As part of an effort to manage or expedite the consultation process, WSDOT established a monthly meeting with the Services (NOAA Fisheries and USFWS) where projects can be presented and discussed to get early technical and regulatory feedback in advanced of the BA development or completion. These meetings are held in Olympia, and attended by representatives from USFWS, NOAA Fisheries, WSDOT and FHWA. The Pre-BA Meeting process is outlined in the WSDOT Pre-BA Meeting Guidance (pdf 25 kb).
Endangered Species Act and WSDOT
The WSDOT Environmental Services Office has developed guidance for regional biologists, local agencies, consultants and maintenance crews to limit impacts to natural resources while following federal Endangered Species Act regulations.
Early Project Coordination
An Early Project Coordination (EPC) Meeting (pdf 21 kb) is an opportunity for WSDOT to present a project to the resource agencies and get early technical and regulatory feedback from the Corps and Ecology before permit applications are developed. Specific EPC meeting expectations are outlined in the EPC Meeting Purpose Statement (pdf 11 kb). As a result of the EPC meeting, the project team can request an EPC Letter that incorporates combined agency feedback, risk identification, and Joint Aquatic Resource Permit Applciaton (JARPA) guidance. If an EPC letter is requested, the Liaison Program Manager sends a detailed EPC Letter (pdf 435 kb) to the WSDOT Environmental Coordinator. To schedule an EPC meeting, fill out the meeting request form and contact the Liaison Program Coordinator.
Complete Application Guidance
The Complete Permit Application Guidance (pdf 169 kb) helps permit applicants for WSDOT projects reduce delays associated with the permitting process by developing a complete JARPA. The Complete Permit Application Drawing Guidance (pdf 499 kb) for projects using a JARPA helps applicants for WSDOT projects reduce delays by developing complete JARPA drawings.
Permits Issued by the Permitting Liaisons
United States Army Corps of Engineers
Washington State Department of Ecology
Issue Resolution Process
When issues arise during permitting that if left unresolved, would delay or prevent the issuance of permits by resource agencies the Issue Resolution Process (pdf 19 kb) can provide assistance. Timely resolution of permitting issues is important to meeting project schedules and preserving working relationships between WSDOT and the resource agencies.
Additional Permitting Resources and Links