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1 Practice: Section 106 Programmatic Agreement for Certain Transportation Undertakings in New Hampshire
Categories: Environmental Stewardship & Streamlining
Historical & Archeological Preservation
State: New Hampshire
Organization: New Hampshire Department of Transportation
Contact: Jillian Edelmann
Title: Cultural Resources Manager
Email: jedelmann@dot.state.nh.us
Phone: 603-271-7968
Description: This Programmatic Agreement (PA) delegates Section 106 review responsibilities to New Hampshire Department of Transportation for transportation projects which have been found to typically result in No Effect determinations. The PA streamlines project development by eliminating FHWA or New Hampshire State Historic Preservation Office review for these projects which make up approximately 70 percent of the federal-aid projects reviewed annually.
Related Documentation: http://www.environment.fhwa.dot.gov/strmlng/pdfs/nh_pa_Oct2013.asp
Last Updated: May 6, 2015
2 Practice: FHWA/New Hampshire Department of Transportation (NHDOT) Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for Post-Construction Funding for Implementation of Environmental Commitments
Categories: Hazardous Waste & Brownfields
Mitigation
State: New Hampshire
Organization: New Hampshire Department of Transportation
Contact: Kevin T. Nyhan
Title: Administrator, Bureau of Environment
Email: knyhan@dot.state.nh.us
Phone: 603-271-3226
Description: This MOU (executed March 2013) between NHDOT and FHWA establishes procedures for the Post-Construction Funding for Implementation of longer-term Environmental Commitments resulting from the construction of Federal-aid highway funded projects within New Hampshire.
Related Documentation: http://www.environment.fhwa.dot.gov/strmlng/pdfs/nh_mou_Mar2013.asp
Last Updated: May 6, 2015
3 Practice: State Historic Architectural & Archaeological Resource Database (SHAARD)
Categories: Historic
Historical & Archeological Preservation
Mitigation
State: New Hampshire
Organization: New Hampshire Department of Transportation
Contact: Jillian Edelmann
Title: Cultural Resources Manager
Email: jedelmann@dot.state.nh.us
Phone: 603-271-7968
Description: SHAARD will act as a repository to manage the cultural resources review and mitigation process as part of transportation development projects statewide. Specifically, the database will act as a process management tool by improving process discipline, regulatory accountability, and document storage and management. It will also provide a real-time process status by allowing users or project stakeholders to understand, on a project basis, the status of cultural resources review. The database will significantly streamline and improve the current process by allowing for a central repository for all project documents related to architectural and archeological resources.

Note: This database is currently under development with a projected go-live date of summer 2014.

Currently the NHDOT tracks Section 106 inventories, eligibility and mitigation in the Cultural Resources Eligibility Evaluation Program Database (CREEP). This database was developed over 10 years ago and no longer serves the need of the Cultural Resources Program. It lacks the ability to report and track projects as they progress through the Section 106 process. Once the SHAARD database becomes functional and the information transferred over, the CREEP database will be eliminated.
Last Updated: March 12, 2014
4 Practice: Potential State Surplus Management System (POSSUM)
Category: Hazardous Waste & Brownfields
State: New Hampshire
Organization: New Hampshire Department of Transportation
Contact: Cyndi Poole
Title: Agent
Email: cpoole@dot.state.nh.us
Phone:
Description: Possum is a HazMat database interface used to identify and store information for the inventory of parcels of land with/without improvements for surplus properties by Project, Town/City, County, or District. Possum has surplus properties in the following categories: Potential Surplus, Property Management, Potential surplus& Property Management, Areas of Interest and All Acquired. The information for Possum comes from the Right of Way Management database system.
Last Updated: March 12, 2014
5 Practice: Data Sharing Agreement with NH Natural Heritage Bureau
Categories: GIS and Spatial Data
Interagency Coordination
State: New Hampshire
Organization: New Hampshire Department of Transportation
Contact: Kevin T. Nyhan
Title: Administrator, Bureau of Environment
Email: knyhan@dot.state.nh.us
Phone: 603-271-3226
Description: NH Natural Heritage Bureau has provided NHDOT with a GIS screening layer that allows us to clear projects for State T/E species for a subset of project types, provided the project does not require a wetlands permit and is limited in scope.
Last Updated: March 12, 2014
6 Practice: Significant Alteration of Terrain (Site-Specific Permit) MOA
Categories: Interagency Agreements: MOAs, MOUs, and Programmatic Agreements
Process/NEPA
Stormwater, The Clean Water Act, & Section 404
State: New Hampshire
Organization: New Hampshire Department of Transportation
Contact: Mark T. Hemmerlein
Title: Water Quality Program Manager
Email: mhemmerlein@dot.state.nh.us
Phone: 603-271-3226
Description: The New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (NHDES) requires activities that significantly alter the characteristics of the terrain and have the potential to degrade water quality to receive a permit from NHDES prior to conducting such activities (RSA 485-A:17). NHDES "may exempt other state agencies from the permit and fee provisions . . . provided that each such agency has incorporated appropriate protective practices in its projects which are substantially equivalent to the requirements established by the department [NHDES]." Many of NHDOT's projects and activities have been exempted, but some were not. This MOA extends the exemption to other appropriate projects and activities, such as Transportation Enhancement (TE) projects and Congestion Mitigation & Air Quality (CMAQ) projects. TE and CMAQ projects are often hybrids of roadway improvement projects and public works facilities projects. Examples are commuter park & ride lots, intermodal transportation facilities (bus stations and rail depots) and welcome centers. These projects are funded with transportation dollars and are intended to support and/or complement existing and proposed transportation facilities. Because of the public works elements of these projects, however, NHDES has had reservations about exempting these projects from the requirements of the site-specific permit. The MOA allows these and other appropriate projects and activities to be exempt from this permitting requirement on the basis of NHDOT's commitment to employ best management practices. This eliminates a permit application process and promotes consistent application of water quality protective measures during construction.
Related Documentation: nh_moa.asp
Last Updated: March 10, 2014
7 Practice: Programmatic Wetland Finding and Programmatic Floodplain Finding for Categorical Exclusions
Categories: Environmental (NEPA) Documentation
Environmental Stewardship & Streamlining
Interagency Agreements: MOAs, MOUs, and Programmatic Agreements
Interagency Coordination
Process/NEPA
Watersheds & Wetlands
State: New Hampshire
Organization: New Hampshire Department of Transportation
Contact: Kevin T. Nyhan
Title: Administrator, Bureau of Environment
Email: knyhan@dot.state.nh.us
Phone: 603-271-3226
Description: In September 2001, the New Hampshire Department of Transportation (NHDOT) and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) signed a Programmatic Wetland Finding for all Federal-aid projects that are classified as Categorical Exclusions (CE) and issued a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers permit. Under this programmatic finding, no individual wetland findings need to be prepared for projects classified as CEs. However, projects require an individual wetland finding if the preparation of an Environmental Assessment or Environmental Impact Statement is necessary.

