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1 Practice: Illinois Tribal Consultation Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)
Categories: Environmental Stewardship & Streamlining
Interagency Agreements: MOAs, MOUs, and Programmatic Agreements
Tribal
State: Illinois
Organization: Federal Highway Administration IL Division
Contact: Janis Piland
Title: Environmental Engineer
Email: Janis.Piland@dot.gov
Phone: (217) 492-4989
Description: The MOU was developed in collaboration with Tribes known to have an interest in IL lands. Its purpose is to establish the process to notify (established the electronic Project Notification System (PNS)) and consult with Tribes, and to establish procedures for unanticipated discoveries and discoveries of human remains. It also stipulates annual evaluation and reporting on activities implemented under the MOU. Four Tribes have signed as of the end of 2013.
Related Documentation: http://www.environment.fhwa.dot.gov/strmlng/pdfs/il_tribalmou.pdf
Last Updated: March 14, 2014
2 Practice: Midwest Region Memorandum of Understanding on Environmental Streamlining (December 21, 2000)
Category: Environmental Stewardship & Streamlining
State: Illinois
Organization: USEPA Region V
Contact: Ken Westlake
Title: Chief, NEPA Implementation Section
Email: westlake.kenneth@epa.gov
Phone: (312) 886-2910
Description: The undersigned agencies agree to work cooperatively to carry out the provisions of the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century (TEA-21). This Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) sets forth the goal, guiding principles and strategies for interagency coordination of the Federal-aid transportation planning and project development processes, consistent with TEA-21, the National Environmental Policy Act and other applicable environmental statutes and Executive Orders. This MOU is based on the Environmental Streamlining National Memorandum of Understanding and provides a framework for future interagency streamlining agreements or project level agreements within the states.
Last Updated: March 12, 2014
3 Practice: Electronic Project Notification System
Categories: Environmental Stewardship & Streamlining
Interagency Agreements: MOAs, MOUs, and Programmatic Agreements
Tribal
State: Illinois
Organization: Federal Highway Administration IL Division
Contact: Janis Piland
Title: Environmental Engineer
Email: Janis.Piland@dot.gov
Phone: (217) 492-4989
Description: Developed by Illinois DOT (IDOT) and the IL State Archaeological Survey (ISAS), the primary purpose of the Project Notification System (PNS) is to disseminate IDOT proposed project information to Tribes. The initial notification is sent by email to those with approved access, and includes project description, location, and nearby known recorded mortuary sites. Tribes may click "no concerns" or provide comments, which are sent directly to IDOT Cultural Resource personnel and then shared with FHWA, who will follow up with appropriate consultation. PNS notifications are sent when updated archaeological information and SHPO coordination are added. IDOT district environment personnel, the SHPO, and the FHWA Illinois Division Tribal Liaison also have access to the PNS.
Last Updated: March 12, 2014
4 Practice: IDOT Context Sensitive Solutions Procedures
Categories: Context Sensitive Solutions
Public Involvement
State: Illinois
Organization: Federal Highway Administration IL Division
Contact: J.D. Stevenson
Title: Environment, and Right-of-Way Team Leader
Email: jerry.stevenson@dot.gov
Phone: 217-492-4638
Description: IDOT's Context Sensitive Solutions procedures are an interdisciplinary approach that seeks effective, multimodal transportation solutions by working with stakeholders to develop, build and maintain cost-effective transportation facilities which fit into and reflect the projects’ surroundings and its context. Through early, frequent, and meaningful communication with stakeholders, and a flexible and creative approach to design, the resulting projects should improve safety and mobility for the traveling public, while seeking to preserve and enhance the scenic, economic, historic, and natural qualities of the settings through which they pass.
Last Updated: March 12, 2014
5 Practice: Illinois - Livable and Sustainable Transportation (I-LAST) Rating System and Guide
Categories: Context Sensitive Solutions
Habitat/Ecosystem Connectivity & Conservation
Land Use Planning & Smart Growth
Mitigation
Sustainability
State: Illinois
Organization: Illinois Department of Transportation
Contact: John Fortmann
Title: Region 1 Engineer
Email: John.Fortmann@illinois.gov
Phone: (847) 705-4119
Description: Illinois - Livable and Sustainable Transportation (I-LAST) incorporates a broad range of issues into the development and completion of State highway projects, and this document is a sustainability performance metric system. The purpose of I-LAST is threefold: to provide a comprehensive list of practices that may bring sustainable results to highway projects; to establish a simple and efficient method of evaluating transportation projects with respect to livability, sustainability, and effect on the natural environment; and to record and recognize the use of sustainable practices in the transportation industry. I-LAST is purely voluntary and not an official policy or procedure of the Illinois Department of Transportation. It is advisory in nature, intended to ascertain and document sustainable practices proposed for inclusion on State highway projects.
Related Documentation: http://wwwcf.fhwa.dot.gov/exit.cfm?link=http://www.dot.state.il.us/green/documents/I-LASTGuidebook.pdf
Last Updated: March 11, 2014
6 Practice: Illinois Establishment of Timeframes for Environmental Impact Statements and Environmental Assessments
Categories: Interagency Agreements: MOAs, MOUs, and Programmatic Agreements
Performance Measures/Management
Process/NEPA
State: Illinois
Organization: Federal Highway Administration IL Division
Contact: Janis Piland
Title: Environmental Engineer
Email: Janis.Piland@dot.gov
Phone: (217) 492-4989
Description: The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) and FHWA has created a statewide Implementation Agreement (SIA) to achieve the Environmental Vital Few Goal of reducing the time required for environmental review. All EIS and EA documents initiated after the start of the Federal Fiscal Year 2004 (October 1, 2003) will have negotiated timeframes for the environmental review process. Areas of focus for the timeframe will include good project management, timeliness, project efficiencies, and accountability. The appropriate IDOT District Office will notify the FHWA Illinois Division Office of the project early in project planning to allow ample time to establish timeframes for each EIS and EA prior to its initiation. The FHWA and IDOT (and local agencies when applicable) will work together to establish these timeframes. FHWA and IDOT will then provide a copy of the timeframe to the involved environmental review and permitting agencies (e.g., U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service) as part of the early the coordination/scoping process.

