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TCEC

Transportation Committee for Environmental Consistency (TCEC)

  • Forum for environmental personnel from ITD, FHWA and the consulting community regarding transportation, environmental, procedural, and technical subjects

The TCEC group will host an informational coffee with predetermined discussion topics (as listed in the schedule below). These meetings will foster communication between ITD environmental staff and consultants working on (or potentially working on) ITD projects. It is a way for the environmental professionals at ITD, Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), Ada County Highway District, Local Highway Technical Assistance Council, Army Corps of Engineers, and other partnering agencies to give updates on policies, regulations, processes, issues, statutes, work plans, etc.

Participants should bring discussion items related to the topic. Coffee and snacks will be supplied by presenters.

  • Dates: 4th Thursday of every other month
  • Time: 8:30 – 10:30 a.m. | Meeting start time at 9:00 a.m.
DateTopicsLocationAdditional Information
December 5, 2019ESA Section 7 Consultation and Mitigation
David Fornander, a fisheries biologist with Jacobs Engineering Group’s Boise Ecosystem Services Team, will give a brief presentation on consultation and compliance under the Endangered Species Act and Magnuson-Stevens Act. He will discuss aquatic species of concern and habitats under the jurisdiction of NMFS and the USFWS across the state of Idaho and how to determine if consultation may be required for your project. David will briefly summarize how to navigate the process of consultation from initial investigations to final compliance, and how to address terms and conditions that may be required. Focus will be placed on projects that require working in and around rivers and other waterbodies, construction elements that have potential to affect listed species, and mitigation strategies. David also has experience conducting Worker Environmental Awareness Trainings (WEATs) in other states. WEATs help contractors minimize impacts to listed species, as well redd surveys, isolation of in-stream work areas, fish salvage and compliance monitoring. As such, this forum may be of particular interest to environmental professionals that deal with bridge and/or culvert work across the state.

David has over 25 years of experience studying the physical, biological, and social components specific to ecosystem function. His research focuses on aquatic systems, and the effects various land use strategies may have on specific species and their habitats. His work examines the various scales of environmental management and intertwined ecological and political components that direct conservation and restoration strategies surrounding federally listed species, their critical habitat and EFH throughout the Northwest. Dr. Fornander is trained (academically and professionally) in applied aquatic and fisheries science and has a strong grasp of field methods and data analysis that extend across biomes. He has worked at all levels of governance specific to fisheries and other biological resource related issues, with duties ranging from; data collection, the writing of scientific documents, agency coordination, and permitting of actions in accordance with NEPA, ESA and MSA. Over the course of his career, David has consulted on hundreds of environmental projects specific to fisheries and aquatic resources and been the primary author for well over 50 BAs and EFH Assessments, as well as numerous BiOps while employed at NMFS.
8:30 AM
ITD HQ Auditorium
3311 W State St
Boise
Speaker: David Fornander, Jacobs
September 26, 2019I-84 Noise Mitigation and Desirability
The Idaho Transportation Department is making plans to widen Interstate 84 from Nampa to Caldwell. The planning process includes studying future traffic noise near neighborhoods, businesses, schools and public spaces. The study identified four locations where nearby properties would benefit from noise walls. According to federal standards, these property owners or renters were invited to vote on the proposed walls. The presentation will focus on some interesting aspects of obtaining a result on desirability per the noise policy.
11:00-12:30* time change
ITD HQ Auditorium
3311 W State St
Boise
Speaker: Kurt Wald, Horrocks Engineers
July 25, 2019 CEQ NEPA Legislative Update
The National Association of Environmental Professionals (NAEP) is proud to host its annual NEPA Policy and Legislative Update. The July 25th webinar will provide current information on developments regarding the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).
11:00-12:30* time change
ITD HQ Auditorium
3311 W State St
Boise
Speaker: Ted Boling, CEQ
May 23, 2019 Play Meeting Recording (1 hr - Web Ex)
Spanning Time: The History of the Broadway Bridge
Barbara Perry Bauer will discuss the background and history of Boise River bridges, and the importance of the Broadway Bridge to Boise's development. The presentation was part of mitigation for the removal of an National Register of Historic Places eligible bridge constructed in 1956 and replaced with a new structure in 2017.

Barbara is a founding member and co-owner with Elizabeth Jacox of TAG Historical Research & Consulting, Inc. Founded in 1994, TAG is a woman-owned business and is certified as a Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) by the Idaho Department of Transportation. Our services include architectural survey, inventory and evaluation, historical research and writing; historical and architectural resource management; litigation support services; preparation of National Register of Historic Places nominations; Section 106 compliance and evaluation; and interpretive plans and exhibits and collections management consulting.

