FHWA 2006 ENVIRONMENTAL CONFERENCE
FHWA AT FIFTY YEARS: A LOOK AT THE PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE

JUNE 27-29, 2006 HILTON CRYSTAL CITY, ARLINGTON, VA

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Tuesday, June 27th

Wednesday, June 28th

Thursday, June 29th

7:30

Registration and coffee

8:00

Welcome and Introductions
A Look at FHWA Past, Present and Future

Farragut/Decatur Ballroom

Major Projects/Design Build/Public Private Partnerships

Farragut/Decatur Ballroom

Right Of Way
Dewey

Context Sensitive Solutions
Farragut

Tribal Consultation

Decatur

8:30

9:00

9:30

Break

Break

Break

10:00

SAFETEA-LU

Farragut/Decatur Ballroom

Linking Planning and NEPA

Farragut/Decatur Ballroom

RE: NEPA Live

Farragut/Decatur Ballroom

10:30

11:00

11:30

Lunch (on your own)

Lunch (on your own)

12:00

Adjourn

12:30

Section 4(f)

Farragut/Decatur Ballroom

Environ. Review Process

Dewey

Noise


Farragut

Collaborative Decision Making

Decatur

Environmental Technical Service Team, Resource Center
Dewey (12PM)

1:00

1:30

2:00

Break

 

2:30

Section 106


Dewey

Indirect & Cumulative Effects
Farragut

Freedom of Information Act
Decatur

NEPA Litigation


Farragut/Decatur Ballroom

3:00

3:30

4:00

Endangered Species Act/ Migratory Bird Treaty Act
Dewey

Public Involvement


Farragut

NEPA Documentation


Decatur

Air Toxics and Hot Spots

Dewey

Section 404 & Wetlands Banking

Farragut

Meet Your Attorney


Decatur

4:30

5:00

5:30

Adjourn

Adjourn

Evening Meetings

Northern Environment Network

Dewey

Western Environment Network

Farragut

Southern Environment Network

Decatur

Section 6005 Pilot States


Dewey

Federal Aid Funding for Wetland and Habitat Mitigation
Farragut(8PM)

FHWA Technical Archeology Network
Decatur

 

Tuesday, June 27, 2006
 Welcome and Introductions
A Look at FHWA Past, Present and Future
8:00-9:30 AM   Farragut/Decatur Ballroom

 

Welcome to the 2006 FHWA Environmental Conference. In this session, participants will be welcomed to the Conference as well as given an overview of the Conference agenda. The theme of this year's Conference will be "The FHWA at Fifty Years: A look at the Past, Present and Future." Participate in an interactive "walk down memory lane" of the past 50 years of the FHWA and the Interstate System. The session will conclude with a look into the future of FHWA.

 

Speakers:

April Marchese, Director, Office of Natural and Human Environment, FHWA
Cindy Burbank, Associate Administrator, Office of Planning, Environment, and Realty, FHWA
Fred Skaer, Director, Office of Project Development and Environmental Review, FHWA
Rick Capka, Administrator, Federal Highway Administration

 Break
9:30-10:00 AM
 
 SAFETEA-LU
10:00-11:30 AM AM   Farragut/Decatur Ballroom

 

This plenary session will focus on the present FHWA and its latest transportation authorization act, SAFETEA-LU. This overview session will highlight the nuances of the bill and its various relevant sections, such as the CE delegation, provisions concerning noxious weeds, the Interstate exemption, planning provisions, STEP, and more. Many of these topics will be further addressed in subsequent conference breakout sessions.

 

Moderator:

Carol Adkins, Water and Ecosystems Team Leader, Office of Natural and Human Environment, FHWA
 

Speakers:

Larry Anderson, Planning Oversight and Stewardship Team Leader, Office of Planning, FHWA
Owen Lindauer, Archeologist, Office of Project Development and Environmental Review, FHWA
MaryAnn Naber, Federal Preservation Officer, Office of Project Development and Environmental Review, FHWA
Felicia Young, Research and Financial Services Team Leader, Office of Interstate and Border Planning, FHWA
Pat Cazenas, Highway Engineer, Office of Natural and Human Environment, FHWA
Bonnie Harper-Lore, Restoration Ecologist, Office of Natural and Human Environment, FHWA

 Lunch (on your own)
11:30-12:30 PM
 
 Section 4(F)
12:30-2:00 PM    Farragut/Decatur Ballroom

 

In 2005, FHWA issued updated guidance on Section 4(f) and Congress passed SAFETEA-LU, which included changes to Section 4(f). This plenary session will provide an overview of the updated Section 4(f) Policy Paper and the provisions in SAFETEA-LU affecting Section 4(f).