Timeframes are established based on the complexity and characteristics of the project(s), as well as IDOT's priorities. Dates will be adjusted as necessary, depending on agency resources or known project issues that are likely to affect the dates. Certain circumstances, such as ecological growing seasons, may make timelines more complex. These issues will be considered early in the process, along with a general level of priority established for the project. Illinois has created its goals for establishing maximum completion timeframes for the environmental review process that agree with the FHWA Vital Few Goal objective.

Please use the link below to view related documentation.
Related Documentation: illinoisAgree.asp
Last Updated: March 11, 2014
7 Practice: Statewide NEPA/Section 404 Process Implementation Agreement
Categories: Environmental (NEPA) Documentation
Environmental Stewardship & Streamlining
Interagency Agreements: MOAs, MOUs, and Programmatic Agreements
Interagency Coordination
Process/NEPA
Stormwater, The Clean Water Act, & Section 404
State: Illinois
Organization: Federal Highway Administration IL Division
Contact: Matt Fuller
Title: Environmental Program Engineer
Email: matt.fuller@dot.gov
Phone: (217) 492-4625
Description: The purpose of this Statewide Implementation Agreement is to establish a process to coordinate the National Environmental Protection Act (NEPA) and Clean Water Act Section 404 review of transportation projects that impact waters of the United States. This process is intended to expedite the construction of necessary transportation projects and help transportation project teams to adhere to budgets and schedules while protecting and enhancing the chemical, physical, and biological integrity of the waters of the United States in Illinois. The agreement establishes three concurrence points for Purpose and Need, Range of Alternatives, and Preferred Alternative for Environmental Assessments and Environmental Impact Statements that require an individual Section 404 permit. NEPA/Section 404 review meetings are held on a regular recurring basis between the Federal Highway Administration, the Illinois Department of Transportation, and signatory agencies.
Last Updated: March 10, 2014
8 Practice: Programmatic Agreement for the Rehabilitation and Replacement of Historic Bridges
Categories: Historic
Historical & Archeological Preservation
Interagency Agreements: MOAs, MOUs, and Programmatic Agreements
Interagency Coordination
Mitigation
State: Illinois
Organization: Federal Highway Administration IL Division
Contact: Janis Piland
Title: Environmental Engineer
Email: Janis.Piland@dot.gov
Phone: (217) 492-4989
Description: The Programmatic Agreement for the Rehabilitation and Replacement of Historic Bridges established a list of primary and secondary bridges in the State of Illinois that meet the criteria for eligibility for listing on the National Register of Historic Places. The agreement establishes standards for maintenance, demolition, and documentation of the bridges included on both lists. After consultation with the State Historic Preservation Officer and consulting parties, if a bridge is designated to be demolished, it must first be recorded to Historic American Engineering Record standards. If three bridges of the same type have already been recorded, then creating a new record is not required. This agreement eliminates the requirement to notify the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation of the adverse effect finding prior to executing a Memorandum of Agreement for avoiding, minimizing, or mitigating the adverse effects.
Last Updated: March 10, 2014
9 Practice: North Chicago, Illinois Wetland Joint Mitigation Effort
Categories: Environmental Stewardship & Streamlining
Habitat/Ecosystem Connectivity & Conservation
Mitigation
Watersheds & Wetlands
Wetlands
State: Illinois
Organization: Illinois Department of Transportation
Contact: Tom  Brooks
Title: Bureau of Design and Environment
Email: Thomas.Brooks@illinois.gov
Phone:
Description: The Illinois State Toll Highway Authority (ISTHA) and the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) partnered in 2006 to rehabilitate 150 acres of native landscape in North Chicago, Illinois. Before the mitigation effort by the two agencies, a layer of invasive shrubs covered the site's native plant species and development was a threat to the site. With the cooperation of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) and the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR), ISTHA and IDOT were able to rehabilitate and protect the rare prairie and wetland site.