We support the history community by mentoring high school and university students with an interest in history and historic preservation. TAG is the proud recipient of the 2009-2010 Mayor’s Award for Excellence in Art & History/Business Support of History and in 2014 received an Award of Merit from the Association for State and Local History for the Historic South Boise Trolley Plaza.
8:30 AM
ITD HQ Auditorium
3311 W State St
Boise
Speaker: Barbara Perry Bauer, TAG Historical Research & Consulting, Inc.
March 28, 2019US Army Corps of Engineers, Walla Walla District
New Wetland Delineation Guidance
ITD HQ Auditorium
3311 W State St
Boise
Presenter: Shane Skaar
January 24, 2019The Narrows | Presenter: Nathan Cleaver, Keller Associates
A presentation will be given on the Environmental Assessment (EA) jointly prepared for two interrelated projects; Old Hwy 37 (The Narrows) and Rock Creek Restoration. Old Hwy 37 is a federal transportation project while Rock Creek Restoration is a US Forest Service project. The presentation will discuss the evolution of the EA, differences between FHWA and USFS requirements, and issues and how they were overcome.
ITD HQ
3311 W State St
Boise
Nathan Cleaver – Keller Associates
October 25, 2018 Play Meeting Recording (Web Ex)
US Army Corps of Engineers introduce the new ITD liaison and
discuss how to handle state-funded and “non-reporting” nationwide permits.

ITD Office of Communications discuss the Public Outreach Planner (POP)
and how to apply this tool to projects.
ITD HQ
3311 W State St
Boise
Tracy Peak – US Army Corps of Engineers
and
Adam Rush – ITD Communications
August 23, 2018Land Use Planning Compatibility – airports and transportation
Play Meeting Recording (1 hr - Web Ex) - Recording does not require a password
ITD HQ
3311 W State St
Boise
Presented by Joe Guenther, T-O Engineers

NEPA

To learn more about the Environmental Process or for specific questions, please go to the ITD Environmental Process Manual.

There are more than 40 federal and state environmental laws that affect transportation decisions. A unifying federal environmental law is the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA), which provides a framework for addressing the various environmental statutes, regulation and policies. NEPA is a procedural statute (40 CFR sec 1500) for decision-making during federal projects to assure analysis of social, economic and ecological impacts. ITD is required to provide a NEPA document for projects that are federally funded through the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA).

NEPA Requirements

  • Study a reasonable range of alternatives based on “Purpose and Need”
  • Use a systematic, interdisciplinary approach while evaluating environmental factors during the planning process
  • Widespread interagency coordination, review, and consultation
  • Documentation of the environmental analysis process in plain language
  • Provide the public opportunity to participate and comment throughout the process

Three Types of NEPA Documents

Environmental Evaluation (EE) or Categorical Exclusion (CE) – is an ITD document approved either in-house or by the Idaho Division of FHWA that can be categorically excluded from further analysis.

  • Examination of project concept and location regarding potential for socioeconomic or ecological impacts
  • Determination of impact significance

Environmental Assessment (EA)

  • Unsure if significant impacts
  • Evaluation of key resources
  • Finding Of No Significant Impact (FONSI)

Environmental Impact Statement (EIS)

  • Significant Impacts
  • More detailed evaluation
  • Record Of Decision (ROD)

FHWA Links

ITD Environmental Links

 

Cultural Resources

Cultural resources are the physical evidence or place of past human activity. They can include everything from archaeological sites to buildings, bridges, and canals to landscapes and places of traditional religious and cultural importance. ITD seeks to avoid, minimize, or mitigate adverse impacts to historically significant cultural resources. The ITD Cultural Resources Program ensures all ITD projects are in compliance with state and federal cultural resource protection laws.

ITD projects with federal funding, permitting, or land are required by Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, and implementing regulations 36 CFR 800 to take into account the effects of project actions on historic properties. During this process ITD Cultural Resources staff define the Area of Potential Effect, make a good and reasonable faith effort to identify historic properties within that area, and assess any potential effects of the project on those properties. This process is completed in consultation with the Idaho State Historic Preservation Officer (SHPO), Tribal Historic Preservation Officers (THPO), Native American Tribes, local historic preservation commissions, and other interested parties.

For more information on the ITD Section 106 process, please refer to the Cultural Resources chapter of the Environmental Procedures Manual.

Those ITD projects with funding or approval from the Federal Highway Administration must also meet requirements of Section 4(f) of the Department of Transportation Act of 1966. Please see the Section 4(f) chapter of the Environmental Procedures Manual for more information on this process.

Archaeological DigArchaeology is the study of past human activity through the recovery and analysis of material culture. The archaeological record consists of artifacts, ecofacts, features, and cultural landscapes which have been used by people of the pasts.

