For Categorically Excluded projects
Use our list of Projects Exempt from Detailed Analysis (PDF 115KB) to determine if your project is unlikely to have an adverse effect that disproportionately impacts a minority or low-income population. Contact the NEPA/SEPA Program, NEPA-SEPA@wsdot.wa.gov, if your project requires a detour. A memo may not be required.
For Environmental Assessment & Environmental Impact Statement (EA/EIS) level projects
Follow the Study area process (PDF 105KB) to define the project’s study area for Environmental Justice.
Determine language service needs
Follow the Determining LEP presence in project area (PDF 121KB) procedure to determine if your project should provide language services as part of your outreach strategy. Request the ‘Census Add-in’ Excel macro from the NEPA/SEPA Program, NEPA-SEPA@wsdot.wa.gov, and follow these Installation instructions (PDF 256KB) upon first use.
Visit Title VI/Limited English Proficiency for information on accommodating non-English speakers.
Determine community demographics
Use EJScreen and Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) to collect demographic data for your project site. See our EJScreen step by step instructions (PDF 754KB) and guide to Collect Demographic Data (PDF 680KB) for detailed instructions.
Follow the Determining health disparities (PDF 163KB) procedure to get a Health Disparity Rank for the project area.
Develop a public involvement strategy
Read the Community Engagement Plan (PDF 2.1MB) to learn how to engage with partners, stakeholders, tribes and communities throughout project delivery.
Coordinate with Office of Equal Opportunity (OEO) and region/modal communications staff to develop an inclusive public involvement strategy tailored to the communities who may be touched by the project.