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1 Practice: Statewide GIS System
Categories: GIS and Spatial Data
Interagency Coordination
State: Indiana
Organization: Federal Highway Administration IN Division
Contact: Michelle Allen
Title: Environmental Program Manager
Email: Michelle.Allen@dot.gov
Phone: 317-226-7344
Description: The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) has compiled hundreds of layers of information commonly used for planning and environmental purposes to create a statewide GIS system. The GIS layers are designed to assist Metropolitan Planning Organizations, INDOT, and consultants in considering environmental issues in the early stages of project development. The GIS system eliminates the need for information to be “chased down” and is expected to reduce project costs and time. Sensitive resources can be avoided early on, when the greatest flexibility in terms of impacts exists. To view these layers, please visit the Indiana Geological Survey's website by following the link in Related Documentation.

For more information about this successful practice and others, please see the Domestic Scan Report on Environmental Commitment Implementation: Innovative and Successful Approaches. The Report can be found at http://www.environment.fhwa.dot.gov/strmlng/domScanRpt/index.asp.
Related Documentation: http://wwwcf.fhwa.dot.gov/exit.cfm?link=http://maps.indiana.edu/
Last Updated: February 20, 2015
2 Practice: Midwest Region Memorandum of Understanding on Environmental Streamlining (December 21, 2000)
Category: Environmental Stewardship & Streamlining
State: Indiana
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: Waterway Permit Manual
Category: Mitigation
State: Indiana
Organization: Federal Highway Administration IN Division
Contact: Michelle Allen
Title: Environmental Program Manager
Email: michelle.allen@dot.gov
Phone: 317-226-7344
Description: The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) Office of Environmental Services (OES), Waterway Permits Unit (WPU) has developed a Waterway Permit Manual in order to provide a background, overview, and an overall understanding of waterway permits. This manual is focused towards INDOT projects and is presented from that perspective. The intent of this manual is to cover transportation related projects that require waterway permits.
Related Documentation: http://wwwcf.fhwa.dot.gov/exit.cfm?link=http://www.in.gov/indot/2522.htm
Last Updated: March 12, 2014
4 Practice: Section 106 Minor Projects Programmatic Agreement
Categories: Historical & Archeological Preservation
Interagency Agreements: MOAs, MOUs, and Programmatic Agreements
State: Indiana
Organization: Federal Highway Administration IN Division
Contact: Michelle Allen
Title: Environmental Program Manager
Email: michelle.allen@dot.gov
Phone: 317-226-7344
Description: The procedures through which Section 106 is administered by FHWA in Indiana are stipulated in the Programmatic Agreement Among the Federal Highway Administration, the Indiana Department of Transportation, the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation and the Indiana State Historic Preservation Officer Regarding the Implementation of the Federal Aid Highway Program in the State of Indiana (also known as the Minor Projects PA), executed in 2006. Without the Minor Projects PA, all FHWA-funded projects would have to go through the entire Section 106 process. This process, including review time by multiple agencies, may take months to complete. Under the Minor Projects PA, common projects are exempt from the normal Section 106 process. Minor projects, as defined in the Minor Projects PA, are those that have little or no potential to cause effect to historic properties. If a project type, activity, or undertaking is listed in the Minor Projects PA, little or no further cultural resource investigation is needed, and the project is exempt from the normal Section 106 process.
Related Documentation: http://wwwcf.fhwa.dot.gov/exit.cfm?link=http://www.in.gov/indot/2521.htm
Last Updated: March 12, 2014
5 Practice: Historic Bridge Inventory
Category: Historical & Archeological Preservation
State: Indiana
Organization: Federal Highway Administration IN Division
Contact: Michelle Allen
Title: Environmental Program Manager
Email: michelle.allen@dot.gov
Phone: 317-226-7344
Description: In coordination with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, and the Indiana State Historic Preservation Office, INDOT initiated a historic bridge preservation program. This program is outlined through the Historic Bridges Programmatic Agreement. It provides incentives for bridge owners to help prevent the loss of these important historic resources and provides a process to manage historic bridges in Indiana. The goal of the historic bridge preservation program is to identify the state’s historic bridges and identify examples for preservation. The project resulted in the following management tools:

• A contextual study of historic bridges in Indiana.

• A listing of bridges eligible for inclusion in the National Register of Historic Places (National Register).

• A listing of select historic bridges for preservation.

• A historic bridge database for bridges constructed through 1965.

Projects utilizing federal funds and involving a historic bridge are analyzed to see if the existing bridge will meet the purpose and need of the future traffic conditions expected on that roadway segment. If it does, then rehabilitation of that historic bridge is considered as a viable option for reuse of the existing structure. If the historic structure does not meet the purpose and need for the motoring public, other alternatives are considered. When a historic bridge is planned for bypassing or replacement, the bridge is offered to any group or individual that may want to take ownership of the bridge and manage or relocate it to another site. Bridges currently available for reuse can be found on the Historic Bridges Marketing Program page.
Related Documentation: http://wwwcf.fhwa.dot.gov/exit.cfm?link=http://www.in.gov/indot/2530.htm
Last Updated: March 12, 2014
6 Practice: Cultural Resource Manual and Delegation of Section 106 Authority to the State DOT
Categories: Historic
Interagency Coordination
Mitigation
Performance Measures/Management
Tribal Consultation & Issues
State: Indiana
Organization: Federal Highway Administration IN Division
Contact: Michelle Allen
Title: Environmental Program Manager
Email: michelle.allen@dot.gov
Phone: 317-226-7344
Description:

INDOT’s Cultural Resource Manual was published in 2007 and provides guidance to the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT), Local Public Agencies (LPAs), and their consultants on how the FHWA Indiana Division will accomplish its responsibilities under the revised Section 106 Regulations (36 CFR 800, effective January 11, 2001) regarding the preservation and protection of historic properties. An update to the manual is anticipated in 2014.