 

Moderator:

Maryann Blouin, Attorney Advisor, Resource Center, FHWA
 

Speakers:

Lance Hanf, Attorney Advisor, Western Legal Services, FHWA
Diane Mobley, Attorney Advisor, Office of Chief Counsel, FHWA
Lamar Smith, Training, Technology and Technical Assistance Team Leader, Office of Project Development and Environmental Review, FHWA

 Break
2:00-2:30 PM
 
 Section 106
2:30-4:00 PM    Dewey Ballroom

 

Need some new tools for building your 106 experiences and expertise? From land swaps to training the local Sheriff's department on how to detect and prevent archeological looting, this session will present some non-traditional approaches to addressing section 106 issues. There will also be a presentation on writing effective Programmatic Agreements, a discussion on the Council's draft policy for human remains, and an update on the survey of exceptional elements of the Interstate Highway System.

 

Moderator:

Bill Van Luchene, Environmental/Planning Engineer, FHWA Alabama Division
 

Speakers:

David Grachen, Environmental Program Specialist, Resource Center, FHWA
Stephanie Stoermer, Environmental Program Specialist, Resource Center, FHWA
Owen Lindauer, Archeologist, Office of Project Development and Environmental Review, FHWA
MaryAnn Naber, Federal Preservation Officer, Office of Project Development and Environmental Review, FHWA
 
 Indirect and Cumulative Impacts
2:30-4:00 PM    Farragut Ballroom

 

The assessment of indirect and cumulative impacts increasing has become a focus area of resource agencies and the public. Indirect and cumulative impacts can be an impediment to completion of the NEPA process and can present an area for legal challenges. The session will discuss current resources and training availability as well as have a dialogue of ongoing practices.

 

Moderator:

Lamar Smith, Training, Technology and Technical Assistance Team Leader, Office of Project Development and Environmental Review, FHWA
 

Speakers:

Lance Hanf, Attorney Advisor, Western Legal Services, FHWA
Stephanie Stoermer, Environmental Program Specialist, Resource Center, FHWA
Jack Gilbert, Attorney, FHWA Texas Division
Brian Smith, Biology/Water Quality Specialist, Resource Center, FHWA
 
 Freedom of Information Act
2:30-4:00 PM    Decatur Ballroom

 

Big and controversial projects often attract time-consuming FOIA requests. Need help on FOIA issues? This breakout session will provide tips on managing the FOIA process and will include plenty of time for your questions.

 

Moderator:

Robin Fields, Attorney Advisor, Office of Chief Counsel, FHWA
 

Speakers:

Robin Fields, Attorney Advisor, Office of Chief Counsel, FHWA
Ken Dymond, Senior Attorney, FHWA New York Division
Julia Perry, Federal Lands Legal Services Team, Office of Chief Counsel, FHWA
 
 Endangered Species Act/ Migratory Bird Treaty Act
4:00-5:30 PM   Dewey Ballroom

 

This session will feature presentations on the development of a programmatic consultation and biological assessment/opinion in Wyoming by Rod Vaughn, and the implementation of a web-based biological assessment template and database by Mary Gray. There will also be a discussion on current topics related to compliance with the Migratory Bird Treaty Act and the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act, highlighting issues, best practices, and current policy of the FWS (Paul Garrett).

 

Moderator:

Brian Yanchik, Biology/Water Quality Environmental Specialist, Resource Center, FHWA
 

Speakers:

Mary Gray, Environmental Program Specialist, Office of Natural and Human Environment, FHWA
Rodney Vaughn, Environment/Right-of-Way Engineer, FHWA Wyoming Division
Paul Garrett, Ecologist, Office of Natural and Human Environment, FHWA
 
 Public Involvement
4:00-5:30 PM   Farragut Ballroom

 

Many of the concepts found in public participation originally were developed in the 1960s with the birth of advocacy planning, then formalized in state and federal legislation and regulation, during implementation of Great Society programs. Recent changes in transportation, technology and U.S. society are challenging our core assumptions regarding what effective public participation is. Do we need to adjust and modernize our approaches for working with the public? Or are we looking at long-term trends that will fundamentally alter our understanding of public participation? This session will describe how professional practice is responding to these changes through the examples of working with people with Limited English Proficiency, using visualization techniques to engage audiences, discussing the value of highway pricing projects and discovering new media for changing lifestyles.

