Environmental Planning

Training

Suggested additional environmental training classes

AASHTO TC3 Online classes are free for ADOT and many other State DOT employees. You’ll need to register as an "e-affiliate", be sure to use your work email address. 

Generally, non-members of AASHTO pay $50 for most classes, but fees can vary and some are free. These classes offer Professional Development Hours (PDHs), which will be on your course completion certificate. Be sure to print out your certificate upon completion of training and forward it to Environmental Training to receive credit for the class.

Field Environmental Emergency Compliance (TC3CN056-18-T1)

Course overview: Accidents and natural disasters can strike our highways and bridges at any time, causing damage that will have to be repaired at a moment's notice. Sometimes the normal environmental planning procedure timelines cannot be followed and we have to act quickly to restore a bridge or highway. Even though we need to act quickly, we are still bound by the same environmental requirements as before and we need to try and coordinate with the appropriate agencies as quickly as possible. This course covers the ways to deal with unexpected environmental issues on construction and maintenance projects.

Clean Water Act Compliance During Construction (Section 404) (TC3CN057-18-T1)

Course overview: The purpose of the Clean Water Act (CWA) is to preserve the benefits and functions of the nation's aquatic ecosystems. Those ecosystems include items such as flood protection, wildlife habitats, and water quality.

This course covers the requirements of Section 404 of the CWA specifically as they pertain to construction activities in a manner that is accessible and understandable to non-environmental personnel. Recognizing potential non-compliance issues and how to deal with them is also covered.

This course is divided into two modules:

  • Module 1: What’s Regulated; and
  • Module 2: Typical Construction Requirements.
Erosion and Sediment Courses:
Erosion and Sediment Control for Construction (TC3CN052-17-T1)

Course overview: The Erosion and Sediment Control for Construction course consists of five modules that provide introductory information about erosion and sediment control related to construction. Topics covered in these modules include the fundamental concepts of erosion, applicable regulations, land disturbance activities, as well as inspection and maintenance of erosion and sediment control activities.

Plan Reading: Erosion and Sediment Control Plans (TC3CN012-15-T1)

Course overview: The ability to read plans is essential for anyone involved in highway and/or bridge construction. This training reviews the information found in the Erosion and Sediment Control Plans section of a highway plan.

Maintenance Training Series:

NOTE: To access all the training in the series, enroll in the TC3MN014-16-T1 course.

Maintenance Training Series: Roadway Drainage (TC3MN019-16-T1)

Course overview: This course reviews the components of shoulders and ditches, the purpose of a roadway drainage inventory, and the permits used in roadway drainage maintenance. Examples of existing drainage inventories are provided. In addition, the benefits of proper water removal are discussed through examples of drainage system issues, such as ponding and washouts, in order to emphasize the connection between good drainage and roadway safety. This class is part of the Maintenance Training Series. To access all the trainings in the series, enroll in the TC3MN014-16-T1 course.

Maintenance Training Series: Roadside Vegetation Management (TC3MN021-16-T1)

Course overview: The Roadside Vegetation Management course explains the need for, and purpose of, good vegetation management. The course also underscores why vegetation management is a critical part of a roadway maintenance program. Participants of this course will learn about equipment and herbicides used for vegetation management, including an overview of mechanical vegetation control and the environmental controls and precautions needed when using herbicides as part of a noxious weed control program. Part of the

Maintenance Training Series: Cultural and Historic Preservation (TC3MN025-16-T1)

Course overview: Cultural and historic sites are often located within an area where maintenance activities are scheduled to be completed. This training teaches participants about regulations and concerns related to safeguarding cultural and historic sites from the potential impacts of highway maintenance activities. This course assists participants with recognizing potential historic or cultural resources, verifying a site's cultural or historic status, and avoiding impacts to sites when carrying out maintenance activities. Part of the Maintenance Training Series. To access all the trainings in the series, enroll in the TC3MN014-16-T1 course.

Environmental Triggers Series:
Environmental Triggers Series: Air Quality Impacts (TC3CN080-18-T1)

Course overview: This course provides an overview into the environmental triggers related to air quality impacts. An air quality environmental trigger is data that determines how a specific air quality element should be handled. This training covers frequently asked questions, provides a regulation background, defines common acronyms, and explains data needs, elements, triggers, and risk.

Environmental Triggers Series: Archaeological (TC3CN081-18-T1)

Course overview: This course provides an overview of the environmental triggers related to archaeology. This training serves as a guide to some of the requirements needed for project compliance regarding potential impacts to archaeological sites and cemeteries. This course does identify some requirements that need to be satisfied; however, it does not go into detail on how these requirements can be satisfied.

