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Last Updated: Thursday, February 27, 2014 9:30 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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  • 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.
  • 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.

View updates by SER sections

Click the links below to view recent updates made to specific sections of the SER.

Volume 1 - General

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

  • 2-12-14: 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.
  • 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.

Forms & Templates

  • 2-27-14: The Environmental Certification form has been updated to include the Record of Decision (ROD) date.
  • 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.
  • 1-24-14: The PS&E / Ready to List Review Tool has been updated to improve quality and consistency.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 6-7-13: 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.
  • 5-10-13: The Air Pollution Standards Table has been revised and posted on the SER Forms and Templates.

MOUs/MOAs

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 5-6-13: The SER MOU/MOA page has been modified to include updates to the federal notification letters.

Scoping Tools

  • PEAR
    • 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.
  • PES Form
    No updates at this time

Training on Demand

  • 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

Glossary

No updates at this time

ADA

No updates at this time

Contact SER Staff

No updates at this time

Posting History