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Closing Session. Highlights. Over 265 participants! 98.182% representation of Division and FLH offices Bud Wright said ... FHWA serves as an agent of change, a leader of change that can help improve the quality of life. The key to success is building relationships and trust.
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Closing SessionHighlights
  • Over 265 participants!
  • 98.182% representation of Division and FLH offices
  • Bud Wright said ...
  • FHWA serves as an agent of change, a leader of change that can help improve the quality of life.
  • The key to success is building relationships and trust.
  • Meeting the Vital Few Goals would leave an important legacy for us all.
  • Highlights (cont’d)
  • Cindy Burbank said ...
  • Federal agencies, collectively, need to redesign the process to make relationships with resource agencies better.
  • Three focus areas:
  • 1. Work together to improve the quality of documentation and process2. Linking planning and NEPA is Key3. Continue to Improve the timeliness of the NEPA processHighlights (cont’d)
  • From the Field...
  • Three important roles for FHWA, include:
  • 1. Working for the public good2. Striving to achieve trust3. Building partnerships to succeed
  • Three tools to lead change, include:
  • 1. Passion2. Support3. Communication Highlights (cont’d)
  • CEQ said ...
  • FHWA does an EXCELLENT job and will continue to improve the process.
  • The Week in Review
  • Vital Few Goals and Performance Measures
  • Interaction of Roads and Nature
  • Federal Lands - State of the Practice
  • Making Right-of-Way Work for You
  • Applied Technologies/GIS
  • Environmental Competency Building Program
  • Historic Preservation
  • The Week in Review (cont’d)
  • Air Quality and NEPA
  • Tribal Issues
  • Context Sensitive Solutions
  • Reauthorization
  • Legal Issues
  • Indirect and Cumulative Impacts
  • Section 4(f)
  • The Week in Review (cont’d)
  • Linking Planning and NEPA
  • Solutions to Delays Resulting from Section 7
  • Public Involvement
  • Earth Fill and Water
  • Western Session
  • Big States Session
  • NAEP
  • AASHTO
  • What’s New
  • Effective Practices
  • ReTRAC Compliance tracking system
  • ETDM
  • Tools and Technology
  • Geographic Information Systems
  • Negotiated Timeframe Wizard
  • Linking Planning and NEPA
  • New approach to EIS documentation
  • What’s Ahead
  • Section 4(f) Policy Paper Revision
  • Litigation Overview Paper
  • Legal Sufficiency Guidance
  • Beneficial Uses Programmatic
  • Environmental Competency Building Program
  • What We Heard
  • Friendly and dedicated group of people.
  • We are confronted by challenges and opportunities.
  • Environmental Stewardship can be viewed as a litmus test on environmental progress.
  • Find your own environmental ethic.
  • What We Heard (cont’d)
  • Emphasize the role of the agency (FHWA) – not just the individual.
  • Successful dialogue with partners for one project will help future projects.
  • Keys to working with tribes are outreach, consultation, coordination, and communication.
  • Extra effort to involve the community early on will save time in the long run and will help the community develop ownership of the project.
  • What We Heard (cont’d)
  • Everybody has a finance problem – have to form collaborative agreements to creatively deal with funding and staff shortages.
  • Keep informed, engaged, and do not relinquish control of the process.
  • Engage legal representation and opinions as early as possible in the NEPA process, especially if a suit is anticipated.
  • What We Heard (cont’d)
  • We are always asked to provide more data – try to adhere to that which is required by law and regulatory statutes.
  • Document for making decisions not a document of the decision.
  • Need better record administration.
  • We need guidance and technical assistance.
  • What We Heard (cont’d)
  • As the state of science changes, the documents need to reflect this.
  • The Environmental Competency Building (ECB) Program needs to address the environmental program – “beyond NEPA”.
  • Incorporate NEPA training into university curriculum for engineers.
  • Worst Case Scenarios are not reasonable considerations and do not inform decisions.
  • What We Heard (cont’d)
  • There are many lower cost Context Sensitive Solutions.
  • Critter crossings should be included in CSS-speak and examples.
  • To better mitigate transportation projects, we need to understand the ecosystem. Avoid considering mitigation as a challenge and start thinking of it as an ecological problem to solve.
  • What We Heard (cont’d)
  • Guessing is not allowed. Make assumptions based on facts, trends, and modeling.
  • Integrating planning and NEPA takes hard work, leadership, vision and fortitude.
  • What’s Next
  • Stay the course with environmental streamlining, stewardship and the Vital Few Goals.
  • Get to Reauthorization, (please!)
  • Act on recommendations of the Executive Order Task Force Work Groups.
  • Think about and address questions and comments raised during the Conference.
  • Make proceedings available.
  • Workshop Proceedings
  • Available in early Fall 2004
  • Will include:
  • Session Summaries
  • Presentations
  • Participant List
  • Summary of Evaluations
  • Available:
  • www.environment.fhwa.dot.gov/conference
  • CD-ROM by request via website
  • Next Conference
  • Should we do this again ?
  • … When?
  • … Where?
  • … What ?
  • …. Theme of the next Conference?
  • Evaluation FormsSubmit completedevaluation formsat the RegistrationDesk today by 4:00PMThank you
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