Archaeologists precisely record where all the clues of the past are found so they may reconstruct living surfaces, which may include house remains, fire-hearths, and refuse or garbage pits. Once the artifacts and their contexts are fully studied, researchers attempt to explain how past peoples and societies made a living and adjusted to changing social and environmental circumstances. Here are some examples of archaeological resources that ITD projects might encounter:

  • Artifacts: stone tools, bone, ceramics, glass, and metals
  • Ecofacts: animal bones, charcoal, plants, and pollen
  • Features: fire hearths, refuse areas/trash dumps, rock art

Historical Coin
Once an archaeological site has been identified, archaeologists use the National Register of Historic Places criteria to determine if it the property has historic significance and can still convey it. Archaeologists determine if the property is associated with an important historic event or if it can yield more information about the past. Archaeologists complete a detailed recording of the site, document the site using photography and sketch maps, and conduct in-depth analysis of any artifacts, ecofacts, and features that are present to better understand how these were used by people of the past. ITD uses archaeologists to document sites that might be impacted by projects, determine if they have significance, and assess what impacts project actions might have on those properties.

ITD receives Award of Merit from the Society for Historical Archaeology.

Historical CanalHistorical BarnArchitectural history is the study of the built environment and how surroundings can impact our lives. Certain properties remind us of our history and shared past. Here are some examples of architectural resources that ITD projects might encounter:

  • Buildings: private residences, commercial properties, barns, schools, and courthouses
  • Structures: bridges, roads, and irrigation canals
  • Objects: monuments and boundary markers
  • Sites: parks and cemeteries
  • Districts: downtown Main Streets and residential neighborhoods

Once an architectural resource has been identified, architectural historians use the National Register of Historic Places criteria to determine if it the property has historic significance and still has the physical features necessary to convey that significance. Rainbow BridgeUsually these properties are at least fifty years old. Architectural historians determine if the property is associated with an important historic event or person; has a distinctive design, style, or construction; or if it can yield more information on the past. They also ask if the location, design, setting, materials, workmanship, association, and feeling of the property helps that property convey its significance to the general public. Architectural historians complete detailed written descriptions of the property, document the property using photography and sketch maps, and conduct in-depth archival research to better understand the local, state, or national significance of the property. ITD employs architectural historians to document properties that might be impacted by projects, determine if they have significance, and assess what impacts project actions might have on those properties.

In 2008, ITD was awarded the Excellence in Historic Preservation award from Preservation Idaho for their work on the Idaho 55 Rainbow Bridge.

Idaho is a geographically, economically, and culturally diverse state. Our transportation system represents the shared history that helps to unite us. ITD has worked with Consultants and local communities to prepare informative publications and resources about transportation history in the Gem State.

  • Marsing Oral History Project | “No Bridge, No Town” Oral Histories on the Historic Snake River Bridge and the Town of Marsing: Agreed upon as an appropriate mitigation for the adverse effect to the historic Snake River Bridge near Marsing, Idaho, these interviews were conducted by the Owyhee County Historic Preservation Commission to preserve both the history of the bridge and life in early twentieth century Marsing.
  • Idaho Transportation Photo Collection: This collection of over 30,000 images documents the rich history of transportation and infrastructure development in Idaho. The online, searchable database is free to the public.
  • Idaho’s Highway History 1863-1975: Written in 1985 this document provides a brief synopsis of transportation in Idaho, including the history of the Idaho Transportation Department.
  • The Other Side of Sandpoint – Early History and Archaeology Beside the Tracks: The Sandpoint Archaeology Project (2006-2013) was one of the largest historic archaeology projects in the western United States, and the largest archaeology project ever completed in the state of Idaho. It resulted in the recovery of over 600,000 artifacts associated with the early history of Sandpoint, Bonner County, Idaho. The four volumes include:
      1) Sandpoint Stories
      2) Material Culture of Everyday Life
      3) The Ethnography and Prehistory of Sandpoint, and
      4) Laboratory Manual.
  • Research Guide on Snake River Ferries: This document captures the history of ferry crossings and pioneer travel throughout Idaho’s Snake River region, including links to additional research materials on ferry crossings.
  • US-95, Meadows Valley Transportation Corridor: Learn about the history of transportation routes and modes connecting Meadows Valley to Riggins.
  • Steel Bridges in Eastern Idaho: Once commonplace but now rare, steel bridges in eastern Idaho heavily influenced the development and settlement of the region.
  • History of Grace Dam Power Plant: One of three hydroelectric power plants in Caribou County, the Grace Dam Complex – including the dam, power plants, and penstocks – was built in 1906 and is still operational today, providing power to southern Idaho and northern Utah.
  • From Forest to Field – Agriculture in Bonner County: Developed as mitigation for the adverse effect to a farmstead, this document is a detailed look at the agricultural industry in Bonner County. Visit the Bonner County History Museum to see this material on exhibit.

ITD has also worked with local communities and historians to develop and install interpretative panels throughout the state. Here are some you can see during your travels.

Human & Physical Environment

Air Quality chartAir Quality impacts are evaluated for all Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) federally funded transportation projects to determine if the project will cause or contribute to a violation of National Ambient Air Quality Standards. ITD’s mission is to improve air quality by ensuring all ITD projects and operations comply with federal, state and local air quality laws and regulations, and by promoting strategies which reduce emissions of motor vehicle pollutants.

