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Pollution Prevention & Good Housekeeping

ODOT has implemented and adaptively manages multiple programs to minimize potential impacts to stormwater generated by ODOT facilities. Below are brief descriptions of some of these programs, more information can be found on the Environmental Programs page.

Environmental Management System

The Environmental Management System is a statewide environmental program that provides guidance and direction to ODOT maintenance employees, with the goal of minimizing impacts to natural resources. The EMS translates regulations and requirements into best management practices for the storage, handling and disposal of materials found at ODOT maintenance facilities. 

Routine Road Maintenance: Water Quality and Habitat Guide Best Management Practices (Blue Book)

The Blue Book is considered the cornerstone of ODOT's Maintenance and Operations Branch Environmental Section. ODOT Maintenance crews use the Blue Book to help minimize impacts to the environment while performing day to day highway maintenance activities and to comply with environmental regulations applicable to ODOT. 

Integrated Vegetation Management (IVM) Services

ODOT's IVM services include development of agency guidance for managing noxious weeds, landscape plantings, roadside timber, and other vegetation issues associated with ODOT rights-of-way. ODOT continually explores new vegetation management practices, technologies, and partnerships to improve its IVM program.

Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasure (SPCC) Program

Site-specific SPCC Plans that describe controls and procedures have been implemented to prevent oil spills from reaching nearby waterbodies. ODOT Maintenance yards that have aggregate storage of more than 1,320 gallons of oil or fuel in containers that are 55 gallons or larger, provided the facility is sited where a potential spill could impact navigable waterways (as defined in the Oil Pollution Act) have fully implemented SPCC Plans.

Litter Control

ODOT cleans up litter and debris found along state highways using its own employees (both permanent maintenance staff and summer litter patrols), contractors, and volunteers. The litter control work is managed individually by ODOT's maintenance districts.


The Adopt-A-Highway Program provides an opportunity for volunteers to clean up litter and remove noxious weeds along state highways. Activities may also include graffiti removal and maintenance of existing landscaped areas.