CTC.
  • 4-13-09: California Environmental Legislation 2007 - 2009 Session, Kelly C. Dunlap (April 1, 2009). This memo discusses the impacts of environmental bills signed into law in 2008 and in the 2009 Special Session that have the potential to affect the California Department of Transportation's work.
  • 4-06-09: Chapter 38 instructions for establishing environmental project files have been clarified; environmental files are required to be established "as soon as practical after environmental studies begin".
  • 4-3-09: California Transportation Commission (CTC) Environmental Document Submittal Processes for Projects on the State Highway System, Jay Norvell (April 2, 2009). This memo clarifies and updates the coordination procedures of environmental documentation between Caltrans, the local project sponsor, and the CTC.
  • 3-30-09: The Environmental Certification form was updated as follows: "as applicable" was added to the signing statement and the NEPA portion of the "Environmental Documentation" section was edited to make the intent of the statements clearer.
  • 3-27-09: The following forms have been made "fillable": Categorical Exclusion Checklist, Categorical Exemption/Exclusion Form, Quality Control Checklist, Internal Quality Control Certification Sheet, External Quality Control Certification Sheet, NEPA/CEQA Re-Validation Form, CEQA Checklist, Environmental Certification, Environmental Document Review Checklist, EIR Certification Form, Certification of Environmental Compliance.
  • 3-27-09: Early Acquisition memo by Jay Norvell and Bimla G. Rhinehart (Dec 2007) describes conditions under which Caltrans may use the early acquisition process for projects under the Pilot Program.
  • 3-23-09: The signature authorities discussions and table have been updated for consistency and to clarify that while the District Director may delegate signature authority for the DEIS to the Deputy District Director for Environmental, the FEIS signature may not be delegated.
  • 3-23-09: The 6002 Coordination Plan was updated to be consistent with the revised cooperating and participating agency invitation letters.
  • 3-19-09: The joint participating-cooperating agency invitation letter was revised to correct the subject line of the letter as well as to clarify the text regarding participating and cooperation agency roles. The participating agency letter was revised to be consistent with the participating and cooperating agency letter.
  • 3-12-09: The Biological section of the Standard Environmental Reference (SER), Volume 3: Chapters 1 and 2 have been updated.
  • 2-19-09: Chapter 39, Incorporating Mitigation/Permit Conditions into Design Section "Steps for Incorporating Environmental Commitments" Certificate of Environmental Compliance form has been updated to clarify form date, capture and record commitments post-construction, and RE signatory coverage of commitments.
  • 2-11-09: Chapter 38, Air Quality: Section 3.1 of the Air Quality Conformity Analysis annotated outline has been updated to clarify how to handle situations where projects are screened out of analysis under the protocol.
  • 2-02-09: The PEAR Handbook has been updated and reorganized to reflect new requirements and to be more consistent with the annotated outlines. The PEAR attachments have also been updated and can be downloaded as forms. There is also a blank PEAR format and an Environmental Study Request format that can be downloaded.
  • 1-22-09: Chapter 38 - changes, as follows:
    • Clarified that Class of Action documentation should be filed in the PEAR/PES tab.
  • 1-21-09 :Chapter 38 - changes, as follows:
    • Environmental Document Review Process
      • Clarified that QC Certification forms must be completed before the environmental document is approved.
      • Clarified that the Environmental Branch Chief quality control review occurs last and is the final signature on the internal QC Certification form.
      • Clarified that Legal review of complex EAs is not required, but is encouraged.
      • Clarified that the submittal requirements for Legal review pertain to formal reviews of EISs and individual Section 4(f) evaluations.
    • Categorical Exclusions
      • Clarified that the one action that best represents the project and its underlying purpose and need should be selected as the CE category.
    • Monitoring, Oversight, and Audit
      • Added a link to the performance measures matrix that identifies performance measure indicators and metrics used to evaluate performance measures. The performance measure indicators and metrics were updated during Self Assessment 3.
    • Data Management and Administrative Practices
      • Added a list of approvals and decisions included in the quarterly reports to FHWA.
      • Clarified that, at a minimum, dates must be entered within the quarter that the milestone was reached.
      • Added a list of Important file contents.
      • Added e-mail retention requirements: "E-mails that support project decision-making, reflect deliberation, and demonstrate a 'hard look' under NEPA are to be retained as part of the project file."
      • Clarified that environmental document comments from Legal and other Legal confidential communications should be retained in a confidential file separate from the formal project environmental file, as these represent attorney client privilege.
