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1 Practice: United States Army Corps of Engineers Liaison
Category: Interagency Agreements: MOAs, MOUs, and Programmatic Agreements
State: Minnesota
Organization: Federal Highway Administration MN Division
Contact: Philip Forst
Title: Environmental Specialist
Email: Phil.Forst@dot.gov
Phone: 651-291-6110
Description: The Federal Highway Administration, the Minnesota Department Of Transportation (MnDOT) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (St. Paul District) executed a Programmatic Agreement (PA) to establishing a position that is a single point of contact for Corps programmatic and project-specific permitting issues during MnDOT project development. The position is also available to assist in development and delivery of training about the Corps permitting process.
Last Updated: February 23, 2015
2 Practice: "Hear Every Voice" Public Involvement Process
Category: Public Involvement
State: Minnesota
Organization: Federal Highway Administration MN Division
Contact: Philip Forst
Title: Environmental Specialist
Email: Phil.Forst@dot.gov
Phone: 651-291-6110
Description: In 1999, the Minnesota Department of Transportation (Mn/DOT) finalized a new public involvement process called "Hear Every Voice." The process guides Mn/DOT staff on how to involve the public, including non-traditional stakeholders, early and often in transportation planning and decisionmaking.
Related Documentation: http://wwwcf.fhwa.dot.gov/exit.cfm?link=http://www.dot.state.mn.us/publicinvolvement/pdf/HEVII.pdf
Last Updated: March 12, 2014
3 Practice: Midwest Region Memorandum of Understanding on Environmental Streamlining (December 21, 2000)
Category: Environmental Stewardship & Streamlining
State: Minnesota
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
4 Practice: Tribal Section 106 Agreements
Categories: Interagency Agreements: MOAs, MOUs, and Programmatic Agreements
Interagency Coordination
Process/NEPA
Public Involvement
Tribal Consultation & Issues
State: Minnesota
Organization: Federal Highway Administration MN Division
Contact: Philip Forst
Title: Environmental Specialist
Email: Phil.Forst@dot.gov
Phone: 651-291-6110
Description: The Minnesota Department of Transportation and the Federal Highway Administration Minnesota Division Office consulted with the eleven Federally-recognized Native American tribes located in Minnesota to create Programmatic Agreements for Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act. Thus far, four of those agreements have been finalized and signed. To view the agreements with the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians and Grand Portage Band of Chippewa Indians, view attachments below. To view the agreements with the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians and Grand Portage Band of Chippewa Indians, view attachments below.

To view the agreement with the Lower Sioux Indian Community, click here.

To view the agreement with the Bois Forte Band of Chippewa Indians, click here.
Last Updated: March 11, 2014
5 Practice: Statewide Archeological Predictive Model
Categories: GIS and Spatial Data
Historic
Historical & Archeological Preservation
Mitigation
State: Minnesota
Organization: Federal Highway Administration MN Division
Contact: Philip Forst
Title: Environmental Specialist
Email: Phil.Forst@dot.gov
Phone: 651-291-6110
Description: The Minnesota Department of Transportation and the Federal Highway Administration Minnesota Division developed a statistical and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) model to predict finding pre-1821 historic resources statewide. The agreement saves time and money on highway and bridge construction projects while protecting sensitive resources.
Related Documentation: http://wwwcf.fhwa.dot.gov/exit.cfm?link=http://www.dot.state.mn.us/mnmodel
Last Updated: March 11, 2014
6 Practice: St. Croix River Crossing Dispute Resolution
Categories: Collaborative Problem Solving/Conflict Resolution
Historical & Archeological Preservation
Mitigation
Wild & Scenic Rivers and Wilderness Areas
State: Minnesota
Organization: Federal Highway Administration MN Division
Contact: Philip Forst
Title: Environmental Specialist
Email: Phil.Forst@dot.gov
Phone: 651-291-6110
Description:

