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1 Practice: Programmatic Agreement for Processing of Non-Individual Section 4(f) Actions Between FHWA and ODOT (August 24, 2012)
Categories: Environmental (NEPA) Documentation
Interagency Agreements: MOAs, MOUs, and Programmatic Agreements
Process/NEPA
Section 4(f)
State: Ohio
Organization: Ohio Department of Transportation
Contact: Tim Hill
Title: Administrator, Office of Environmental Services
Email: Tim.Hill@dot.state.oh.us
Phone: 614-644-0377
Description: The objective of this Agreement is to make the methods by which FHWA and ODOT review individual actions that may affect Section 4(f) properties more efficient, and to establish the procedures by which FHW A and ODOT process such actions.
Related Documentation: http://wwwcf.fhwa.dot.gov/exit.cfm?link=http://www.dot.state.oh.us/Divisions/Planning/Environment/NEPA_policy_issues/4F_6F/Pages/default.aspx
Last Updated: March 12, 2014
2 Practice: Farmland MOU (December 15, 2011)
Category: Farmland
State: Ohio
Organization: Ohio Department of Transportation
Contact: Tim Hill
Title: Administrator, Office of Environmental Services
Email: Tim.Hill@dot.state.oh.us
Phone: 614-644-0377
Description: The purpose of this memorandum of understanding (MOU) is to establish a working relationship that allows all parties to meet their responsibilities under the Farmland Protection Policy Act of 1981 and the 7 CFR 658 while at the same time eliminating unnecessary and unproductive exchanges of correspondence between the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT), the USDOT Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), and the Ohio office of the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS).
Related Documentation: http://wwwcf.fhwa.dot.gov/exit.cfm?link=http://www.dot.state.oh.us/Divisions/Planning/Environment/NEPA_policy_issues/FARMLAND/Pages/default.aspx
Last Updated: March 12, 2014
3 Practice: Ecological MOA between ODOT, FHWA, USFWS and ODNR (January 12, 2011)
Categories: Environmental (NEPA) Documentation
Interagency Agreements: MOAs, MOUs, and Programmatic Agreements
Process/NEPA
State: Ohio
Organization: Ohio Department of Transportation
Contact: Tim Hill
Title: Administrator, Office of Environmental Services
Email: Tim.Hill@dot.state.oh.us
Phone: 614-644-0377
Description: In October 2009 the above agencies met to discuss and update the coordination procedures for ODOT projects that involve stream crossings, bank stabilization, and/or minor wetland fills. Under existing agreements between the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), many of these projects are classified as "categorical exclusions" for purposes of environmental processing. Projects classified as "categorical exclusions" are considered to not have significant effect on the human and natural environment.

Based on past experience, review comments, and discussions at the meeting, the signatory agencies agree that a batched coordination process affords a streamlined project review, provided that standard practices are followed to document resource avoidance, minimization, and/or mitigation. As a result, the following understanding has been developed to ensure that agency concerns are addressed while the data collection effort and paperwork burden for all agencies can be reduced.

This Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) includes project specific notification to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) to ensure that unique resources or concerns can be addressed where warranted. Nothing in this agreement supersedes the MOA (Agreement number 11323 dated 2003) between ODOT and ODNR on the Scenic Rivers Program.
Related Documentation: http://wwwcf.fhwa.dot.gov/exit.cfm?link=http://www.dot.state.oh.us/Divisions/Planning/Environment/Ecological_Resources_Permits/Ecology/Pages/Agreements.aspx
Last Updated: March 12, 2014
4 Practice: CMAQ Programmatic Agreement (October 20, 2010)
Category: Air Quality & Transportation Conformity
State: Ohio
Organization: Federal Highway Administration OH Division
Contact: Leigh Oesterling
Title: Planning and Environmental Team Leader
Email: leigh.oesterling@dot.gov
Phone: (614) 280-6837
Description: The Congestion Mitigation Air Quality (CMAQ) Programmatic Agreement between FHWA and ODOT is for implementation of projects funded with CMAQ dollars in the State of Ohio. This agreement allows for expedited eligibility determination for many project types funded by the CMAQ program.
Last Updated: March 12, 2014
5 Practice: ODOT's Programmatic Agreement for Categorical Exclusions (September 13, 2010)
Categories: Environmental (NEPA) Documentation
Interagency Agreements: MOAs, MOUs, and Programmatic Agreements
Process/NEPA
State: Ohio
Organization: Ohio Department of Transportation
Contact: Tim Hill
Title: Administrator, Office of Environmental Services
Email: Tim.Hill@dot.state.oh.us
Phone: 614-644-0377
Description: The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) and the FHWA Ohio Division Office have implemented a programmatic agreement for categorical exclusions (CEs) that allow a variety of projects to be processed as low-level, simple CEs rather than requiring preparation of environmental assessments or environmental impact statements. This increased flexibility is based on ODOT's past experiences and uses an impact-based approach for analyzing environmental resources rather than processing "typical" projects under a standard document format as in the past. The programmatic agreement allows for ODOT's projects to be processed efficiently as either exempt projects, requiring no documentation, or as categorical exclusions using one of four levels:

Level 1 and 2: Includes culvert and bridge replacements, general highway improvements, and construction of realignments or minor new highways.

Level 3 and 4: Based on context and intensity of the impacts.

