Melissa Maiefski, Program Delivery Team Leader
Scott Stapp, Environmental Protection Specialist
- The FHWA Nebraska Division and Nebraska Department of Roads (NDOR), created 6 programmatic agreements (PA's) to provide environmental approval for 6 activity types, provided the conditions of the applicable PA are met. NDOR provides oversight by reviewing projects to see if they meet the conditions of the PA's, and are therefore programmatically approved for environmental compliance.
- In 2015, FHWA Nebraska Division and NDOR entered into a Programmatic Agreement (PA) regarding the processing of Categorical Exclusions (CE's). Under the agreement, both FHWA and NDOR agreed to the process used to approve CE level environmental documents, including the documentation formats used. The PA also authorizes NDOR to certify, without FHWA individual approval, specific projects as CE’s, provided the stipulations of the PA are met. For more information, please see NDOR's website, under useful links.
- In an effort to streamline the Section 106 compliance process in Nebraska, the FHWA Nebraska Division, NDOR, the State Historic Preservation Office, and the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation entered into a new PA in July 2015. For more information, please see NDOR's website, under useful links.
- Protected Species Matrix: On January 20, 2012, the FHWA Nebraska Division, Nebraska Department of Roads, the US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), and the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission (NGPC) successfully finalized a programmatic agreement that satisfies Endangered Species Act and Nebraska Nongame and Endangered Species Conservation Act compliance for the entire federal-aid transportation program, for all listed species, within the entire state of Nebraska. This was part of an ongoing effort among the agencies to streamline the biological review process required for every project. The programmatic agreement provides an up-front concurrence for the majority of the program by applying agreed-to standardized effect determinations based on activity type and habitat characteristics, and by utilizing standardized conservation conditions to be implemented at the project level. Importantly, this agreement saves a minimum of 5 weeks within project delivery schedules, provides a consistent and predictable species mitigation approach, removes repetitive agency reviews, and allows resource agencies to focus more time on their mission of species recovery. For more information, please see NDOR's website, under useful links.
- A listing of Bridges eligible for the National Register of Historic Places in Nebraska can be found at: Historic Bridges in Nebraska