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1 Practice: Programmatic Agreement for Processing Actions as Categorical Exclusions (CE)
Categories: Environmental (NEPA) Documentation
Interagency Agreements: MOAs, MOUs, and Programmatic Agreements
State: Nevada
Organization: Federal Highway Administration NV Division
Contact: Abdelmoez  Abdalla
Title: Environmental Program Manager
Email: abdelmoez.abdalla@dot.gov
Phone: 775-687-1231
Description: This Programmatic agreement between FHWA and NDOT establishes processing procedures and documentation required for projects proposed by NDOT as CE as defined in 23 CFR 771.117.
Last Updated: March 12, 2014
2 Practice: Programmatic Biological Opinion for Effects to the Desert Tortoise and its Critical Habitat
Categories: Environmental Stewardship & Streamlining
Interagency Coordination
State: Nevada
Organization: Federal Highway Administration NV Division
Contact: Abdelmoez  Abdalla
Title: Environmental Program Manager
Email: abdelmoez.abdalla@dot.gov
Phone: 775-687-1231
Description: This is the Fish and Wildlife Service Programmatic Biological Opinion for effects to the Desert Tortoise and its Critical Habitat from Nevada Department of Transportation Federal-aid projects.
Last Updated: March 12, 2014
3 Practice: Nevada DOT Desert Tortoise Multi-Species Habitat Conservation Plan
Categories: Habitat/Ecosystem Connectivity & Conservation
Interagency Coordination
Wildlife and Threatened & Endangered Species
State: Nevada
Organization: Nevada Department of Transportation
Contact: Steve Cooke
Title: Administrator I, Environmental Chief
Email: scooke@dot.state.nv.us
Phone: (775) 888-7686
Description: The Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT) joined with municipalities and federal agencies in Clark County, Nevada—a fast-growing area containing 70 percent of the state’s population—in a 30-year multi-species habitat conservation plan (MSHCP) and Incidental Take Statement covering the threatened Desert Tortoise and 78 other non-listed species. Another 154 non-listed species are on secondary lists and may be added later.

The plan includes maintenance on 1,100 miles of NDOT rights-of-way (ROW) and an estimated 14,700 acres of material sites, over half of the state. Additional ROW may be included in the future. The plan covers incidental take of the Desert Tortoise and other covered species associated with the construction and maintenance of transportation improvements and material sites outside of identified conservation areas and maintenance work within conservation areas. Conservation areas are mainly located on federal lands.

The impact analysis and plan development made use of “best available data,” as allowed by the Federal Endangered Species Act, rather than requiring additional surveys. The plan also avoided estimating numbers of take of individual species. The potential for incidental take of each species was estimated as the proportion of the known population, range, or potential habitat for the species within areas unmanaged for natural resources (UMAs), although it was not expected that all of these areas would be affected. Areas considered “unmanaged for natural resources” included highway rights-of-way. The plan depends on conservation actions or best management practices (BMPs) by various partners and funding a system of biological reserves or conservation lands through a $550/acre impact fee on development. Criteria for identification of priority acquisition areas included biodiversity and presence of rare species, potential for effective management and protection of ecosystem processes, quality/intactness of remaining habitat, linkage/adjacency to other areas protected or managed for conservation, size, and low presence of non-native and invasive species.

The plan covers the next 30 years, and will expedite all NDOT improvements during that timeframe within the plan area described above. Planned improvements include a beltway around Las Vegas from Interstate 15 to Interstate 515; continued widening of Route 160 between Las Vegas and Pahrump; a 55.5-acre expansion of McCarran Airport; widening of Highway 95; a Hoover Dam bypass; a Boulder City bypass; a proposed rail system within the Las Vegas Valley; and a proposed high-speed train from California to Nevada. Projects that impact conservation areas will receive greater attention.

NDOT’s Environmental Services Division coordinates monitoring of NDOT maintenance, construction activities, and annual reporting. NDOT maintenance monitors fencing on a quarterly basis, and provides information to Environmental Services for reporting to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. NDOT Environmental Services has concentrated on working on a one-on-one basis with maintenance personnel to increase buy-in and facilitate training. Thus far, the agreement has reduced impacts to the desert tortoise and produced a “no violation” record.
Last Updated: March 10, 2014
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