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11 Practice: Caltrans Big Slough Watershed Partnership
Categories: Mitigation
Public Involvement
State: California
Organization: California Department of Transportation
Contact: Gary Winters
Title: Chief, Division of Environmental Analysis
Email: gary.winters@dot.ca.gov
Phone: (916) 653-7136
Description: The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) District 5 has developed a partnership with the Elkhorn Slough Foundation (ESF) to cooperatively protect and improve the environment of the Elkhorn Slough watershed. The Foundation currently oversees long-term mitigation for important ecosystems associated with the Elkhorn Slough watershed and is uniquely positioned to work with Caltrans in gathering and sharing data on sensitive species, natural communities, and biological diversity.

Through the partnership, Caltrans and the ESF are identifying synergistic mitigation strategies for major transportation improvements to three major state highways, a rail line, and multiple county arterial roads that traverse the watershed. The partnership aims to “expand the quality, effectiveness, and sustainability of mitigation, ideally in advance of individual project construction impacts.” The agreement between Caltrans and ESF establishes the following objectives:

- Develop a regional planning process that is compatible with the existing Elkhorn Slough Foundation Watershed Conservation Planning Process, which focuses on comprehensive solutions to water quality and habitat preservation issues, and that will be acceptable to regulatory agencies.
- Identify sensitive areas that are most likely to be impacted by future transportation projects, and explore opportunities for project mitigation, either through fee simple purchases, conservation easements, or enhancement of properties currently under ESF stewardship. Develop an ongoing partnership that will develop mutually beneficial mitigation projects.
- Increase Caltrans’ ability to improve mobility in the Monterey Bay area by delivering transportation projects more quickly and with greater overall consensus on appropriate mitigation measures.
- Achieve the maximum environmental and community benefits from the public’s financial investment in mitigation related to individual transportation projects.
- Take greatest advantage of the technical expertise and cumulative knowledge and experience unique to Caltrans and ESF staff.
- Extend this working partnership to include the California Department of Fish and Game, the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Environmental Protection Agency, the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers, the California Coastal Commission, The Nature Conservancy, and other stakeholders, as appropriate.
- Build public confidence that the transportation system can be improved while the natural environment is protected and enhanced.


It is intended that the MOU formalizing the partnership between Caltrans and ESF will stand as a model for other such proactive partnerships statewide and foster advance mitigation strategies.
Last Updated: July 18, 2007
12 Practice: Caltrans Determination of State Wildlife Connectivity Needs
Categories: GIS and Spatial Data
Habitat/Ecosystem Connectivity & Conservation
Interagency Coordination
Land Use Planning & Smart Growth
State: California
Organization: California Department of Transportation
Contact: Gary Winters
Title: Chief, Division of Environmental Analysis
Email: gary.winters@dot.ca.gov
Phone: (916) 653-7136
Description: Habitat fragmentation is becoming a great concern for the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) along old as well as new alignments where traffic, median barriers, and widening are compou ...[click for more]
Last Updated: March 30, 2007
13 Practice: Interagency Funding
State: California
Organization: Federal Highway Administration CA Division
Contact: David Tedrick
Title: Environmental Program Manager
Email: David.Tedrick@fhwa.dot.gov
Phone: 916-498-5024
Description:

The California Department of Transportation is currently funding several positions through agreements with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and other resource agencies.

Current fu ...[click for more]

Related Documentation: http://wwwcf.fhwa.dot.gov/exit.cfm?link=http://www.dot.ca.gov/hq/tpp/offices/orip/PIP.pdf
Last Updated: September 8, 2006
14 Practice: SACOG Blueprint Project
Categories: Land Use Planning & Smart Growth
Linking Planning and NEPA
State: California
Organization: Sacramento Area Council of Governments (SACOG)
Contact: Debra Jones
Title: Project Delivery Manager
Email: DJones@sacog.org
Phone: 916.340.6242
Description: The Sacramento Council of Governments (SACOG) Blueprint Project for smart growth started as a way to look at and optimize land uses in the Sacramento County by overlaying GIS data layers (e.g., greens ...[click for more]
Related Documentation: http://www.sacregionblueprint.org/sacregionblueprint/home.cfm
Last Updated: August 3, 2006
15 Practice: Memorandum of Agreement for Early Mitigation Planning for Transportation Improvements
Categories: Environmental Stewardship & Streamlining
Habitat/Ecosystem Connectivity & Conservation
Interagency Agreements: MOAs, MOUs, and Programmatic Agreements
Process/NEPA
Wildlife and Threatened & Endangered Species
State: California
Organization: Federal Highway Administration CA Division
Contact: David Tedrick
Title: Environmental Program Manager
Email: David.Tedrick@fhwa.dot.gov
Phone: 916-498-5024
Description: The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans), the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), the California Department of Fish and Game (DFG), the U.S.  ...[click for more]
Related Documentation: http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/cadiv/pre/moajoan.htm
Last Updated: March 13, 2006
16 Practice: MOA for Early Mitigation Planning for Transportation Improvements in California
Categories: Habitat/Ecosystem Connectivity & Conservation
Interagency Coordination
Watersheds & Wetlands
State: California
Organization: Federal Highway Administration CA Division
Contact: David Tedrick
Title: Environmental Program Manager
Email: David.Tedrick@fhwa.dot.gov
Phone: 916-498-5024
Description: The California Department of Transportation, the Federal Highway Administration, the US Fish and Wildlife Service, the California Department of Fish and Game, the Army Corps of Engineers, and the Envi ...[click for more]
Related Documentation: http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/cadiv/pre/moajoan.htm
Last Updated: July 26, 2005
17 Practice: Caltrans Streambed Alteration Agreement with the California Department of Fish and Game
Categories: Habitat/Ecosystem Connectivity & Conservation
Indirect and Cumulative Impacts
Interagency Agreements: MOAs, MOUs, and Programmatic Agreements
Interagency Coordination
Mitigation
Watersheds & Wetlands
Wetland Banking
Wildlife and Threatened & Endangered Species
State: California
Organization: California Department of Transportation
Contact: Gary Winters
Title: Chief, Division of Environmental Analysis
Email: gary.winters@dot.ca.gov
Phone: (916) 653-7136
Description: The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) Programmatic Streambed Alteration Agreement allows repetitive work to be conducted in and adjacent to streams without the need to repeat the appl ...[click for more]
Last Updated: July 25, 2005
18 Practice: Caltrans Coal Canyon Interchange Removal for Enhancement of Wildlife Habitat Connectivity
Categories: Environmental Stewardship & Streamlining
Habitat/Ecosystem Connectivity & Conservation
Interagency Coordination
Wildlife and Threatened & Endangered Species
State: California
Organization: California Department of Transportation
Contact: Gary Winters
Title: Chief, Division of Environmental Analysis
Email: gary.winters@dot.ca.gov
Phone: (916) 653-7136
Description: Two intersecting state highways divide a large natural area that includes the Chino Hills, Prado Basin, and Cleveland National Forest in southern California. This area of the Puente-Chino Hills and S ...[click for more]
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