 

Moderator:

David Kuehn, Planning Capacity Building Team, Office of Planning, FHWA
 

Speakers:

Cathy Kendall, Transportation Planner, FHWA Florida Division
Mary Gray, Environmental Program Specialist, Office of Natural and Human Environment, FHWA
KLynn Berry, Community Impact Specialist, Resource Center, FHWA
 
 NEPA Documentation Issues
4:00-5:30 PM   Decatur Ballroom

 

This session will discuss state DOT's and Division office's efforts to manage and improve their project development processes in order to produce quality NEPA documents. Session topics will include: A summary of the findings and recommendations from the AASHTO/ACEC/FHWA Quality Document Initiative; lessons learned from the award winning Legacy Parkway Supplemental EIS; and observations on document quality from the legal perspective.

 

Moderator:

Carol Adkins, Water and Ecosystems Team Leader, Office of Natural and Human Environment, FHWA
 

Speakers:

Greg Punske, Environmental Program Manager, FHWA Utah Division
Linda Amidon, Attorney Advisor, Office of Chief Council, FHWA
Don Cote, Team Leader, Environment, Resource Center, FHWA

 Adjorn
5:30 PM

 Post-Conference Meetings
 
 Western Environmental Network Meeting
 5:30PM   Farragut Ballroom
 
 Southern Environmental Network Meeting
 5:30PM   Decatur Ballroom
 
 Northern Environmental Network Meeting
 5:30PM   Dewey Ballroom
Wednesday, June 28, 2006
 
 Major Projects/Design Build/Public Private Partnerships
8:00-9:30 AM   Farragut/Decatur Ballroom

 

This plenary session will deal with discussions on three topics that are quickly becoming hot topics in many States.

 

Major Projects- what are the new SAFETEA-LU criteria and directives? How will the environmental staff become involved in Major Projects?

 

Design Build- Currently, FHWA is in the process of creating new regulations for design build. What will that mean?

 

Public Private Partnerships- SEP-14, SEP-15, tolling projects? How does this impact FHWA now and in the future?

 

Moderator:

Ruth Rentch, Project Development Specialist, Office of Project Development and Environmental Review, FHWA
 

Speakers:

Jim Sinnette, Highway Engineer, Major Projects Team, Office of Infrastructure, FHWA
Gerry Yakowenko, Contract Administration Engineer, Office of Infrastructure, FHWA
Jim March, Industry and Economic Analysis Team Leader, Office of Transportation Policy Studies, FHWA

 Break
9:30-10:00 AM
 
 Linking Planning and NEPA
10:00-11:30 AM AM   Farragut/Decatur Ballroom

 

This session will address integrated planning concepts as they apply to the new environmental consultation and mitigation provisions of SAFETEA-LU Section 6001. There will be presentations on Wildlife Action Plans, Watershed Planning concepts and Historic Preservation Plans and inventories and how these can be used to inform decision-making in both in transportation planning and project development. There will also be an overview presentation that explains the "linkages" between integrated planning and other FHWA initiatives such as Green Highways, CSS and "Eco-Logical: An Ecosystem Approach to Developing Infrastructure Projects."

 

Moderator:

Mike Culp, Transportation Engineer, Office of Project Development and Environmental Review, FHWA
 

Speakers:

Shari Schaftlein, Program/Policy Development Team Leader, Office of Project Development and Environmental Review, FHWA
David Whitehurst, Wildlife Diversity Division, Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries
Ann Campbell, US Environmental Protection Agency
Deborah Suciu Smith, Environmental Protection Specialist, FHWA Pennsylvania Division Office

 Lunch (on your own)
11:30-12:30 PM
 
 Noise
12:30-2:00 PM    Dewey Ballroom

 

This session will include a presentation about Noise Compatible Land Use Planning, which discusses the key concepts in preventing and reducing highway traffic noise impacts on adjacent land uses. The presentation will discuss the important role of highway agencies in promoting noise compatible land use planning. In addition, the session will highlight the latest developments in use of various pavements to reduce tire noise, an important component of highway traffic noise. The presentation will also discuss quiet pavement pilot programs and quiet pavement research. The Interactive Sound Information System (ISIS), a software program that generates noise from various sources, will be demonstrated.

