Innovation Exchange Webinar – Integrating NEPA and Permitting

Have you ever planted a vegetable garden?  Before you can eat the vegetables you have to cultivate the soil, plant the seeds and water your garden to have edible mouthwatering food for your nourishment.  Just like a vegetable garden, there is an opportunity to nurture the NEPA and Permitting process though relationship building, early communication and streamlining processes. The fruit of your labor is to have projects that are ahead of schedule and have better environmental outcomes.
Most projects administered by local governments, tribes, and federal land management agencies are documented Categorical Exclusions. The purpose of this webinar is to share ideas and practical measures for concurrent NEPA and permitting reviews when projects do not fall in the category of an EA or EIS.
In this presentation, we'll consider:

  • Can the NEPA and Permitting process be scalable for projects with Categorical Exclusions?
  • What would an agency need to consider when beginning to establishing a process—is it formal or informal?
  • How can bundling projects help deliver projects faster?
  • How can relationship building help to streamline the process with agency partners?

If you find yourself wondering about these questions, then the strategies presented in this webinar will help you maximize the benefits of partnering with agencies early in the project development stage.
Presenters of the webinar will include Mike Ruth, of the Federal Highway Administration’s (FHWA) EDC Team,  David Cremer (FHWA’s Federal Lands Highway (FLH) Tribal Transportation Program), George Visio (Jicarilla Apache Nation), Katherine Cheswick (City of Seattle  NEPA/SEPA Permits Coordinator),  and Kevin Rose (FHWA FLH Environmental Team Leader).

Registration is a two-step process. First, non-DOT users including State DOTs must request access to the FHWA External Portal. Second, non-DOT users including State DOTs must login using the email address used to request access to the site and their requested password. Federal DOT staff and DOT-badged contractors do not need to register for an account.
In the new External SharePoint System, EXTERNAL users (those without a email address) will have to request an account before they can register.

To request an account visit: . Step-by step instructions on how to request an account can be found here:

Once you have an account, you then register for the webinar.

Please register by May 19.  Click Here to Register for the Seminar
Target Audience: Local Government, Tribes and Nations, Federal Land Management Agencies
NOTE: Must register to participate in the webinar.  The seminar will be recorded and placed on the CLAS website.

For additional information please contact Sharon Gordon at

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