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1 Practice: Programmatic Approach with the Maryland Historical Trust (MHT) for coordination on Minor National Recreational Trails and Transportation Alternatives Program Projects Not Likely to Impact Historic Resources
Categories: Environmental Stewardship & Streamlining
Interagency Agreements: MOAs, MOUs, and Programmatic Agreements
Interagency Coordination
State: Maryland
Organization: Maryland Department of Transportation’s State Highway Administration (SHA)
Contact: Donna Buscemi
Title: Chief, Environmental Planning Division
Email: dbuscemi@sha.state.md.us
Phone: 410-545-8558
Description: SHA developed a programmatic approach with the MHT for coordination of minor NRT and TAP projects that are not likely to impact historic or archeological resources. These minor projects are exempt fro ...[click for more]
Last Updated: March 1, 2017
2 Practice: Programmatic Approach with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on coordination for National Recreational Trails and Transportation Alternatives Program Projects Specific to the Northern Long-eared Bat, Indiana Bat and Bog Turtle
Categories: Environmental Stewardship & Streamlining
Interagency Agreements: MOAs, MOUs, and Programmatic Agreements
Interagency Coordination
State: Maryland
Organization: Maryland Department of Transportation’s State Highway Administration (SHA)
Contact: Donna Buscemi
Title: Chief, Environmental Planning Division
Email: dbuscemi@sha.state.md.us
Phone: 410-545-8558
Description: In 2016, SHA developed a programmatic approach with the USFWS for coordination of minor NRT and TAP projects that are not likely to adversely impact the federally threatened northern long-eared bat, a ...[click for more]
Last Updated: March 1, 2017
3 Practice: Memorandum of Understanding with Maryland’s Critical Area Commission outlining Critical Area coordination procedures, including a “general approval” clause for the streamlining of minor projects
Categories: Environmental Stewardship & Streamlining
Interagency Agreements: MOAs, MOUs, and Programmatic Agreements
Interagency Coordination
Mitigation
State: Maryland
Organization: Maryland State Highway Administration
Contact: Todd Nichols
Title: Chief, Environmental Programs Division
Email: tnichols@sha.state.md.us
Phone: 410-545-8628
Description: SHA entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Critical Area Commission (CAC) in 2003 regarding the review of SHA projects by CAC; The MOU outlines procedures for coordinating with the  ...[click for more]
Last Updated: March 1, 2017
4 Practice: Programmatic Approach for coordination with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for non-construction and minor highway projects
State: Maryland
Organization: Maryland Department of Transportation’s State Highway Administration (SHA)
Contact: Donna Buscemi
Title: Chief, Environmental Planning Division
Email: dbuscemi@sha.state.md.us
Phone: 410-545-8558
Description: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) has developed streamlined, web-based approach for minor roadway projects that would have no or little potential to impact federally listed RTE’s. In 2015, SHA co ...[click for more]
Last Updated: March 1, 2017
5 Practice: Programmatic Approach for coordination with Maryland Department of Natural Resources for non-construction and minor highway projects
Categories: Environmental Stewardship & Streamlining
Interagency Agreements: MOAs, MOUs, and Programmatic Agreements
Interagency Coordination
State: Maryland
Organization: Maryland Department of Transportation’s State Highway Administration (SHA)
Contact: Donna Buscemi
Title: Chief, Environmental Planning Division
Email: dbuscemi@sha.state.md.us
Phone: 410-545-8558
Description: SHA developed a programmatic approach with the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) in 2012 to streamline the coordination process for minor system preservation type projects that have no po ...[click for more]
Last Updated: March 1, 2017
6 Practice: Programmatic Agreement Regarding the Processing of Certain Categorical Exclusion Actions
Categories: Environmental (NEPA) Documentation
Environmental Stewardship & Streamlining
Interagency Agreements: MOAs, MOUs, and Programmatic Agreements
State: Maryland
Organization: Maryland State Highway Administration
Contact: Donald Sparklin
Title: Division Chief, Environmental Planning Division
Email: dsparklin@sha.state.md.us
Phone: 410-545-8564
Description: MSHA entered into a revised programmatic agreement with the FHWA Delmar Division in March 2012 regarding the processing of certain project types as Programmatic Categorical Exclusions (PCE); this agre ...[click for more]
Related Documentation: http://www.environment.fhwa.dot.gov/strmlng/pdfs/md_cea.pdf
Last Updated: March 14, 2014
7 Practice: Programmatic Agreement Regarding MSHA’s Historic Highway Bridges in Maryland
Categories: Environmental Stewardship & Streamlining
Historical & Archeological Preservation
Interagency Agreements: MOAs, MOUs, and Programmatic Agreements
State: Maryland
Organization: Maryland State Highway Administration
Contact: Donald Sparklin
Title: Division Chief, Environmental Planning Division
Email: dsparklin@sha.state.md.us
Phone: 410-545-8564
Description: MSHA, FHWA Delmar Division, ACHP and the MD SHPO entered into an agreement in June 2013 regarding the administration of MSHA’s historic highway bridge program. MSHA will use the applicable provisions ...[click for more]
Related Documentation: http://www.environment.fhwa.dot.gov/strmlng/pdfs/md_pa.pdf
Last Updated: March 14, 2014
8 Practice: Maryland SHA's Amended Section 106 Programmatic Agreement
Categories: Historic
Interagency Coordination
Mitigation
State: Maryland
Organization: Federal Highway Administration DELMAR Division
Contact: Jeanette Mar
Title: Environmental Program Manager
Email: Jeanette.mar@dot.gov
Phone: 410-779-7152
Description: The Maryland State Highway Administration (SHA) amended its Section 106 programmatic agreement in September 2007. Originally developed in 1993, the agreement is with the Federal Highway Administration ...[click for more]
Related Documentation: http://environment.fhwa.dot.gov/strmlng/pa106md.asp
Last Updated: March 14, 2014
9 Practice: Maryland SHA's Innovative Approach to Wetland Mitigation and Environmental Stewardship
Categories: GIS and Spatial Data
Habitat/Ecosystem Connectivity & Conservation
Land Use Planning & Smart Growth
Public Involvement
Stormwater, The Clean Water Act, & Section 404
Watersheds & Wetlands
State: Maryland
Organization: Maryland State Highway Administration
Contact: Sonal Sanghavi
Title: Director, Office of Environmental Design
Email: ssanghavi@sha.state.md.us
Phone: 410-545-8640
Description: The Maryland State Highway Administration (SHA) has made a commitment to mitigate for unavoidable and historical impacts to wetlands from transportation projects. The SHA is working with local jurisdi ...[click for more]
Last Updated: March 11, 2014
10 Practice: Strategies and Approaches for Effectively Moving Complex Environmental Documents through the EIS Process: A Peer Exchange Report
Categories: Collaborative Problem Solving/Conflict Resolution
Environmental (NEPA) Documentation
Environmental Stewardship & Streamlining
Interagency Coordination
Public Involvement
State: Maryland
Organization: Maryland State Highway Administration
Contact: Donald Sparklin
Title: Division Chief, Environmental Planning Division
Email: dsparklin@sha.state.md.us
Phone: 410-545-8564
Description: In September of 2008, the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) and FHWA Florida Division Office organized a peer exchange to share strategies and approaches for effectively moving complex and/or controversial projects through the EIS process. State DOTs and FHWA Division Offices participating in the Peer Exchange included Maryland, Missouri, Montana, Utah, and Florida.

