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Last Updated: Monday, September 18, 2017 7:57 AM

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.

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  • 09-18-17 FHWA has provided guidance regarding additional flexibilities in categorical exclusions. This memo can be found on the SER, Chapter 1, Federal Requirements, and Chapter 30, Categorical Exclusions.
  • 09-15-17 Chapter 38 NEPA Assignment has been updated to clarify the change in language required for environmental documents, technical studies, and public and agency outreach, per the 2016 MOU.
  • 09-13-17 FHWA has provided clarifying fiscal constraint guidance. A link to this guidance can be found on the SER, Chapter 1, Federal Requirements.
  • 09-11-17 The Environmental Management Office has updated the CE/CE form and the FONSI sample to reflect the NEPA Assignment language contained in the new NEPA Assignment MOUs.
  • 08-24-17 The standalone CEQA checklist posted on the SER forms and templates page has been updated to include the most recent language for greenhouse gas emissions. Please use this checklist for any documents currently in progress that do not require a full update to the new annotated outline format.
    Please see the Summary of AO Updates and Grandfathering Guidance for additional information.
  • 08-02-17 New to Volume 5 and the Updated Environmental Document Annotated Outlines is the Coastal Act Chapter Three Policy Consistency Summary Table. This table is intended to be utilized in Environmental Documents for projects in the Coastal Zone. The table provides example analysis for most Coastal Act Chapter 3 Policy areas, such as Coastal Wetlands, Environmentally Sensitive Habitat Areas, Agricultural Lands, and Coastal Access, as well as instructions for how to complete the table. The table can be found at the beginning of the SER Volume 5 - Coastal Requirements.
  • 08-02-17 The Environmental Management Office is happy to announce the release of the updated Environmental Document Annotated Outlines as well as an updated Environmental Document Review Checklist! The updated documents and a summary of changes and grandfathering guidelines can be found on the SER Forms and Templates page.
  • 07-13-17 Caltrans has completed a regional archaeological context and research design for the San Francisco Bay-Delta is intended to provide Caltrans District 4 staff and consultants working in the area with guidance for evaluating and mitigating Native American archaeological sites under National Register Criterion D.
  • 07-10-17 USDOT has posted detailed Questions and Answers on the procedural changes to 23 U.S.C. 139 (Efficient Environmental Reviews) made by section 1304 of the FAST Act. A link to this guidance has been added to Chapter 1 of the SER under Additional Regulations, Policies, Guidance, and Resources.
  • 06-27-17 The Division of Environmental Analysis has posted a Long Term Mitigation Guidance memo on the SER Policy-Related Memos page. This memo outlines the preferred process for mitigation commitments.

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

Volume 1 - General

Volume 2 - Cultural

  • 05-25-17 The Historic Property Survey Report (HPSR) forms have been updated to include NEPA Delegation language. Please use the new forms on the internet rather than earlier versions saved on your computer.

Volume 3 - Biological Resources

No updates at this time.

Volume 4 - Community Impact Assessment

No updates at this time.

Volume 5 - Coastal Requirements

  • 08-02-17 New to Volume 5 and the Updated Environmental Document Annotated Outlines is the Coastal Act Chapter Three Policy Consistency Summary Table. This table is intended to be utilized in Environmental Documents for projects in the Coastal Zone. The table provides example analysis for most Coastal Act Chapter 3 Policy areas, such as Coastal Wetlands, Environmentally Sensitive Habitat Areas, Agricultural Lands, and Coastal Access, as well as instructions for how to complete the table. The table can be found at the beginning of the SER Volume 5 - Coastal Requirements.

Stormwater

No updates at this time.

Emergency Projects Environmental Process and Requirements

No updates at this time

Other Guidance

  • 07-13-17 Caltrans has completed a regional archaeological context and research design for the San Francisco Bay-Delta is intended to provide Caltrans District 4 staff and consultants working in the area with guidance for evaluating and mitigating Native American archaeological sites under National Register Criterion D.

Forms & Templates

  • 09-11-17 The Environmental Management Office has updated the CE/CE form and the FONSI sample to reflect the NEPA Assignment language contained in the new NEPA Assignment MOUs.
  • 08-02-17 The Environmental Management Office is happy to announce the release of the updated Environmental Document Annotated Outlines as well as an updated Environmental Document Review Checklist! The updated documents and a summary of changes and grandfathering guidelines can be found on the SER Forms and Templates page.

Policy Memos

  • 06-27-17 The Division of Environmental Analysis has posted a Long Term Mitigation Guidance memo on the SER Policy-Related Memos page. This memo outlines the preferred process for mitigation commitments.

MOUs/MOAs

No updates at this time

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