Environmental Review Toolkit
Accelerating Project Delivery
Print Version

Search Results

Displaying Results 1 - 3 out of 3
[New Search] << Previous | Next >>
State="South Carolina"; Category=" all"; Expand All
1 Practice: Liaison Positions Foster Streamlining
Categories: Historic
Interagency Coordination
Mitigation
Watersheds & Wetlands
State: South Carolina
Organization: Federal Highway Administration SC Division
Contact: Patrick Tyndall
Title: Environmental Manager
Email: Patrick.Tyndall@FHWA.dot.gov
Phone: 803-765-5460
Description: In 2000, the South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) began funding full time positions at Federal and state resource agencies. SCDOT currently funds five positions at the following agenci ...[click for more]
Last Updated: March 10, 2014
2 Practice: Corridor Analysis Tool (CAT)
Categories: Context Sensitive Solutions
GIS and Spatial Data
Project Development
State: South Carolina
Organization: Federal Highway Administration SC Division
Contact: Patrick Tyndall
Title: Environmental Manager
Email: Patrick.Tyndall@FHWA.dot.gov
Phone: 803-765-5460
Description: The CAT is made up of many layers of GIS data and is used to identify corridors that have the least environmental impacts for new location roadways. Environmental constraints, such as wetlands and e ...[click for more]
Last Updated: October 8, 2008
3 Practice: South Carolina DOT Advance Mitigation for the Long Range Plan and Cooperation in Implementing Watershed and Habitat Conservation Priorities
Categories: GIS and Spatial Data
Habitat/Ecosystem Connectivity & Conservation
Interagency Coordination
Land Use Planning & Smart Growth
State: South Carolina
Organization: South Carolina Department of Transportation
Contact: Sean Connolly
Title: Assistant Environmental Manager
Email: connollyms@scdot.org
Phone: 803-737-1398
Description: The South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) is implementing an early project screening process for natural resources impacts during development of the Long Range Plan. A geographic information system (GIS) database with maps of environmental constraints will be utilized by SCDOT-funded resource and regulatory agency personnel to evaluate projects for potential impacts on projects and corridors with planned transportation improvements. The process has been piloted with one Metropolitan Planning Organization and two Councils of Government.

GIS coverages are being developed for threatened and endangered species, wetlands, and high priority management areas so SCDOT and regional transportation planning organizations can avoid and minimize impacts and identify potential mitigation sites. Mitigation site identification is based on watersheds and proximity to heritage trust preserves, to help expand or protect significant conservation areas. Results of early project screening will also be used to support future National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) documentation and complete project rankings. Based on the reviewing agencies’ comments, corridors and/or alternatives will be studied to avoid and minimize the impacts of a proposed project.

An interagency agreement supporting the effort promotes improved decision-making through early identification of potential issues through early and continuous coordination with all involved agencies, and assistance with prioritization of projects. Earlier resource agency input is expected to help to identify any major impediments and provide supporting information in a timely manner, as well as identify potential mitigation for the project.

Participating agencies in the interagency agreement include the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, S.C. Department of Natural Resources, S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control, S.C. Department of Archives and History, the Army Corps of Engineers, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The agreement outlines a 45-day turnaround time for agency review and comments. These comments are then incorporated into the development of the Long Range Plans to ensure continuity in case of personnel turnover. The progress of the early screening and involvement program will be measured by its success in reducing the amount of project delays and the costs associated with that.
Last Updated: November 7, 2007
Displaying Results 1 - 3 out of 3
<< Previous | Next >>

Search Results


State="South Carolina"; Category="all";

No records found.

[New Search]