Office of Environmental Management

OEM Training Program - Track 3

Project Development and Environment (PD&E) Training

Target Audience: Geared toward OEM, District Environmental Management staff, Project Managers and PD&E Consultants. This is also a good resource for LAP Agency partners. Other Development staff involved in or affected by the PD&E process may find topics in this track useful as well.

Description: This set of on demand courses is currently under development and will provide an overview of the NEPA process as well as a companion CBT for each chapter of the PD&E Manual. Courses will be released to Learning Curve one at a time as soon as a given CBT development is complete.

This training track is broken down into sub tracks:                  

PD&E Part 1 - this track includes NEPA 101 as well as all of the Part 1 PD&E Manual chapters which deal with Process and Guidelines.

Existing items included in this track:

  • CEQ Rule Changes to 40 CFR 1500-1508 - NEW 1/20/2021 - (Recorded Webinar) (PDF of PPT) - This recorded session provides an overview of the recent changes to the NEPA regulations and discusses the implications on the PD&E Manual.
  • OEM Environmental Document Review and Approval Process - 6/17/2019 (recorded webinar) - This recording provides an overview of the OEM environmental document review and approval process.  It walks the user through initial submittals and comment resolution through final document approval discussing all the steps and expected timelines.
  • NEPA 101 Part 1 of 2 CBT - 12/15/2018 - (CBT) Part 1 of this course provides an overview of the National Environmental Policy Act, including the historical context, specific components and other complementary laws.
  • NEPA 101 Part 2 of 2 CBT - 12/15/2018 - (CBT) Part 2 of the course examines the composition of NEPA project schedules, commonly-encountered requirements, and some of the major environmental laws and Presidential Executive Orders.
  • NEPA Class of Action - 4/28/2020 - (CBT) - CBT helps the participant to understand the differences from the various environmental document class of actions (COA) to assist in selection of the appropriate COA and supporting analysis, consideration, and documentation requirements
  • Preliminary Environmental Discussion (PED) and the Advance Notification - (CBT) This CBT provides an overview of the requirements for both the Preliminary Environmental Discussion (PED) and the Advance Notification (AN), instruction on preparing PEDs and ANs, as well as outline Agency roles in the environmental review process. Guidance on these topics is provided in Part 1, Chapter 3 of the PD&E Manual, which should be reviewed in conjunction with this training
  • Project Development Process (recorded webinar) - 12/5/2018 - This course provides an overview of the Project Development Process as described in Part 1, Chapter 4 of the PD&E Manual. The FDOT project development process is comprehensive, involving planning, project development and environment, or PD&E, design, right of way, and construction phases. It is important to understand the sequence and interrelation between these phases to successfully deliver a project.
  • Categorical Exclusions (CBT) -  August 2019 - This CBT provides an overview of categorical exclusions, their requirements and activities necessary to complete and document in your environmental categorical exclusion document.
  • Type 1 CE - Guidance for District Practitioners (Recording) - 5/19/2021 - This recorded webinar explains categorical exclusions under NEPA and provides guidance about analyzing and documenting Type 1 Categorical Exclusions in accordance with FDOT’s Project Development and Environment procedures.
  • Type 2 CE - SWEPT Form -   2/2021 - This video series shows how to prepare and process Type 2 CE documents in SWEPT and provides practical expectations regarding what should be considered and evaluated during development of the environmental document.  A companion quick guide has also been developed which shows an overview of the entire Type 2 environmental document development process.
  • Environmental Assessment -  4/15/2019 - (CBT) This course provides instruction on preparing an Environmental Assessment.
  • FONSI -  2/15/2019 - (CBT) This course provides instruction on preparing a Finding of No Significant Impact, or FONSI.
  • EIS and DEIS 2/15/2019 - (CBT) - This course provides an overview of Environmental Impact Statements in general and instruction on preparing Draft Environmental Impact Statements as described in Part 1, Chapter 8 of the PD&E Manual. 
  • FEIS and ROD - July 2019 - (CBT) - This course provides an overview of Environmental Impact Statements in general and instruction on preparing Draft Environmental Impact Statements as described in Part 1, Chapter 8 of the PD&E Manual.
  • State Environmental Impact Report (SEIR)/Project Environmental Impact Report (PEIR) - 5/11/2021 - (Recording) - This webinar provides guidance for preparing SEIRs and PEIRs, the environmental documents prepared for state and locally funded projects.
  • Environmental Permitting Part 110/2021 – (Video) – This course is Part 1 on the Environmental Permitting Process as described in the FDOT Permit Handbook and Part 1, Chapter 12 of the PD&E Manual.
  • Environmental Permitting Part 2 10/2021 – (Video) – This course is Part 2 on the Environmental Permitting process as described in the FDOT Permit Handbook and Part 1, Chapter 12 of the PD&E Manual.
  • Re-evaluations - (CBT) - 10/2021 - This course provides instruction on preparing Re-evaluations as described in Part 1, Chapter 13 of the PD&E Manual. It includes an overview of Re-evaluations and explains the procedure for conducting and documenting a Re-evaluation.
  • Transit Project Delivery CBT - (CBT) -   2/16/2018 - This session provides a general overview of the Transit Project Delivery process and evaluation requirements during PD&E.
  • Project Files and Records Management - (CBT) - 6/8/2017 - This CBT provides training on data management and retention requirements for FDOT and FHWA as well as maintaining and retrieving project documents in SWEPT as established in PD&E Manual Part 1, Chapter 15.

