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									  PROJECT CHECKLIST
                   for

FOREST HIGHWAY PROJECTS

             February 2000




               Prepared by
    U.S. Department of Transportation
     Federal Highway Administration
  Western Federal Lands Highway Division
                                                           PROJECT CHECKLIST

                                                            TABLE OF CONTENTS


Purpose of Project Checklist ......................................................................................................................... 1

I.         PROJECT INTRODUCTION .......................................................................................................... 2
                 A.    Project name and Route Identification ................................................................... 2
                 B.    Lead Agency/Contact Persons ................................................................................ 2
                 C.    Cooperating or Partnering Agencies ...................................................................... 2

II         DESCRIPTION OF PROPOSED PROJECT .................................................................................. 2
                A.    Location of the Project ........................................................................................... 2
                B.    Scope and Nature of the Project ............................................................................. 2

III.       NEED ............................................................................................................................................... 3

IV.        ALTERNATIVES TO BE CONSIDERED ..................................................................................... 3

V.         AFFECTED ENVIRONMENT ....................................................................................................... 3
                A.    Natural ................................................................................................................... 3
                B.    Cultural .................................................................................................................. 3

VI.        INTERRELATIONSHIPS WITH OTHER USES AND JURISDICTIONS ................................... 4
                 A.   Land Ownerships ................................................................................................... 4
                 B.   Planning by Others ................................................................................................. 4
                 C.   Potential Permits Required ..................................................................................... 4

VII.       ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACTS ..................................................................................................... 5
                A.   Earth ....................................................................................................................... 5
                B.   Air .......................................................................................................................... 6
                C.   Water ...................................................................................................................... 7
                D.   Wetlands ................................................................................................................ 8
                E.   Flora ....................................................................................................................... 8
                F.   Fauna...................................................................................................................... 9
                G.   Noise ...................................................................................................................... 9
                H.   Land Use ................................................................................................................ 9
                I.   Natural Resources ................................................................................................ 10
                J.   Energy .................................................................................................................. 10
                K.   Aesthetics ............................................................................................................ 10
                L.   Recreation ............................................................................................................ 11
                M.   Archaeological/Historical ..................................................................................... 11
                N.   Hazardous Waste.................................................................................................. 12
                O.   Socio-Economic ................................................................................................... 12
                P.   Public Services ..................................................................................................... 13
                Q.   Transportation/Circulation ................................................................................... 14
                R.   Utilities ................................................................................................................. 14

VIII.      COORDINATION AND CONSULTATION ................................................................................ 15
                A.    SEE Study Team .................................................................................................. 15
                B.    Coordinating Agencies and Other Interested Parties ............................................ 15
Purpose of Project Checklist

The project checklist is used by the Western Federal Lands Highway Division (WFLHD) of the Federal
Highway Administration as part of its early coordination and data gathering process. It provides opportunity
for public and governmental agencies which may be affected by the proposed action, or which may have
regulatory or administrative interest, to become involved in the project development process at an early stage.

Besides describing the project need and scope of proposed highway upgrading, the checklist contains an initial
estimate of environmental resources, potential impacts, and related issues in the project study area. It also aids
in identifying issues in the project study area. It also aids in identifying issues which are insignificant or have
potential consequences.

The check list contains the results of the location studies, engineering investigations, and environmental studies
completed to date. This information will provide the principal input to the future NEPA clearance documents
and highway design activities.

The document provides information to help determine the type of project classification and the scope of the
environmental document, e.g., Categorical Exclusion (CE), Environmental Assessment (EA), or
Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). One of these documents is required for each project to comply with
the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).

The checklist is prepared at the beginning of project development and is expanded when new information
becomes known throughout the study period. The list includes the agencies involved in the project and the
name, title, address, and phone number of persons representing those agencies




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                                      PROJECT CHECKLIST
                                      Date prepared: ________

I. PROJECT INTRODUCTION

         A. Project name and Route Identification




         B. Lead Agency/Contact Persons

                 i. Lead Agency:



                ii. Contact Person(s). (Include phone numbers):




         C. Cooperating or Partnering Agencies




II. DESCRIPTION OF PROPOSED PROJECT

         A. Location of the Project
            [Briefly describe the location of the route and project limits including owner agency, function
            classification, and the road’s relationship to other highway systems. Include a sketch map.]




         B. Scope and Nature of the Project
            [Briefly describe the scope and nature of the project including its length, number of lanes, type of
            improvement, type of upgrading and overall design improvement objectives. Also, discuss funding
            sources.]




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III. NEED

        [Describe the principle problem(s) with the road in order of relative importance. Include factors as:
        1) existing road conditions and deficiencies, e.g., width, riding surface, alignment; 2) safety concerns and
        accident statistics; 3) present and future traffic volumes and road use, maintenance problems, system
        linkage and area’s growth; 4) role of project in other agencies’ management plans. Include items
        necessary to demonstrate a “need” exists and define “need” in simple, understandable terms.]




