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 Procedures Manual, Chapter 6: Environmental Procedures
- Preliminary Environmental Study PES Form
- PES (NI) Form
- Preliminary Environmental Screening Form for Non-Infrastructure Projects [PES (NI)] Office Bulletin
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:
- Standard Environmental Reference (SER) Also referred to as Volume I of the Caltrans Environmental Handbook: Guidance for Compliance. (Available online, only.) Subsequent volumes of the Handbook provide more in-depth coverage of some topics covered in Volume I (see links below).
- SER: Federal Environmental Laws that may affect Transportation Projects
- SER: State Environmental Laws that may affect Transportation Projects
- Volume II, CT Env Handbook: Cultural Resources
(available as pdf download, only)
- Volume III, CT Env Handbook: Biological Resources
(also available as pdf download)
- Volume IV, CT Env Handbook: Community Impact
(available as pdf download, only)
- Volume V, CT Env Handbook: Storm Water
(under construction at this time. Please see Caltrans Storm Water Management site for general information regarding Storm Water management.)
- Volume VI, CT Env Handbook: Hazardous Waste Management
You may also find the following links useful:
- National Environmental Policy Act
- Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ): Regulations for Implementing NEPA
- FHWA's Policies and Procedures for Implementing NEPA (23 CFR 771)
- FHWA Technical Advisory 6640.8a (TA 6640.8a)
- FHWA Environmental Guidebook
- FHWA California Division Checklist for "Draft" and "Final" Environmental Documents
Online training on various environmental subject areas can be found at the Caltrans Division of Environmental Analysis "On Demand" training site http://www.dot.ca.gov/hq/env/training/index.htm
Other environmental training opportunities for local agencies and their consultants can be found on the Caltrans Division of Local Assistance website http://www.dot.ca.gov/hq/LocalPrograms/training/training.html 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.
If you are a person with a disability and you are not able to, or experience difficulty in, accessing our programs, services and/or employment, or feel that you have been discriminated against under the Americans with Disabilities Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, or the Fair Employment and Housing Act, you may contact Alex Morales III, Statewide ADA Coordinator for the California Department of Transportation, at (916) 653-4913 Voice, or 711 TTY, via fax at (916) 653-3055, or 1-866-810-6346 (for complaints only).