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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,  ...[click for more]
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 as threatened by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) in March 2000, following a state reintroduction program. Lynx range from Alaska south to Canada and into the snowy northern reaches of the United States, with significant gaps in connectivity, especially in the Southern Rockies where land is subject to more development pressure and intensive Federal management. Amendments to 29 National Forest Plans and four Bureau of Land Management (BLM) units where lynx are presumed present are in process, with attention to preserving habitat for the snowshoe hare (the lynx’ primary food source), limiting snowmobile access, and restoring habitat connectivity across highways and through ski areas. The USFWS has indicated that restoration of connectivity, especially across highways, will be necessary for delisting of the lynx. CDOT is funding Geographic Information System (GIS) modeling of snowshoe hare habitat (an indicator for the lynx), along with GIS identification of the types of habitat that exist between locations known to have been visited by released lynx. CDOT says known, preferred habitat characteristics for any species can be entered into their model to predict movement corridors. The model may be applied to other wide-ranging species, either listed or considered for listing. Parameters may include habitat edge effects, vegetation details, slope and aspect, vegetation patch size, home range, dispersal distance, and cost of movement through different terrain, to establish habitat rankings and comparative preference for different routes lynx may take through the landscape. After extrapolating the landscape indicators of lynx dispersal routes, CDOT plans to test the model on the most recent year’s lynx dispersal data. An interagency team of experts will discuss and judge parameters based on different sensitivities. As a next step, the habitat and connectivity model will be combined with an inventory of highway barriers—including jersey barriers, retaining walls, and steep slopes—to identify areas needing connectivity improvements. These priority areas will form the core of CDOT’s programmatic Section 7 consultation with USFWS for the Canada lynx, which the department hopes to complete by the end of 2003. CDOT investments in high priority connectivity improvement areas will fulfill Section 7 consultation requirements and provide conservation measures for transportation improvements elsewhere within the local region, where transportation improvements may increase speeds or traffic volumes and affect the lynx’ ability to disperse.
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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