 

Moderator:

Mary Ann Rondinella, Environmental Program Specialist, Resource Center, FHWA
 

Speakers:

Geoffrey Pratt, Project Engineer, William Bowlby and Associates
Mark Ferroni, Highway Traffic Noise Team Leader, Office of Natural and Human Environment, FHWA
Chris Corbisier, Highway Traffic Noise, Office of Natural and Human Environment, FHWA
 
 SAFETEA-LU Environmental Review Process
12:30-2:00 PM    Farragut Ballroom

 

This session will review the major points of SAFETEA-LU Section 6002, which established a new environmental review process for FHWA and FTA projects. The presentation will discuss and explain the new aspects of the process such as project initiation, participating agencies, agency and public input on purpose and need and range of alternatives, and statute of limitations. The joint FHWA/FTA guidance on this section will be used as the basis for this discussion.

 

Moderator:

Pam Stephenson, Program/Policy Development, Office of Project Development and Environmental Review, FHWA
 

Speakers:

Janet Myers, Program Manager, Office of Real Estate Services, FHWA
Rob Ayers, Environment Program Specialist, FHWA North Carolina Division
Joseph Ossi, Environmental Planner, Office of Planning, Federal Transit Administration
 
 Collaborative Decision Making
12:30-2:00 PM    Dewey Ballroom

 

The Council on Environmental Quality and Office of Management and Budget have directed federal agencies to increase the use of collaborative processes to address environmental issues and demonstrate the results. This session will describe what we can expect to achieve from collaborative processes and how those results compare with traditional decision making approaches. The results presented are part of an ongoing evaluation effort to capture environmental and economic effects of various decision making processes.

 

Moderator:

Ruth Rentch, Project Development Specialist, Office of Project Development and Environmental Review, FHWA
 

Speaker:

Dr. Andy Rowe, Principle Consultant, GHK International

 Break
2:00-2:30 PM
 
 NEPA Litigation: How to avoid it and how to survive it
2:30-4:00 PM    Farragut/Decatur Ballroom

 

The best way to survive a lawsuit is to ensure that your NEPA document is legally sufficient, and that you have a comprehensive administrative record. In this session, you will obtain a better understanding of these two issues, as well as discuss recent court cases that may affect FHWA. Though there should be time for questions and answers, Wednesday's final breakout session provides the opportunity to meet with your attorney in an informal session to discuss legal issues important in your state or region.

 

Moderator:

Harold Aikens, Program Legal Services Division, Office of the Chief Counsel, FHWA
 

Speakers:

Jack Gilbert, Attorney, FHWA Texas Division
Linda Amidon, Attorney Advisor, Office of Chief Council, FHWA
Lance Hanf, Attorney Advisor, Western Legal Services, FHWA
Sharon Vaughn-Fair, Assistant Chief Counsel, Eastern Legal Services, FHWA
 
 Air Toxics and Hot Spots
4:00-5:30 PM   Dewey Ballroom

 

Attendees will hear the latest about how air toxics are demanding more attention in NEPA decision documents. You will learn the new requirements for PM2.5 hot spot, and best practices for addressing air toxics in environmental documents. Both the legal/policy implications as well as the technical tools will be presented. Much of this session will be open for questions and answers. Everyone will walk away with practical examples, and contact information about where to go for help or to learn more.

 

Moderator:

Bill Haas, Metropolitan Transportation Planner, FHWA Colorado Division
 

Speakers:

Kevin Black, Air Quality Modeling Specialist, Resource Center, FHWA
April Marchese, Director, Office of Natural and Human Environment, FHWA
Gary Jensen, Air Quality Specialist, Office of Natural and Human Environment, FHWA
 
 Section 404 and Wetland Banking
4:00-5:30 PM   Farragut Ballroom

 

This session will discuss the results of the FHWA Domestic Scan of Successful Wetland Mitigation Programs and provide a summary of the USACE/EPA Proposed Rule for Compensatory Mitigation, including FHWA comments on the proposed rule. This session will include insights from the USACE regarding benefits, responsibilities, operation, establishment and the future of existing in-lieu fee programs.. The importance of noxious weed control and the establishment of native plants and the new provisions for these activities under SAFETEA-LU will be also be discussed. This session will conclude with an interactive question and answer period

 

Moderator:

Brian Smith, Biology/Water Quality Specialist, Resource Center, FHWA
 

Speakers:

Rob Ayers, Environment Program Specialist, FHWA North Carolina Division
Bonnie Harper-Lore, Restoration Ecologist, Office of Natural and Human Environment, FHWA
Dennis Durbin, Ecologist, Office of Natural and Human Environment, FHWA
Gregory Culpepper, Project Manager, Norfolk District Corps of Engineers Regulatory Branch
 

At 7:30PM, this evening, we will be holding a session titled "Federal Aid Funding and SAFETEA-LU," which will discuss funding of wetland banks and in-lieu fee programs. Panel includes Abdelmoez Abdalla, Michigan Division, Rob Ayers, North Carolina Division, Anthony Goodman, Kentucky Division, Maiser Khaled, California Division, Jaclyn Lawton, Wisconsin Division, Randal Looney, Arkansas Division, Mark Schrader, North Dakota Division, and Cecil Vick, Mississippi Division.

