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  • 06-13-18 Chapter 38 has been updated. The "Quality Control Program" section has been revised to clarify the timing for completion of the Internal and External Certification forms and the order of signatures for externally-prepared environmental documents requiring multiple reviews. The "Environmental Impact Statement, Complex Environmental Assessment, and Individual Section 4(f) Evaluation Review Procedures" section has been clarified regarding completion of the Internal Certification Form for stand-alone Section 4(f) evaluations and the number of copies of the administrative environmental document that districts are required to submit to DEA.
  • 06-11-18 The Environmental Management Office has updated the Internal and External Quality Control Certification Sheets to include a checkbox for Stand-alone Individual Section 4(f) documents.
  • 06-11-18 The Environmental Management Office has updated the CE Checklist. Edits have been made to the cultural resources, biology, and relocation/right of way sections; and the section on constraints for CEs under 23 CFR 771.117(c)(26), (c)(27), or (c)(28); based on district input and NEPA Assignment Monitoring reviews.
  • 05-25-18 The Environmental Management Office has modified the CE/CE Form to clarify that the "General Rule" exemption under CEQA is independent of the categorical exemptions under CEQA and that the exceptions under 14 CCR 15300.2 only apply to the 33 classes of categorical exemptions listed in 14 CCR 15301-15333.
  • 05-02-18 The Environmental Management Office is pleased to announce the creation of a new SER page with updated and expanded guidance for emergency projects.
  • 04-30-18 The Division of Environmental Analysis has posted the newest Title VI Policy Statement to the Forms and Templates page of the SER.
  • 04-13-18 The Environmental Management Office has prepared Environmental Risk Register Guidance and two example risk registers to assist Environmental staff in the identification of environmental risks for project risk registers. The guidance and example risk registers can be found on the SER Other Guidance page.
  • 04-09-18 The Environmental Management Office has prepared a CEQA Document Types Fact Sheet to provide direction on determining the appropriate CEQA determination/document type for projects on the State Highway System (SHS) where Caltrans is the CEQA lead agency.
  • 03-22-18 The Environmental Management Office has updated the Internal Quality Control Certification Review Sheet on the SER Forms and Templates page. The form has been formatted slightly so that the required checkboxes above the NEPA QC Reviewer line are more visible.
  • 03-15-18 The Environmental Management Office has updated the CE Checklist to update the dollar amounts for CEs under 23 CFR 771.117(c)(23) "Projects with limited federal assistance."
  • 03-15-18 The CEQA Findings and Statement of Overriding Considerations (SOC) forms have been updated to include a signature and date line. The forms show the District Director as the signatory, however, this may be delegated based on district signature delegation protocols. The updated forms can be found on the SER Forms and Templates page.
  • 03-02-18 The Environmental Management Office has updated the Certificate of Environmental Compliance to consist of two forms. The first form, to be completed at Construction Contract Acceptance (CCA) is required for all projects. The second form, to be completed at project closeout, is only required for those projects that have environmental commitments that extend beyond CCA. Two forms were deemed necessary as responsibilities for both the Resident Engineer and the Environmental Construction Liaison end at CCA and new staff take on the responsibilities for long-term mitigation requirements. The new CEC forms can be found on the SER Forms and Templates page. Chapter 39 of the SER, “Incorporating Environmental Commitments into Design” has also been updated to reflect the new process.

View updates by SER sections

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Volume 1 - General

  • 06-13-18 Chapter 38 has been updated. The "Quality Control Program" section has been revised to clarify the timing for completion of the Internal and External Certification forms and the order of signatures for externally-prepared environmental documents requiring multiple reviews. The "Environmental Impact Statement, Complex Environmental Assessment, and Individual Section 4(f) Evaluation Review Procedures" section has been clarified regarding completion of the Internal Certification Form for stand-alone Section 4(f) evaluations and the number of copies of the administrative environmental document that districts are required to submit to DEA.

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.

Volume 5 - Coastal Requirements

No updates at this time.

Stormwater

No updates at this time.

Emergency Projects Environmental Process and Requirements

No updates at this time

Other Guidance

  • 05-02-18 The Environmental Management Office is pleased to announce the creation of a new SER page with updated and expanded guidance for emergency projects.
  • 04-13-18 The Environmental Management Office has prepared Environmental Risk Register Guidance and two example risk registers to assist Environmental staff in the identification of environmental risks for project risk registers. The guidance and example risk registers can be found on the SER Other Guidance page.
  • 04-09-18 The Environmental Management Office has prepared a CEQA Document Types Fact Sheet to provide direction on determining the appropriate CEQA determination/document type for projects on the State Highway System (SHS) where Caltrans is the CEQA lead agency.

Forms & Templates

  • 06-11-18 The Environmental Management Office has updated the Internal and External Quality Control Certification Sheets to include a checkbox for Stand-alone Individual Section 4(f) documents.
  • 06-11-18 The Environmental Management Office has updated the CE Checklist. Edits have been made to the cultural resources, biology, and relocation/right of way sections; and the section on constraints for CEs under 23 CFR 771.117(c)(26), (c)(27), or (c)(28); based on district input and NEPA Assignment Monitoring reviews.
  • 05-25-18 The Environmental Management Office has modified the CE/CE Form to clarify that the "General Rule" exemption under CEQA is independent of the categorical exemptions under CEQA and that the exceptions under 14 CCR 15300.2 only apply to the 33 classes of categorical exemptions listed in 14 CCR 15301-15333.
  • 04-30-18 The Division of Environmental Analysis has posted the newest Title VI Policy Statement to the Forms and Templates page of the SER.
  • 03-22-18 The Environmental Management Office has updated the Internal Quality Control Certification Review Sheet on the SER Forms and Templates page. The form has been formatted slightly so that the required checkboxes above the NEPA QC Reviewer line are more visible.
  • 03-15-18 The Environmental Management Office has updated the CE Checklist to update the dollar amounts for CEs under 23 CFR 771.117(c)(23) "Projects with limited federal assistance."
  • 03-15-18 The CEQA Findings and Statement of Overriding Considerations (SOC) forms have been updated to include a signature and date line. The forms show the District Director as the signatory, however, this may be delegated based on district signature delegation protocols. The updated forms can be found on the SER Forms and Templates page.
  • 03-02-18 The Environmental Management Office has updated the Certificate of Environmental Compliance to consist of two forms. The first form, to be completed at Construction Contract Acceptance (CCA) is required for all projects. The second form, to be completed at project closeout, is only required for those projects that have environmental commitments that extend beyond CCA. Two forms were deemed necessary as responsibilities for both the Resident Engineer and the Environmental Construction Liaison end at CCA and new staff take on the responsibilities for long-term mitigation requirements. The new CEC forms can be found on the SER Forms and Templates page. Chapter 39 of the SER, “Incorporating Environmental Commitments into Design” has also been updated to reflect the new process.

Policy Memos

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MOUs/MOAs

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Scoping Tools

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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