ITD Air Screening Policy (Nov/Dec 2007)

 I-84 at Eagle Interchange
I-84 at Eagle Interchange

Changes to Travel Patterns and Detours
Adding through traffic lanes or changing system layout can influence travel patterns. System changes include road closures, new road connections or restriction to turning movements (access control). Projects with significant impacts on travel patterns are not eligible for a categorical exclusion (see 23 CFR 771.117). Level of controversy is also a factor for the NEPA Class of Action.

Effects may include changes to:

  • level of service/congestion,
  • travel time,
  • noise,
  • safety,
  • dust,
  • neighborhood cohesiveness,
  • access to public service,
  • or economic disruption.

Temporary Change to Travel Patterns (Detours)
A detour is a temporary change to traffic pattern. A review of community impacts is needed to ensure impacts do not constitute an unusual circumstance or significant impacts under 23 CFR 771.117. Most detours have only minor transient impacts. The type and magnitude of impacts varies considerably.

Stakeholder Outreach
When there are changes to travel patterns, including detours, conduct outreach to affected stakeholders during the NEPA process, unless there is a high level of confidence that impacts are minor.

  1. Contact the ITD Public Involvement Coordinator, if needed, for advice on the recommended level of effort for outreach.
  2. Coordinate with local government or other relevant agencies for input on agency concerns and to determine any commitments to include in the NEPA document.

NEPA Documentation
The level of detail in the NEPA document should be commensurate with impacts. The NEPA document should discuss the following:

  • Potential controversy associated with the change to travel patterns (including temporary detours).
  • How much time the road will be closed.
  • Estimated travel time delay for road users.
  • Change in traffic volume. Significant increase or decrease to traffic can affect adjacent land use on closed or restricted routes or new routs detour route and the (neighborhoods, business).
  • How the detour affects access to services, schools, EMS, law enforcement, social services, events, and public safety.
  • Posting provisions for local traffic.
  • Accommodating and posting provisions for pedestrians as needed.

Allow the stakeholder input to guide the depth of discussion of impacts in the NEPA document. Consider and discuss issues of concern. Because changes to travel patterns have potential for disproportionate impacts to minority or low impact populations, the project is not eligible for the FHWA Idaho Division programmatic EJ finding. Identify if EJ populations are present or absent in the area of potential effect. If present, complete an EJ analysis.

FAQs for Temporary Closures (Detours)

  • Question: A detour was added during final design. There is no grading, overlay or any other permanent physical changes. There is temporary construction signing. Do I need a cultural resource clearance on the detour with my re-evaluation?
    • Answer: No.
  • Question: Do I need to address EJ impacts for a detour?
    • Answer: It is possible to have impacts to minority and low income populations from a detour, such as creating an inadvertent barrier for access to services. Analyze and address if needed.
  • Question: Do I need to consider closures of existing pedestrian facilities?
    • Answer: The MUTCD Manual says existing pedestrian access must be maintained during construction. If this is infeasible, discuss the impact in the NEPA document.

Example Narrative

The SH-100 Bridge will be closed for 3 months. Traffic will be detoured on 2nd Avenue to Forest Road, a primary arterial. The detour route is 5 miles long and will result in a travel time delay of approximately 10 minutes. There is no closure to existing pedestrian facilities and no pedestrian traffic.

Outreach was done to the following stakeholders for input. No concerns were voiced. Further outreach will be done during prior to construction. Access will be posted and maintained to all residences and commercial establishments.

  1. Public (Public meeting on x/x/xx) a. Businesses adjacent to the closed route. b. Neighborhoods adjacent to the detour route.
  2. City officials
  3. EMS and Law Enforcement
  4. Public School District
  5. Road jurisdiction – US Forest Service

The Idaho Transportation Department must conduct hazardous materials investigations for any property ITD owns, manages, plans to sell, or plans to purchase. If hazardous materials are found to be present on ITD property, federal and state environmental laws requires ITD to cleanup and properly dispose of all hazardous materials regardless of whether the original source is from ITD activities, from a tenant, or inherited when property is acquired.

ITD seeks to identify hazardous materials early in the project development process through thorough investigations to reduce liability and to minimize delays. Advantages to this identification process include:

  • Minimizing potential dangers to ITD and other personnel
  • Protecting the environment from exposure to or spread of hazardous materials
  • Minimize design and construction costs due to potential project delay or termination
  • Reduce adverse publicity


Storage Tank – I-84 Connector Project


Abandoned Drums – Nampa, ID

HazMat Investigations are conducted in the following steps:

Administrative Review – (Required on all projects – ITD 652 Form)

  • Published lists are reviewed to determine if there are any documented HazMat sites, underground storage tanks or contaminated ground water in/near the project area
  • A windshield survey and interviews are performed
  • Selected resource agencies are contacted
  • If there is a potential impact, a Phase I or Phase 2 must be completed

