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1 Practice: United States Army Corps of Engineers Liaison
Category: Interagency Agreements: MOAs, MOUs, and Programmatic Agreements
State: Minnesota
Organization: Federal Highway Administration MN Division
Contact: Philip Forst
Title: Environmental Specialist
Email: Phil.Forst@dot.gov
Phone: 651-291-6110
Description: The Federal Highway Administration, the Minnesota Department Of Transportation (MnDOT) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (St. Paul District) executed a Programmatic Agreement (PA) to establishing a ...[click for more]
Last Updated: February 23, 2015
2 Practice: "Hear Every Voice" Public Involvement Process
Category: Public Involvement
State: Minnesota
Organization: Federal Highway Administration MN Division
Contact: Philip Forst
Title: Environmental Specialist
Email: Phil.Forst@dot.gov
Phone: 651-291-6110
Description: In 1999, the Minnesota Department of Transportation (Mn/DOT) finalized a new public involvement process called "Hear Every Voice." The process guides Mn/DOT staff on how to involve the public, includ ...[click for more]
Related Documentation: http://wwwcf.fhwa.dot.gov/exit.cfm?link=http://www.dot.state.mn.us/publicinvolvement/pdf/HEVII.pdf
Last Updated: March 12, 2014
3 Practice: Midwest Region Memorandum of Understanding on Environmental Streamlining (December 21, 2000)
Category: Environmental Stewardship & Streamlining
State: Minnesota
Organization: USEPA Region V
Contact: Ken Westlake
Title: Chief, NEPA Implementation Section
Email: westlake.kenneth@epa.gov
Phone: (312) 886-2910
Description: The undersigned agencies agree to work cooperatively to carry out the provisions of the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century (TEA-21). This Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) sets forth the g ...[click for more]
Last Updated: March 12, 2014
4 Practice: Tribal Section 106 Agreements
Categories: Interagency Agreements: MOAs, MOUs, and Programmatic Agreements
Interagency Coordination
Process/NEPA
Public Involvement
Tribal Consultation & Issues
State: Minnesota
Organization: Federal Highway Administration MN Division
Contact: Philip Forst
Title: Environmental Specialist
Email: Phil.Forst@dot.gov
Phone: 651-291-6110
Description: The Minnesota Department of Transportation and the Federal Highway Administration Minnesota Division Office consulted with the eleven Federally-recognized Native American tribes located in Minnesota t ...[click for more]
Last Updated: March 11, 2014
5 Practice: Statewide Archeological Predictive Model
Categories: GIS and Spatial Data
Historic
Historical & Archeological Preservation
Mitigation
State: Minnesota
Organization: Federal Highway Administration MN Division
Contact: Philip Forst
Title: Environmental Specialist
Email: Phil.Forst@dot.gov
Phone: 651-291-6110
Description: The Minnesota Department of Transportation and the Federal Highway Administration Minnesota Division developed a statistical and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) model to predict finding pre-1821  ...[click for more]
Related Documentation: http://wwwcf.fhwa.dot.gov/exit.cfm?link=http://www.dot.state.mn.us/mnmodel
Last Updated: March 11, 2014
6 Practice: St. Croix River Crossing Dispute Resolution
Categories: Collaborative Problem Solving/Conflict Resolution
Historical & Archeological Preservation
Mitigation
Wild & Scenic Rivers and Wilderness Areas
State: Minnesota
Organization: Federal Highway Administration MN Division
Contact: Philip Forst
Title: Environmental Specialist
Email: Phil.Forst@dot.gov
Phone: 651-291-6110
Description:

Two decades ago, the Federal Highway Administration and the states of Wisconsin and Minnesota began planning to build a new bridge across the St. Croix River. After two lawsuits and a series of fai ...[click for more]

Last Updated: March 11, 2014
7 Practice: Aesthetic Initiative Measurement System (AIMS)
Categories: Aesthetics
Corridor Preservation
Project Development
Public Involvement
State: Minnesota
Organization: Minnesota Department of Transportation
Contact: David Larson
Title: Principal Landscape Architect
Email: david.larson@state.mn.us
Phone: 651-366-4637
Description: In 2001, the Minnesota Department of Transportation (Mn/DOT) finalized a tool that transportation project managers and engineers can use to determine what drivers prefer for roadside visual quality an ...[click for more]
Last Updated: March 11, 2014
8 Practice: Minnesota Statewide Section 106 Programmatic Agreement
Categories: Historical & Archeological Preservation
Interagency Coordination
Tribal Consultation & Issues
State: Minnesota
Organization: Federal Highway Administration MN Division
Contact: Philip Forst
Title: Environmental Specialist
Email: Phil.Forst@dot.gov
Phone: 651-291-6110
Description: The Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) and FHWA Minnesota Division signed a Programmatic Agreement (PA) with the Minnesota State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO), the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP), and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) regarding Section 106 historic preservation compliance and review. The objective of the Section 106 PA is to create more efficient MnDOT and FHWA reviews of individual undertakings that may affect historic properties. In addition, the PA establishes the process for which FHWA (with assistance from MnDOT), the SHPO, ACHP, USACE, MnDOT, and other interested persons will be involved for any review. To implement the agreement, MnDOT agrees to employ a professionally qualified Chief Archeologist and Historian. MnDOT will utilize their Highway Project Development Process Manual and the FHWA State Aid Manual to follow procedures for Section 106 review; written concurrence from FHWA and SHPO must be obtained before revising any of the procedures. FHWA, MnDOT, SHPO, ACHP, and USACE will meet on at least an annual basis to review the PA to evaluate its implementation and suggest revisions. MnDOT will continue to fund progressive historic and archeological programs such as: analysis and synthesis of past data accumulated from road projects, statewide thematic or other surveys of historic properties, and statewide archeological predictive models.

Additional stipulations of the Section 106 PA cover the following:
· Consultations with Indian Tribes
· Mandated actions based on the level of historic and archeological significance, and findings of both “no adverse” and “adverse” effect
· Necessary documentation
· Discovery of archeological and historic evidence during construction
· Treatment of grave sites
· Dispute Resolution


Minnesota’s Section 106 Programmatic Agreement is available at http://www.dot.state.mn.us/culturalresources/programmatic/fhwa_shpo2_1_05.pdf.
Last Updated: March 10, 2014
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