Environmental commitments & compliance
Environmental commitments are developed during project design, by consulting with regulatory agencies and tribes, through the NEPA/SEPA process and during permitting. Follow the procedures on this page to track environmental commitments and to report non-compliance events.
Review the Environmental Manual Chapter 490: Tracking environmental commitments during design (PDF 208KB), Chapter 590: Incorporating environmental commitments into contracts during PS&E (PDF 343KB) and Chapter 600: Construction (PDF 334KB) for additional information on environmental compliance and commitment tracking.
Visit our Environmental disciplines webpage for discipline-specific compliance guidance. Discipline webpages with compliance guidance include:
- Water resources & erosion control webpage to comply with Section 402 of the Clean Water Act (CWA) and other water resource requirements.
- Section 404 & 10 Individual permits webpage to comply with Section 401 of the CWA, including how to monitor water quality during in-water work.
- Wetland monitoring and Wetlands during construction webpages to comply with wetland and stream commitments.
- Cultural Resources policies and procedures webpage if your work discovers human remains or artifacts and for information about cultural resources and construction.
- Hazardous materials during construction webpage if you encounter or spill hazardous material during construction.
Reporting non-compliance events
Non-compliance events happen when work violates environmental permits, agreements, laws or regulations. Follow the Environmental Compliance Assurance Procedures (ECAP) listed below to recognize and rectify environmental non-compliance events during design, construction and maintenance.
- Design ECAP procedure in WSDOT Design Manual Chapter 225.05(1): Environmental Coordination - Environmental Compliance During Design Phase (PDF 109KB) – Did not comply with the laws or policies. For example, if the work didn’t have a required permit, approval or clearance as outlined in the Environmental Manual and Design Manual.
- Construction ECAP procedure in WSDOT Construction Manual Chapter 1 (SS 1-07.5): Administration -Environmental Regulations (PDF 1.3MB), – Did not comply with the environmental commitments in the construction contract and the commitment list.
- Maintenance ECAP procedure (PDF 69KB) – Did not comply with laws or policies per the Environmental Manual and maintenance manual and long-term commitments from the construction contract.
Track environmental commitments
Follow the policies to identify, track and close out environmental commitments in Environmental Manual Chapter 490: Tracking environmental commitments during design (PDF 208KB), Chapter 590: Incorporating environmental commitments into contracts during PS&E (PDF 343KB) and Chapter 600: Construction (PDF 334KB). You may use the Commitment tracking system (CTS) web application to track and manage environmental commitments. Find instructions on how to use CTS on the CTS help menu.
For each commitment you track, identify:
- Who is responsible for it – WSDOT, Contractor, Design-Builder. There could be more than one responsible party.
- Which phase(s) it applies to – Design, construction or maintenance. Commitments can span more than one phase.
For your convenience, CTS contains commitments for common and some general permits and approvals. See the crosswalks below for lists of these permit and approval commitments, how they are listed in CTS and how they are covered in contract Standard Specifications and Special Provisions:
- 2021 NPDES Construction Stormwater General Permit (Transfer of Coverage to Contractor) (PDF 297KB)
- General Hydraulic Project Approval – WSDOT Bridge Maintenance and Preservation (PDF 52KB)
- Documentation of Coverage for 2017 Nationwide Permits (PDF 107KB))
- Programmatic Biological Assessment Minimization Measures for both Services (PDF 363KB)
- Template HPA Conditions for Bridge and Culvert Projects (PDF 398KB)