As of 2010, only one-tenth of 1 percent of Illinois native prairie remains. The rehabilitation and protection of the North Chicago landscape are important to maintain and protect fragments of this native habitat. IDOT acquired the mitigation site for highway construction in 1966; however, the land was never built upon. Scientists studied the site in 1991, 1996, and 2006 to determine the suitability for wetlands mitigation and the potential mitigation value. During surveys of the area, botanists discovered four State-listed species of plants, which were mapped and documented with Global Positioning System (GPS) and geographic information systems (GIS) tools. Prior to the mitigation project, the exotic species were quantified using digital photographs and HemiView lens to photograph the canopy. The HemiView Canopy Analysis Software measured the percent of visible sky and leaf area index. In addition, field botanists created several horizontal habitat images in order to compare the success of the rehabilitation area after mitigation.

In 1997, the site was approved to serve as a wetland mitigation site, but funds were not programmed at that time. In 2006, ISHTA proposed that the site be used for wetland mitigation for a proposed project. In exchange for land, ISHTA would fund and implement the rehabilitation effort and give half of the land to IDOT. A Letter of Understanding between the agencies was signed. In 2008, ISTHA submitted this site as wetland mitigation bank site to USACE and USACE proposed that ISHTA pursue use as a permittee-responsible wetland site. ISHTA submitted the wetland mitigation plan in 2008 to repair 150 acres of habitat. The wetland mitigation will compensate for 5.3 acres of IDOT project impacts and 10 acres of ISHTA project impacts.

Habitat restoration began in the winter of 2010. Exotic species, such as Rhamnus spp., were cut with hand tools, bundled, and burned onsite. As of September 7, 2010, 91% of the site had been cleared of exotic shrub species. Ongoing restoration efforts will include prescribed fires and herbicides to prevent the spread of the exotic plants. The Floristic Quality Index will be used to measure the floristic quality over a five-year period. To assess the success of rehabilitation, the composition of plant species should comprise the following: 80% of the dominant plant species should be native in the wetlands and none of the dominant plant species should be Rhamnus spp. or Lonicera mackii in the uplands.

The partnership between ISTHA and IDOT and collaboration with USACE and IDNR established a precedent for funding and partnership mechanisms that promotes native landscape rehabilitation. The use of technology tools for measurement and analysis serves as a model for other mitigation efforts. With these data gathering and documentation methods, the monitoring agencies will be able to measure the success of the rehabilitation efforts.
Last Updated: March 10, 2014
10 Practice: Illinois Statewide Implementation Agreement for Classifying Projects as Categorical Exclusions
Categories: Environmental (NEPA) Documentation
Environmental Stewardship & Streamlining
Interagency Agreements: MOAs, MOUs, and Programmatic Agreements
Process/NEPA
Regional Streamlining Agreements and Products
State: Illinois
Organization: Illinois Department of Transportation
Contact: Barbara Stevens
Title: Environmental Section Chief
Email: Barbara.Stevens@illinois.gov
Phone: 217-785-0888
Description: In August 2008, the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) finalized a Statewide Implementation Agreement for classifying projects as Categorical Exclusions (CEs). The agreement addressed the development and approval of Categorical Exclusions (CEs) in a streamlined and efficient manner by establishing 2 groups of CEs (CE I and CEII). The agreement recognizes CE I actions as those that do not involve unusual circumstances as described in 23 CFR 771.117(b) and require no further approval from FHWA for IDOT to process them as CEs, and CE II actions as those that may involve unusual circumstances and require approval from FHWA.
Last Updated: March 10, 2014
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