Initial Site Assessment – (Phase I)

  • Determines whether there is a potential HazMat risk
  • Complete a Records Review of maps and historic documents to obtain information to help identify hazardous environmental conditions
  • Perform a Site Reconnaissance to inspect property and any structures on the project for recognized hazardous environmental conditions
  • Conduct Interviews with property owners or site managers to obtain information about possible hazardous environmental conditions that confirms information previously obtained or identifies new information

Preliminary Site Investigation – (Phase II)

  • Confirm whether HazMat is present and extent of contamination
  • Soil and water samples taken and analyzed
  • Reports written to discuss physical environment and its relationship to potential contamination, sampling techniques, analysis results, health and safety considerations, identification of any contamination if found, conclusions, and remediation strategy and costs

Detailed Site Investigation – (Phase III)

  • Conducted when existence of HazMat on the project site is confirmed
  • Includes the Site Investigation, Remedial Action Plan and remediation
  • Approximate clean up time can vary from 6 months to several years
  • Authorization of a Phase III investigation will be coordinated through the Headquarters Environmental Section Manager

Additional information can be found under “1400 Hazardous Materials” in the ITD Environmental Process Manual

Tank Oil Spill – North of Smith Ferry, ID

Traffic Noise is increased by heavier traffic volumes, higher speeds and a greater percentage of trucks. ITD environmental studies involving major highway improvements must analyze existing noise levels and predict future noise levels to determine noise impacts. All traffic noise studies prepared for ITD projects must adhere to procedures and requirements as established by federal law, Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) regulations, and ITD noise analysis guidelines.

Noise Forms

Additional information concerning the Noise Policy can be found under “1300 Noise” in the ITD Environmental Process Manual

Noise Barrier / Sound Walls along I-84
Noise Barrier / Sound Walls along State Highway 55

 

 

Natural Environment

Wetlands – Section 404 of the Clean Water Act

Wetlands generally include swamps, marshes, bogs, and similar areas that are saturated by surface or groundwater and supports vegetation adapted for life in saturated conditions. They provide important functions including groundwater recharge, erosion control, shoreline stabilization, and fish and wildlife food and habitat.

Two Categories of Wetlands:

  • Jurisdictional wetlands contain surface waters that have a connection to “Waters of the US”
  • Non-Jurisdictional wetlands do not have a connection to “Waters of the US”

ITD’s policy is to avoid any activities that adversely affect wetlands during the design, construction, and maintenance of transportation projects. Appropriate action is taken to minimize and mitigate impacts that cannot be avoided.

Section 404 Permit – Required for discharging, dredging, or placing fill material within “Waters of the US” including wetlands to prevent quality degradation and overall loss of wetlands. Administered by the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE).

Link to Regulations

Clean Water Act, Section 404

Links to Guidance:

Links to US Army Corp of Engineers (USACE) / Walla Walla District Information:

Link to FHWA Site:

Sole Source Aquifer

Yellow Billed Cuckoo

Steelhead Trout

MacFarlane’s four-o’clock

Canada Lynx

The program examines highway impacts on species listed under the federal Endangered Species Act (ESA) and works with the Idaho Fish and Game, Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, and others for the purpose of preserving, protecting, and enhancing the state’s natural resources while operating, maintaining, and improving the state’s transportation system.

Wildlife, fish, and sensitive plants require consideration during project planning and development. Areas of concern include:

  • Interference to wildlife functions such as wintering, foraging, migration, breeding and/or rearing
  • Effects related to collisions between vehicles and animals
  • Loss of animal or plant populations
  • Noise disturbance or loss of habitat

Guidance

See also the ITD Environmental Process Manual, Section 1000
The Cooperative Agreement with ITD, FHWA and USFWS for Biological Evaluations/Assessments is found in the ITD Environmental Process Manual. Go to the end of the Table of Contents links for Section 300 and find Exhibit 300-6, Programmatic Agreement.

Wildlife Crossing Database is an innovative tool that identifies the proximity of wildlife safety hazards. This tool was honored as the 2009 recipient of the Exemplary Ecosystem and Exemplary Human Environment Initiatives presented by the Federal Highway Administration.
FHWA Award

For more road ecology information, please see the FHWA Wildlife Crossing Guide. This document prepared by the Western Transportation Institute is a handbook for design and evaluation of wildlife crossing systems in North America.

Archived Information
Gray Wolf – FHWA Programmatic Determination

Stormwater

Stormwater means stormwater runoff, snow melt runoff, surface runoff and drainage. Stormwater runoff may pick up and transport sediment, oil, and other pollutants. If not managed properly these pollutants can affect the quality of surface waters making them unsafe for drinking, fishing, swimming, or other activities.

Clean Water Act (CWA)
In 1972, Congress passed the Federal Water Pollution Control Act Amendments “to restore and maintain the chemical, physical, and biological integrity” of the Nation’s waters. The Clean Water Act (CWA) is a 1977 amendment to the Federal Water Pollution Control Act of 1972. The CWA set the basic structure for regulating discharges of pollutants to waters of the U.S.

