Since 1999, the WSDOT Liaison Program has provided staff at state and federal resource agencies dedicated to delivering transportation projects. This program provides specialists dedicated to working on WSDOT projects and can include working with WSDOT on early project coordination, Permitting, Endangered Species Act (ESA) consultations, construction and emergency project support, policy support, and environmental reviews.
Some liaison positions are filled with WSDOT staff based at the resource agency while others are resource agency staff dedicated to WSDOT through interagency agreements.
ESA Liaisons from NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Services (NMFS) and United States Fish and Wildlife Services (USFWS) review Biological Assessments and conduct consultations under Section 7 of the Endangered Species Act. NMFS staff also review documents for Essential Fish Habitat (EFH) and Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA) Incidental Harassment Authorizations (IHA).
ESA Liaisons are also available for technical and regulatory questions, early coordination, site visits, maintenance support, emergency response, and compliance during construction.
Permitting Liaisons from the Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) and Washington State Department of Ecology issue permit decisions under Sections 404 and 401 of the Clean Water Act, Section 10 of the Rivers and Harbors Act, and RCW 90.48 for isolated wetlands. Permitting Liaison processes are further outlined in the Business and Operation Plan (pdf 195 kb).
Permitting Liaisons are also available for technical and regulatory questions, early project coordination, site visits, maintenance support, emergency response, and permit compliance during and following construction.