California Department of Transportation
This site is produced by the Caltrans Division of Environmental Analysis (DEA) and Division of Local Assistance (DLA).

Adobe Acrobat Reader is required to view and print PDF files. Adobe Acrobat is required to edit online forms and save them to your computer.

acrobat reader

logo

Effective January 1, 2017, Caltrans 23 USC 326 CE Assignment and 23 USC 327 NEPA Assignment programs are suspended until further notice. Please disregard any references to NEPA Assignment within the Standard Environmental Reference (SER).

For more information, please see the Caltrans NEPA Assignment page.

Last Updated: Friday, February 3, 2017 2:14 PM

SER - What's New

Postings on this page will be highlighted for 90 days.

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.

ser subscription list button

Sign up for the Standard Environmental Reference (SER) Subscription List to receive an automatic notice when updates have been made to the SER.

  • 02-03-17 During the suspension of NEPA Assignment, Caltrans can approve PEARs and Mini-PEARs. However, if a class of action determination is required, it should be termed a "preliminary class of action determination." The PEAR form and the Mini-PEAR form have been updated to include this change and can be found on the SER PEAR page. Following the resumption of NEPA Assignment, the original forms will be restored.
  • 01-09-17 The Biological Studies Office has updated the Species List Validity policy memo on the SER Policy-Related Memos page. Please note that Districts now must get separate lists from NOAA Fisheries (NMFS) and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), as both agencies have separate species list generators; web links are included in the policy memo for each species list generator. We will also be updating Volume 3, Chapter 4 of the SER to provide specific direction on the requirements for developing federal species lists for projects.
  • 01-03-17 The SER Forms and Templates page has been updated to include the new CE/PCE form and PCE checklist.
  • 12-21-16 The Environmental Management Office has developed a Fact Sheet for FAST ACT Section 1304 Amendments to the 23 USC 139 Efficient Environmental Review Process.
  • 11-28-16 The Environmental Management Office (EMO) has posted guidance on Mitigation under CEQA.
  • 11-22-16 The Cultural Studies Office has completed a new publication called "A Historical Context and Methodology for Evaluating Trails, Roads, and Highways in California." This publication documents the development of trails, roads, and highways in California from prehistoric times to the creation of today’s modern highway system.
  • 11-10-16 The Environmental Management Office (EMO) has updated the Community Impact Assessment (CIA) template to include a heading for Relocations and Real Property Acquisition and to update links. The CIA template can be found on the SER Other Guidance page.

View updates by SER sections

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

Volume 1 - General

  • 10-07-16 The Environmental Management Office has updated the AB 52 language in Chapter 28 of the SER.

Volume 2 - Cultural

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

Forms & Templates

  • 02-03-17 During the suspension of NEPA Assignment, Caltrans can approve PEARs and Mini-PEARs. However, if a class of action determination is required, it should be termed a "preliminary class of action determination." The PEAR form and the Mini-PEAR form have been updated to include this change and can be found on the SER PEAR page. Following the resumption of NEPA Assignment, the original forms will be restored.
  • 01-03-17 The SER Forms and Templates page has been updated to include the new CE/PCE form and PCE checklist.
  • 10-06-16 The California Natural Resources Agency recently proposed changes to Appendix G of the CEQA Guidelines (CEQA Checklist) based on AB 52. The California Office of Administrative Law approved these changes on September 27, 2016. EMO has posted an updated CEQA Checklist to the SER Forms and Templates page which includes these changes.

Policy Memos

  • 01-09-17 The Biological Studies Office has updated the Species List Validity policy memo on the SER Policy-Related Memos page. Please note that Districts now must get separate lists from NOAA Fisheries (NMFS) and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), as both agencies have separate species list generators; web links are included in the policy memo for each species list generator. We will also be updating Volume 3, Chapter 4 of the SER to provide specific direction on the requirements for developing federal species lists for projects.

MOUs/MOAs

No updates at this time

Scoping Tools

No updates at this time.

Training on Demand

No updates at this time

Glossary

No updates at this time

ADA

No updates at this time

Contact SER Staff

No updates at this time

Posting History