IV. ALTERNATIVES TO BE CONSIDERED
        [Describe the range of alternatives being considered. Include a “No Action” alternative. Identify if 3R or
        new construction. Identify any specific major features and issues associated with the alternatives.]




V. AFFECTED ENVIRONMENT

        A. Natural
        [Describe the components comprising the physical setting of the project. Especially mention those
        resources which may be directly affected by the project.]

               i. Geomorphology (terrain, geology, water resources drainage areas)


              ii. Climate


             iii. Vegetation


              iv. Wildlife




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       B. Cultural
       [Describe the cultural setting of the project.]

             i.   Land Use


            ii.   Economics

           iii.   Social


            iv.   Historical


            v.    Archaeological


VI. INTERRELATIONSHIPS WITH OTHER USES AND JURISDICTIONS

           A. Land Ownerships (General)
                 i. [Describe the existing right-of-way, noting private, public, and federally owned land.]




           B. Planning by Others
                  i. [List transportation plans, land management plans, and/or nearby highway projects or
                         activities which may affect the project.]




           C. Potential Permits Required (List All Potential Permits)
                                                                      .                 Y Maybe N
                 ii. Surface Mining Reclamation Permit                                 ( ) ( ) ( )
                         1. [Required for new pit sites not on Federal Lands .Issued by DNR.]

                    iii. Hydraulic Project Approval                                       Y Maybe N
                            1. [For work within ordinary high water - State Fish & Game.] ( ) ( ) ( )



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                     iv. Shoreline Management Substantial Development Permit Y Maybe N
                            1. [For work within 200' of ordinary high water.              ( ) ( ) ( )
                            2. Issued by local agency with jurisdiction. County must hold
                            3. hearing, so long lead required.]

                     v. NPDES Permit                                                             Y Maybe N
                          1. [When clearing of more than 5 acres required to                    ( ) ( ) ( )
                              2.   build the project. Submit NOI to EPA on federal
                              3. lands and Ecology on other lands.]

                     vi. 404 Permit - either Individual or Nationwide                            Y Maybe N
                            1. [Issued by Corps when project involves filling or                 ( ) ( ) ( )
                            2. dredging in “waters of the U.S.” which includes
                            3. project wetlands.]

                    vii. Water Quality Certification                                     Y Maybe N
                           1. [Issued by Ecology when water quality may be degraded.     ( ) ( ) ( )
                           2. Normally associated with 404 permit, but may take separate
                              3.   approval.]

VII. Waste Disposal Discharge Permit (See NPDES)

                      i. Forest Practice Approval                                                 Y Maybe N
                            1. [Issued by DNR when project may convert forest land               ( ) ( ) ( )
                            2. to other uses. Only required on private and state lands.]

                     ii. Coastal Zone Management or Other Permit                                 Y Maybe N
                            1. Identify:                                                        ( ) ( ) ( )

VIII. ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACTS
             [For each question indicate whether the extent of the impact is high (H), medium (M), low (L), or not
             applicable (NA). If the impact is (H) or (M), elaborate in “comment” section and list mitigation being
             considered to avoid, minimize or compensate for the impacts. Mention if there are substantial
             differences in impacts for certain alternatives.)

                                                                             . H        M        L        N/A

             A. Earth - Will the proposal result in :

                      i. Unstable earth conditions or changes
                            1. in geologic substructure?

                     ii. Disruptions, displacement, compaction,
                            1. or over covering of the soil?


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      iii. Change in topography or ground surface
              relief features?

      iv. Destruction, covering, or modification
             of any unique geologic or physical
             feature?

       v. Any increase in wind or water erosion
             of soils either on or off the site?

      vi. Changes in deposition or erosion of beach
          sands which may modify the any marine
          waters?

      vii. Changes in siltation, deposition, or erosion
           which may modify the channel of a river,
           or stream, or the bed of a lake?

     viii. Placing fill below the ordinary high
           watermark of rivers or streams, including
           intermittent streams?


      ix. Cut or fill placed through or in
         jurisdictional wetlands?

       x. Comment:




B. Air - Will the proposal result in:

        i. Air emissions or deterioration of
           ambient air quality?

       ii. The creation of objectionable odors?

      iii. Alteration of air movement, or any
           change in a local microclimate?

      iv. Comment:



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                                                   . H   M   L   N/A

C. Water - Will the proposal result in:

        i. Changes in currents, or the course of
           water movements in either marine or
           fresh waters?

       ii. Changes in absorption rates, drainage
           patterns, or the rate and amount of
           surface water runoff?

      iii. Alterations to the course or flow of
           flood waters?

      iv. Change in the amount of surface water
          in any water body?

       v. Discharge into surface waters or any
          potential alteration of surface water
          quality?

      vi. Alteration of the direction or rate of
          flow of groundwaters?

      vii. Change in the quantity of
           groundwaters either through direct
           additions or withdrawals or through
           interception of an aquifer by cuts or
           excavations?

     viii. Deterioration in groundwater quality
           through injection or seepage?

      ix. Reduction in the amount of water
          otherwise available for public water
          supplies?

       x. Encroachment into a 100-year
          floodplain or regulated floodway?


