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WisDOT avoids or minimizes the impacts of transportation projects to the natural and human environment while delivering projects efficiently. Balancing the department's environmental responsibilities with transportation program needs requires regulatory process expertise and a thorough understanding of state and federal environmental requirements. Environmental professionals in each transportation region and in the central office work to achieve this balance.
Central office environmental staff are responsible for environmental program oversight, policy development, and training. Environmental coordinators in the regional offices serve as regional environmental resources and provide focused support directly to WisDOT project design and development teams.
The central office environmental program staff are divided into two specialized groups: the Environmental Services Section and the Environmental Process and Documents Section. Together, these two sections provide environmental expertise and regulatory process guidance to WisDOT staff, consultants and contractors, and are liaisons to the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) environmental program.
WisDOT partners with state and federal agencies, and other governmental, and non-government organizations to accomplish the transportation mission and meet environmental responsibilities.
WisDOT's transportation projects often include working with FHWA, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR), Wisconsin State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO), the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA), U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and U.S. Army Corp of Engineers (USACE).
Forms, templates and checklists help teams effectively organize, manage and complete the environmental documentation process.
The following files are Word files except where noted.
Factor sheets: Use A1 to D6 below depending upon need
- General economics A1 - guidance
- Business A2 - guidance
- Agriculture A3 - guidance
- Community or residential B1- guidance
- Environmental justice B4 - guidance
- Historic resources B5 - guidance
- Archaeological sites B6 - guidance
- Tribal coordination/consultation B7 - guidance
- Section 4(f) and 6(f) or other unique areas B8 - guidance
- Aesthetics B9 - guidance
- Wetlands C1 - guidance
- Rivers, streams and floodplains C2 - guidance
- Lakes or other open water C3 - guidance
- Groundwater, wells and springs C4 - guidance
- Upland wildlife and habitat C5 - guidance
- Coastal zones C6 - guidance
- Threatened and endangered species C7 - guidance
- Air quality D1 - guidance
- Construction stage sound quality D2 - guidance
- Traffic noise D3 - guidance
- Hazardous substances or contamination D4 - guidance
- Stormwater D5 - guidance
- Erosion control D6 - guidance
- Addendum A
Transportation projects are subject to a variety of regulations including but not limited to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and the Wisconsin Environmental Policy Act (WEPA).
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