PD&E Part 2 - this track includes all of the Part 2 PD&E Manual chapters which deal with Analysis and Documentation. This track is broken down further based on types of resources:

                             Natural

                             Physical

                             Social

                             Cultural

                             Engineering   

  • Coastal Zone Consistency10/2021 – (Video) – This presentation introduces the coastal zone and discusses FDOT's role in ensuring federal consistency, as well as the procedure for FDOT projects and how inconsistency determinations are made. This training along with Part 2, Chapter 14 of the PD&E Manual, entitled "Coastal Zone Consistency," outline the process for determining the effects of transportation projects on Florida's coastal zone and provide additional guidance on ensuring compliance with the Coastal Zone Management Act of 1972 and the Florida Coastal Management Act of 1978.
  • Aesthetic Effects CBT - (CBT) -  5/02/2017 - This session provides a general overview of the Aesthetic Effects and evaluation requirements during PD&E.
  • Contamination in the Project Development ILT PPT - 2/27/2018 - This PPT provides an overview regarding evaluation of contamination issues in FDOT projects. 
  • Contamination CBT - 10/30/2018 - This course presents guidance on identifying, evaluating, and handling potential contamination issues associated with FDOT projects in all phases of the project development process as described in Part 2, Chapter 20 of the PD&E manual.  . 
  • Farmlands CBT - (CBT) - This session provides a general overview of the Farmlands and evaluation requirements during PD&E.
  • 4(f) Training - 9/10/2018 This webinar gives a brief overview of Section 4(f) of the USDOT Act of 1966, which protects publicly owned parks, recreation areas, wildlife and water fowl refuges, and public or private historic properties. Case studies are presented to illustrate the process relative to the various applicability and approval options
  • PD&E Scope of Services Webinar - 4/25/2017 This webinar provides a detailed breakdown of the PD&E Scope of Services changes and an overview of the Scope Development Tool within SWEPT.
  • Protected Species/Habitat10/2021 – (Video) – This course provides instruction on evaluating Protected Species and Habitats as described in Part 2, Chapter 16 of the PD&E Manual.
  • Essential Fish Habitat10/2021 – (Video) – This course provides instruction on evaluating Essential Fish Habitats as described in Part 2, Chapter 17 of the PD&E Manual.
  • Endangered Species Act (ESA) - Use of Keys -   4/24/2019 This webinar provides clarification on FDOT’s role in Endangered Species Act consultation, especially when making effect determinations using Programmatic Consultation Keys.
  • Historical and Archeological Resources - 4/23/2019 - This CBT introduces the listener to Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act, and provide an overview of the Section 106 process as dictated in 36 CFR Part 800 and in PD&E Manual Part 2, Chapter 8. 
  • Wetlands 10/2021 – (Video) – This course provides information on wetlands and other surface waters and instruction on how to evaluate and document involvement on a project as described in Part 2, Chapter 9 of the PD&E manual.
  • Water Quality and Stormwater CBT - 12/5/2018 - This course provides instruction in on Water Quality and Stormwater evaluation as described in Part 2, Chapter 11 of the PD&E Manual.  Water resources are protected by the procedural aspects of the National Environmental Policy Act, or NEPA; and the substantive criteria of the Clean Water Act, and Florida Statutes.  The PD&E Manual, Part 2, Chapter 11, provides the procedure for complying with water resources protection laws to ensure that all FDOT projects are evaluated for potential impacts on water quality from stormwater runoff.
  • Floodplains WBT - 4/18/2019  This course provides instruction on floodplain encroachments and the analysis and documentation required for potential impacts, as described in Part 2, Chapter 13 of the PD&E Manual.
  • Natural Resources Evaluation WBT - 5/22/2020  This webinar provides an update to the Natural Resources Evaluation Guidelines consistent with the changes to the 2020 version of the PD&E Manual.  
  • Commitment CBT - 5/8/2020 This course provides information on Commitments as described in Part 2, Chapter 22 of the PD&E manual.
  • Commitment Tracking Procedure Training Webinar 5/18/2018 The webinar helps users become familiar with the Department's Project Commitment Tracking Procedure and PSEE's Commitment Module.

 


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