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Jennifer Gillies, Office Chief
The Biological Studies Branch (Headquarters) provides the following services related to wildlife biology, botany, ecology, wetlands and aquatic biology:
Alex Neeb, Acting Office Chief
The Cultural Studies Office provides services related to cultural resources (archaeological, architectural and historical) issues, including:
This branch assists the Districts on 106 procedural questions and interpreting application of the PA, peer reviews HPSR compliance documents prepared pursuant to the PA and acts as a liaison between the Districts, the SHPO's office and FHWA. This branch coordinates with the Districts regarding SHPO review schedules and CSO PEER reviews, organizes the periodic statewide teleconferences to discuss the PA and other 106 matters, and distributes the Caltrans "106 Bulletins" and other pertinent guidance (PA Teleconference Notes, and examples of Memoranda of Agreement. The interim head of the Section 106/PA Coordination Branch is David Price.
The Special Projects-Archaeology branch provides advice and guidance on issues related to the management and preservation of archaeological resources with special emphasis on review of complex studies and compliance documents in the area of prehistoric archaeology including evaluations, data recovery plans, and contract management. The branch is responsible for review and comment on cultural mitigations in excess of $500,000 per DEA policy, acts as the designated "owner" of construction contract specification standards for cultural resources and review of Non-Standard special provisions (NSSPs), and coordinates with the Environmental Management Office (EMO) in the design and delivery of training for cultural staff statewide. The branch is also involved in strategic planning, identifying research priorities and funding, organizing statewide task groups on critical cultural issues, and the planning of functional workshops. Special Projects Archaeology is headed by Glenn Gmoser.
The Built Environment Preservation Services branch, managed by Jill Hupp, serves as the Caltrans liaison with SHPO for the whole range of PRC §5024 compliance involving state-owned cultural resources: conducting consultations and coordinating with the districts and SHPO on Caltrans PRC §5024 and PRC §5024.5 activities; conducting PRC §5024.5 reviews; and reporting annually to SHPO regarding Caltrans PRC §5024-related activities. The BEPS Branch Chief serves as Caltrans representative to the State Historical Building Safety Board on issues related to the California Historical Building Code. The Branch also updates guidance in the Environmental Handbook, Volume 2—Cultural Resources.
Upon request, the branch reviews plans and specifications for conformance with the Secretary of the Interior's Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties, provides guidance and coordination on the appropriate use of the State Historical Building Code, mitigation measures to avoid or reduce adverse effects to non-archaeological historic properties and historical resources affected by Caltrans projects and activities, identification and ranking of character defining features of historic properties and resources, language for protective covenants, historic property maintenance and rehabilitation standards, and Historic American Building Survey (HABS) and Historic American Engineering Record (HAER) documentation.
The Native American Cultural Studies branch provides guidance, advice, training, and support to the Districts in working with Native American individuals, groups, and tribes on identifying and addressing cultural and environmental concerns. The Branch also works with Native Americans directly, either to establish working relationships with DEA, or as requested by districts, to facilitate project delivery. The NACS Branch Chief serves as the Statewide Native American Coordinator and serves as the DEA's representative on the Department's Native American Advisory Committee. The Branch Chief is the Division's liaison with other Departmental units and Native American Liaisons to assist in developing an integrated and consistent approach to Native American relations and is the liaison with the Native American Heritage Commission, State Historic Preservation Office, Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, Federal Highway Administration, U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs, and other state and federal agencies regarding Native American spiritual and cultural resource concerns. The Branch Chief monitors and evaluates pertinent state and federal legislation and regulations, disseminates that information to the districts, and seeks to ensure that the Department is in compliance with such laws. The Native American Cultural Studies Branch is headed by Sarah Allred.
Jennifer Heichel, Office Chief
The Environmental Management Office develops and monitors compliance of policies and procedures; develops, reviews and comments on proposed legislation; is responsible for preparation of departmental environmental reports and action items for the California Transportation Commission (CTC); addresses permit streamlining and environmental productivity; and maintains the Standard Environmental Reference, a compilation of all handbooks, guidance, manuals and policy documents pertaining to environmental compliance at Caltrans. The Office Chief is the primary environmental liaison with the FHWA District Operations Chiefs.
DEA Offices manage various interagency agreements that provide staff to resource and regulatory agencies for enhanced services including the development of environmental initiatives and procedures to streamline environmental and permit processes.
Tammy Massengale, Office Chief
Consists of the following offices/subjects:
NEPA Assignment (NEPA)
The Division of Environmental Analysis NEPA Assignment Office was created in 2007 to support implementation of the following programs:
The activities performed collectively under both MOUs are referred to as "NEPA Assignment".
Environmental Management Systems (EMS) - The Division of Environmental Analysis (DEA) is pursuing an integrated information system with management and metrics tools that can efficiently process and deliver "product" information to stakeholders and decision makers while contributing to, and drawing upon, corporate knowledge. This integrated system manages information at four levels in concert with other systems:
We develop and deliver training to environmental staff, statewide. Our classes include the Environmental Academy, as well as specialized training courses for Caltrans biologists, archaeologists, architectural historians, generalists/coordinators and environmental engineers. We are a part of the Capital Project Skill Development Program (CPSD), within the Division of Environmental Analysis. CPSD develops, conducts, and manages training courses to improve the skills of employees engaged in the delivery of capital improvement projects.
Shaila Chowdhury, Chief Environmental Engineer
Environmental Engineering consists of HWANP (Hazardous Waste, Air Quality, Noise & Vibration, Paleontology) and Stormwater (Program Development, Program Implementation, Fiscal Analysis).
Mauricio Serrano, Hazardous Waste, Air, Noise & Paleontology, Office Chief
The Hazardous Waste program provides policy direction, technical and regulatory information, guidance documents, training, specifications, and funding information to assist Caltrans Districts with contaminated sites and materials that may be encountered during highway projects. This includes:
The Air program provides technical support for project-level air quality, mobile source air toxics and climate change studies, analysis and modeling.
The Noise program provides policy direction, technical and regulatory information, research, guidance documents and training to assist Caltrans Districts with both long-term and short-term impacts due to construction and traffic noise, traffic induced vibration and bioacoustics. This includes:
The Paleontology program develops policy and provides technical and statutory information, guidance documents, and specifications to assist the Districts/Regions with the identification, evaluation, and mitigation of paleontological resources
Elizabeth Dooher - Office of Stormwater Program Implementation, Acting Office Chief
Bhaskar Joshi - Office of Stormwater Program Develeopment, Office Chief
Stormwater Program staff provide quidance on CEQA/NEPA compliance for transportation-related water quality, erosion and sedimentation issues, Regional Water Quality Control Board Basin Plans and 401 and NPDES permits, State Water Resources Control Board Policies, and California water quality legislation. The Office develops Stormwater Best Management Practices, procedures, methods, and tools for the Department's Stormwater Program; and, manages the Stormwater budget and contract/procurement process.
Stormwater Program Implementation