National Pollution Discharge Elimination System (NPDES)
The NPDES permit program was introduced in 1972 and regulates discharges to “waters of the U.S.” Any discharge from a “point source” into a “waters of the U.S.” must have an NPDES permit. Stormwater discharges are regulated by NPDES permits. NPDES permits contains limits on allowed discharges, monitoring and reporting requirements, and other provisions to ensure that discharges do not harm water quality or public health. See EPA website for additional information

Idaho Transportation Division of Highways (ITD) has coverage under three different types of NPDES permits, including:

  • Construction General Permit (CGP) – Construction activities that disturb greater than one acre of land and have the potential to discharge stormwater to a waters of the U.S.
  • Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems (MS4)- Stormwater drainage from roads or property that drain into stormwater conveyance systems owned by the state, a city, a town, a village, a public university, a public hospital, a military base, a correctional facility or other public entity that discharges to waters of the U.S.
  • Multi-Sector General Permit (MSGP)- Industrial activities that have the potential to discharge stormwater to a waters of the U.S., including sand and gravel mining. All EPA covered industrial activities are listed in Appendix D of the MSGP.

The following forms are located on ITD’s Form Finder web page.
Use the numbers below to search and download the current ITD Form.

Construction General Permit (CGP) Projects (SWPPP)
ITD-2784 Form – Stormwater Site Assessment (for Design)
ITD-2741 Form – Construction Stormwater Site Evaluation Worksheet
ITD-2950 Form – SWPPP Template: ITD-based Format

Guidance
Stormwater Runoff Action Items Tool
Seasonal Dry Period and Frozen Conditions Guidance
Buffer Design Decision Flow Chart
Buffer Calculation Presentation
Buffer FAQs

Non-CGP Projects (PPP)

ITD-2788 Form – Plan Template

Contractor Notes (CN)
CN Winter Shutdown

Click to go to the ITD Form Finder

2018 Standard Specs Book

The following forms are located on ITD’s Form Finder web page.
Use the numbers below to search and download the current ITD Form.

Inspection

ITD-2802 Form – Stormwater Compliance Inspection Form (CGP Projects)
ITD-2960 Form – LHTAC Transfer of SWPPP Inspection Responsibility
    • 2960 Instructions and Inspection Procedures
ITD-2790 Form – Notice of Potential Violation of CGP or Notice of Prohibited Discharge

SWPPP Management
SWPPP Management Process Overview
ITD-2950 Form- SWPPP Template, ITD-based Format
ITD-2951 Form – Contractor or Local Entity CGP Signature Authority
ITD-2952 Form – ITD Delegation of CGP Signature Authority
ITD-2953 Form – Corrective Action Reporting Tables
ITD-2954 Form – Subcontractor Certification of SWPPP
ITD-2955 Form – SWPPP Modification Log
ITD-2956 Form – Grading and Stabilization Activities Log
ITD-2957 Form – Signature Sheet (Modifications and/or Corrective Action Reports)
ITD-2958 Form – SWPPP Training Log
ITD-2961 Form – Contractor Request to File Notice of Termination

Non-CGP Projects (PPP)
ITD-2786 Form – Construction Site Inspection Report
ITD-2789 Form – Stormwater Document Change Request

Click to go to the ITD Form Finder

ITD projects with NPDES CGP coverage require an Inspector with current ITD Environmental Inspection Training and a Contractor representative inspector with current ITD-approved Water Pollution Control Manager Training.

Water Pollution Control Management Training (WPCM)
Course Length: 16 Hours
ITD requires all Contractors to designate a Water Pollution Control Manager (WPCM). The WPCM must attend an ITD certified 16 hour stormwater management training course. This course has been developed to align with the 2017 CGP. Offerings are available at the following link.

AGC WPCM Training: http://web.idahoagc.org/events


NPDES Stormwater Inspector Requalification

If your ITD Inspector Qualification for the NPDES Stormwater was obtained under the 2012 EPA CGP through WPCM reciprocity, it was only valid through the length of the 2012 CGP as stated on the ITD Inspector certificate of completion. ITD is requiring all individuals who want to maintain their Inspector certification to receive training on the 2017 permit. To do so, an individual holding an existing WPCM certificate of completion may choose one of two options as explained in the NPDES Requalification document.


Consultants – Construction Engineering & Inspection – Stormwater Inspector

To certify, complete the ITD Construction Stormwater Management Training course – or – the Idaho Association of General Contractors (AGC) Water Pollution Control Management Training course (see above). Those who complete the AGC course must also submit an Inspector Qualification Registration Form-2905, found in the ITD’s Contract Administration (CA) Manual, Section 114, and a copy of their WPCM course completion certificate to:

Idaho Transportation Department
Attention: Training & Development
P. O. Box 7129
Boise, Idaho 83707-1129


ITD Stormwater Training

ITD Construction Stormwater Management Training
Course Length: 16 hours initial, 8 hours refresher
This course is the Stormwater Management training for Construction Engineers and their management and inspection staff, as well as maintenence staff.
 