      • Added a link to Pilot Program WBS codes.
      • Provided additional information on when to charge the NEPA Delegation special designation 6DELE and information on Local Assistance charging practices.
  • 1-14-09: Chapter 38 - Section 4(f) has been updated to clarify submittal requirements for review of individual Section 4(f) evaluations.
  • 1-12-09: Chapters 35, 36, and 37 have been updated to reflect the increases in the Fish and Game CEQA Filing fees that took effect on 1/1/09.

January - December 2008

  • 12-19-08: Chapter 11 - Air Quality has been updated to add clarifying language to Preparer Qualifications, Processing and Approval, and Recommended Methodologies.
  • 12-17-08: Chapter 38 - An addition was made to the UFS tab contents for Section 4(f) to clarify that de minimis finding documentation for all Section 4(f) resource types is to be filed in the Section 4(f) tab.
  • 12-16-08: Chapter 20 "Section 4(f)" has been amended to clarify the documentation requirements for a "de minimis" Section 4(f) determination
  • 11-26-08: Templates are now available for public notice language to be used where conformity requirements apply. Specific language is provided for various areas based on the combination of pollutants involved, and the type of PM10 or PM2.5 hot spot analysis done. This language should be used in Draft and Final NEPA document public notices wherever conformity applies, and must be used in PM10 and PM2.5 areas where hot spot analysis and interagency consultation is done based on EPA's March 2006 guidance. Public notice for conformity is not required for projects processed with a NEPA CE.
  • 11-25-08: Templates are now available for three types of notices that FHWA sends on behalf of Caltrans to the Office of the Federal Register for publication: Notice of Intent, Notice of Availability, and Notice of Statute of Limitations on Claims. These templates adhere to the requirements of the Office of the Federal Register for document format and signatory authority.
  • 11-21-08: Other Guidance: Guidance for Preparers of Cumulative Impact Analysis: One key word was changed in Step 1(Identify resources to consider in the cumulative impact analysis). To clarify that the cumulative impact analysis should focus on issues meeting either category 1) "those resources significantly impacted by the project", or category 2) "resources in poor or declining health or at risk even if project impacts are relatively small (less than significant)", the word "or" replaced the word "and" on this list.
  • 11-05-08: Chapter 35: the State Clearinghouse submittal process for the draft IS/ND or MND has been updated to include the Notice of Completion.
  • 10-20-08: The Categorical Exclusion Checklist was updated to provide FESA Section 7 questions for Essential Fish Habitat.
  • 10-01-08: The Environmental Certification form has been updated to add a footnote reminding districts to send a copy of each completed Environmental Certification to the EMO Chief.
  • 09-26-2008: Chapter 38 and Forms & Templates page: Updated NEPA Delegation Tracking Spreadsheet and Instructions posted with a revision date of 9-19-08.
  • 09-26-2008: Chapter 20 has been updated to provide links to each nationwide programmatic Section 4(f) evaluation
  • 09-16-2008: Quality Control Certification Forms
    • Updated Internal and External Quality Control Certification Forms posted, with a revision date of September 15, 2008. Changes are as follows:
      • Technical Specialist Review area of the form changed to further clarify review requirements and the review that occurred. Check boxes have been added next to the list of technical study areas. The box is to be checked for each stand-alone technical study prepared for the environmental document. Technical specialist review is required for each resource topic with a stand-alone technical study.
      • Peer reviewer statement slightly modified to match the peer reviewer requirement in Chapter 38.
    • Section 4(f)
      • Section 4(f) has moved to the NEPA QC Reviewer area of the form to further clarify that the NEPA QC reviewer performs the Section 4(f) review.
      • The NEPA QC reviewer will use the form to identify the Section 4(f) finding for the project: None De minimis Programmatic Individual
      • The NEPA QC reviewer will check the box that corresponds with the Section 4(f) finding for the project
    • Environmental Branch Chief Signature has been specified on the form to be the last signature: "signed only after all other QC signatures are gathered".
    • External Quality Control Form
      • Section 4(f) now specifies the Section 4(f) finding for the project
      • Signing statements for the Environmental Consultant and the Local Agency have been modified slightly to more accurately reflect their roles in the process.
