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:

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.

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.

Standard commitments

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:

14 fish passage projects were completed in 2020

improving access to 54.2 miles of upstream habitat.

11,959 incidents responded to

by WSDOT’s incident Response teams during second quarter of 2021, 15% more than same quarter in 2020.

41 Pre-existing Funds Projects Advertised

during the eighth quarter of the 2019-2021 biennium.