The procedures (Chapter 3 of the Cultural Resources Manual) authorize INDOT and LPAs to initiate Section 106 consultation on behalf of FHWA for projects listed in the INDOT Statewide Project Monitoring System. Required Section 106 documentation can be incorporated into a project's Environmental Impact Statement, streamlining the NEPA process. In addition, the procedures address concerns related to the role of consultants and assure government-to-government contact with Native American Tribes. Per a request by the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, FHWA incorporated several Section 106 consultation meetings into the procedures to ensure that all consulting parties become involved early and comment on documents and decisions.

The Cultural Resources Manual incorporates the Programmatic Agreement (PA) Among the Federal Highway Administration, the Indiana Department of Transportation, the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation and the Indiana State Historic Preservation Officer Regarding the Implementation of the Federal Aid Highway Program in the State of Indiana (also known as the “Minor Projects PA”), which was finalized in October 2006. This allows INDOT to independently perform the work and consultation described in the following sections of 36 CFR Part 800 (including any succeeding revisions to the regulations) on behalf of FHWA as follows:

36 CFR § 800.3

(1) Establish undertaking

(2) Coordinate with other reviews

(3) Identify the appropriate SHPO and/or THPO

(4) Plan to involve the public

(5) Identify other consulting parties

(6) Expediting consultation

36 CFR § 800.4

(1) Determine scope of identification

(2) Identify historic properties

(3) Evaluate historic significance

(4) Results of identification and evaluation

36 CFR § 800.5

(1) Apply criteria of adverse effect

(2) Finding of no adverse effect

(3) Consulting party review

(4) Results of assessment

If INDOT determines, in consultation with the SHPO and consulting parties, that the project will have an adverse effect on historic properties, it will notify FHWA and FHWA will ensure the Section 106 process is completed. FHWA will continue to be responsible for making a finding of “adverse effect” and for the resolution of those effects. The minor projects PA also developed a list of undertakings that consist of minor projects that generally do not affect historic properties. This listing falls into two categories, minor projects that do not require review by INDOT Cultural Resources staff, and minor projects that do require documentation and review by INDOT Cultural Resources staff to assess the likelihood that historic properties exist in the area of potential effect or determine the degree of existing soil disturbance within the project area.

In recognition of the unique government-to-government relationship between the Federal government and Indian tribes, FHWA shall take the lead in identifying and establishing consultation with the Indian tribes and Tribal Historic Preservation Officers (THPO) consistent with 36 CFR § 800.2(c)(2). If the tribe is agreeable, further consultation may be conducted among the tribe and INDOT. Delegation of Section 106 authority to the state allows state agencies to become more involved in the protection of local historic resources. The delegation also allows FHWA to focus its involvement at strategic points where it can best manage the process. The Cultural Resources manual, which incorporates the FHWA/INDOT Section 106 Consultation Procedures, and the Programmatic Agreement (PA) Among the Federal Highway Administration, the Indiana Department of Transportation, the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation and the Indiana State Historic Preservation Officer Regarding the Implementation of the Federal Aid Highway Program in the State of Indiana (also known as the “Minor Projects PA”) can be found at the following website: http://wwwcf.fhwa.dot.gov/exit.cfm?link=http://www.in.gov/indot/2675.htm.

Related Documentation: http://wwwcf.fhwa.dot.gov/exit.cfm?link=http://www.in.gov/indot/2675.htm
Last Updated: March 11, 2014
7 Practice: Indiana's Categorical Exclusion Manual
State: Indiana
Organization: Federal Highway Administration IN Division
Contact: Michelle Allen
Title: Environmental Program Manager
Email: michelle.allen@dot.gov
Phone: 317-226-7344
Description:

Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) has published the Indiana Categorical Exclusion Manual (updated July 2013). The manual was developed to guide INDOT environmental staff, local public agencies, and consultants in the confirmation and preparation of federally funded categorical exclusions and state-funded categorical exemptions and as a scoping tool for Environmental Assessments and Environmental Impact Statements. Standardized forms were developed to provide a consistent process resulting in a more thorough and efficient advancement of projects that are expected to have a minor environmental impact. See INDOT’s website (below) for more information and links to the manual.

Related Documentation: http://wwwcf.fhwa.dot.gov/exit.cfm?link=http://www.in.gov/indot/2675.htm
Last Updated: March 11, 2014
8 Practice: INDOT's Procedural Manual for Preparing Environmental Documents
Categories: Environmental (NEPA) Documentation
Project Development
State: Indiana
Organization: Federal Highway Administration IN Division
Contact: Michelle Allen
Title: Environmental Program Manager
Email: michelle.allen@dot.gov
Phone: 317-226-7344
Description: In 2008, the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) published a new version of its Procedural Manual for Preparing Environmental Documents. The manual focuses on the statutory and regulatory requirements for preparing environmental documents for INDOT and local projects. The manual establishes content and format guidelines for environmental documents as specified by law or regulation. The manual also provides format recommendations for documents not specified by law or regulation. INDOT will continually update this manual, which is available at the link provided under Related Documentation.
Related Documentation: http://wwwcf.fhwa.dot.gov/exit.cfm?link=http://www.in.gov/indot/2675.htm
Last Updated: March 11, 2014
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