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      xi. Comment:




                                                   . H   M   L   N/A


D. Wetlands - Will the proposal cause:

        i. Filling or excavating in designated
           wetlands?

       ii. Alteration of hydrology?

      iii. Any other change to wetland areas?

      iv. Comment:




E. Flora - Will the proposal result in:

        i. Change in the diversity of numbers of
           any species of flora?

       ii. Potential introduction of new species
           of flora in the project area?

      iii. An effect on any unique, rare,
           or endangered species of flora?

      iv. Comment:




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                                                   . H   M   L   N/A

F. Fauna - Will the proposal result in:

       i. Changes in the diversity or numbers of
          any species of fauna?

       ii. An effect on any threatened,
           endangered or faunal species of
           concern?

      iii. Introduction of a barrier to the
           migration or movement of fauna?

      iv. Comment:




G. Noise - Will the proposal increase existing
           noise levels?

       i. Comment:




H. Land Use - Will the proposal cause

       i. The alteration of the present or
          planned land use of the area?

       ii. Reduction in the acreage of any prime
           and unique farm land?

      iii. Any cumulative or secondary impacts
           with the proposal implementation?

      iv. Comment:




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                                                    . H   M   L   N/A

I. Natural Resources - Will the proposal cause:

       i. Increase in the rate of use of any
          natural resources?

       ii. Reduction of any nonrenewable
           natural resources?

      iii. Comment:




J. Energy - Will this proposal cause:
      i. Use of substantial amounts of fuel
         or energy?

       ii. Savings of substantial amounts of fuel
           or energy?

      iii. Comment:




K. Aesthetics - -Will the proposal cause:

       i. A change in a scenic vista or view as
          seen from the road?

       ii. A change in a scenic vista or view
           when viewing toward the road?




                                                    . H   M   L   N/A

      iii. A conflict with the scenic
           management plans of other
           agencies?


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      iv. New light or glare?

       v. Comment:




L. Recreation - Will this proposal cause an

       i. impact to an existing recreational facility or
          impact recreational opportunities? Does this
          proposal have a potential 4(f) impact?

       ii. Comment




M. Archaeological/Historical - Will the

       i. proposal result in an alteration of an
          archaeological or historical resource that is on or
          eligible for the National Register of Historic
          Places (NRHP).

       ii. Comment:




                                                      . H       M   L   N/A


N. Hazardous Waste - Will the proposal:

       i. Affect a known hazardous waste site
          on the EPA’s National Priority List
          (NPL) or a statewide list?

       ii. Affect a site with the potential for

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           hazardous waste (e.g., sanitary
           landfill, gasoline stations, industrial
           sites?

      iii. Increase the likelihood of an explosion
           or release of hazardous substances,
           e.g., oil, chemicals, pesticides, in the
           event of an accident?

       iv. Comment:




O. Socio-Economic - Will this proposal:

        i. Alter the location, distribution, or
           density of the human population of
           the area?

       ii. Affect racial, ethnic, religious,
           minority, elderly, or low income
           groups? Consider Environmental
           Justice?

      iii. Affect existing housing or business?

       iv. Create a demand for additional
           housing?

       v. Affect local employment, taxes,
          property values, etc.?


       vi. Comment:




                                                      . H   M   L   N/A

P. Public Services - Will this proposal have an
   effect on or result in a need for new or altered
   services in any of the following areas?


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        i. Fire protection?

       ii. Police protection?

      iii. Schools?

      iv. Maintenance of public facilities
          including roads?

       v. Airports?

      vi. Religious facilities?

      vii. Health services?

     viii. Mail delivery?

      ix. Parks and recreational facilities?

       x. Other services?

      xi. Comments:




                                                         . H   M   L   N/A

Q. Transportation/Circulation - Will this proposal cause:

        i. an increase in motor vehicle movement?

       ii. An increase in movement or hazards
           to bicyclists, pedestrians, or equestrians?

      iii. An effect to existing parking facilities
           or create a demand for new parking?

      iv. Changes in access?

       v. An impact upon existing vehicle, rail,
          water, or air transportation systems?

      vi. Impacts associated with construction

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                      activities, e.g., detours, delays, etc.?

                vii. Comment:




         R. Utilities - Will this proposal cause a need for
            new systems or alterations of the following
            utilities:

                  i. Power?

                  ii. Natural Gas?

                 iii. Water?

                 iv. Sanitary or Storm Sewer?

                  v. Communication Systems?

                 vi. Solid Waste Disposal?

                vii. Pipelines?

               viii. Cable TV?

                 ix. Comment:




IX.COORDINATION AND CONSULTATION

         A. SEE Study Team
         [A Social, Economic, and Environmental (SEE) Study Team or Interdisciplinary Team (IDT) has the
         responsibility to identify and assess environmental effects of the proposal and clarify issue of choice.
         This team is composed of representatives of participating agencies. Team members call on available
         disciplines within their respective agencies for technical assistance.]

         The SEE Study Team members for this proposal are indicated below:




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B. Coordinating Agencies and Other Interested Parties.




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