The link to this agreement is listed below.
Related Documentation: http://wwwcf.fhwa.dot.gov/exit.cfm?link=http://www.dot.state.oh.us/Divisions/Planning/Environment/NEPA_policy_issues/CategoricalExclusions/Pages/default.aspx
Last Updated: March 12, 2014
6 Practice: Indiana Bat Programmatic Biological Opinion
Categories: Environmental (NEPA) Documentation
Interagency Agreements: MOAs, MOUs, and Programmatic Agreements
Threatened & Endangered Species
State: Ohio
Organization: Federal Highway Administration OH Division
Contact: Noel Mehlo
Title: Environmental Program Manager
Email: Noel.mehlo@dot.gov
Phone: (614) 280-6841
Description: The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Biological Opinion for the implementation of Ohio Department of Transportation's (ODOT) Statewide Transportation Program (Program) through January 2012 provided formal consultation under section 7 of the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended, for the Program was initiated on September 7, 2006. The consultation concerns the effects of the Program on the Indiana bat (Myotis sodalis), a federally-listed endangered species.
Related Documentation: http://wwwcf.fhwa.dot.gov/exit.cfm?link=http://www.dot.state.oh.us/Divisions/Planning/Environment/Ecological_Resources_Permits/Ecology/Pages/Agreements.aspx
Last Updated: March 12, 2014
7 Practice: Coastal Zone Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between ODNR and ODOT (May 11, 2005)
Categories: Environmental (NEPA) Documentation
Interagency Agreements: MOAs, MOUs, and Programmatic Agreements
Process/NEPA
State: Ohio
Organization: Ohio Department of Transportation
Contact: Tim Hill
Title: Administrator, Office of Environmental Services
Email: Tim.Hill@dot.state.oh.us
Phone: 614-644-0377
Description: The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) streamlines the Coastal Zone Consistency Certification process by allowing routine ODOT projects to be considered consistent with Ohio's Coastal Management policies if:

1. The project can be authorized under the US Anny Corps of Engineers Nationwide Permits I-16, 18-26 and 28-43.

2. The project can be processed under agreement with FHWA as Categorical Exclusion Level I, Categorical Exclusion Level 2, or Categorical Exclusion Level 3
Related Documentation: http://wwwcf.fhwa.dot.gov/exit.cfm?link=http://www.dot.state.oh.us/Divisions/Planning/Environment/Ecological_Resources_Permits/Ecology/Pages/Agreements.aspx
Last Updated: March 12, 2014
8 Practice: Memorandum of Agreement For Interagency Coordination For Best Management Practices (BMPs) For Emergency, Minor Maintenance & Exempt Projects On Ohio's State Scenic Rivers (February 4, 2003)
Categories: Environmental (NEPA) Documentation
Interagency Agreements: MOAs, MOUs, and Programmatic Agreements
Process/NEPA
State: Ohio
Organization: Ohio Department of Transportation
Contact: Tim Hill
Title: Administrator, Office of Environmental Services
Email: Tim.Hill@dot.state.oh.us
Phone: 614-644-0377
Description: This Memorandum of Agreement is between the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (Division of Natural Areas & Preserves). When the following actions are undertaken by ODOT for emergency, minor maintenance, and exempt projects, the signatories to this agreement agree that all conditions and coordination are met through the use of a Scenic River Field Review form (SRFR) and are consistent with O.R.C., Section 1517.16 and notification for such types of projects has been submitted to the appropriate SRM prior to commencement of work as directed in this MOA.
Related Documentation: http://wwwcf.fhwa.dot.gov/exit.cfm?link=http://www.dot.state.oh.us/Divisions/Planning/Environment/Ecological_Resources_Permits/Ecology/Pages/Agreements.aspx
Last Updated: March 12, 2014
9 Practice: Sole Source Aquifer Memorandum of Understanding Between Federal Highway Administration and Region 5 of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (April 21, 1989)
Categories: Environmental (NEPA) Documentation
Interagency Agreements: MOAs, MOUs, and Programmatic Agreements
Process/NEPA
State: Ohio
Organization: Federal Highway Administration OH Division
Contact: Noel Mehlo
Title: Environmental Program Manager
Email: Noel.mehlo@dot.gov
Phone: (614) 280-6841
Description: Offices of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) concerning the review of projects for which Federal financial assistance is sought and that may affect a sole source aquifer (SSA) designated under Section 1424 (e) of the Safe Drinking Water Act (P.L. 93-523). This memorandum serves two primary purposes: (1) to set forth the types of projects that will require review, and (2) to describe the notification and review procedures that will be employed. Under section 1424(e), EPA has determined that the aquifer systems listed on Attachment 1 are the principal sources of drinking water for their residents. Notice of these determinations was published in 52 FR 32342, 8/27/87, 52 FR 37009, 10/2/87, 53 FR 15876, 5/4/88, 53 FR 23682, 6/23/88, and 53 FR 25670, 8/7/88. FHWA agrees not to commit Federal financial assistance to any project which EPA determines may contaminate a sole source aquifer through its recharge zone so as to create a significant hazard to public health.
Last Updated: March 12, 2014
10 Practice: Midwest Region Memorandum of Understanding on Environmental Streamlining (December 21, 2000)
Category: Environmental Stewardship & Streamlining
State: Ohio
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
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