ITD Designer Stormwater Training
Course Length: 16 hours
This course is the Stormwater Management training for Project Development, Design Engineers and their support staff.

Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems (MS4) Permits
In some cases ITD is listed as a co-permittee with local municipalities that share or are connected to the same MS4 conveyance system.

Annual MS4 Permit Reports
Annual reporting is required for MS4 permit holders. Contact Wendy Terlizzi to request any supporting documentation.

Phase II – District 1

Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems (MS4) Permits
In some cases ITD is listed as a co-permittee with local municipalities that share or are connected to the same MS4 conveyance system.

Annual MS4 Permit Reports
Annual reporting is required for MS4 permit holders. Contact Wendy Terlizzi to request any supporting documentation.

Phase I – District 3

Phase II – District 3

Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems (MS4) Permits
In some cases ITD is listed as a co-permittee with local municipalities that share or are connected to the same MS4 conveyance system.

District 5: Permit no. IDS-028053

Annual MS4 Permit Reports
Annual reporting is required for MS4 permit holders. Contact Wendy Terlizzi to request any supporting documentation.

Phase II – District 5
2017-2018 Annual Report
2016-2017 Annual Report
2015-2016 Annual Report
2014-2015 Annual Report
2013-2014 Annual Report
2012-2013 Annual Report
2011-2012 Annual Report
2010-2011 Annual Report
2009-2010 Annual Report
2008-2009 Annual Report
2007-2008 Annual Report
2006-2007 Annual Report

Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems (MS4) Permits
In some cases ITD is listed as a co-permittee with local municipalities that share or are connected to the same MS4 conveyance system.

District 6: Permit no. IDS-028070

Annual MS4 Permit Reports
Annual reporting is required for MS4 permit holders. Contact Wendy Terlizzi to request any supporting documentation.

Phase II – District 6
2016-2017 Annual Report
2015-2016 Annual Report
2014-2015 Annual Report
2013-2014 Annual Report
2012-2013 Annual Report
2011-2012 Annual Report
2010-2011 Annual Report
2009-2010 Annual Report
2008-2009 Annual Report

Manuals

 
Temporary and Construction Site Best Management Practices
Chapter 1 – Erosion Control Best Management Practices (entire chapter)

1/2014

Chapter 1 Introduction
Chapter 1 Matrix
EC-1 Scheduling-Sequencing of Construction Activities
EC-2 Preservation of Existing-Natural Vegetation
EC-3 Coffer Dam
EC-4 Diversion Channels-Ditches
EC-5 Slope Drains
EC-6 Hydraulic Mulch
EC-7 Hydroseeding
EC-8 Soil Binders
EC-9 Straw Mulch
EC-10 Wood Mulching
EC-11 Geotextiles, Plastic Covers & Erosion Control Blankets-Mats
EC-12 Vegetation-Seeding
EC-13 Dust Control
EC-14 Wind Erosion Control
EC-15 Snow Management
Chapter 2 – Sediment Control Best Management Practices (entire chapter)

1/2014

Chapter 2 Introduction
Chapter 2 Matrix
SC-1 Dikes and Berms
SC-2 Check Dam
SC-3 Gravel Bag Berms
SC-4 Street Sweeping and Vacuuming
SC-5 Sandbag Barrier
SC-6 Inlet-Outlet Protection
SC-7 Silt Fence
SC-8 Fiber Rolls
SC-9 Sediment-Desilting Basin
SC-10 Sediment Trap
SC-11 Temporary Construction Entrance
SC-12 Temporary Roads
SC-13 Entrance-Outlet Tire Wash
Chapter 3 – Non-Stormwater Best Management Practices (entire chapter)

1/2014

Chapter 3 Introduction
Chapter 3 Matrix
NS-1 Water Conservation Practices
NS-2 Dewatering Operations
NS-3 Paving and Grinding Operations
NS-4 Temporary Stream Crossing
NS-5 Clear Water Diversion
NS-6 Illicit Connection or Discharge
NS-7 Potable Water-Irrigation
NS-8 Vehicle and Equipment Cleaning
NS-9 Vehicle and Equipment Fueling
NS-10 Vehicle and Equipment Maintenance
NS-11 Pile Driving Operations
NS-12 Concrete Curing
NS-13 Material and Equipment Use Over Water
NS-14 Concrete Finishing
NS-15 Structure Demolition-Removal Over or Adjacent to Water
NS-16 Freeze Reduction
Chapter 4 – Waste Management Best Management Practices (entire chapter)

