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Standard Environmental Reference

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What is the SER? The Standard Environmental Reference (SER) is an on-line resource to help state and local agency staff plan, prepare, submit, and evaluate environmental documents for transportation projects. The SER contains information appropriate to all transportation projects developed under the auspices of Caltrans, and to all local agency highway or local streets and roads projects with funding or approvals by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA).

The Standard Environmental Reference (SER) includes:

  • Caltrans Environmental Handbooks
  • Policy Memos that relate to the environmental process.
  • Other Guidance which includes guidance on cumulative impact analysis, growth-related impact analysis, alternatives analysis, visual impact analysis, and a variety of guidance documents relating to biological and cultural resources.
  • MOUs, MOAs, and Agreements
  • Forms and Templates used during the environmental process.