California Department of Transportation

Environmental Information

The Division of Local Assistance provides guidance on environmental procedures and liaison services between local agencies and their transportation counterparts in Caltrans, FHWA, and Resource Agencies. For assistance with environmental concerns, please contact your District Local Assistance Engineer.

Local Assistance Environmental Products include:

Local Assistance has collaborated closely with the Caltrans Division of Environmental Analysis in the development of a Standard Environmental Reference (SER). The SER will enable local agencies to develop consistently superior environmental documents, according to the criteria of the various agencies which review them. The SER is a work in progress. It is being made available, online, as it becomes available:

You may also find the following links useful:

Online training on various environmental subject areas can be found at the Caltrans Division of Environmental Analysis "On Demand" training site

Other environmental training opportunities for local agencies and their consultants can be found on the Caltrans Division of Local Assistance website   In particular, the free, one-day UC Berkeley Institute of Transportation Studies Course II, "Federal Procedural Requirements for Environmental Analysis for Transportation Projects," provides an overview of the Caltrans/FHWA environmental procedures specifically for local agencies.

To report any difficulty experienced in accessing Caltrans programs, services or activities or any discriminations covered under the Americans with Disabilities Act, Section 504 of Rehabilitation Act or the Fair Employment and Housing Act, please contact us at (866)810-6346 Voice; 711 TTY; (916)653-3055 Fax.