Tennessee DOT Helps Turn Old Tires into Walking Trail

An eyesore of thousands of dumped tires were recently recycled into material for a hard-surface walking and biking trail at the Tennessee state park in Memphis they once littered, thanks in part to a grant from the Tennessee Department of Transportation. [Above photo by the Tennessee DOT] The Tennessee DOT ...
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Sweet Success: NCDOT Crews Help Rescue Honey Bees

Routine highway maintenance conducted by a North Carolina Department of Transportation work crew turned into one “honey” of a rescue mission in early June. [Above photo by NCDOT] NCDOT Division 9 maintenance crews were working on storm drain repairs and cutting down dead trees along U.S. 52 and discovered something ...
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Committee on Environment and Sustainability Announces Annual Meeting Dates

The AASHTO Committee on Environment and Sustainability is excited to invite you to the committee’s annual meeting in Austin, Texas ...
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Announcing Center for Environmental Excellence Resilience Webinars

The Center for Environmental Excellence in partnership with the Federal Highway Administration invites you to join in parts two and ...
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Environmental News Highlights – June 29, 2022

FEDERAL ACTION

State DOTs Issue Drafts of EV Infrastructure Plans – AASHTO Journal

Federal agencies reverse Trump limits on habitat protection – AP

US House Transportation Panel Passes FEMA Bill – Transport Topics

Here’s how to meet Biden’s 2030 climate goals and dramatically cut greenhouse gas emissions – with today’s technology – The Conversation

President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law to Provide $25.5 Million for Water Efficiency Projects in Eight Western States – US Department of Interior (Media release)

COVID-19

AI Tool for COVID Monitoring Offers Solution for Urban Congestion – IEEE Spectrum

Is It Safe To Fly? The National Academy Of Sciences, Engineering, And Medicine Weighs In – Forbes

NEPA

Maryland Starts NEPA Study for Bay Crossing Project – AASHTO Journal

INFRASTRUCTURE RESILIENCE AND SUSTAINABILITY

NYSDOT Begins ‘Engagement’ for Expressway Project – AASHTO Journal

Port of Morrow continued to pollute after January fine, now faces $2.1 million fine, state says – Oregon Capital Chronicle

FAA tests solar-power airfield lighting at Penn Yan Airport – CNY Central

Possible lead exposure around small airports – FlowingData

Why Salt Lake City wants residents to ‘adopt’ a storm drain – KSL.com

DOT Joins New Federal-State Partnership to Expand Domestic Offshore Wind Supply Chain – USDOT (Media release)

AIR QUALITY

California Considers ‘Carbon Farming’ As a Potential Climate Solution. Ardent Proponents, and Skeptics, Abound – Inside Climate News

New NDOT Highway Cement Standards To Reduce 4,000 Tons of Carbon Emissions Per Year – Nevada DOT (Media release)

ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE

FTA Supporting Projects for ‘Underserved Groups’ – AASHTO Journal

EPA Mulls How to Defend Environmental Justice Decisions in Court – Bloomberg

2 Tarpon Springs commissioners oppose mention of inequity in road safety plan – Tampa Bay Times

The essential reality and necessity of environmental justice – Capitol Weekly

New Jersey releases blueprint for landmark environmental justice law – Grist

NATURAL RESOURCES

Tree clearing at Port of Albany puts $29.5M federal grant for wind facility at risk – Spectrum News 1

Giant Company’s solar field shines a light on saving honeybees – PennLive

Sued over pollution, Port of Everett works on water quality issues – Daily Herald

Infrastructure law funds Nevada sagebrush restoration projects – Nevada Current

Louisiana DOTD: Litter caused flash flooding on Mississippi River Bridge Tuesday afternoon – WBRZ-TV

CULTURAL RESOURCES

Uncovering Stories of Lincoln Highway marker sites – York Daily Record

Mayor Bowser Celebrates the Extension of Metropolitan Branch Trail From Brookland to Fort Totten – DDOT (Media release)

HEALTH AND HUMAN ENVIRONMENT/ACTIVE TRANSPORTATION

Climate Change, Fossil-Fuel Pollution, and Children’s Health – New England Journal of Medicine

City of Bend adding incentives – and penalties – to address issues with Bird e-bikes being left around town – KTVZ-TV

Hiking trails project on Lake Michigan dunes gets $100K grant – MLive

Group’s lawsuit and call for freeze on bike lanes get first hearing as wires come down in Porter – Cambridge Day

Data shows biking in Charleston, South Carolina is growing but infrastructure is behind – WCSC-TV

TRB RESOURCES/ANNOUNCEMENTS

Strings Attached – Permissible Uses of Airport Property and Revenue – TRB (Webinar)

Assessing Public Health Benefits of Replacing Freight Trucks with Cargo Cycles in Last Leg Delivery Trips in Urban Centers Cargo Cycles in Last Leg Delivery Trips in Urban Centers – Mineta Transportation Institute/San José State University

FEDERAL REGISTER NOTICES

National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Formula Program – FHWA (Notice of proposed rulemaking; request for comments)

Notice of Final Agency Actions on Proposed Railroad Project in California on Behalf of the California High Speed Rail Authority – FRA (Notice)

Notice of Intent To Prepare a Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement for the Colorado River Valley Field Office and Grand Junction Field Office Resource Management Plans, ColoradoBureau of Land Management (Notice of intent)

Notice of Availability of a Draft Environmental Impact Statement for Ocean Wind, LLC’s Proposed Wind Energy Facility Offshore New JerseyBureau of Ocean Energy Management (Notice)

Draft Guidance for Vessel Sewage No. Discharge Zones – EPA (Notice of availability; request
for comment)

(Note: following are separate items)

Proposed Consent Decree, Clean Air Act Citizen Suit – EPA (Notice; request for public comment)

Proposed Consent Decree, Clean Air Act Citizen Suit – EPA (Notice; request for public comment)