Does ODOT care about the environment? You bet we do.
At ODOT we know our work impacts individuals, communities, and the environment. We strive to make a positive impact in all these areas and to avoid, minimize, and mitigate negative impacts. This means that everyone who works on an ODOT project must care about and protect the human and natural environment as well. ODOT’s environmental staff work with local, state, and federal partners to ensure environmental regulatory requirements for transportation projects are met. We maintain processes and procedures to document and implement compliance with these requirements.
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Processes & rules associated with documentation and file management...
Manuals & guidance associated with how ODOT documents and complies with federal and state rules to protect the environment during transportation projects.
ODOT's online environmental documentation system.
Environmental Commitments Manual & Guidance
ODOT guidance for writing environmental commitments, any agreed-upon action to mitigate impacts during transportation projects.
NEPA Manuals & Guidance
ODOT’s process for completing environmental documents that have a NEPA component or are related to the NEPA process.
Project Development Process (PDP) Manual
ODOT's Project Development Process (PDP) Manual guides ODOT staff, partners, stakeholders and decision-makers through the phases every transportation project in Ohio goes through.
Developing Purpose and Need Guidance
Addressing transportation problems by identifying needs.
State & Local Funded Guidance
ODOT ensures that affects on historic properties are considered on every state and local funded transportation project.
Processes & rules for animals, plants and the natural environment...
Manuals & guidance associated with processes and rules protecting Ohio's plants and animals, and the environment they depend on to live.
Ecological Resources Manual & Forms
The manual provides the Ecological Resources data collection and coordination procedures necessary for every transportation project.
Projects Involving Farmland Guidance
Determining what mitigation/avoidance measures may be needed to avoid jeopardizing local and state farmland preservation efforts.
ODOT Floodplains Guidance
Ensures transportation projects are in compliance with Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) guidance.
Regulated Materials Review (RMR) Manual & Guidance
Guidance for issues of acquisition liability and materials management, specifically with product waste and tank management.
Section 4(f) Manual
Section 4(f) refers to federal law protecting public parks, recreation areas, wildlife refuges and historic sites.
Section 6(f) Guidance
Ensuring the appropriate procedures for identifying Section 6(f) properties and evaluating and coordinating impacts (if any) are followed.
Waterway Permits Manual
The manual complements the Waterway Permits process necessary to every transportation project.
Processes & Rules for the Human Environment...
Manuals & guidance associated with processes and rules protecting Ohio's human environment.
Aesthetic Design Guidelines
ODOT encourages consideration of aesthetics on every project.
Air Quality Manual & Guidance
Ensuring ODOT transportation project compliance with all state and federal air quality laws.
Cultural Resources Manual & Guidance
Supporting the work of transportation professionals who care about the environment Ohioans live in and interact with every day.
Drinking Water Resources Guidance
ODOT has responsibility for identification and oversight of any project with impacts to drinking water.
Noise Analysis Manual
Manual and guidance for analysis and abatement of highway traffic noise.
Public Involvement Manual for NEPA and the PDP
This manual provides guidance for conducting Public Involvement (PI) activities in accordance with state and federal environmental laws.
Underserved Populations Guidance
Ensures ODOT is in compliance with the Environmental Justice Executive Order, Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and other non-discriminatory laws and policies.