Two decades ago, the Federal Highway Administration and the states of Wisconsin and Minnesota began planning to build a new bridge across the St. Croix River. After two lawsuits and a series of failed attempts at forging a resolution to the transportation, environmental and historic preservation dispute, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), through the U.S. Institute for Environmental Conflict Resolution, began a mediated process to integrate the needs of all stakeholders and find a solution. The stakeholder process began in June of 2003. In June 2006, the agencies released the Supplemental Final Environmental Impact Statement and in July the stakeholders held their final meeting. FHWA has signed a Record of Decision describing a new bridge alignment and design, a mitigation package to address impacts to the St. Croix Wild and Scenic River and a plan for future use for the National Register historic lift bridge.

Last Updated: March 11, 2014
7 Practice: Aesthetic Initiative Measurement System (AIMS)
Categories: Aesthetics
Corridor Preservation
Project Development
Public Involvement
State: Minnesota
Organization: Minnesota Department of Transportation
Contact: David Larson
Title: Principal Landscape Architect
Email: david.larson@state.mn.us
Phone: 651-366-4637
Description: In 2001, the Minnesota Department of Transportation (Mn/DOT) finalized a tool that transportation project managers and engineers can use to determine what drivers prefer for roadside visual quality and aesthetics. The Aesthetic Initiative Measurement System (AIMS) helps project managers and engineers evaluate aesthetic options and learn more about the qualities that the public values in its highway corridor landscapes. Such information up front makes it easier and more cost effective to determine ways to meet customer needs. Mn/DOT tested AIMS on highways near Rochester, Duluth, and the Twin Cities. Researchers found that volunteers preferred well maintained highways that were designed to take advantage of vistas and that emphasized the natural features of the surrounding landscape, such as geology, hills, and forests. Mn/DOT is using AIMS as part of its context sensitive design practices, which strive to integrate projects into the environment through careful planning, consideration of multiple perspectives, and unique project circumstances.
Last Updated: March 11, 2014
8 Practice: Minnesota Statewide Section 106 Programmatic Agreement
Categories: Historical & Archeological Preservation
Interagency Coordination
Tribal Consultation & Issues
State: Minnesota
Organization: Federal Highway Administration MN Division
Contact: Philip Forst
Title: Environmental Specialist
Email: Phil.Forst@dot.gov
Phone: 651-291-6110
Description: The Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) and FHWA Minnesota Division signed a Programmatic Agreement (PA) with the Minnesota State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO), the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP), and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) regarding Section 106 historic preservation compliance and review. The objective of the Section 106 PA is to create more efficient MnDOT and FHWA reviews of individual undertakings that may affect historic properties. In addition, the PA establishes the process for which FHWA (with assistance from MnDOT), the SHPO, ACHP, USACE, MnDOT, and other interested persons will be involved for any review. To implement the agreement, MnDOT agrees to employ a professionally qualified Chief Archeologist and Historian. MnDOT will utilize their Highway Project Development Process Manual and the FHWA State Aid Manual to follow procedures for Section 106 review; written concurrence from FHWA and SHPO must be obtained before revising any of the procedures. FHWA, MnDOT, SHPO, ACHP, and USACE will meet on at least an annual basis to review the PA to evaluate its implementation and suggest revisions. MnDOT will continue to fund progressive historic and archeological programs such as: analysis and synthesis of past data accumulated from road projects, statewide thematic or other surveys of historic properties, and statewide archeological predictive models.

Additional stipulations of the Section 106 PA cover the following:
· Consultations with Indian Tribes
· Mandated actions based on the level of historic and archeological significance, and findings of both “no adverse” and “adverse” effect
· Necessary documentation
· Discovery of archeological and historic evidence during construction
· Treatment of grave sites
· Dispute Resolution


Minnesota’s Section 106 Programmatic Agreement is available at http://www.dot.state.mn.us/culturalresources/programmatic/fhwa_shpo2_1_05.pdf.
Last Updated: March 10, 2014
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