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 Chapters 490, 590, and 600 in our Environmental Manual 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.

  • Design ECAP procedure in Chapter 225.05(1) of the WSDOT Design Manual – 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 Chapter 1, SS 1-07.5, of the WSDOT Construction Manual – Did not comply with the environmental commitments in the construction contract and the commitment list.
  • Maintenance ECAP procedure (pdf 69 kb) – 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 Chapters 490, 590, and 600 of our Environmental Manual. 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: