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1 Practice: Section 106 Programmatic Agreements
Categories: Historic
Mitigation
State: Georgia
Organization: Federal Highway Administration GA Division
Contact: Jennifer Giersch
Title: Environmental Coordinator
Email: jennifer.giersch@dot.gov
Phone: (404) 562-3653
Description: The Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) participates in several Section 106 programmatic agreements and memoranda of understanding (MOAs) on historic resources. A longstanding streamlining agreement allows GDOT to directly conduct Section 106 coordination activities with the State Historic Preservation Officer (SHPO) for concurrent reviews. In addition, there are four other initiatives: - A memorandum of understanding (MOU) for findings of "No Potential to Cause Effects" for many maintenance activities and minor highway projects. This MOU provides a comprehensive list of the types of projects that have been determined to have no potential to affect eligible historic resources. - A "No Historic Properties Affected Document, " which allows GDOT to make a determination of "No Effect" without SHPO concurrence. In the past, these documents were circulated to the SHPO for their concurrence. Under this agreement, these documents are provided to the SHPO for their information. - An agreement on the treatment of linear resources (primarily railroads and historic roadways). Disagreements have arisen over the treatment of abandoned and active historic railroads. This agreement helps to resolve issues by applying specific criteria of effect, streamlining the review for these types of projects and providing a better understanding of how Section 4(f) should be applied in such cases. This agreement is currently being refined. - A statewide bridge survey and study of all bridges built before 1956. Out of the nearly 2,000 bridges that meet the "over 50 years old" criteria, only 291 were determined to be eligible for the National Register. Of these 291 bridges, 146 have preservation potential. This study has helped to streamline Georgia's Section 106 process by targeting those bridges with high preservation value.
Last Updated: March 10, 2014
2 Practice: Georgia Mussel Survey and Relocation Efforts
Categories: Environmental Stewardship & Streamlining
Interagency Agreements: MOAs, MOUs, and Programmatic Agreements
Threatened & Endangered Species
Wildlife and Threatened & Endangered Species
State: Georgia
Organization: Federal Highway Administration GA Division
Contact: Katy Allen
Title: Environmental Team Leader
Email: Katy.Allen@dot.gov
Phone: 404-562-3657
Description: The Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT), US Fish and Wildlife Service, and FHWA Georgia Division have agreed on survey methodologies for use on all projects with potential impact to supporting habitat for Federally protected mussels. Survey methodologies will help maximize protection of sensitive mussel populations and simultaneously streamline biological assessment efforts.
Last Updated: March 10, 2014
3 Practice: Georgia Green Sheets Mitigation Tracking System
Categories: Commitment Tracking
Environmental (NEPA) Documentation
Environmental Stewardship & Streamlining
Mitigation
Performance Measures/Management
Project Development
State: Georgia
Organization: Federal Highway Administration GA Division
Contact: Jennifer Giersch
Title: Environmental Coordinator
Email: jennifer.giersch@dot.gov
Phone: (404) 562-3653
Description: The Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) with the assistance of FHWA Georgia Division, developed "Green Sheets" (actually printed on green paper) to demonstrate that mitigation commitments are being honored. Green Sheets contain all the NEPA environmental commitments in Georgia and are distributed to development and construction personnel to ensure that all staff is aware of GDOT mitigation responsibilities. The actual forms contain a matrix which lists each project's environmental obligation, the responsible party for implementing the commitment, the specific action required, and the status of completion.

For more information, view a copy of the Green Sheet included as a related document attachment.
Related Documentation: PDFs/Georgia_ENVCOM_greensheet.pdf
Last Updated: March 10, 2014
4 Practice: Georgia Joint Coordination Procedures for Section 7 Consultation Requirements
Categories: Collaborative Problem Solving/Conflict Resolution
Environmental Stewardship & Streamlining
Interagency Agreements: MOAs, MOUs, and Programmatic Agreements
Interagency Coordination
Process/NEPA
Threatened & Endangered Species
Wildlife and Threatened & Endangered Species
State: Georgia
Organization: Federal Highway Administration GA Division
Contact: Katy Allen
Title: Environmental Team Leader
Email: Katy.Allen@dot.gov
Phone: 404-562-3657
Description: Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT), FHWA Georgia Division, US Fish and Wildlife Services created the Endangered Species Act Joint Coordination Procedures (JCP). The motivation to implement the new agreement came after experience with the Georgia 404/NEPA Merger process, when it became evident that a complimentary tool would better ensure compliance with the Endangered Species Act and the Fish and Wildlife Coordination Act. JCP allows for programmatic Categorical Exemptions for certain projects that have been determined to have no effect on Federally listed threatened and endangered species, outlines biological survey requirements, and provides procedures for interagency conflict resolution. This agreement is in the process of being revised and updated.

Please view the related document attachment below to view the JCP.
Related Documentation: PDFs/Endangered_Species_Act_Joint_Coordination.pdf
Last Updated: March 10, 2014
5 Practice: Georgia Merged NEPA/404 Process
Categories: Environmental Stewardship & Streamlining
Interagency Agreements: MOAs, MOUs, and Programmatic Agreements
Interagency Coordination
Process/NEPA
Stormwater, The Clean Water Act, & Section 404
State: Georgia
Organization: Federal Highway Administration GA Division
Contact: Katy Allen
Title: Environmental Team Leader
Email: Katy.Allen@dot.gov
Phone: 404-562-3657
Description: The purpose of the Local NEPA/404(b)(1) coordination procedures is to establish coordination procedures between the Georgia Department of Transportation (GADOT)/Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), and the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Savannah District, to ensure efficient processing of GADOT's USACE Individual Permit Applications. The procedures developed will allow systematic, yet quick review and evaluation of alternatives, with input from the appropriate resource agencies prior to submittal of an application. Thereby, reducing actual processing time for the application once submitted. These procedures address projects for which the FHWA is the lead Federal agency.
Related Documentation: ga_coordproc.asp
Last Updated: March 10, 2014
6 Practice: Georgia DOT Umbrella Mitigation Banking Instrument (GUMBI)
Categories: Interagency Agreements: MOAs, MOUs, and Programmatic Agreements
Interagency Coordination
Mitigation
Wetland Banking
State: Georgia
Organization: Federal Highway Administration Resource Center
Contact: David Sullivan
Title:
Email: david.sullivan@fhwa.dot.gov
Phone: 404-562-3630
Description: The Georgia Department of Transportation Umbrella Mitigation Banking Instrument (GUMBI) was created in order to facilitate easier operation of the Georgia Department of Transportation's (GDOT) 17 mitigation banks. There are one or more mitigation banks in each watershed in Georgia, and they will be used primarily for compensatory mitigation for unavoidable impacts to wetlands, streams, and riparian corridors throughout the State of Georgia that result from GDOT transportation improvement activities. GUMBI was agreed to by such state and Federal resource agencies as the US Army Corps of Engineers, the Environmental Protection Agency, the US Fish and Wildlife Service, the National Marine Fisheries Service, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, and the Federal Highway Administration.

In order to view a DRAFT of the GUMBI agreement, see the related documentation.
Related Documentation: ga_gumbi.asp
Last Updated: December 8, 2003
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