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11 Practice: NCDOT's Ferry Division Environmental Management System
Categories: Environmental Stewardship & Streamlining
Training & Certification
State: North Carolina
Organization: North Carolina Department of Transportation
Contact: Julie Hunkins
Title: Director, Office of Environmental Quality
Email: jhunkins@ncdot.gov
Phone: 919-508-1582
Description: In October 2006, the NCDOT’s Ferry Division implemented an Environmental Management System (EMS) that complies with ISO:14001, the international standard for environmental compliance. The EMS creates an overall site-specific management system that addresses environmental concerns through the allocation of resources, assignment of responsibilities, and ongoing evaluation of practices, procedures, and processes to achieve sound environmental performance. Ferry Division employees whose work duties may significantly impact the environment are required to review the EMS and become familiar with the ways that they can ensure environmental stewardship.
Last Updated: March 10, 2014
12 Practice: Investing Support for Resource Agencies
Category: Interagency Coordination
State: North Carolina
Organization: North Carolina Department of Transportation
Contact: Julie Hunkins
Title: Director, Office of Environmental Quality
Email: jhunkins@ncdot.gov
Phone: 919-508-1582
Description: The North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) funds 27 positions with state and Federal resource agencies for staff dedicated to review of environmental projects and to streamline the transportation decision making process. The funded positions include the following:

- 18 positions at the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources;
- 2 at the North Carolina Wildlife Resource Commission;
- 2 at the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources;
- 3 at the US Fish & Wildlife Service; and
- 2 at the US Environmental Protection Agency.
Last Updated: March 10, 2014
13 Practice: Archeological Predictive Model
Categories: GIS and Spatial Data
Historic
Historical & Archeological Preservation
Mitigation
State: North Carolina
Organization: North Carolina Department of Transportation
Contact: Matt Wilkerson
Title: Archaeology Supervisor
Email: mtwilkerson@ncdot.gov
Phone: 919-431-1609
Description: The North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) uses of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technology to predict and quantify potential archeological impacts in order to streamline the identification of archeological resources early in the NEPA process. Under North Carolina's merged NEPA/Section 404 permit process, preliminary design and environmental data are gathered and analyzed for all NCDOT projects. These data are then used to select the best alternative for construction for projects needing an Environmental Assessment (EA) or Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). Considering environmental issues at the front end of the NEPA process fosters better decision-making, especially when selecting the build alternative. Of all of the environmental constraints, only archeological resources are not identified and evaluated to the same degree as community impacts, wetland delineation, and air/noise issues. Cost, right of entry agreements, project schedule, and lack of background information on known sites within a proposed project's area of potential effects often delay the identification and evaluation of archeological sites. In response, Section 106 regulations allow for a phased identification process using background reports and/or archeological probabilities to establish context based on information from known sites near a given project. Aside from the NEPA-driven rational for applying GIS technology, NCDOT is using its model of archeological sensitivity for all alternatives contained within project corridors to better understand the scope, cost, and timeframe associated with their field efforts. This allows NCDOT to generate more realistic project schedules. NCDOT's approach allows summary tables quantifying a project's probable archeological impacts to be available early in the planning process. In addition, NCDOT can easily adapt to changes that occur throughout the life of a project, including the addition of new corridors and or alternatives for study. By using GIS, a clear understanding of the new alternative's archeological potential can be generated quickly without the need to revise or create addenda to an existing report. NCDOT's new approach also fosters the coordination of state and Federal agencies responsible for compliance with NEPA and Section 106. In order to make the GIS approach work, the massive amount of archeological site data contained at the Office of State archeology (OSA) must be available for review and analysis in digital format. These data are currently maintained primarily on paper and microfiche. NCDOT is creating and maintaining a digital database for the model development process. As a result, OSA will have digitized archeological site information to use for future planning purposes. Ultimately, OSA and NCDOT will access the archeological data through a web-based environment, significantly streamlining the process. OSA will also be able to incorporate new site information in a more timely and efficient manner. Once the initial information is created in a digitized format and refined through field efforts, certified local governments, cities, county agencies, and regional planning organizations will be able to better plan their undertakings at a reduced cost.
Last Updated: May 21, 2012
14 Practice: Integration of the Transportation Planning and Project Development Processes
Categories: Environmental Stewardship & Streamlining
Linking Planning and NEPA
State: North Carolina
Organization: North Carolina Department of Transportation
Contact: Julie Hunkins
Title: Director, Office of Environmental Quality
Email: jhunkins@ncdot.gov
Phone: 919-508-1582
Description: The purpose of the integration project is to develop an integrated planning process that provides a seamless connection between long-range transportation planning and project development (NEPA). Both of these processes are complex multi-agency processes. Long-range planning is conducted by local and regional planning agencies in partnership with NCDOT’s Transportation Planning Branch. Internal to NCDOT, the project development process is primarily a partnership of two NCDOT branches, Project Development and Environmental Analysis (PD&EA) and Highway Design. In addition to this internal partnership, the project development process has formally established external partnerships with the environmental review and permitting agencies and local planning organizations. This complex partnership, called Merger 01, is a shared decision-making process for project development.
Last Updated: May 11, 2006
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