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Last Updated: Wednesday, August 26, 2015 8:03 AM

SER - What's New

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  • 8-26-2015The SERv2 Table of Contents has been updated to reflect changes made in the chapters and exhibits to address the new 2015 PRC 5024 Memorandum of Understanding and recent revisions. The entire Volume 2 is now available in Adobe Acrobat Portfolio and includes the new Exhibit 2.12: Letters and Memos Format and Content Guide.
  • 8-24-2015 Exhibit 7.3 - Historic Bridges and Tunnels Screened Undertakings and Activities has been updated to include the PRC 5024 Memorandum of Understanding for state-owned bridges and tunnels. Exhibit 7.4 – Historic Bridges and Tunnels No Adverse Effects with Standard Conditions has been updated to include the PRC 5024 Memorandum of Understanding for state-owned bridges and tunnels. Exhibit 7.5 - Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties (SOIS) Action Plan Format and Content Guide has been updated to include the PRC 5024 Memorandum of Understanding for state-owned historical resources. Exhibit 7.6 - Heritage Documentation for HABS/ HAER / HALS has been updated to include the PRC 5024 Memorandum of Understanding for state-owned historical resources.
  • 8-21-2015 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.
  • 8-18-2015 The Federal Highway Administration has posted new "Guidelines for the Visual Impact Assessment of Highway Projects" (FHWA, 2015).
  • 8-14-2015 Exhibit 2.12: Letters and Memos Format and Content Guide provides guidance for drafting and sending official correspondence in compliance with the Section 106 Programmatic Agreement and with the PRC 5024 Memorandum of Understanding. The exhibit explains when to use the Caltrans letterhead versus the memo format, specific content needed, who should receive copies, the order in which certain information should appear and standard language to use for specific actions. There are also annotated letters and memos included.
  • 8-13-2015 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.
  • 8-07-2015 The following exhibits to the SER Volume 2 Cultural Resources page have been updated:
    • Exhibit 2.6: Historic Property Survey Report (HPSR) Format and Content Guide has been updated to include an annotated HPSR that shows how the activities and conclusions described in the HPSR correlate to the federal and state regulations, the Section 106 Programmatic Agreement, and for state-owned cultural resources, the 5024 Memorandum of Understanding.
    • Exhibit 2.14: Historical Resources Compliance Report (HRCR) Format and Content Guide has been updated to include an annotated HRCR that shows how the activities and conclusions described in the HRCR correlate to the state regulations and for state-owned cultural resources, the 5024 Memorandum of Understanding.
  • 7-31-2015 The following exhibits to the SER Volume 2 Cultural Resources page have been updated:
    • Exhibit 2.3: Time and Effort Required for Cultural Resources Compliance was updated to reflect the most recent WBS Codes and now includes additional work items.
    • Exhibit 2.9: Finding of Adverse Effect (FAE) Format and Content Guide was updated to correct terminology.
    • Exhibit 2.10: Guidelines for Memoranda of Agreement (MOA) has a new name, was updated to reflect the 2014 First Amended Section 106 Programmatic Agreement and now has sections on standard clauses that need to be in all Memoranda of Agreement and typical mitigation stipulations. The exhibit also has guidance in the form of checklists for MOA content and for MOA reviewers, as well as sections on MOA amendments and programmatic agreements for projects.


    • The following exhibits have been updated to include references to the January 2015 PRC 5024 Memorandum of Understanding for Caltrans-owned cultural resources:

    • Exhibit 5.1: Archaeological Survey Report Format and Content Guide
    • Exhibit 5.2: Extended Phase I Proposal Format and Content Guide
    • Exhibit 5.3: Extended Phase I Report Format and Content Guide
    • Exhibit 5.4: Archaeological Evaluation Proposal (Phase II) Format and Content Guide
    • Exhibit 5.5: Archaeological Evaluation Report (Phase II) Format and Content Guide
    • Exhibit 5.6: Data Recovery Plan Format and Content Guide
    • Exhibit 5.7: Archaeological Data Recovery (Phase III) Proposal Format and Content Guide
    • Exhibit 5.8: Archaeological Data Recovery (Phase III) Report Format and Content Guide
    • Exhibit 5.11: Post-Review Discovery and Monitoring Plan Format and Content Guide
    • Exhibit 5.12: Post-Review Discovery – Without Plan Format and Content Guide
    • Exhibit 5.13: Construction Impacts to Cultural Resources Report Format and Content Guide

    • The two remaining exhibit to Chapter 5, Exhibit 5.9 and 5.10 did not need to be updated.
  • 7-10-2015 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.
  • 6-25-2015 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.
  • 5-05-2015 Chapter 2 of Volume 2 of the SER has been updated.
  • 4-01-2015 The Division of Environmental Analysis has updated both Chapter 12 (“Noise”) of the SER and the Noise Study Report (NSR) Annotated Outline. Both have been updated to:
    • Provide more consistency with the 2011 Traffic Noise Analysis Protocol.
    • Provide more consistency with the 2013 Technical Noise Supplement to the Traffic Noise Analysis Protocol.
    • Provide additional information on noise analysis under CEQA.
    • Provide updated links to additional guidance and information.
    • Improve formatting.
  • 3-02-2015 The Division of Environmental Analysis has updated the SER to reiterate that the Air Quality Conformity Findings Checklist is required for any project for which a NEPA environmental document or determination will be prepared (Chapters 11 and 38) and to clarify that if a project’s class of action changes after the initial determination and concurrence, any subsequent change in class of action determination must be made by the Deputy District Director for Environmental or designee, with written concurrence from the Headquarters Environmental Coordinator (Chapter 38).
  • 2-10-2015 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.
  • 2-06-2015 NEPA Assignment Fact Sheet (December 2014) is now available. Fact Sheet includes current environmental approval time savings (through December 31, 2014).
  • 1-22-2015 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.
  • 1-12-2015: 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).
  • 1-02-2015: 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.
  • 12-15-2014: SER Chapters 30 and 38 have been updated to be consistent with the new CE Checklist.
  • 12-03-2014: 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.
  • 12-03-2014: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.
  • 11-14-2014: The Natural Environment Study (Minimal Impacts) (NESMI)) has been revised by the Biological Consultancy Group (BCG). Effective December 1, 2014, the revised outline is to be used to develop all new NESMI reports for Caltrans, Local Assistance, and Oversight projects. If you have any questions, please contact Jennifer Gillies at (916) 653-6976.
  • 11-05-2014: The Emergency Projects Environmental Process and Requirements Guidance has been updated to repair broken hyperlinks and to re-format the document.
  • 11-05-2014: 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.
  • 10-30-2014: 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.
  • View updates by SER sections

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    Volume 1 - General

    • 12-15-2014: SER Chapters 30 and 38 have been updated to be consistent with the new CE Checklist.
    • 12-03-2014: 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.

    Volume 2 - Cultural

    • 1-02-2015: 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.

    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

    Other Guidance

    Forms & Templates

    • 12-03-2014: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.
    • 11-14-2014: The Natural Environment Study (Minimal Impacts) (NESMI)) has been revised by the Biological Consultancy Group (BCG). Effective December 1, 2014, the revised outline is to be used to develop all new NESMI reports for Caltrans, Local Assistance, and Oversight projects. If you have any questions, please contact Jennifer Gillies at (916) 653-6976.
    • 11-05-2014: 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.

    MOUs/MOAs

    No updates at this time.

    Scoping Tools

    No updates at this time.

    Training on Demand

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    Glossary

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    ADA

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    Contact SER Staff

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