  • 09-16-2008: CE/CE Form
    • Updated CE/CE form posted, with a revision date of September 15, 2008. The form was slightly modified to add a printed name above each signature block and to correct citations to 23 CFR 771.117
  • 08-06-08: SER Vol. 1, Chapter 17 has been updated. Information on Location Hydraulic Study, Floodplain Evaluation Report and Summary Floodplain Encroachment Report has been revised.
  • 08-04-08: SER Chapter 1 has been updated to add a link to DOT Order 5660.1A, under the section on Executive Order 11990 Protection of Wetlands.
  • 08-01-08: SER Policy Memos have been updated to add Bruce Behrens Memo of July 16, 2008 titled "Procedures for Determining Legal Sufficiency of Environmental Documents under the NEPA Pilot Program". This document supercedes Mr. Behrens memo (same subject) of October 15, 2007.
  • 07-31-08: SER Forms and Templates: the Notice of Availability - FONSI form has been updated.
  • 07-30-08: SER Chapter 6 has been revised to update the links to the Sample Participating Agency Invitation Letter and the Sample Joint Participating and Cooperating Agency Invitation Letter.
  • 07-18-08: SER Chapter 38 (NEPA Delegation) has been updated with clarifying changes to:
    • Quality Control Program:
      • Technical Specialist Review
      • Internal Peer Review
    • Class of Action Determination
    • Options for communicating that Environmental Document is ready for approval, in
      • Environmental Document Review Process
      • EIS Review Procedures, Signature Authorities
  • 07-16-08: SER Chapter 33 has been updated to link to the most recent version of the NEPA/CEQA Re-validation Form (revised April 2008).
  • 07-10-08: SER Chapter 15 has been updated to make corrections to the Waters of the U.S. and the State Decision Tree, update wetlands procedures for Local Assistance projects per LAPM Chapter 6 revised May 30, 2008, link to the current PES form, and repair broken links.
  • 07-07-08: SER Volume 1 Chapters 3, 5, 14, 17, 18, 19, 20, 22, 28, and 31 have been updated for links to the Local Assistance Procedures Manual (LAPM) Chapter 6 Environmental Procedures (revised May 30, 2008), and the Preliminary Environmental Study (PES) Form (revised May 30, 2008).
  • 06-10-08: SER Chapter 31 has been updated to add direct links to the NEPA-only annotated outlines. Chapters 32 and 37 have been updated to add clarifying text regarding local agency use of annotated outlines.
  • 06-04-08: SER Chapters 13, 25, 31, 32, and 37 have been updated to link to the most current version of the Annotated Outlines (April 2008).
  • 06-03-08: Section 6004: Categorical Exclusion Delegation webpage: The link to the Section 6004 Categorical Exclusion Determination Form has been removed because this form has been superseded by the revised Categorical Exclusion Checklist; and the link to the Categorical Exclusion Checklist has been updated.
  • 5-20-2008: The environmental document Annotated Outlines (IS/EA, EIR/EA, EIR/EIS, EA, and EIS, posted on Forms and Templates) have been updated to clarify the following Air Quality sections: Environmental Consequences and Avoidance, and Minimization, and/or Mitigation Measures.
  • 5-15-2008: SER Chapter 38 (NEPA Delegation): Correction made to Signature Protocols under Environmental Document Protocols.
  • 04-28-2008: SER Chapter 38 (NEPA Delegation) has been revised. Key changes include:
    • Environmental Document Review Process - "The District/Region must also complete the Environmental Document Review Checklist before completion of the quality control process."
    • Quality Control Program - Add: "Note that the environmental branch chief’s quality control review must always occur last, but the other reviews may occur in any order that is determined to be most appropriate by the District/Region. "
    • Quality Control Certification Forms - Add: "Note that environmental documents for all projects require an Internal Quality Control Certification form, regardless of whether they are prepared by the Department, a local agency, or a consultant."
    • Division of Environmental Analysis and Legal Reviews - "The Legal Office will provide its legal review or legal sufficiency comments to the District/Region…"The Headquarters Environmental Coordinator and the Legal Office will coordinate to reach a common understanding on comments before they are submitted to the District/Region."
    • HQ Pre-Approval Review - Add new paragraph before the "No approval action" paragraph, "For the Final EISs, the Legal Office will make a legal sufficiency finding, if appropriate, or advise the District/Region that additional revision is necessary."
    • District Approval of the Draft or Final Document or Record of Decision for Public Circulation/Notification - Add new paragraph to beginning of section: "Before public circulation of the DEIS and FEIS, the District/Region must complete the steps below. For DED:
      • Legal office concurs that its comments have been addressed and that the DEIS may be signed
      • Headquarters Environmental Coordinator recommends in writing that DEIS is ready for signature.
