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1 Practice: Assessment of Colorado Department of Transportation Rest Areas for Sustainability Improvements and Highway Corridors and Facilities for Alternative Energy Use
Categories: Environmental Stewardship & Streamlining
Sustainability
State: Colorado
Organization: CDOT, DTD, Research Branch
Contact: Bryan Roeder
Title: Environmental Research Manager
Email: Bryan.Roeder@state.co.us
Phone: 303-512-4420
Description: The research project focused on two sustainability based elements associated with the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) Maintenance operations, namely rest areas and right-of-way (ROW) util ...[click for more]
Related Documentation: http://wwwcf.fhwa.dot.gov/exit.cfm?link=http://www.coloradodot.info/programs/research/pdfs/2011/restareas/view
Last Updated: March 11, 2014
2 Practice: Investigation into Effective Traffic Noise Abatement Design Solutions for Mountain Corridors Research
Categories: Environmental Stewardship & Streamlining
Mitigation
Noise
State: Colorado
Organization: CDOT, DTD, Research Branch
Contact: Bryan Roeder
Title: Environmental Research Manager
Email: Bryan.Roeder@state.co.us
Phone: 303-512-4420
Description: Traffic noise abatement in mountain corridors can be difficult because traditional roadside barriers may be ineffective due to topography or may not fit the setting. This study examined current best p ...[click for more]
Related Documentation: http://wwwcf.fhwa.dot.gov/exit.cfm?link=http://www.coloradodot.info/programs/research/pdfs/2013/mountain.pdf/view
Last Updated: March 11, 2014
3 Practice: Tire-Pavement and Environmental Traffic Noise Research Study
Categories: Environmental Stewardship & Streamlining
Mitigation
Noise
Sustainability
State: Colorado
Organization: CDOT, DTD, Research Branch
Contact: Bryan Roeder
Title: Environmental Research Manager
Email: Bryan.Roeder@state.co.us
Phone: 303-512-4420
Description: This report completes a long-term study on tire-pavement noise to determine if particular pavement surface types and/or textures can be used as quieter pavements, and possibly be used to help satisfy  ...[click for more]
Related Documentation: http://wwwcf.fhwa.dot.gov/exit.cfm?link=http://www.coloradodot.info/programs/research/pdfs/2012/tirepavement.pdf/view
Last Updated: March 11, 2014
4 Practice: CDOT’s National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Manual
Categories: Environmental (NEPA) Documentation
Environmental Stewardship & Streamlining
State: Colorado
Organization: CDOT, Division of Transportation Development (DTD), Environmental Programs Branch (EPB)
Contact: Vanessa Henderson
Title: Environmental Policy & Biological Resources Section Manager
Email: vanessa.henderson@state.co.us
Phone: 303-757-9878
Description: In 2007, CDOT released the first version of its NEPA Manual. The NEPA Manual is available exclusively online and is updated as needed (see the website for the current version).

The purpos ...[click for more]
Related Documentation: http://wwwcf.fhwa.dot.gov/exit.cfm?link=http://www.coloradodot.info/programs/environmental/nepa-program/nepa-manual
Last Updated: March 11, 2014
5 Practice: Colorado's Regional Ecosystem Framework for Terrestrial and Aquatic Wildlife
Categories: Context Sensitive Solutions
Habitat/Ecosystem Connectivity & Conservation
Wildlife and Threatened & Endangered Species
State: Colorado
Organization: Colorado Department of Transportation
Contact: Peter Kozinski
Title: Region 1 Engineer
Email: Peter.Kozinski@dot.state.co.us
Phone: (970)-328-6385
Description: The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) identified mitigation projects to improve wildlife connectivity for the Interstate 70 corridor, creating a Regional Ecosystem Framework for the corrido ...[click for more]
Related Documentation: http://wwwcf.fhwa.dot.gov/exit.cfm?link=http://www.westerntransportationinstitute.org/documents/reports/4W2536_Final_Report.pdf
Last Updated: March 11, 2014
6 Practice: Colorado Shortgrass Prairie Initiative
Categories: Environmental Stewardship & Streamlining
Habitat/Ecosystem Connectivity & Conservation
Interagency Coordination
Performance Measures/Management
Roadside Vegetation & Invasive Species
Training & Certification
Wildlife and Threatened & Endangered Species
State: Colorado
Organization: Colorado Department of Transportation
Contact: Jeff Peterson
Title: Threatened and Endangered Species Coordinator
Email: jeff.peterson@dot.state.co.us
Phone: 303-512-4959
Description: Roadside resource management is an important aspect of the Colorado Department of Transportation's (CDOT) Shortgrass Prairie Initiative, a programmatic consultation and proactive avoidance, minimizati ...[click for more]
Last Updated: March 10, 2014
7 Practice: Conservation Banking Protects Populations of the Preble’s Meadow Jumping Mouse while Expediting Project Delivery
Categories: Environmental Stewardship & Streamlining
Habitat/Ecosystem Connectivity & Conservation
