Strategic Options of Inventorying and Updating Environmental Guidance and Links

The purpose of National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) project 25-25 Task 77 is to provide the transportation community with a better understanding of the range of National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) guidance materials developed at the state levels, current practices for maintaining and sharing these materials, associated challenges, and recommended strategies. Through web-based research and outreach to state departments of transportation (DOTs), the research team developed an inventory summarizing the topics and formats, along with URLs if applicable, of NEPA guidance materials for 42 states. The team conducted telephone interviews with NEPA materials managers and users in 14 DOTs and 3 federal agencies to identify: successes for maintaining and sharing NEPA guidance materials, challenges of maintaining and sharing NEPA guidance materials, and recommended strategies. In summary, all of the successes cited were a result of developing electronic systems for maintaining and sharing NEPA guidance materials, including implementing a web-based system. Interviewees also cited several common themes related to the challenges of using, maintaining, and updating the NEPA guidance materials and websites, as well as some challenges with sharing and accessing materials from other state DOTs’ and federal agencies’ websites. A table is presented that summarizes the success and challenge themes that were captured. The themes are listed in the table, ordered by the frequency state DOTs noted the success or challenge during the interview.The research team identified and explored strategies to address the common challenges identified by state DOTs. Information summarizing the challenges addressed by each strategy is provided in a second table. The level of effort to implement and maintain each strategy, along with the expected benefits, and recommendations for a primary implementing agency or organization are summarized in a third table. This is meant to be a general and high-level summary – both the level of effort and resulting benefit would vary according to the specific circumstances of each agency and strategy. The detailed descriptions provided for each strategy in the body of the report include an explanation of how the strategy works, a supporting example, a qualitative assessment of how readily it might be implemented, and its advantages and disadvantages.

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  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Features: Appendices; Figures; Glossary; Tables;
  • Pagination: 69p

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01497095
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: NCHRP 25-25 Task 77
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 17 2013 2:48PM