        For FED:
      • Legal office provides Legal Sufficiency Determination. Headquarters Environmental Coordinator recommends in writing that the FED is ready for signature.
    • District Approval of the Draft or Final Document or Record of Decision for Public - "The ROD may not be published sooner than 30 days after the notice of FEIS is published in the Federal Register."
    • Signature Authorities - "The signature may be delegated to the Deputy District Director for DEIS, but may not be delegated for the FEIS or ROD."
    • Signature Authorities - Added "See Signature Authorities for the signature protocol for each document/determination type."
    • Air Quality - Added a reference to the Air Quality CE conformity checklist and the statement "This checklist is to be completed for each project and included in the project environmental file."
    • Environmental Impact Statement Submittal to U.S. EPA - "…attention Office of Federal Activities in Washington D.C. Add: "At least two copies must also be sent to the EPA Region 9 office in San Francisco."
    • Conflict Resolution With External Agencies - "Where this issue needed resolution does not involve one of the regulatory processes described above, the Department will implement…under Section 6002 of SAFETEA-LU when appropriate and assume the FHWA role, or work with the agencies involved to efficiently and effectively resolve the conflict."
    • End - Insert Useful Links:
      • a. Caltrans’ NEPA Delegation Website
      • b. NEPA Delegation Forms & Templates
      • c. NEPA Delegation Policy Memos
    • Environmental Document Review Process - "All quality control procedures and forms must be completed for both draft environmental document and final environmental documents."
    • Quality Control Certification Forms - Clarified that the QC Certification form is signed at the conclusion of the review "of the draft environmental document and final environmental document." Specified that the QC "form is signed once the environmental document meets standards and requirements in the reviewer's area of expertise."
    • Signature Authorities - Specified for EISs "Any delegation of signature must be in writing."
    • For further details see Chapter 38 Revision History.
  • 04-29-2008: SER Chapter 20 [Section 4(f)] has been updated by expanding the discussion of the six individual elements of the Interstate Highway System in California that FHWA designated as being exceptionally significant and thus remain subject to Section 4(f) even though the Interstate Highway System, as a whole, was exempted from 4(f) in SAFETEA-LU.
  • 04-18-2008: The Categorical Exclusion Checklist has been revised. Key changes include:
    • The air quality portions of the Categorical Exclusion (CE) Checklist were largely eliminated in deference to the Air Quality Checklists
    • Resource areas were added to the table of Federal laws, regulations, and executive orders (Question #5)
    • The form was condensed so that all 6004 CE classes are on one page
    • Signature and date were added
    • A slot was added at the top of form to include project identifier and EA
  • 04-18-2008: The NEPA/CEQA Re-Validation Form has been revised. Key changes include the creation of "middle" categories for NEPA that more clearly identify how to document minor changes.
  • 04-17-2008: The Annotated Outlines have been updated and revised. Key changes include:
    • NEPA-only annotated outlines now available.
    • Overall format for all outlines updated to consistently follow Affected Environment, Environmental Consequences, Avoidance, Minimization, and/or Mitigation Measures sequence.
    • Climate Change section updated to include latest CA and federal actions on climate change, also allows for disclosure of CO2 emissions for the purpose of comparing project alternatives
    • Section 4(f) updated to reflect new regulatory changes, including references to 23 CFR 774 and the balancing tests for "prudent and feasible" and "least harm." Additionally, guidance for documenting de minimis impact determinations has been included under Parks and Recreation and Cultural Resources sections.
    • Air Quality section minor changes were made to reflect more clearly FHWA’s air quality conformity responsibilities with NEPA Delegation, and the flow of the regional conformity flowchart. Construction emissions text expanded.
    • Noise section guidance now includes the Noise Abatement Decision Report and for the CEQA portion text clarifying that the basis for analysis is the "baseline" rather than the "no-build.
  • 04-15-2008: Volume 1, Chapter 20 "Section 4(f)" has been revised to reflect 23 CFR 774, the new regulations which became effective on April 11, 2008. The revision includes the new balancing test for determining whether a feasible avoidance alternative is "prudent"; the new balancing test for identifying the viable alternative with the least overall harm; a link to the new regulations; and changes to procedures and definitions.