Interagency Agreements: MOAs, MOUs, and Programmatic Agreements
Interagency Coordination
Mitigation
Roadside Vegetation & Invasive Species
Threatened & Endangered Species
Wildlife and Threatened & Endangered Species
State: Colorado
Organization: Federal Highway Administration CO Division
Contact: Stephanie Gibson
Title: Environmental Program Manager
Email: Stephanie.Gibson@dot.gov
Phone: 720-963-3013
Description: In April 2003, the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT), the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) signed agreements to implement a programmatic, ecosystem approach to streamline Section 7 consultation under the Endangered Species Act for transportation projects near Castle Rock, Colorado, that may impact the Preble’s meadow jumping mouse (Zapus hudsonius preblei). The jumping mouse was listed as a threatened species in 1998 due to increasing rates of habitat degradation and isolation of small populations caused by increasing development and impacts from transportation projects. In 2001,CDOT built three check dams to restore a degraded riparian ecosystem in conjunction with several transportation projects affecting East Plum Creek. The check damns raised the water table enough to maintain the riparian vegetation necessary for quality jumping mouse habitat. In addition, CDOT and FHWA restored nearly one mile of East Plum Creek, the only riparian corridor where the jumping mouse is known to occur, as part of a bridge construction project. After receiving assurance from FWS that it would receive mitigation credits for future projects once certain criteria were achieved, CDOT installed six more check dams to create the Preble Mouse Habitat Conservation Bank. As a result, in 2002 increased numbers of jumping mouse were found in the mitigation bank – even during a time of drought. To go along with the 25-plus acre Habitat Conservation Bank, CDOT, FHWA, and FWS formalized a conservation banking agreement. Under the agreement, jumping mouse habitat will be maintained through additional wetland, riparian, and upland ecosystem restoration efforts and through noxious weed control. Colorado’s jumping mouse conservation banking efforts will accelerate project development in at least two watersheds, foster timely and predictable project development, and prevent project delays as Section 7 consultation will be conducted on a programmatic, and not project-by-project, basis. More area will be added to the Habitat Conservation Bank for use by other parties, and educational booklets, brochures, and signs are being prepared in order to describe the conservation bank so that other states may follow Colorado’s methods.

Additional Documents: PDFs/copreble2.pdf
Related Documentation: PDFs/copreble.pdf
Last Updated: March 10, 2014
8 Practice: Roadside Interpretation Program
Categories: Historic
Historical & Archeological Preservation
Interagency Coordination
Mitigation
Public Involvement
Wildlife and Threatened & Endangered Species
State: Colorado
Organization: Colorado Historical Society
Contact: William J. Convery, Ph.D.
Title:
Email: william.convery@state.co.us
Phone: 303-866-5784
Description: In December 2002, the Colorado Historical Society’s Roadside Interpretation Program (RIP) – with assistance from the Colorado State Historical Fund, the Colorado Department of Transportation, the Fede ...[click for more]
Last Updated: March 10, 2014
9 Practice: Prioritizing Potential Crossing Areas for a Programmatic Approach to Section 7 Consultation for the Canada Lynx – Colorado DOT
Categories: GIS and Spatial Data
Habitat/Ecosystem Connectivity & Conservation
Interagency Coordination
Wildlife and Threatened & Endangered Species
State: Colorado
Organization: Colorado Department of Transportation
Contact: Jeff Peterson
Title: Threatened and Endangered Species Coordinator
Email: jeff.peterson@dot.state.co.us
Phone: 303-512-4959
Description: The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) is developing a programmatic approach to Section 7 of the Federal Endangered Species Act for the wide-ranging Canada lynx. The Canada lynx was listed a ...[click for more]
Last Updated: March 10, 2014
10 Practice: Colorado Planning and Environmental Linkages Partnering Agreement
Categories: Environmental Stewardship & Streamlining
FHWA Project Information
Interagency Agreements: MOAs, MOUs, and Programmatic Agreements
Process/NEPA
Project Development
State: Colorado
Organization: Federal Highway Administration
Contact: Spencer Stevens
Title: Office of Planning Oversight & Stewardship
Email: Spencer.Stevens@fhwa.dot.gov
Phone: (202) 366-0149
Description: This Planning and Environmental Linkages (PEL) Partnering Agreement (Agreement) has been developed fosters proactive working relationships among Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT), Federal H ...[click for more]
Related Documentation: http://environment.fhwa.dot.gov/integ/practices.asp
Last Updated: March 10, 2014
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