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Last Updated: Thursday, July 24, 2014 11:38 AM

SER - What's New

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Postings are in chronological order with the most recent listed first. Updates may also be viewed under specific SER volumes and sections. Postings older than 90 days can be accessed on the Posting History page.

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  • 07-24-2014: This checklist is intended to clarify and streamline Endangered Species Act (ESA) Section 7 consultations, between U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS) and the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans). The purpose of this checklist is to identify important information needs and analysis to complete Section 7 consultations in a timely and efficient manner.

    These information needs are based on the six items that are described in 50 CFR §402.14 to initiate formal ESA, Section 7 consultation process, but are also applicable to informal consultations. The checklist is for general project use as a guidance tool. For questions regarding this checklist, please contact , Senior Environmental Planner, HQ Division of Environmental Analysis.
  • 07-10-2014: Chapter 2 of the SER has been updated to fix broken hyperlinks, add additional state laws and regulations, and to add a new "CEQA Process Overview" flowchart.
  • 07-02-2014: A new NMFS BA Checklist has been posted to the Forms and Templates page of the SER. This checklist is intended to clarify and streamline coordination for the Endangered Species Act (ESA) Section 7, Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (MSA), and Essential Fish Habitat (EFH) consultations between NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) and the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans). The purpose of this checklist is to identify important information needs and analysis in order to complete Section 7 and EFH consultations in a timely and efficient manner. This checklist is for general project use as a guidance tool. For questions regarding this checklist, please contact , Senior Environmental Planner, HQ Division of Environmental Analysis.
  • 06-30-2014: The Natural Environment Study (NES) has been revised by the Biological Consultancy Group (BCG). Effective July 1, 2014, the revised outline is to be used to develop all new NES reports for the Caltrans, Local Assistance, and Oversight projects. If you have any questions, please contact Jennifer Gillies at (916) 653-6976.
  • 06-12-2014: Attachment B to the Preliminary Environmental Analysis Report (PEAR) has been updated to reflect WSG 11.0, including Task 280 (Administration of Permits, Licenses, Agreements and Certifications [PLACs] and Environmental Stewardship). Additionally, a PERT version of Attachment B has been posted.  Both versions can be found at: http://www.dot.ca.gov/ser/pear.htm.
  • 06-09-2014: Chapters 1 and 38 of the SER have been updated.
    • Chapter 1 has been updated to fix broken hyperlinks, add additional federal laws and regulations, and to add a new "NEPA Process Overview" flowchart.
    • Chapter 38 has been updated to add a new "Lead Agency Decision Tree for FHWA or Caltrans (as Assigned) Actions."
  • 05-21-2014: The SER MOU/MOA/Programmatic Agreements page has been updated to include a new Section 7 Programmatic Letter of Concurrence for Districts 1 and 2 and a new Streambed Alteration Agreement for routine maintenance activities in District 9.
  • 05-05-2014: The Environmental Certification form has been edited to enlarge the DIST/CO/RTE/PM and EA/Project No. fields, and to add more rows for project PLACs.
  • 04-24-14: The MOU/MOA page has been updated to include a broader range of agreements, to remove expired or superseded agreements, and to better organize the material on this page.

View updates by SER sections

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Volume 1 - General

  • 07-10-2014: Chapter 2 of the SER has been updated to fix broken hyperlinks, add additional state laws and regulations, and to add a new "CEQA Process Overview" flowchart.
  • 06-09-2014: Chapters 1 and 38 of the SER have been updated.
    • Chapter 1 has been updated to fix broken hyperlinks, add additional federal laws and regulations, and to add a new "NEPA Process Overview" flowchart.
    • Chapter 38 has been updated to add a new "Lead Agency Decision Tree for FHWA or Caltrans (as Assigned) Actions."

Volume 2 - Cultural

No updates at this time

Volume 3 - Biological Resources

No updates at this time.

Volume 4 - Community Impact Assessment

No updates at this time.

Stormwater

No updates at this time.

Emergency Projects Environmental Process and Requirements

No updates at this time.

Other Guidance

No updates at this time.

Forms & Templates

  • 07-02-2014: A new NMFS BA Checklist has been posted to the Forms and Templates page of the SER. This checklist is intended to clarify and streamline coordination for the Endangered Species Act (ESA) Section 7, Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (MSA), and Essential Fish Habitat (EFH) consultations between NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) and the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans). The purpose of this checklist is to identify important information needs and analysis in order to complete Section 7 and EFH consultations in a timely and efficient manner. This checklist is for general project use as a guidance tool. For questions regarding this checklist, please contact emailE=('james.henke.jr@' + 'dot.ca.gov') document.write('' + 'Jim Henke' + '' ) , Senior Environmental Planner, HQ Division of Environmental Analysis.
  • 06-30-2014: The Natural Environment Study (NES) has been revised by the Biological Consultancy Group (BCG). Effective July 1, 2014, the revised outline is to be used to develop all new NES reports for the Caltrans, Local Assistance, and Oversight projects. If you have any questions, please contact Jennifer Gillies at (916) 653-6976.
  • 05-05-2014: The Environmental Certification form has been edited to enlarge the DIST/CO/RTE/PM and EA/Project No. fields, and to add more rows for project PLACs.

MOUs/MOAs

  • 05-21-2014: The SER MOU/MOA/Programmatic Agreements page has been updated to include a new Section 7 Programmatic Letter of Concurrence for Districts 1 and 2 and a new Streambed Alteration Agreement for routine maintenance activities in District 9.
  • 04-24-14: The MOU/MOA page has been updated to include a broader range of agreements, to remove expired or superseded agreements, and to better organize the material on this page.

Scoping Tools

  • 06-12-2014: Attachment B to the Preliminary Environmental Analysis Report (PEAR) has been updated to reflect WSG 11.0, including Task 280 (Administration of Permits, Licenses, Agreements and Certifications [PLACs] and Environmental Stewardship). Additionally, a PERT version of Attachment B has been posted.  Both versions can be found at: http://www.dot.ca.gov/ser/pear.htm.

Training on Demand

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Glossary

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ADA

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Contact SER Staff

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Posting History