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1 Practice: Regional Ecological Assessment Protocol (REAP)
Categories: GIS and Spatial Data
Linking Planning and NEPA
Mitigation
State: Arkansas
Organization: Environmental Protection Agency Region 6
Contact: Sharon L.  Osowski, Ph.D.
Title: Ecologist
Email: Osowski.Sharon@epamail.epa.gov
Phone: 214-665-7506
Description: The REAP is a planning and screening-level assessment tool that uses GIS and electronic data to identify ecologically important resources throughout the South Central US. The results of the REAP can be used in project planning (i.e. scoping, alternatives analysis), to determine appropriate areas to conduct detailed field investigations, and in mitigation discussions to avoid ecologically important areas, minimize impacts to those areas, and compensate for unavoidable impacts.

For spatial data: https://edg.epa.gov/metadata/catalog/main/home.page
Related Documentation: http://wwwcf.fhwa.dot.gov/exit.cfm?link=http://www.epa.gov/nscep/
Last Updated: March 11, 2014
2 Practice: Upgraded Roadway Provides Improved Access to National Forest
Categories: Context Sensitive Solutions
Watersheds & Wetlands
Wild & Scenic Rivers and Wilderness Areas
State: Arkansas
Organization: Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department
Contact: Stephen Mitchell
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Email:
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Description: Route 215 in Arkansas in a two-lane road following the Mulberry River and provides access to parts of Ozark National Forest. It was determined that the route was not adequate for current or future traffic. Additionally, the travel lane was too narrow, and the gravel surface of the road produced high amounts of dust and siltation that detracted from the scenic experience of the road and contributed to decreasing water quality of streams and rivers in the area. When reconstructing the roadway, special attention was paid to the surrounding environment, including erosion and sediment control, preservation and enhancement of the visual environment, and the use of native design components for features such as retaining walls. The completed road provides improved access to forest uses and improved view from the roadway, while protecting the viewshed of the Mulberry River below. For more information on this project, see the case study on the Project for Public Spaces website.
Last Updated: March 11, 2014
3 Practice: The Southeast Arkansas I-69 Project: Integrating GIS with Inter-Agency and Public Involvement
Categories: Farmland
GIS and Spatial Data
Historical & Archeological Preservation
Public Involvement
Tribal Consultation & Issues
Watersheds & Wetlands
State: Arkansas
Organization: Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department
Contact: Lynn  Marbrough
Title: Division Head, Environmental
Email: Lynn.Malbrough@arkansashighways.com
Phone: 501-569-2281
Description: The Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department (AHTD) combined innovative Geographic Information System (GIS) technology with early, proactive coordination with state and Federal resource agencies, the public, and Native American tribes to expedite the NEPA project development process for the I-69 Connector. The development of a project specific GIS was the key element in streamlining the transportation decisionmaking and permitting process for this project. The GIS served as an effective tool for managing environmental data for the over 600 square mile project area in a cost and time efficient manner. Early involvement with state and Federal resource agencies and the public helped identify key environmental and community issues before alternatives were developed, allowing AHTD to limit the number and location of project alternatives to areas that avoided and minimized involvement with wetlands, farmland soils, archeological resources, etc.
Last Updated: March 11, 2014
4 Practice: Agreement with USACE to Streamline Permit Process
Categories: Interagency Agreements: MOAs, MOUs, and Programmatic Agreements
Wetland Banking
State: Arkansas
Organization: Federal Highway Administration AR Division
Contact: Randal Looney
Title: Environmental Coordinator
Email: randal.looney@fhwa.dot.gov
Phone: 501-324-6430
Description: The Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department (AHTD), the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Arkansas Division, and the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) have an agreement to streamline the Section 404 permit process. Before the agreement, AHTD was required to deal with three different offices of the USACE (Little Rock, Memphis, and Vicksburg). Under the agreement, there is one point of contact when applying for USACE permits needed for highway construction jobs. Additionally, AHTD and FHWA fund a position in the USACE's Little Rock office dedicated to processing permit applications.
Related Documentation: ar_coe.asp
Last Updated: September 3, 2009
5 Practice: Tribal Negotiation MOU
Categories: Public Involvement
Tribal Consultation & Issues
State: Arkansas
Organization: Federal Highway Administration AR Division
Contact: Randal Looney
Title: Environmental Coordinator
Email: randal.looney@fhwa.dot.gov
Phone: 501-324-6430
Description: The FHWA Arkansas Division and the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department (AHTD) are negotiating a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with two Native American Tribes that will outline coordination activities associated with transportation projects that may affect areas in the state of cultural or religious significance to the Tribes. The MOU stems from early coordination efforts conducted to support Interstate 69 projects within Arkansas.
Last Updated: July 26, 2005
6 Practice: Habitat Restoration Plan and Programmatic Biological Opinion For Potamilus capax (Fat Pocketbook mussel) in Arkansas
State: Arkansas
Organization: Federal Highway Administration AR Division
Contact: Randal Looney
Title: Environmental Coordinator
Email: randal.looney@fhwa.dot.gov
Phone: 501-324-6430
Description: The Habitat Restoration Project for Potamilus capax (Fat Pocketbook mussel) is a FHWA funded State Streamlining Initiative started in June 2003. Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department (AHTD) preformed a number of previous surveys on P. capax, which is a Federally listed as endangered, that resulted in two biological opinions requiring relocation efforts for this aquatic species. The success of the relocations of P. capax and others around the U.S. has been mixed.

The current Habitat Restoration Plan (HRP) has identified the Tyronza River drainage basin as a least altered reference stream for the Delta Ecoregion of Arkansas. Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and AHTD will implement measures to minimize and impacts to P. capax and take additional steps to mitigate if necessary. The HRP will be submitted to USFWS for formal consultation. Additionally, the consultation will deliver a biological opinion that will provide a P. capax protocol in areas where the mussel species may be impacted. The biological opinion will streamline the environmental review process as FHWA and AHTD will be able to notify USFWS and follow the required steps of the protocol if the project type is covered in the biological opinion. USFWS will attach an addendum to the opinion covering FHWA and AHTD for any take that may occur. The result of the HRP streamlining initiative will reduce the existing 210-day process to a 30-day process.
Related Documentation: pdfs/ArkEndMusse.pdf
Last Updated: February 3, 2005
7 Practice: Expedited Survey for American Burying Beetle on Projects with Limited Impacts
Categories: Interagency Agreements: MOAs, MOUs, and Programmatic Agreements
Threatened & Endangered Species
Wildlife and Threatened & Endangered Species
State: Arkansas
Organization: Federal Highway Administration AR Division
Contact: Randal Looney
Title: Environmental Coordinator
Email: randal.looney@fhwa.dot.gov
Phone: 501-324-6430
Description: The Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service have an agreement in place that waives a detailed endangered species survey for the American Burying Beetle for projects that will disturb less than 5.0 acres of suspected habitat.
Related Documentation: PDFs/abbprogBO.pdf
Last Updated: Last recorded update not available
8 Practice: Funded Positions at Resource Agencies
Category: Interagency Coordination
State: Arkansas
Organization: Federal Highway Administration AR Division
Contact: Randal Looney
Title: Environmental Coordinator
Email: randal.looney@fhwa.dot.gov
Phone: 501-324-6430
Description: The Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department and the FHWA Arkansas Division Office have finalized agreements with EPA, Region 6 and the US FWS to create funded positions within those agencies in order to expedite transportation projects.
Last Updated: Last recorded update not available
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