Illinois DOT: Using Mowing to Protect Landscapes

The Illinois Department of Transportation recounted in a recent blog post how it changed its mowing practices over the years to better protect roadside landscapes that are vital to pollinators and native planet life. [Above photo by the Illinois DOT] The agency has adopted mowing policies to protect the habitat ...
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Arizona DOT Highlights Elk Fencing Project

The Arizona Department of Transportation recently highlighted the benefits of its collaboration with the Arizona Game & Fish Department (AZGFD) to reduce elk-vehicle crashes on northbound I-17 south of Flagstaff in a blog post. [Above photo by Arizona DOT] In 2011, AZGFD noted a high number of elk-vehicle crashes occurred ...
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Environmental News Highlights – November 16, 2022

A roundup of headlines curated for state transportation environmental professionals

FEDERAL ACTION

The ‘Moonshot’ Project: Creating a New Transportation Vision – AASHTO Journal

Biden takes aim at methane emissions with new rules on oil and gas industry – NBC News

Voters weigh in on transportation issues – Land Line

Can a 10-year federal infrastructure plan really sustain itself for 10 years?WFED Radio

Biden-⁠Harris Administration Announces Roadmap for Nature-Based Solutions to Fight Climate Change, Strengthen Communities, and Support Local Economies – White House (Factsheet)

US Announcements Under the Green Shipping Challenge at COP27 – US Department of State (Factsheet)

EPA Takes Action to Address Illegal Destruction of Streams and Wetlands in Missouri and Nebraska – EPA Region 7 (media release)

COVID-19

COVID-19 Reshaped the Work and Mobility Landscape in U.S. Cities – Government Technology

INFRASTRUCTURE RESILIENCE AND SUSTAINABILITY

‘There are places where, if you were starting from scratch, cars wouldn’t make sense’: Pete Buttigieg on redesigning cities – Fast Company

City of Tampa testing solar sidewalk to power traffic intersection – WTVT-TV

Study Finds On-Street Lampost EV Chargers Are Lowest-Carbon Solution – InsideEVs

The Move To Re-Route Interstate 80 Has Hit A Roadblock Because Of The $12.6 Billion Price Tag – Cowboy State Daily

Taking action since Hurricane Sandy: Preparing a climate-ready workforce before the next storm hits – Brookings

California voters reject Proposition 30, the ‘millionaires’ tax for electric vehicles – Sacramento Bee

America’s First All-Electric Transit Agency Isn’t What You Might Expect – CityLab

AIR QUALITY

U.S. will consider new locomotive pollution regulations – Reuters

After spending millions, TARC’s downtown Louisville electric bus fleet sits idle – WDRB-TV

Ports of LA, Long Beach, Singapore collaborate on green shipping corridor – Spectrum News 1

Vanderbilt greenhouse gas emissions drop 19 percent in two years, new sustainability report shows – Vanderbilt University

ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE

Louisiana DOTD’s Wilson: ‘Remain Committed to Equity’ – AASHTO Journal

Charlotte plans an EV sharing service at affordable housing sites – WFAE Radio

NATURAL RESOURCES


In bill gutting wetland protection, lawmakers agreed to a study. It found new law harmful – Indianapolis Star

The benefits of wetlands in Florida – WINK-TV

How beavers could help protect water quality from climate change – Colorado Public Radio

Prairies to preservation: Emerging landscape used to its advantage in maintaining roadsides in Ford County, Illinois – Illinois DOT (blog)

CULTURAL RESOURCES

Utah DOT Releases All Comments On Little Cottonwood Canyon Gondola: There Are Over 13,000  – KSL-TV

HEALTH AND HUMAN ENVIRONMENT/ACTIVE TRANSPORTATION

Fairfax County, Virginia leaders celebrate new bicycle, pedestrian bridge over I-495 – WJLA-TV

Hawaii DOT Gets Fast and Furious Installing Raised Crosswalks – FHWA Innovator

Flagstaff adopts Active Transportation Master Plan for improved walking and biking – Arizona Daily Sun

From Rails to Trails: The Making of America’s Active Transportation Network – HistoryNet.com (book review)

TRB RESOURCES/ANNOUNCEMENTS

State DOTs Perspective on Pavement Resilience – TRB (Webinar)

Transportation for Veterans Can Use a Blueprint from TRB – TRB

Accessibility Measures in Practice – NCHRP

Accessibility Measures in Practice: A Guide for Transportation Agencies – NCHRP

Language MattersDiversity, Equity and Inclusion Lunch & Learn – National Aging and Disability Transportation Center (Webinar)

FEDERAL REGISTER NOTICES

Delegation of New Source Performance Standards and National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants for the States of Arizona and California – EPA (Final rule)

Pipeline Safety: Notice of Availability of the Tier 1 Nationwide Environmental Assessment for the Natural Gas Distribution Infrastructure Safety and Modernization Grant Program – Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (Notice)

Tongass National Forest; Alaska; Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Facility Improvements Project – Forest Service (Notice of intent to prepare a supplemental draft environmental impact statement)

Notice of Intent To Amend the Las Vegas Resource Management Plan and Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for the Proposed Copper Rays Solar Project in Nye County, Nevada – Bureau of Land Management (Notice)