 
 Meet Your Attorney
4:00-5:30 PM   Decatur Ballroom

 

The afternoon regional breakout sessions are intended to provide conference participants the opportunity to meet with their respective attorneys, ask questions and discuss their ideas. The breakout sessions will address particular issues in the West, Midwest, South, and Northeast on the Federal-Aid side, with a separate session for Federal Lands. Meet the attorneys who review your environmental documents and can provide help during the entire environmental review process.

 Adjorn
5:30 PM

 Post-Conference Meetings
 
 FHWA Technical Archeology Network
 5:30 PM   Decatur Ballroom
 
 Section 6005 Pilot States
 5:30 PM   Dewey Ballroom
 
 Federal Aid Funding for Wetland and Habitat Mitigation
 8:00 PM   Farragut Ballroom
Thursday, June 29, 2006
 
 Right Of Way
8:00-9:30 AM   Dewey Ballroom

 

This session will include a panel discussion of Right-of-Way or related actions undertaken as part of a project's Environmental Mitigation. This discussion will include an introductory description of right-of-way activities on the local and national level. FHWA staff from three Division Offices will provide in-depth discussions on Mitigation Actions in their states involving the acquisition of rights-of-way or replacement of real property. Following these presentations, the panel will address questions and comments from the audience.

 

Moderator:

Rodney Vaughn, Environment and Right-of-Way Engineer, FHWA Wyoming Division
 

Speakers:

Bob Klienburd, Right-of-Way Officer, FHWA Delaware Division
Cecil Vick, Right-of-Way Officer, FHWA Mississippi Division
David Whitworth, Area Engineer, FHWA Kentucky Division
 
 Context Sensitive Solutions
8:00-9:30 AM   Farragut Ballroom

 

This session will provide an update on the FHWA CSS program, including the new CSS training course. This session will feature a presentation on CSS and safety from the Headquarters Office of Safety. Federal Lands Highway Division will present CSS success stories.

 

Moderator:

KLynn Berry, Community Impact Specialist, Resource Center, FHWA
 

Speakers:

Keith Moore, Program/Policy Development, Office of Project Development and Environmental Review, FHWA
Mark Taylor, Design Project Manager, Central Federal Lands Division, FHWA
Nick Artimovich, Highway Engineer, Office of Safety Design, FHWA
 
 Tribal Consultation
8:00-9:30 AM   Decatur Ballroom

 

This session will focus on two areas of tribal coordination: Section 106 tribal consultation and trust resources. Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act requires consultation with tribes with historic ties to the geographic area of a proposed federal project. This session will examine ways in which FHWA can more effectively and efficiently consult with tribes through coordination among FHWA Division Offices. FHWA, as a federal agency, is responsible for protecting and preserving tribal trust resources. This session will describe what is meant by a tribal trust resource, how these resources can be identified and FHWA's responsibilities concerning these resources.

 

Moderator:

Cheryl Martin, Environmental Engineer, FHWA Minnesota Division
 

Speakers:

MaryAnn Naber, Federal Preservation Officer, Office of Project Development and Environmental Review, FHWA
Deborah Suciu Smith, Environmental Protection Specialist, FHWA Pennsylvania Division Office
Ronald Hall, Director, Tribal Technical Assistance Program, Colorado State University
 
 RE:NEPA Live
10:00-12:00 AM AM   Farragut/Decatur Ballroom

 

Re:NEPA (http://nepa.fhwa.dot.gov/ReNepa/ReNepa.nsf/home), FHWA's online community of practice, has been a tremendous success for sharing information and discussing related issues. The purpose of the session is to address controversial, complex issues and questions appearing in RE: NEPA as well as related topics. Questions will be generated by the conference participants throughout the conference through a "RE: NEPA question box," (Question forms are located in participant folders.) Participants will also have the chance during this session to ask any other questions they may have about the NEPA process or any questions from the previous days that have not yet been answered.

 

Moderator:

Lamar Smith, Training, Technology and Technical Assistance Team Leader, Office of Project Development and Environmental Review, FHWA Headquarters
 Adjorn
12:00 PM

 Post-Conference Meetings
 
 Enviromental Technical Service Team, Resource Center
 12:00 PM   Dewey Ballroom