In April 2003, NHDOT and FHWA signed a Programmatic Floodplain Finding for all Federal-aid projects classified as Categorical Exclusions (CE) with an Army Corps of Engineers permit. As a result of this programmatic finding, no individual floodplain findings need to be prepared for projects classified as CEs. However, projects require an individual floodplain finding if the preparation of an Environmental Assessment or Environmental Impact Statement is necessary.
Last Updated: March 10, 2014
8 Practice: Programmatic Agreement on Categorical Exclusion Approvals
Categories: Environmental (NEPA) Documentation
Environmental Stewardship & Streamlining
Interagency Agreements: MOAs, MOUs, and Programmatic Agreements
Interagency Coordination
Process/NEPA
State: New Hampshire
Organization: New Hampshire Department of Transportation
Contact: Kevin T. Nyhan
Title: Administrator, Bureau of Environment
Email: knyhan@dot.state.nh.us
Phone: 603-271-3226
Description: The New Hampshire Department of Transportation (NHDOT) and the Federal Highway Administration New Hampshire Division Office implemented a programmatic agreement for Categorical Exclusion (CE) approvals that provides procedures for processing projects classified as CEs. The agreement provides procedures for programmatically classifying certain NHDOT actions as CEs, avoiding an Environmental Assessment or Environmental Impact Statement. NHDOT has determined that the actions listed in the agreement never or almost never result in significant environmental impacts. For more information or to view the complete Programmatic Agreement, please follow the link provided in Related Documentation.
Related Documentation: http://wwwcf.fhwa.dot.gov/exit.cfm?link=http://environment.transportation.org/pal_database/agreement_details.aspx?pal_id=12
Last Updated: March 10, 2014
9 Practice: Risk Assessment and Site Characterization for Appraisal of Land (RASCAL)
Category: GIS and Spatial Data
State: New Hampshire
Organization: New Hampshire Department of Transportation
Contact: Dale O'Connell
Title: Contamination Program Manager, Bureau of Environment
Email: do'connell@dot.state.nh.us
Phone:
Description: NHDOT developed RASCAL to facilitate the collection and management of data for contaminated sites it proposes to acquire for transportation purposes. This web-based system integrates personal digital assistants (PDA), global positioning systems (GPS) and digital cameras for rapid contamination data collection. The data is uploaded to a database that interacts with other databases (e.g. right-of-way database), to eliminate data redundancy, and is easily accessible through the web site. This accessibility allows consultants to access the database from outside the NHDOT firewall. The collected data automatically ranks the contamination risk threshold for each site and flags key issues. The data is also used to generate cost estimates for remedial action, for use in determining property values during the right-of-way appraisal process. Reports can automatically be generated from the database. RASCAL reduces field time and standardizes data collection and reporting. It also provides NHDOT with more accurate and more easily retrievable data, which allows for prioritization of sites for remediation. It is intended that this approach to data collection and management will be applied to other environmental disciplines (e.g. historic resources, wetlands, etc.) in the future.
Last Updated: April 25, 2006
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