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About the Center

2013-2014 Work Plan

Community of Practice

The Center will host a stormwater COP to discuss current and emerging issues in stormwater management and the development and implementation of the NPDES Programs. The COP will include up to two ad hoc discussion groups. The ad hoc groups will oversee development of a white paper and webinar on their topic of discussion. Additional COPs may be added if the need exists. Potential topics include air quality, climate change adaptation, or MAP 21 implementation.

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Expediting Project Delivery

The Center will work with FHWA to progress the following in support of Every Day Counts:

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Priority Topics

Conduct activities/programs related to priority topics that emerge from the AASHTO Standing Committee on Environment (SCOE) and/or other AASHTO Committee/Subcommittee meetings. Potential topics/activities include:

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Extreme Weather Impacts on Transportation Infrastructure

In conjunction with AASHTO's Climate Change Technical Assistance Program and the Environmental Technical Assistance Program (ETAP), conduct one climate change and transportation national symposium. The symposium will provide an opportunity for climate change staff of participating State DOTs to come together to build relationships, share experiences and learn from one another and climate change experts. Include opportunities for remote participation.

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Air Quality Practitioner Peer Exchange

Hold a two day peer exchange for approximately 15 state DOT air quality experts. The peer exchange will provide a forum for participants to discuss air quality challenges, research gaps, and technical assistance needs.  Discussions will include program changes under MAP-21 including performance measures and requirements for the CMAQ program and methodologies for identifying projects of air quality concern for particulate matter. The results of the peer exchange will help identify state DOT air quality needs that can be addressed through the Center for Environmental Excellence. Potential future tasks include webinars or community of practice (COP) discussion topics.

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E-NEPA

Work with FHWA and AASHTOWare program staff to assist in coordinating the transfer of FHWA’s e-NEPA tool to the AASHTOWare program. FHWA’s e-NEPA is a centrally hosted, web-based tool. AASHTOWare is a family of software products developed under the AASHTO Cooperative Computer Software Development technical service program. AASHTOWare products are maintained and enhanced by AASHTO and available for license to AASHTO member departments, educational institutions, and other private and public agencies for an annual fee. AASHTOWare development projects and product support, maintenance and enhancement are guided by task forces comprised of member agency subject matter and information technology experts. Participation in the AASHTOWare process is voluntary, and entirely customer driven.

Prior to e-NEPA being transferred AASHTO, FHWA will complete 4 pilots of the system and update the software based on input from the pilots, ensure resource agency buy-in of the e-NEPA tool, and ensure that at least four state DOTs are actively using e-NEPA. It is anticipated that the tool will be transferred to AASHTO in the next nine months.

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Stochastic Empirical Loading Dilution Model (SELDM ) - Peer Exchange and Knowledge Transfer

The peer exchange and knowledge transfer to be organized and hosted by FHWA will consist of a three day discussion for approximately 20 state DOT stormwater and hydraulic experts to analyze and critique the new joint FHWA/USGS water quality runoff model which replaces the 1990 FHWA Driscoll model.  This will provide a forum for participants to discuss water quality challenges, utilization of the software, technical assistance needs as well as incorporating the model into NEPA.  The results will help identify state DOT water quality needs. The Center will provide input to FHWA and their consultant regarding the peer exchange and assist in providing travel assistance to the state DOTs attending.

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Environmental Compliance at Highway Maintenance Facilities Practitioner's Handbook

Publish a Practitioner's Handbook on Environmental Compliance at Highway Maintenance Facilities, including effective and cost efficient stewardship practices. Hold a webinar to present and provide an overview of this Handbook. Also develop maintenance flip book on priority topics in the Handbook.

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Stormwater Management Flip Books for Construction and Maintenance Practitioners

Utilizing Practitioners Handbook 13: Developing and Implementing a Stormwater Management Program in a Transportation Agency, develop two flipbooks- one for construction practitioners and one for maintenance practitioners.

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National Stormwater Practitioner's Meeting, Webinar and Whitepaper

Conduct a 2014 National Stormwater Practitioner’s Meeting, Webinar and Whitepaper. The meeting will be geared to stormwater practitioners at State DOTs and FHWA who work in environment, design, construction, maintenance, hydraulics and hydrology to provide them a forum to share state of the art practices and discuss plans for implemented new requirements. Based on the meeting develop and conduct a post meeting webinar to share highlights from the meeting with a wide range of practitioners. Based on input from meeting delegates a post meeting white paper will be developed to further share best practices, success, challenges and research. The Center will consider holding the meeting in conjunction with the 2014 National Hydraulics Conference scheduled for late 2014.

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NEPA/404 Merger

The Center will bring together state DOT representatives, FHWA, EPA and USACE to discuss how to efficiently merge NEPA and Section 404 requirements.

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Center Website

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Environmental Research

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Research Implementation

Coordinate with TRB and SCOE regarding priority research products. For priority research products, work with SCOE and FHWA to develop an implementation plan for research products to ensure that research products are carried forward into implementation through guidance, training, policy, and/or practice. Hold regularly scheduled meetings with the FHWA to discuss the administrative and program sides of the Center and how they relate to SHRP 2.

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Conduct a Series of Personal Visits/Meetings with Partners to Explore Partnering Opportunities

Coordination efforts include:

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Speakers Bureau

Support state DOT and/or consultant presentations on important environmental topics at key meeting and conferences.

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Sessions at AASHTO Committee/Subcommittee Meetings

Develop sessions of topics of interest to various AASHTO Committees/Subcommittees (Maintenance, Construction, Operations) and deliver at their annual meetings.

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Oversee and Coordinate the Work of the Center in Consultation with the Advisory Board

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AASHTO (American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials)
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