Division of Environmental Analysis
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.
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.
- 09-18-17 FHWA has provided guidance regarding additional flexibilities in categorical exclusions. This memo can be found on the SER, Chapter 1, Federal Requirements, and Chapter 30, Categorical Exclusions.
- 09-13-17 FHWA has provided clarifying fiscal constraint guidance. A link to this guidance can be found on the SER, Chapter 1, Federal Requirements.
- 09-11-17 The Environmental Management Office has updated the CE/CE form and the FONSI sample to reflect the NEPA Assignment language contained in the new NEPA Assignment MOUs.
- 09-01-17 The Caltrans/ACOE Section 106 PA Permit Compliance form is no longer used for Section 106 Consultation with the Army Corps of Engineers, effective 9/1/2017. For more information, contact Alex Bevk Neeb or Jody Brown.
- 08-24-17 The standalone CEQA checklist posted on the SER forms and templates page has been updated to include the most recent language for greenhouse gas emissions. Please use this checklist for any documents currently in progress that do not require a full update to the new annotated outline format.
Please see the Summary of AO Updates and Grandfathering Guidance for additional information.
- 08-02-17 New to Volume 5 and the Updated Environmental Document Annotated Outlines is the Coastal Act Chapter Three Policy Consistency Summary Table. This table is intended to be utilized in Environmental Documents for projects in the Coastal Zone. The table provides example analysis for most Coastal Act Chapter 3 Policy areas, such as Coastal Wetlands, Environmentally Sensitive Habitat Areas, Agricultural Lands, and Coastal Access, as well as instructions for how to complete the table. The table can be found at the beginning of the SER Volume 5 - Coastal Requirements.
- 08-02-17 The Environmental Management Office is happy to announce the release of the updated Environmental Document Annotated Outlines as well as an updated Environmental Document Review Checklist! The updated documents and a summary of changes and grandfathering guidelines can be found on the SER Forms and Templates page.
- 07-03-17 Caltrans has completed a regional archaeological context and research design for the San Francisco Bay-Delta is intended to provide Caltrans District 4 staff and consultants working in the area with guidance for evaluating and mitigating Native American archaeological sites under National Register Criterion D.
- 07-10-17 USDOT has posted detailed Questions and Answers on the procedural changes to 23 U.S.C. 139 (Efficient Environmental Reviews) made by section 1304 of the FAST Act. A link to this guidance has been added to Chapter 1 of the SER under Additional Regulations, Policies, Guidance, and Resources.
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