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Road Maintenance Endangered Species Act Guidelines

These guidelines provide a set of road maintenance policies and practices that will meet the dual goals of contributing to the conservation of Endangered Species Act (ESA) listed species, while meeting critical roadway safety and maintenance needs. The guidelines are the product of a lengthy collaborative effort between local government agencies, WSDOT, NOAA's National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) and other interested parties.

The Regional Road Maintenance Program (RRMP) contributes to conservation through ten program elements, including road maintenance best management practices, and an in-depth workforce-training program.

For more information, contact Gregor Myhr at 360-705-7853.

Guidelines and Related Documents

Regional Road Maintenance Endangered Species Act Program Guidelines:

WSDOT Part 3 Application  (pdf 484 kb)

  • Under the Regional Program, each agency must prepare a Part 3 Application. Currently 24 local jurisdictions, including WSDOT, have applied for and are receiving a take limit from NMFS.

2008 RRMP Guidelines Addendum 1 - To obtain a copy contact Gregor Myhr at 360-705-7853.

  • Addendum 1 reflects the adaptive management improvements that include new technologies, new best management practices developed by field crews, and lessons learned over the past five years of regional program implementation and adaptive management. Adaptive management improvements to the guidelines, in concurrence with NOAA Fisheries and the Regional Forum, may occur as needed to meet outcomes. The guidelines will be updated accordingly to reflect these improvements.

Regional Road Maintenance Program Biological Opinion  (pdf 364 kb) 

  • In this opinion, NOAA Fisheries concludes that the proposed action is not likely to jeopardize the continued existence of ESA-listed salmon or adversely modify their designated critical habitat.
  • This document also contains consultation on Essential Fish Habitat (EFH) pursuant to section 305 (d) of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (MSA) and its implementing regulations (50 CFR Part 600). NOAA Fisheries concludes that the proposed action may adversely affect designated EFH for 47 species of ground fish, 5 costal pelagic species, and 3 species of Pacific Salmon. As required by section 305 (b)(4)(A) of the MSA, included are conservation recommendations that NOAA fisheries believes will avoid, minimize, mitigate, or otherwise offset adverse effects on EFH resulting from the proposed action.

NMFS Clarification of ESA Section 7 Compliance

Procedural Guidance Document (pdf 1 mb)
Documentation Template (doc 19 kb)
FHWA letter (pdf 52 kb)

  • Take prohibitions under section 9 of the ESA and applicable 4(d) rules will not apply to the routine road maintenance practices carried out by WSDOT in accordance with that plan, and are implemented in accordance with the requirements of this letter.

WSDOT Best Management Practices Field Guide for ESA § 4 (d) Habitat Protection (pdf 368kb)

  • This guide is intended for WSDOT maintenance crews and regional maintenance environmental coordinators who work within sensitive priority areas (red). The guide was developed to train and alert staff as to when and where to apply and report implementation of the Regional Road Maintenance Endangered Species Act (ESA) Program Guidelines (RRMP) Best Management Practices.

Sequential Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) - To obtain a copy, contact Gregor Myhr at 360-705-7853.

FEMA Disaster PA Greenbook  (pdf 2mb)

WSDOT Maintenance Environmental Compliance Assurance Process (ECAP)  (pdf 79kb)