Business and Operations
This program provides staff at state and federal resource agencies (Liaisons) dedicated to expediting portions of the environmental review for WSDOT transportation projects. The Liaisons work with WSDOT project teams on early project coordination, permitting, Endangered Species Act (ESA) consultations, construction and emergency project support, policy support, and environmental reviews.
The WSDOT Liaison Permitting Team Business and Operating Plan (pdf 178 kb) provides information on the history, mission, vision, and goals and outlines the processes of the Liaisons Program.
Endangered Species Act (ESA) Liaisons
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).
For additional information on WSDOT's ESA consultation process, including guidance on when to coordinate with the SEA Liaisons, please see the WSDOT Fish and Wildlife ESA Process website.
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 additional information on WSDOT's Permitting process, including guidance on when to coordinate with the Corps and Ecology Liaisons, please see the WSDOT Permitting Guidance Tools webpage.
In order to fulfill the Compliance Solutions Branch mission the Liaison ESA and Permitting Teams will achieve the following goals:
Goal 1: Provide efficient and predictable ESA consultation for WSDOT projects
1.1: ESA Liaisons notify project teams of receipt of BAs within 15 days of BA assignment 100% of the time.
1.2: ESA Liaisons meet all statutory or agency agreed upon time frames for consultations.
1.3: ESA Liaisons complete all consultations by the consultation completion deadline 90% of the time.
Goal 2: Provide efficient and predictable permitting for WSDOT projects.
2.1: WSDOT submits a complete application 90% of the time.
2.2: Permitting Liaisons review the application within 15 days of the JARPA submittal 90% of the time.
2.3: Permitting Liaisons issue 90% of public notices within 15 days of a complete application for individual permits.
2.4: Permitting Liaisons issue all permit decisions before Ad or RFP date.
Annual Performance Measure Reports
The program develops Annual Performance Reports to measure how well Liaisons meet these goals.
Map Team Reports
From 2008 to 2013 the MAP Team produced semi-annual performance reports based on the MAP Team goals and objectives (pdf 35 kb). The semi-annual reports from 2008 to 2013 (pdf 2.4 mb) are available.
Liaison Program Staff and contact information (pdf 86 kb).