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1 Practice: US Army Corps of Engineers Regulatory Liaison
Categories: Interagency Agreements: MOAs, MOUs, and Programmatic Agreements
Stormwater, The Clean Water Act, & Section 404
State: Arizona
Organization: Arizona Department of Transportation
Contact: Julia Manfredi
Title: CWA Section 404/401 Coordinator
Email: JManfredi@azdot.gov
Phone: 602-712-7947
Description: The Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT), Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), and united States Army Corps of Engineers (USACOE) establishes a regulatory liaison position to expedite permits for project delivery.
Last Updated: February 23, 2015
2 Practice: Arizona Interagency (ADOT, BLM, FHWA) MOU and Operating Agreement
Category: Interagency Coordination
State: Arizona
Organization: Federal Highway Administration AZ Division
Contact: Rebecca Yedlin
Title: Environmental Coordinator
Email: Rebecca.Yedlin@dot.gov
Phone: 602-382-8979
Description: On April 23, 2003, an interagency collaboration among the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT), the Bureau of Land Management, Arizona (BLM) and the Federal Highway Administration Arizona Division (FHWA) culminated in the signing of a MOU that outlines in general terms how each agency operates and how the three agencies agree to work together. The Operating Agreement more specifically sets forth how the three agencies agree to coordinate their activities. At present the Operating Agreement focuses mainly on NEPA and right-of-way procedures for Title 23 projects, however it will soon be expanded to include procedures for non-Title 23 right-of-way. These documents improve upon similar types of agreements in that they provide for much earlier and more complete cooperation among the three agencies. The agencies anticipate implementation of this Operating Agreement will reduce processing time for receiving an appropriation from an average of 4 months to 45 days or less.

For more information, please click on az_mou.asp to view the MOU and click on az_oa.asp to view the Operating Agreement.
Last Updated: March 11, 2014
3 Practice: Arizona DOT In Lieu Fee Partnerships for Section 404 Compliance and Habitat Conservation
Categories: Habitat/Ecosystem Connectivity & Conservation
Interagency Agreements: MOAs, MOUs, and Programmatic Agreements
Interagency Coordination
Mitigation
Process/NEPA
Stormwater, The Clean Water Act, & Section 404
Watersheds & Wetlands
Wetland Banking
Wildlife and Threatened & Endangered Species
State: Arizona
Organization: Arizona Department of Transportation
Contact: Paul O'Brien
Title: Environmental Planning Group Manager
Email: PO'Brien@azdot.gov
Phone: 602-712-8669
Description: The Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) pays in-lieu fees for certain 404 permit mitigations. ADOT coordinates with the Arizona Game and Fish Department (AGFD) to determine appropriate mitigation strategies when ADOT construction projects remove either riparian habitat or adjoining uplands and habitat associated with intermittent water supplies. ADOT, AGFD and the Corps of Engineers—whose Section 404 requirements frequently originate the search for mitigation—have agreed that ADOT’s mitigation investment to repair degraded habitats can sometimes be utilized more constructively away from the highway than on-site. Consequently, ADOT, AGFD, and the Corps designed a system to focus mitigation resources where they will produce the greatest benefit for the ecosystem.

When deciding to use in-lieu fees, the ADOT, with assistance from AGFD, looks for areas where important restoration needs have been identified. ADOT and AGFD also identify groups that are trying to protect, conserve or enhance habitat within the vicinity of, and within the same watershed as, the project area. If an off-site location for mitigation can be found where the benefits to the overall habitat are greater than would be achieved at the project location, ADOT pursues in-lieu fee mitigation. Consequently, in-lieu fees are supporting a variety of restoration efforts throughout the state, including work along the Verde River to enhance Southwestern Willow Flycatcher habitat and restoration of the upland, riparian, and dry wash areas of the McDowell Sonoran Preserve.
Last Updated: March 11, 2014
4 Practice: Interagency Agreement with the US Forest Service
Categories: Interagency Agreements: MOAs, MOUs, and Programmatic Agreements
Roadside Vegetation & Invasive Species
Threatened & Endangered Species
State: Arizona
Organization: Federal Highway Administration AZ Division
Contact: Rebecca Yedlin
Title: Environmental Coordinator
Email: Rebecca.Yedlin@dot.gov
Phone: 602-382-8979
Description: The Arizona Department of Transportation, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Arizona Division, and US Forest Service (USFS) Arizona region are developing a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to support the preservation of Arizona’s native ecosystems and to improve public safety. Under the MOU, the three agencies will cooperatively manage invasive species and hazardous vegetation along those public roadways managed by ADOT that pass through National Forest System lands. The MOU coordinates the work of ADOT, FHWA, and USFS to identify weed problems, inform the public of proposed herbicide spraying, and control invasive weeds and hazardous vegetation.
Last Updated: March 10, 2014
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