  • 04-02-2008: Forms and Templates - Revised Internal Quality Control Certification for, External Quality Control Certification form, and the Environmental Document Preparation and Review Tool (Environmental Document Checklist). Key changes include:

    Internal and External Quality Control Certification Form Key Changes

    • Document type now includes CEQA documents
    • Role of Internal Peer Reviewer clarified on form: "Peer reviewer cannot have participated in, supervised, or technically reviewed this document."
    • NEPA QC reviewer statement slightly modified to clarify that NEPA QC reviewer signs both draft and final form.
    • Peer reviewer eliminated from External Certification form (Caltrans' review of an externally prepared documents provides the independence required for the peer review)

    Environmental Document Preparation and Review Tool Key Changes

    • Project identifying information added
    • Checklist updated to more strongly correlate with Annotated Outline requirements
    • Need for assignment language on ED cover specified
    • Signature and date added
  • 03-14-2008: Forms and Templates - Annotated Noise Study Report Outline
  • 02-13-2008: SER Chapter 38 (NEPA Delegation): Correction made to Assignment Language for Environmental Documents.

2001- 2007

  • 07-2007: Chapter 38 (NEPA Delegation)
  • 04-2006: Chapter 39 (Incorporating Mitigation/Permit Conditions into Design)
  • 09-2005: Chapter 35 (Initial Study and Negative Declaration)
  • 08-2005: Chapter 11 (Air Quality)
  • 07-2005: Annotated IS/EA Outline posted
  • 07-2005: EIR/EA Annotated Outline posted
  • 05-2004: Chapter 37 (Preparing Joint NEPA/CEQA Documentation)
  • 04-2004: Chapter 27 (Visual and Aesthetic Review) posted
  • 03-2004: Chapter 30 (Categorical Exclusions) revised
  • 03-2004: Chapter 17 (Floodplains) revised
  • 11-2003: Chapter 37 (Preparing Joint NEPA/CEQA Documentation) revised.
  • 10-2003: Chapter 18 (Coastal Zone) posted
  • 8-2003: Chapter 13 (Energy) posted
  • 6-2003: Chapter 25 (Environmental Justice) posted; Chapter 24 (Community Impacts) posted.
  • 5-2003: Chapter 20 (4(f) Resources) revised; Chapter 14 (Biological Resources) posted; Chapter 4 (Environmental Considerations During Trasportation Planning) posted; Chapter 8 (Paleontology) revised
  • 4-2003: Chapter 8 (Paleontology) posted
  • 3-2003: Chapter 37 (Preparing Joint NEPA/CEQA Documentation) posted; Chapter 28 (Cultural Resources) posted; Chapter 35 (Initial Study/Neq. Dec.) revised; Chapter 36 (EIR) revised
  • 1-2003: Chapter 22 (Land Use) posted; Chapter 33 (Reevaluations) posted; Chapter 12 (Noise) posted; Chapter 10 (Hazardous Waste) posted; Chapter 32 (EIS) revised; Environmental Document Outline Forms posted; Chapter 23 (Farmland) posted
  • 12-2002: Chapter 36 (Environmental Impact Reports) posted; North/Central Region Environmental Document Templates removed for updating
  • 11-2002: Chapter 34 (Exemptions to CEQA) posted
  • 10-2002: Chapter 3 (Public Participation) posted
  • 7-2002: Chapter 20 (Section 4(f)) posted
  • 4-2002: Chapter 17 (Floodplains); Environmental Handbook, Volume 2, Cultural Resources posted
  • 3-2002: USACoE Nationwide Permit Documents; FHW Review Timlines posted; North/Central Region Environmental Document Templates updated; PEAR Report Template posted
  • 2-2002: Chapters 19 (Wild and Scenic Rivers), 35 (CEQA IS/ND), and 32 (EIS) posted
  • 1-2002: Chapter 6 (Scoping) posted
  • 12-2001: Environmental Handbook Volume 1 reorganized; Forms and Templates posted; Memos posted; Chapter 31 (NEPA EA/FONSI) posted
  • 11-2001: EA/IS Template posted, Chapters 1, 2, 34 revised
  • 10-2001: Topic Matrices revised, Chapter 34 (EA) posted, SER site reorganized
  • 8-2001: Contacts and Suggestion Box posted, Chapter 1 revised
  • 4-2001: Chapter 15 (Wetlands) posted
  • 3-2001: Chapters 1 (Federal Requirements) and 2 (State Requirements) posted, Topic Matrices created.