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Section 4(f) was enacted in 1966 as part of the U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT) Act, which established the U.S. DOT. It is now codified in 49 U.S.C. § 303(c); essentially identical language also appears in 23 C.F.R. § 138. Section 4(f) applies to all agencies within U.S. DOT. Section 4(f) protects significant publicly owned public parks, recreation areas, and wildlife and waterfowl refuges, as well as significant historic sites, whether they are publicly or privately owned. Recent legislative and regulatory changes present new opportunities to streamline the Section 4(f) decision-making process. But they also contain new definitions and new legal standards that must be carefully considered when preparing Section 4(f) documentation. This handbook is intended to help practitioners take advantage of the flexibility afforded by the recent changes to Section 4(f) while ensuring that all requirements are met. It addresses the full range of Section 4(f) compliance options, including individual Section 4(f) evaluations, de minimis impact determinations, and programmatic Section 4(f) evaluations.
This handbook is intended to assist practitioners in assessing indirect effects and cumulative impacts in the evaluation of transportation projects under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).
The purpose of this handbook is to assist transportation agencies in developing and/or implementing a storm water management program that satisfies the requirements of the Clean Water Act (CWA). For agencies that already have a functioning storm water management program, this handbook provides useful tips and transportation specific references to assist program implementation.
The purpose of the handbook on Preparing High-Quality NEPA Documents for Transportation Projects is to help practitioners bridge the gap between the theory and practice of producing high-quality NEPA documents. The handbook focuses on the preparation of environmental impact statements and environmental assessments, but many of the tips in the handbook also apply to documented categorical exclusions.
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The purpose of the handbook on Implementing Eco-Logical: Integrating Transportation Planning and Ecological Decision Making is to introduce transportation practitioners to a method of integrating ecological interests into transportation planning to address natural resource conservation and restoration priorities at a regional scale, and to establish a more reliable and efficient delivery program for projects with partner agencies.
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The purpose of the handbook on Complying with Section 7 of the Endangered Species Act for Transportation Projects is to provide overview of Section 7 consultation under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) and provide advice on carrying out Section 7 consultation for transportation projects. This Handbook focuses on the consultation process primarily from the perspective of the federal action agency and the applicant.
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