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Special Projects
The Geo-Environmental Section has several statewide special projects in addition to other routine projects such as developing manuals, and providing guidance for statewide consistency.  Some of these Special Projects include the Culvert Program, Wildlife Collision Prevention Plan, and Stormwater Guidance. 

ODOT Culvert Program
The Culvert Program involves a comprehensive asset inventory and management program to efficiently address drainage facilities within the state highway system of Oregon.  This program is under development.
For more information, contact Paul Wirfs, Engineering and Asset Management Unit Manager, at (503) 986-3526.
Oregon Wildlife Movement Strategy
ODOT is a cooperator on the Oregon Wildlife Movement Strategy, an interagency partnership to inventory and prioritize wildlife movement barriers on the state highway system.  The Geo-Environmental Section is developing a Wildlife Collision Prevention Plan for ODOT that addresses Federal Highway Administration and Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife concerns for animal-vehicle collisions on the state highway system.  The Wildlife Collision Prevention Plan addresses data collection, prioritization, funding alternatives, design considerations, and cooperation with wildlife management agencies and adjacent land-owners.
A Memorandum of Understanding has been signed by major cooperators of the Wildlife Movement Strategy (ODOT, ODFW, Federal Highway Administration, U. S. Forest Service, U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and Bureau of Land Management).
For more information contact Melinda Trask, Biology Special Projects Manager, at (503) 986-3504.
Stormwater Management Initiative
The regulatory process by which stormwater impacts associated with ODOT projects are addressed has often led to preventable project delays and increased costs. ODOT is collaborating with our regulatory partners to develop a process to address the current challenges in treatment of highway runoff.  Our goals are to streamline permitting processes, improve the environment, and promote recovery of listed aquatic species.
ODOT and the regulatory agencies are working toward consensus on the following three issues: (1) streamlining the DEQ Stormwater Management Plan approval process, (2) development of a strategy/process for ODOT projects with threatened and endangered species and stormwater effects that would improve the process for subsequent consultations, and (3) development of a watershed approach to mitigate for unavoidable stormwater effects.
For more information, contact Jennifer Sellers, Environmental Program Manager, at (503) 986-3512.


Bill Ryan - William.A.RYAN@odot.state.or.us
Program Support Manager
Louise Bos - Louise.Bos@odot.state.or.us
Environmental Project Manager
Jennifer Sellers - Jennifer.Sellers@odot.state.or.us
Environmental Project Manager
Melinda Trask - Melinda.TRASK@odot.state.or.us
Environmental Project Manager
or contact by phone at:  (503) 986-4200
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