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1 Practice: Programmatic Approach with the Maryland Historical Trust (MHT) for coordination on Minor National Recreational Trails and Transportation Alternatives Program Projects Not Likely to Impact Historic Resources
Categories: Environmental Stewardship & Streamlining
Interagency Agreements: MOAs, MOUs, and Programmatic Agreements
Interagency Coordination
State: Maryland
Organization: Maryland Department of Transportation’s State Highway Administration (SHA)
Contact: Donna Buscemi
Title: Chief, Environmental Planning Division
Email: dbuscemi@sha.state.md.us
Phone: 410-545-8558
Description: SHA developed a programmatic approach with the MHT for coordination of minor NRT and TAP projects that are not likely to impact historic or archeological resources. These minor projects are exempt fro ...[click for more]
Last Updated: March 1, 2017
2 Practice: Programmatic Approach with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on coordination for National Recreational Trails and Transportation Alternatives Program Projects Specific to the Northern Long-eared Bat, Indiana Bat and Bog Turtle
Categories: Environmental Stewardship & Streamlining
Interagency Agreements: MOAs, MOUs, and Programmatic Agreements
Interagency Coordination
State: Maryland
Organization: Maryland Department of Transportation’s State Highway Administration (SHA)
Contact: Donna Buscemi
Title: Chief, Environmental Planning Division
Email: dbuscemi@sha.state.md.us
Phone: 410-545-8558
Description: In 2016, SHA developed a programmatic approach with the USFWS for coordination of minor NRT and TAP projects that are not likely to adversely impact the federally threatened northern long-eared bat, a ...[click for more]
Last Updated: March 1, 2017
3 Practice: Memorandum of Understanding with Maryland’s Critical Area Commission outlining Critical Area coordination procedures, including a “general approval” clause for the streamlining of minor projects
Categories: Environmental Stewardship & Streamlining
Interagency Agreements: MOAs, MOUs, and Programmatic Agreements
Interagency Coordination
Mitigation
State: Maryland
Organization: Maryland State Highway Administration
Contact: Todd Nichols
Title: Chief, Environmental Programs Division
Email: tnichols@sha.state.md.us
Phone: 410-545-8628
Description: SHA entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Critical Area Commission (CAC) in 2003 regarding the review of SHA projects by CAC; The MOU outlines procedures for coordinating with the  ...[click for more]
Last Updated: March 1, 2017
4 Practice: Programmatic Approach for coordination with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for non-construction and minor highway projects
State: Maryland
Organization: Maryland Department of Transportation’s State Highway Administration (SHA)
Contact: Donna Buscemi
Title: Chief, Environmental Planning Division
Email: dbuscemi@sha.state.md.us
Phone: 410-545-8558
Description: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) has developed streamlined, web-based approach for minor roadway projects that would have no or little potential to impact federally listed RTE’s. In 2015, SHA co ...[click for more]
Last Updated: March 1, 2017
5 Practice: Programmatic Approach for coordination with Maryland Department of Natural Resources for non-construction and minor highway projects
Categories: Environmental Stewardship & Streamlining
Interagency Agreements: MOAs, MOUs, and Programmatic Agreements
Interagency Coordination
State: Maryland
Organization: Maryland Department of Transportation’s State Highway Administration (SHA)
Contact: Donna Buscemi
Title: Chief, Environmental Planning Division
Email: dbuscemi@sha.state.md.us
Phone: 410-545-8558
Description: SHA developed a programmatic approach with the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) in 2012 to streamline the coordination process for minor system preservation type projects that have no po ...[click for more]
Last Updated: March 1, 2017
6 Practice: Programmatic Agreement Regarding the Processing of Certain Categorical Exclusion Actions
Categories: Environmental (NEPA) Documentation
Environmental Stewardship & Streamlining
Interagency Agreements: MOAs, MOUs, and Programmatic Agreements
State: Maryland
Organization: Maryland State Highway Administration
Contact: Donald Sparklin
Title: Division Chief, Environmental Planning Division
Email: dsparklin@sha.state.md.us
Phone: 410-545-8564
Description: MSHA entered into a revised programmatic agreement with the FHWA Delmar Division in March 2012 regarding the processing of certain project types as Programmatic Categorical Exclusions (PCE); this agre ...[click for more]
Related Documentation: http://www.environment.fhwa.dot.gov/strmlng/pdfs/md_cea.pdf
Last Updated: March 14, 2014
7 Practice: Programmatic Agreement Regarding MSHA’s Historic Highway Bridges in Maryland
Categories: Environmental Stewardship & Streamlining
Historical & Archeological Preservation
Interagency Agreements: MOAs, MOUs, and Programmatic Agreements
State: Maryland
Organization: Maryland State Highway Administration
Contact: Donald Sparklin
Title: Division Chief, Environmental Planning Division
Email: dsparklin@sha.state.md.us
Phone: 410-545-8564
Description: MSHA, FHWA Delmar Division, ACHP and the MD SHPO entered into an agreement in June 2013 regarding the administration of MSHA’s historic highway bridge program. MSHA will use the applicable provisions ...[click for more]
Related Documentation: http://www.environment.fhwa.dot.gov/strmlng/pdfs/md_pa.pdf
Last Updated: March 14, 2014
8 Practice: Maryland SHA's Amended Section 106 Programmatic Agreement
Categories: Historic
Interagency Coordination
Mitigation
State: Maryland
Organization: Federal Highway Administration DELMAR Division
Contact: Jeanette Mar
Title: Environmental Program Manager
Email: Jeanette.mar@dot.gov
Phone: 410-779-7152
Description: The Maryland State Highway Administration (SHA) amended its Section 106 programmatic agreement in September 2007. Originally developed in 1993, the agreement is with the Federal Highway Administration ...[click for more]
Related Documentation: http://environment.fhwa.dot.gov/strmlng/pa106md.asp
Last Updated: March 14, 2014
9 Practice: Maryland SHA's Innovative Approach to Wetland Mitigation and Environmental Stewardship
Categories: GIS and Spatial Data
Habitat/Ecosystem Connectivity & Conservation
Land Use Planning & Smart Growth
Public Involvement
Stormwater, The Clean Water Act, & Section 404
Watersheds & Wetlands
State: Maryland
Organization: Maryland State Highway Administration
Contact: Sonal Sanghavi
Title: Director, Office of Environmental Design
Email: ssanghavi@sha.state.md.us
Phone: 410-545-8640
Description: The Maryland State Highway Administration (SHA) has made a commitment to mitigate for unavoidable and historical impacts to wetlands from transportation projects. The SHA is working with local jurisdictions, watershed groups, and resource and regulatory agencies around the state to realize watershed goals, restore stream segments, and contribute to the state’s green infrastructure. Maryland has two million acres of ecologically significant land that has not been developed, of which almost three-quarters are unprotected. The state designated the GreenPrint program to preserve the state’s remaining natural resources and to create an extensive, intertwined network of conservation lands. The purpose of the program is threefold:

- Identify, using the most up-to-date computer mapping techniques, the most important unprotected natural lands in the state;

- Link, or connect, these lands through a system of corridors or connectors; and

- Save those lands through targeted acquisitions and easements.

To support the GreenPrint program a statewide Green Infrastructure network was developed which included a mapped inventory of existing resources in a GIS data format. This data along with resource information and watershed plans from local jurisdictions are made available to Maryland SHA's planning, environmental, and design staff to reference in avoiding, minimizing, and mitigating for unavoidable impacts from transportation. The SHA is currently using the Green Infrastructure approach to not only target avoidance and minimization efforts, but to identify potential mitigation sites and environmental stewardship opportunities as part of the US 301 Waldorf Area Transportation Improvement Project.

Additionally, SHA utilizes the Watershed Resources Registry (WRR) to assist with avoidance and minimization efforts and to target mitigation and stewardship efforts. The WRR is a collaborative national/regional pilot that grew out of the Green Highways Partnership. It is an interactive Geographic Information System (GIS)-based screening tool that:

– Integrates and streamlines regulatory programs

– Guides resource planners

– Saves time and $, and increases program efficiencies

The WRR application has been valuable for gathering environmental inventory information, assessing watershed needs, and identifying potential mitigation sites. It can also be used to provide backup information for justifying mitigation site selection in support of various regulatory permitting processes. The web application also compliments initial field reconnaissance by providing the ability to export data about a location onto a print map including latitude / longitude coordinates which can be keyed into a GPS for navigation purposes. Using the WRR, SHA is able to evaluate based on outputs from the 8 suitability analyses to avoid areas for preservation and to identify areas where multiple ecological benefits can be realized.

For more information on the US 301 project visit: http://www.us301waldorf.org/
Last Updated: March 11, 2014
10 Practice: Strategies and Approaches for Effectively Moving Complex Environmental Documents through the EIS Process: A Peer Exchange Report
Categories: Collaborative Problem Solving/Conflict Resolution
Environmental (NEPA) Documentation
Environmental Stewardship & Streamlining
Interagency Coordination
Public Involvement
State: Maryland
Organization: Maryland State Highway Administration
Contact: Donald Sparklin
Title: Division Chief, Environmental Planning Division
Email: dsparklin@sha.state.md.us
Phone: 410-545-8564
Description: In September of 2008, the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) and FHWA Florida Division Office organized a peer exchange to share strategies and approaches for effectively moving complex and/o ...[click for more]
Last Updated: March 10, 2014
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