Georgia DOT Deploys ‘Lessons Learned’ for 2021 Hurricane Season

The Georgia Department of Transportation’s state maintenance office is tapping into five years’ worth of “lessons learned” to help fine-tune its storm response capabilities ahead of the 2021 Atlantic Hurricane Season – which lasts from June 1 through November 30. [Above photo by the Georgia DOT] “Over the last five ...
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New Jersey DOT Co-Hosting First-Ever Trails Summit

The New Jersey Department of Transportation and the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection are co-hosting the state’s first ever trails summit to demonstrate opportunities to create robust trail networks throughout the state. [Above photo by the New Jersey DOT] Kicking off on September 1st, the month-long 2021 New Jersey ...
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Environmental News Highlights – June 16, 2021

FEDERAL ACTION

House T&I Approves 5-Year Surface Transportation Bill After Contentious 17-hour Mark Up – AASHTO Journal

Bipartisan group of U.S. senators says it has a deal on infrastructure framework – Reuters

$5.6B in Earmarks Included in Transportation Bill – Route Fifty

Rural Transit Gets Rare Bipartisan Backing for Infrastructure – Bloomberg Government

What Is Pete Buttigieg Doing? – The Atlantic

Why Infrastructure Spending Should Empower Megaregions – Governing (Commentary)

COVID-19

Requirement for Face Masks on Public Transportation Conveyances and at Transportation Hubs: Summary of Recent Changes – CDC

U.S. Department of Transportation Thanks Transit Agencies for Helping Americans Access COVID-19 Vaccination Sites Nationwide and Encourages More to Step up as Part of National Month of Action – USDOT

NEPA

U.S. Congresswoman Liz Cheney Introduces NEPA Reform Bill to Streamline Regulations and Empower State/Local Leaders – Sierra Sun Times

Infrastructure funding might throw environmental protections under the bus – The Hill (Opinion)

INFRASTRUCTURE RESILIENCE AND SUSTAINABILITY

Climate emerges as infrastructure sticking point – The Hill

City earns Gold LEED-certification from U.S. Green Building Council – WCTV-TV

Oregon beefs up graffiti removal along Portland freeways but struggles to eradicate it – The Oregonian

Los Angeles will Use Data to Promote Sustainable Transportation: Here’s How

Environment + Energy Leader

AIR QUALITY

Connecticut DOT Climate Initiative Program and Partnership with Department of Environmental Protection – AASHTO’s ETAP Podcast

U.S. EPA to re-examine health standards for harmful soot – Reuters

New Colorado Air Quality Plan Encourages Alternatives To Driving To Work – KCNC-TV

ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE

New data maps transit’s racial inequities – Journal of Oak Park and River Forest

Biden’s Energy Department Pick Seen As Staunch Environmental Justice Advocate – NPR

NATURAL RESOURCES

Arizona DOT Continues Work to Preserve Rare Cactus – AASHTO Journal

Illinois DOT Mowing Program also Protects Pollinator Habitat – AASHTO Center for Environmental Excellence

Biden pushes protection for more streams and wetlands, targeting a major Trump rollback – Washington Post

NDOT Encourages Nevadans to Use Best Practices in Landscaping to Protect Stormwater Runoff – Nevada Department of Transportation (News release)

Vital clean-water protections are under legislative threat in Ohio: George A. Elmaraghy – Cleveland Plain Dealer (Opinion)

HEALTH AND HUMAN ENVIRONMENT/ACTIVE TRANSPORTATION

RIDOT: Plan to make East Bay Bike Path detour safer in the works – WPRI-TV

St. Louis using zebra-style delineators to help separate car and bike traffic – KTVI-TV

What Will It Take to Finish This Bike Trail Across the U.S.? – CityLab

Railroad track removal underway for Parkline Trail – Daily Inter Lake

Dover Community Trail celebrates grand opening of latest expansion – Foster’s Daily Democrat

TRB RESOURCES/ANNOUNCEMENTS

TRB Webinar: Compost It! Environmental Benefits of Compost in Highway Roadsides – TRB

AASHTO Executive Institute Now Taking Applications – AASHTO Journal

The Interplay Between Environmental Exposures and Mental Health Outcomes – National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine; Division on Earth and Life Studies

Inaugural Trails and Greenways Summit Announced for September 2021 – New Jersey DOT

FEDERAL REGISTER NOTICES

Pipeline Safety: Statutory Mandate To Update Inspection and Maintenance Plans To Address Eliminating Hazardous Leaks and Minimizing Releases of Natural Gas From Pipeline Facilities Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (Notice; issuance of advisory bulletin)

Public Meeting of the National Geospatial Advisory Committee – U.S. Geological Survey (Notice of public meeting)

Forest Service Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Advisory Committee – Forest Service, USDA. (Notice of meeting)

Atlantic Wind Lease Sale 8 (ATLW-8) for Commercial Leasing for Wind Power on the Outer Continental Shelf in the New York Bight – Proposed Sale Notice – Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, (Proposed sale notice; request for comments)