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Eco-Logical Technical Assistance Workshop: MaineDOT | April 1-2, 2015
The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) are jointly leading an effort to develop tools and resources for state DOTs and other agencies that are interested in Implementing Eco-Logical into their programs. This activity report summarizes the discussions held at the MaineDOT Workshop, held in Augusta, Maine, on April 1 and 2, 2015 at MaineDOT.
The discussion at the MaineDOT workshop focused on Step 7 of the Eco-Logical Approach. MaineDOT is currently preparing a Programmatic Biological Assessment for Atlantic salmon and draft Mitigation Instrument. The objective of these agreements is to streamline the permitting process for the construction of culverts and bridges over waters that provide habitat for Atlantic salmon.
AASHTO and FHWA facilitated an Eco-Logical workshop with MaineDOT, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the National Marine Fisheries Service, and the Maine Department of Marine Resources in Augusta, Maine, on April 1st and 2nd. The workshop supports MaineDOT's SHRP2 Eco-Logical award and program, and focused on the development of the Programmatic Biological Assessment for Atlantic salmon and draft Mitigation Instrument. The workshop produced an agreed-upon action plan and schedule to complete these documents.
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Topics of Discussion
The next steps for each of the attending agencies were to work on their assigned activities in the Action Plan and report the status at a conference call on June 1, 2015. The call was held and the activities were discussed. An in-person meeting is scheduled for July 29, 2015 in Maine to continue to update the team with the status of the Action Plan activities.
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