Environmental Review Toolkit
Water, Wetlands, and Wildlife

Training and Education Opportunities

The Federal Highway Administration is committed to providing a safe, efficient and environmentally friendly system. In order to help the States achieve this goal, we involve the transportation community professionals in training to help them comply with the various laws and policies enacted for this environmental protection, including but not limited to the protection and maintenance of water quality.

The Federal Highway Administration's National Highway Institute (NHI) offers the following courses in Water Quality and Stormwater Management:

Water Quality Management of Highway Runoff (FHWA-NHI-142047)

NHI offers this course to help transportation engineers, resource agencies and others identify and mitigate the impacts of highway runoff on water quality and ecosystems. Highway stormwater runoff as part of development and urbanization is a potential source of a wide variety of possible pollutants to surrounding water bodies. The highway surfaces, along with adjoining areas collect a variety of materials as a result of highway usage, maintenance, natural conditions, and pollution fallout. Due to the number of highly effective measures available to treat highway runoff before it actually reaches receiving waters, the potential threat that it poses is not always certain. This course intends to provide an adequate understanding of the water quality parameters and process and provide guidance to the transportation engineer in ways to protect water quality and integrate mitigation opportunities at the earliest possible stage in project development.

Upon completion of the course, participants will be able to:

  • identify and characterize the quantity and quality of highway runoff,
  • describe how runoff can affect ecosystems,
  • select a mitigation strategy from a watershed perspective,
  • describe design objectives and considerations in selecting and siting appropriate Best Management Practices (BMPs) for controlling highway runoff, and
  • will know the importance of BMP inspection, performance evaluation and monitoring.

Design and Implementation of Erosion and Sediment Control (FHWA-NHI-142054)

This NHI course is a joint effort between FHWA and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and reflects the agencies' commitment to providing education and training for sediment and erosion control in transportation planning, design, implementation, enforcement, inspection, and maintenance. Each discipline involved in a highway construction project has a different set of priorities. Reflecting NHI's commitment to learner-centered training, the course offers participants opportunities for discussion and joint problem solving, through which they will gain information about the roles and responsibilities of other team members.

A mix of Federal, State, and local highway design, construction, inspection and maintenance staff; environmental agency representatives, as well as consultants and members of the construction industry are encouraged to attend to provide their perspectives, learn each other's responsibilities, and explore an array of options to erosion and sediment control.

After completing the course, participants will be able to:

  • describe the components of an erosion and sediment control (ESC) plan,
  • list the sources of information for the ESC plan,
  • identify management practices and related management measures that are appropriate for typical situations and for a case example,
  • list typical construction and inspection problems,
  • describe both suitable prevention strategies and remedies for failure, and
  • link Federal and State environmental regulations to the components of the ESC plan.

For more information, contact NHI about enrolling or hosting a course.

The Federal Highway Administration also offers the following instructional recording on wetlands:

RIBITS Wetland Mitigation Tool - Live Demonstration

FHWA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) have produced an instructional recording for transportation users on how to use the Army Corps Regulatory In lieu fee and Bank Information Tracking System (RIBITS) to find mitigation credits for transportation projects. A version of this training was presented as a webinar in December of 2013. RIBITS is a web site that provides information on stream and wetland mitigation banks and in-lieu fee programs across the country. Users can access a wide range of information on wetland mitigation and endangered species conservation banks including the availability of mitigation credits, bank ledgers, service areas, and national and local policies and practices for the use of mitigation and conservation banks. Viewers of this demonstration will learn about:

  • Using RIBITS (Regulatory In lieu fee and Bank Information Tracking System) to determine if you can purchase mitigation credits for your transportation project.
  • Documentation for these mitigation banking or in-lieu fee programs.
  • New RIBITS features for transportation professionals.

The recording can be accessed at: https://connectdot.connectsolutions.com/p7dw3670scd/

Other Training Opportunities

International Stormwater Best Management Practices Database: A Resource for BMP Selection & Design Guidance
The Center for Transportation and the Environment (CTE) hosted a nationally transmitted broadcast via satellite television and the internet. The database was sponsored by a coalition of partners including: Water Environment Research Foundation (WERF), American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) / Environmental and Water Resources Institute (EWRI), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA), Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), American Public Works Association (APWA)

The International Stormwater Best Management Practices (BMP) Database (www.bmpdatabase.org serves as a central clearinghouse for BMP data to help improve BMP selection, design, and performance. This broadcast introduced viewers to the history and significant findings of the BMP Database. Additionally, guidance on monitoring and examples of how various municipalities and DOTs are contributing to and utilizing the database was included.

Alternative Practices for Highway Stormwater Management
Offered by the Izaak Walton League of America, this four-part Webcast series outlined the latest techniques available to help transportation agencies save money, comply with water quality and water supply regulations, and improve water quality with context-sensitive stormwater management practices, including low impact development techniques. These techniques also can help highway department personnel manage stormwater quantity and quality while using existing rights of way and providing easy access for maintenance crews. Each session includes valuable background information and specific guidance on how to apply these principles for highway projects. The series also addressed barriers to using innovative stormwater management techniques and how to overcome those barriers. This series provides valuable information to design engineers, planners, regulators, students, maintenance supervisors, construction engineers, and consultants.

Introduction to Alternative Practices to Manage Highway Runoff (Aired May 18, 2006): This session explores alternative practices to manage highway runoff using low impact development (LID) principals. LID refers to a toolbox of techniques, some of which provide excellent stormwater management options at low life-cycle cost for highways. LID in a highway environment refers to the management of stormwater safely and cost-effectively to reproduce predevelopment hydrology while using methods that are appropriate to, and fit within, existing streetscapes and landscapes. Learn more about the benefits of these techniques and transportation projects that have used them successfully.

Planning Highway Projects Using Alternative Practices for Stormwater Management (Aired June 15, 2006): Everyone involved in planning and scoping highway projects will learn about the benefits of watershed-scale planning in the highway environment. The session includes factors to consider in watershed-scale planning and how to save costs over the life-cycle of projects by planning projects in ways that allow design engineers to take advantage of existing stormwater management properties of the landscape.

Alternative Practices for Highway Stormwater Management: Design, Construction and Maintenance - Part One (Aired October 26, 2006): Design engineers, construction engineers, and maintenance supervisors will learn detailed information about how to design, construct and maintain stormwater management techniques that use existing rights of way immediately adjacent to the roadway. Two or three project case studies are presented in depth by a panel of engineers experienced in implementing these techniques. Design criteria and specifications are provided.

Alternative Practices for Highway Stormwater Management: Design, Construction and Maintenance - Part Two (Aired December 7, 2006): This continuation of the previous session explores three additional techniques.

Previously Aired Webcasts: To obtain copies, of previously aired webcasts or to view resources associated with each webcast, please visit: https://itre.ncsu.edu/

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