Regional Road Maintenance Program

The Regional Road Maintenance Program improves roadway safety while safely maintaining our highways and following the Endangered Species Act.

The guidelines created with input from local government agencies, Washington State Department of Transportation, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) and other interested parties.

Guidelines and Related Documents
Regional Road Maintenance Endangered Species Act Program Guidelines:

"The Regional Road Maintenance Program requires the implementation of ten program elements and the use of Best Management Practices to achieve environmental outcomes including the protection of habitat and water quality."

RRMP Guidelines Addendum 1 - Addendum 1 is a dynamic document with regular updates for new technologies, new best management practices developed by field crews and lessons learned over the years of regional program implementation and adaptive management. NOAA Fisheries and the Regional Forum may also add new guidelines as needed

Regional Road Maintenance Program Biological Opinion  (pdf 252 kb) 

  • In this opinion, NOAA Fisheries shows how the Regional Road Maintenance Program is not likely to jeopardize ESA-listed salmon or their critical habitat.
  • This document also contains information on Essential Fish Habitat (EFH) based on section 305 (d) of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (MSA) and its implementing regulations (50 CFR Part 600). NOAA Fisheries concludes that MSA may adversely affect designated EFH for 47 species of ground fish, five costal pelagic species, and three species of Pacific Salmon. As required by section 305 (b)(4)(A) of the MSA, included are conservation recommendations NOAA fisheries believes will avoid, minimize, mitigate or otherwise offset adverse effects on EFH resulting from the proposed action.

NMFS Clarification of ESA Section 7 Compliance

Procedural Guidance Document (pdf 1 mb)
Documentation Template (doc 19 kb)
FHWA letter (pdf 52 kb)

  • Take prohibitions under section 9 of the ESA and applicable 4(d) rules will not apply to the routine road maintenance practices carried out by WSDOT in accordance with that plan, and are implemented in accordance with the requirements of this letter.

WSDOT Guidance Documents

WSDOT Best Management Practices Field Guide for ESA § 4 (d) Habitat Protection (pdf 368 kb)
This guide is intended for WSDOT maintenance crews and regional maintenance environmental coordinators who work within sensitive priority areas (red). The guide was developed to train and alert staff as to when and where to apply and report implementation of the Regional Road Maintenance Endangered Species Act (ESA) Program Guidelines (RRMP) Best Management Practices.

Sequential Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI)

SEPA DNS Determination for the ESA 4d RRMP, January 31, 2008 (pdf 1 mb)
This document is a State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) adoption for a Determination of Nonsignificance (DNS) of NOAA Fisheries NW Region Sequential Environmental Assessment (EA) for Routine Road Maintenance Activities. 

FEMA Disaster PA Greenbook   (pdf 2 mb) General guidance for environmental and historic compliance needed during disaster recovery efforts.

For more information contact Gregor Myhr, or 360-705-7853.