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The Standard Environmental Reference (SER) generally follows the flow of the Project Delivery Process. The emphasis is on the logical sequence of considering environmental issues and preparing environmental documentation for transportation projects:
1) knowledge of the legal and regulatory
2) early coordination among interested parties,
3) preliminary assessments of environmental concerns and constraints,
4) formal scoping,
5) preparation of the appropriate technical reports to identify impacts and propose mitigation,
6) selection and preparation of the appropriate environmental documentation, and
7) implementation and monitoring mitigation measures.
There are three ways to navigate the SER content:
- The Environmental Handbook, Volume 1: Guidance for Compliance, is a topic-based reference that forms the core of the SER content.
- The Environmental Topics Matrixes - These matrices link the user to key sections of the SER. One matrix describes the information that is appropriate for inclusion in the Regional Transportation Plan, the Project Initiation Document, the Draft Environmental Document, and the Final Environmental Document. The second matrix links the user to key information useful when preparing technical studies.
- The Preliminary Environmental Study (PES) form which provides information useful for local agencies completing a PES form; links connect the user either to the Environmental Documentation or to an external manual, handbook, protocol or web site for additional information.
SER Decision Trees: The decision trees located in the beginning of the SER chapters are for guidance only and do not supersede law, regulation, policy, or the information contained in the SER chapters or other manuals. Please ensure that you are using reasoned judgment when using the SER decision trees in conjunction with appropriate laws, regulations and policy.
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