1/2014

Chapter 4 Introduction
Chapter 4 Matrix
WM-1 Staging and Materials Site Management
WM-2 Material Delivery and Storage
WM-3 Material Use
WM-4 Stockpile Management
WM-5 Spill Prevention and Control
WM-6 Solid Waste Management
WM-7 Hazardous Waste Management
WM-8 Contaminated Soil Management
WM-9 Concrete Waste Management
WM-10 Sanitary-Septic Waste Management
WM-11 Liquid Waste Management
WM-12 Fertilizer Storage and Discharge Mangement
Permanent and Post-Construction Best Management Practices
Chapter 5 – Post Construction Best Management Practices (entire chapter)

8/2011

Chapter 5 Introduction
PC-1 Channel Protection-Check Dams
PC-2 Sheet Flow to Buffers
PC-3 Channel Protection-Flexible Channel Liners
PC-4 Channel Protection-Rigid Channel Liners
PC-5 Dikes and Berms
PC-6 Dry Swale
PC-7 Wet Swale
PC-8 Geosynthetics
PC-9 Surface Sand Filter
PC-10 Subsurface Sand Filter
PC-11 Perimeter Sand Filter
PC-12 Organic Filter
PC-13 Pocket Sand Filter
PC-14 Bioretention
PC-15 Inlet-Outlet Protection
PC-16 Interceptor Ditches
PC-17 Retaining Walls
PC-18 Stormwater Basins
PC-19 Extended Detention Basin with Micropool
PC-20 Wet Basin
PC-21 Wet Extended Detention Basin
PC-22 Shallow Wetland
PC-23 Extended Detention Shallow Wetland
PC-24 Pond-Wetland System
PC-25 Pocket Wetland
PC-26 Sediment Control Box
PC-27 Infiltration Trench
PC-28 Infiltration Basin
PC-29 Slope Drains-Chutes-Flumes
PC-30 Rock Armor-Rock Mulch-Turf Reinforced Mats
PC-31 Serrations and Roughening
PC-32 Terraces and Benches
PC-33 Topsoil Management
PC-34 Vegetation-Seeding
PC-35 Vegetation-Planting
PC-36 Water Quality Inlet Oil-Grit Separator
PC-37 Street Sweeping
PC-38 Deep Sump Catch Basin
PC-39 On-Line Storage in Storm Drain Network (Vaults)
PC-40 Porous Pavements
PC-41 Proprietary-Manufactured Systems
PC-42 Aggregate Armor
Chapter 6 – Glossary of Terms

8/2011

BMP Manuals Updates/Changes
ITD Best Management Practice Manual Change Request Form

8/2011

Public Involvement

  • ITD Planning Information
  • Public Outreach Planner (POP)
    • To effectively manage public outreach plans and activities, ITD staff need information, resources and recommended tools to implement and conduct an effective public outreach effort. The Public Outreach Planner (POP) is a tool for analyzing, quantifying and tracking public outreach needs, which will ultimately lead to appropriate and efficient project management.

Training

 

 

Contacts

HQ Office – Boise on State St.
Wendy Terlizzi Env. Section Manager (208) 334-8629
Megan Vaudrin Administrative Assistant (208) 334-8480
Melinda Lowe Sr. Env. Planner, Projects (208) 334-4474
Michele Fikel Sr. Env. Planner, Projects (208) 334-8478
Victoria Jewell Sr. Env. Planner, Projects (208) 334-8588
Aimee Hill Sr. Env. Planner, Programs (208) 334-8030
Matt Carlson Sr. Env. Planner, Programs (208) 334-8631
Marc Munch State Hwy. Archaeologist (208) 334-8449
Matt Kriegl Architectural Historian (208) 334-8188

The District staff has knowledge in a broad range of areas including environmental analysis, threatened and endangered species, traffic noise, air quality, stormwater, wetlands mitigation, and permitting. They work directly with local, state, and federal agencies, along with the public in avoiding or minimizing project impacts. The planners prepare and coordinate environmental documents in compliance with NEPA. Below are the Environmental specialists located at the six districts of the Idaho Transportation Department (ITD).

District 1 – Coeur d’Alene Office
Mike Hartz Sr. Environmental Planner (208) 772-8018
District 2 – Lewiston Office
Shawn Smith Sr. Environmental Planner (208) 799-4268
Neal Scott Environmental Planner (208) 799-4250
District 3 – Boise Office on Chinden Blvd.
Greg Vitley Sr. Environmental Planner (208) 334-8952
Chris Branstetter Environmental Planner (208) 334-7192
Scott Rudel Environmental Planner (208) 334-8329
District 4 – Shoshone Office
Connie Jones Sr. Environmental Planner (208) 886-7824
Dan Armstrong Environmental Planner (208) 886-7832
District 5 – Pocatello Office
Alissa Salmore Sr. Environmental Planner (208) 239-3312
Chuck Heisler Environmental Planner (208) 239-3355
District 6 – Rigby Office
Tim Cramer Sr. Environmental Planner (208) 745-5602