Division of Environmental Analysis

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The Division of Environmental Analysis (DEA) administers Caltrans' responsibilities under federal and state environmental law. The Program develops and maintains Caltrans environmental standards, policies, procedures, and practices that are implemented by the Department's 12 District Environmental Branches. Program staff work with the districts to identify and assess the effects of Caltrans projects on the state's natural and cultural environments, and identify ways to avoid or mitigate those effects.

DEA acts as the Department compliance lead and assists the Districts and our transportation partners in:

  • Complying with state and federal environmental laws;
  • Encouraging the public to participate in the environmental evaluation process;
  • Determining the environmental consequences of our activities;
  • Proposing prudent, feasible and cost effective strategies and alternatives to avoid or minimize adverse impacts of the Department's activities, and;
  • Ensuring the mitigation selected is appropriate.
In response to enactment of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), in 1969, and the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), in 1973, Caltrans formally initiated an environmental function. Subsequently, in response to the passage of a host of environmentally-related lawsand regulations and heightened public support for the environment, the Program has grown to become a substantive and inseparable part of Caltrans' planning, development, construction, operation and maintenance efforts.

DEA Leadership

DEA is headquartered in Sacramento, though each of the twelve district offices, located throughout the state. The Program, administratively under the Deputy Director for Project Delivery, is headed by a Program Chief who also serves as the Agency Preservation Officer. DEA has a highly-trained, professional staff of planners, engineers and environmental specialists who work with the District Environmental Branches to help their staff and project managers with the environmental project process.

Acting Division Chief
Jeremy Ketchum
Jeremy Ketchum

Acting Assistant Division Chief
Jody Brown
Jody Brown

Assistant Division Chief
Shaila Chowdhury
Shaila Chowdhury

  • 12-13-18 The Environmental Management Office has made minor changes to the Blank PEAR Format, including the removal of references to the now-retired PEAR Handbook. The updated form can be found on the SER Forms and Templates page.
  • 11-28-18 Effective November 28, 2018, Title 23 of the Code of Federal Regulations, Section 771 (23 CFR 771) has been updated to incorporate changes due to the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21) and the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act. The Environmental Management Office has updated the CE Checklist to reflect these changes. The CE class for projects within the existing operational right-of-way (23 CFR 771.117(c)(22)) has been updated and other minor grammatical changes were made.
  • 11-27-18 The HRCR and Supplemental HRCR forms have been updated effective 11/27/2018.
  • 11-21-18 Chapter 38 NEPA Assignment has been updated with a link to FHWA’s new guidance for submitting Statute of Limitations (SOL) to the Federal Register. The guidance can be found on the SER Forms and Templates page. The "Notice of Statue of Limitations on Claims" template has been updated to reflect the new guidance.
  • 10-12-18 The Environmental Records Retention Policy has been added to Chapter 38 of the SER. See "Project Files and Document Retention" section for details.
  • 09-25-18 The Annual Reports for the First Amended Section 106 Programmatic Agreement and the PRC 5024 MOU are now available.
  • 09-25-18 The Historical Resources Compliance Report (HRCR) forms have been updated on SER Volume 2 and Cultural Templates pages.
  • 09-14-18 The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) defined some project type descriptions belonging to 40 CFR 93.126 "Table 2- Exempt Projects" that are exempt from conformity and would not need a PM hot-spot analysis. This information is reflected in the updated Fact Sheet developed by both The Division of Environmental Analysis, Environmental Management Office and the Division of Transportation Planning, Office of Regional Planning that provides clarification on projects exempt from air quality conformity requirements under 23 CFR 93.126 "Table 2-Exempt Projects."
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