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- Statewide Advance Mitigation Needs Assessment (SAMNA) Reports
- Regional Advance Mitigation Needs Assessment (RAMNA) Reports
- Program Reports
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The Caltrans Advance Mitigation Program (Program) was established by the Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017 authorizing Caltrans to plan and implement advance mitigation solutions for its future transportation projects. This new business practice allows Caltrans to reduce delays by proactively obtaining environmental mitigation in advance of - rather than during - transportation projects. The Caltrans Division of Environmental Analysis (DEA) administers the Program and supports Caltrans Districts interested in planning and delivering advance mitigation projects.
The primary goal of the Program is to address longer-term future environmental mitigation needs resulting in improved environmental, economic and project delivery outcomes. By consolidating the forecasted mitigation needs of multiple future transportation projects, Caltrans can potentially provide strategically placed and environmentally sound replacement habitat and shorten project delivery timelines, resulting in both time and cost savings. Ultimately, the Program aims to help Caltrans meet conservation goals in addition to regulatory requirements.
- Accelerate transportation project delivery
- Improve environmental outcomes
- Enhance communication with stakeholders and California Department of Fish & Wildlife
- Ensure that the Program account is self-sustaining
Planning and implementation of the Program is a collaboration effort between Caltrans and its twelve Districts as well as the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. In addition, Caltrans regularly consults with agency partners such as the California State Water Resource Control Board, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers South Pacific Division, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the California Coastal Commission, and National Marine Fisheries Service on how to apply the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration Eco-Logical vision on infrastructure development and ecosystem conservation integration in order to harmonize economic, environmental, and social needs and objectives.
The 2021 Statewide Advance Mitigation Memorandum of Understanding (PDF) between Caltrans and the above resource agencies outlines the collaborative effort involved in the planning and implementation of the Program.
The Master Process Agreement for Planning and Developing Advance Mitigation throughout California for the California Department of Transportation Advance Mitigation Program (2020) between Caltrans, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, California State Water Resources Control Board, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Los Angeles District, Sacramento District, and San Francisco District, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the National Marine Fisheries Service, and the California State Coastal Commission is available by request. The purpose of the Master Process Agreement is to perform the collaboration established in the 2016 SAMI MOU and establish a framework for incorporating natural resource regulatory review, expertise, and guidance into planning, development, advancement, and tracking of Caltrans’ advance mitigation projects. Please send us an email at email@example.com to request a copy.
Guidelines and Procedures
- Advance Mitigation Program Final Formal Guidelines (PDF) - identify the general policies and procedures to meet the Program's statutory objectives and requirements
- Glossary of Natural Resource Regulatory Agency-Inclusive Advance Mitigation Terms and Expressions (PDF) (July 19, 2022)
- Statewide Advance Mitigation Needs Assessment (SAMNA) Report Second Quarter 2017/2018 Webcast (August 14, 2019) - provides an overview of the model used by the Program to forecast transportation project impacts from long term transportation planning information; advance mitigation planning.
- Advance Mitigation Program's 2nd Annual Meeting Session 1 (May 26, 2022) - provides a background and overview of the Program.
- Advance Mitigation Program's 2nd Annual Meeting Session 2 (June 9, 2022) - provides an overview of the Program's advance mitigation planning process.
- Advance Mitigation Program's 2nd Annual Meeting Session 3 (June 30, 2022) - provides an overview of the Program's advance mitigation project delivery process.
- Program Fact Sheet (PDF)
- Frequently Asked Questions (PDF)
- RAMNA FAQs (PDF) (February 2021)
- What's the Difference RCIS and RAMNA (PDF) (March 2021)
Statewide Advance Mitigation Needs Assessment (SAMNA) Reports
- Statewide Advance Mitigation Needs Assessment (SAMNA) Report Second Quarter 2021/2022 Fiscal Year (Pending)
- Statewide Advance Mitigation Needs Assessment (SAMNA) Report Second Quarter 2019/2020 Fiscal Year (PDF)
- Statewide Advance Mitigation Needs Assessment (SAMNA) Report Second Quarter 2017/2018 Fiscal Year (PDF)
Regional Advance Mitigation Needs Assessment (RAMNA) Reports
|Lead Caltrans District||Name||Status||Version Date||Documents|
|2||Klamath Mountains Ecoregion Section Overlapping Caltrans District 2||Draft||Oct 2022||Email us at Advance.Mitigation@dot.ca.gov for a link to download the draft. Comments due: November 3rd, 2022.|
|2||Southern Cascades Ecoregion Section Overlapping Caltrans District 2||Draft||Oct 2022||Email us at Advance.Mitigation@dot.ca.gov for a link to download the draft. Comments due: November 3rd, 2022.|
|10||Great Valley Ecoregion Section within Caltrans District 10||Final||Jul 2022||Final (PDF)
|4||Gualala-Salmon, San Pablo Bay, and Tomales-Drake Bays Sub-basins RAMNA||Final||Jun 2022|
|9||Six Northern Mojave Sub-basins and the Owens Lake Sub-basin Within California RAMNA||Final||Apr 2022|
|3||Lower Sacramento Basin RAMNA||Final||Jan 2022
|7||Thirteen Ecoregion Subsections of the Southern California
Coast and Southern California Mountains and Valleys RAMNA
|1||Mad-Redwood, Lower Eel, and South Fork Eel Sub-basins RAMNA||Final||Jul 2021||
Central Coastal, Monterey Bay, Pajaro, Salinas, and San Francisco
Coastal South Sub-basins RAMNA
|6||Great Valley EcoRegion Section RAMNA||Final||Dec 2020||
|8||Mojave Desert Section RAMNA||Final||Aug 2020||
- 2021 Advance Mitigation Program Annual Report to the CTC (PDF) (December 2021)
- 2020 Advance Mitigation Program Annual Report to the CTC (PDF) (October 2020)
- 2019 Advance Mitigation Program Annual Report to the CTC (PDF)(October 2019)
- 2019 Advance Mitigation Program Biennial Report to the Legislature (PDF)