Participants from each invited State gave presentations on one or two transportation projects in their State that had gone through the environmental review process relatively quickly, highlighting challenges encountered, methods used to successfully and efficiently navigate the EIS process, and lessons learned from their experiences. While each project had its own unique set of circumstances, a number of common tools and techniques were identified from all the presentations that had been utilized to streamline the EIS process. As the discussion evolved, participants noted that the tools and techniques could be grouped into three main categories for navigating the environmental review process efficiently and effectively: communication, collaboration, and commitment.

Communication: Good communication is a key to effective public involvement that can help generate support for a transportation project, or address public concerns and minimize opposition to a controversial project. Effective public involvement means that an agency listens and responds to all individuals and groups with issues and concerns about the project.

Collaboration: Working cooperatively with project stakeholders creates an atmosphere of partnership that may prove valuable in advancing the environmental review process. Including agencies early and often throughout the process enables issues to be identified and addressed early, thereby minimizing project delays. Communicating with agencies throughout the process reduces the likelihood that reviewing agencies will be surprised by any information or details in the actual environmental document, leading to a more efficient review.

Commitment: Demonstrated agency commitment to the State's priority projects and project schedules provides the impetus for moving those projects forward in a timely manner. Establishing consistency in how the environmental review process is managed and in the quality of information provided helps to build trust and bolster a DOT's credibility with agencies and the public.

While moving complex documents through the environmental review process is a challenge, state DOTs are employing innovative and creative solutions to streamline the effort. In doing so, they have learned that conducting an environmental review in a collaborative and transparent manner not only leads to faster completion of the process but, perhaps more importantly, results in the delivery of better-quality projects, which fulfill communities' transportation needs while maintaining protection of environmental resources.

The report can be accessed at: http://environment.fhwa.dot.gov/strmlng/eisdocs.asp.
Last Updated: March 10, 2014
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