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1 Practice: MOU with Native American Tribes
Categories: Interagency Agreements: MOAs, MOUs, and Programmatic Agreements
Process/NEPA
Public Involvement
Tribal
Tribal Consultation & Issues
State: Iowa
Organization: Federal Highway Administration IA Division
Contact: Mike  LaPietra
Title: Environment and Realty Manager
Email: Mike.LaPietra@fhwa.dot.gov
Phone: 515-233-7302
Description: In 2002, the Iowa Department of Transportation (Iowa DOT) formalized its first programmatic Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) related to Native American Tribal concerns. The MOU is between IDOT and  ...[click for more]
Last Updated: November 7, 2007
2 Practice: Iowa Merged NEPA/404 Process
Categories: Interagency Agreements: MOAs, MOUs, and Programmatic Agreements
Interagency Coordination
Stormwater, The Clean Water Act, & Section 404
Watersheds & Wetlands
Wetland Banking
State: Iowa
Organization: Federal Highway Administration IA Division
Contact: Mike  LaPietra
Title: Environment and Realty Manager
Email: Mike.LaPietra@fhwa.dot.gov
Phone: 515-233-7302
Description: Statewide Implementation Agreement (SIA) for the National Environmental Policy Act and Section 404 of the Clean Water Act: concurrent NEPA/404 Practices for Highway Projects in Iowa.

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Related Documentation: ia_siagr.asp
Last Updated: November 7, 2007
3 Practice: Can-Do Environmental Streamlining Process
Categories: Environmental Stewardship & Streamlining
Interagency Coordination
Public Involvement
State: Iowa
Organization: Federal Highway Administration IA Division
Contact: Mike  LaPietra
Title: Environment and Realty Manager
Email: Mike.LaPietra@fhwa.dot.gov
Phone: 515-233-7302
Description: In 1998 and 1999, a joint Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and Iowa Department of Transportation (Iowa DOT) team developed and began implementing the Iowa DOT's streamlined project development process, called the "Can-Do" process. The purpose of the Can-Do process is:

- To re-engineer the project development process with the goal of reducing development time while maintaining a commitment to environmental integrity and overall process quality.
- To facilitate cooperation among the Iowa DOT, FHWA, and regulatory agencies.
- To merge compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), Section 404 of the Clean Water Act, and Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act.

Can-Do is predicated on the conviction that a better end product will result from integrating planning, environmental, and design elements; involving the public; using teamwork; building consensus; identifying potential problems early in the process; and avoiding, as opposed to mitigating, environmental impacts. The "Can-Do" Process reduces project development time from slightly over eleven years to nearly five and a half years.

The Can-Do process is designed around a commitment to "proactive and continuous" public involvement. In addition, it promotes a development philosophy that includes an environmental commitment to "avoidance as opposed to mitigation". In furtherance of that philosophy, the process mandates that:

- Environmental investigations cover a wider area.
- Corridors are defined earlier in the development process.
- Resource agencies and other external stakeholders are involved earlier and continuously throughout the process.
- Environmental investigations, delineation, and impact identification are completed early in the process.
- An interdisciplinary project management team lead each project.
- The starting point for individual development is moved earlier in time to optimize parallel development and minimize linear sequencing.

In developing and implementing the Can-Do process, the Iowa DOT and FHWA Iowa Division examined the three-year old NEPA/Section 404 process to see if any changes were warranted. Although no significant changes were made, the merger was updated to reflect minor changes.
Last Updated: November 7, 2007
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