Environmental Triggers Series: Biological Resources (TC3CN082-18-T1)

Course overview: This course provides an overview into the environmental triggers related to biological impacts. This training will introduce you to a number of regulations that we must consider for every proposed project regulations meant to protect and preserve biological resources.

Environmental Triggers Series: Community Impacts (TC3CN083-18-T1)

Course overview: This training provides an overview into the environmental triggers related to community impacts. Community impact assessments (CIAs) must be addressed in all environmental documents. First, this course answers the question: What is an environmental trigger? Next, this course goes into more detail about knowing what triggers are, knowing their significance, ensuring compliance, and eliminating or reducing project delays.

Environmental Triggers Series: Hazardous Materials (TC3CN084-18-T1)

Course overview: This course provides an overview of managing hazardous materials and highway management development. It focuses on triggers that would require action to address, specifically when dealing with hazardous materials problems on a highway project. In this course, the term hazardous material is used broadly to mean any material that might negatively impact public health and the environment.

Environmental Triggers Series: Noise Assessment (TC3CN085-18-T1)

Course overview: This course provides an overview into the environmental triggers relating to noise impacts. Noise must be addressed in all environmental documents for transportation projects. Knowing the significance of noise assessment triggers leads to effective project planning and eliminates or reduces the potential for project delays. This course provides background information and explains why were concerned with triggers, as well as describing the ways in which noise can be mitigated.

Environmental Triggers Series: Water Resources (TC3CN086-18-T1)

Course overview: This course provides an overview of the environmental triggers related to water resources. The purpose of this training is to help raise awareness to water resource issues and how they affect you doing your job on a daily basis. Water resources are tied to water quality, which help to protect and restore the quality of our surface waters. These standards help us to identify water quality problems caused by, for example, improperly treated stormwater discharges or erosion of streambanks caused by improper management practices

Environmental Predecessor Series:
Environmental Predecessor Series: Air Quality (TC3CN075-18-T1)

Course overview: This course provides an overview of the environmental predecessors related to air quality. It also reviews the specific elements of the air quality section of National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) documents, including conformity, the congestion management process, carbon monoxide traffic air quality analysis (TAQA), mobile source air toxics (MSAT) analyses, and particulate matter or carbon monoxide hot spot analyses.

Environmental Predecessor Series: Archaeology (TC3CN076-18-T1)

Course overview: This course provides an overview of the environmental predecessors related to archaeological impacts. Archaeology is a field of study concerned with understanding human life from material remains. Compliance obligations require DOTs to consider project effects on archaeological sites and cemeteries. This training introduces discipline-specific environmental tasks (predecessors) along with the information required to initiate them.

Environmental Predecessor Series: Community Impact Assessment (TC3CN077-18-T1)

Course overview: This course provides an overview of the environmental predecessors related to community impacts. A predecessor is a source of data that will allow the community impact analyst to draw conclusions about what community impacts may occur from a given project. The course covers questions and answers, a regulatory background, acronyms related to community impacts, and elements of the community impact assessment. A review of triggers is also provided, along with an overview of technical reports, including necessary data and sources.

Environmental Predecessor Series: Noise (TC3CN078-18-T1)

Course overview This course provides an overview of the environmental predecessors related to noise impacts. The purpose of this course is to document the information that’s required to complete a noise assessment. This module will review triggers and explain the various pieces of information needed for a noise assessment, including traffic, engineering, field data, and ambient noise readings.

NEPA Overview Series:

NEPA Overview Series: Determining Transportation Needs (TC3CN069-18-T1)

Course overview: This is the first course in the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Overview series. The NEPA requires Federal agencies to assess the environmental effects of their proposed actions prior to making decisions. Using the NEPA process, agencies evaluate the environmental and related social and economic effects of their proposed actions.

This course explains the NEPA principles as they relate to transportation development, including planning and decision making.

NEPA Overview Series: Evaluating Sub-Regional and Local Transportation Needs (TC3CN069-18-T1)

Course overview: This course discusses how to determine transportation needs. The two main types of transportation needs are discussed, as well as how to properly prioritize them. Communicating these needs through need, purpose, and project concept and scope documents is also covered in this course. This is the second course in the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Overview series.

NEPA Overview Series: Launching a Project (TC3CN070-18-T1)

Course overview:This course focuses on launching a project, and specifically what’s needed to obtain environmental clearances. It includes sample lists of permits that may be required as well as typical types of information that need to be determined in the project launch process. This is the third course in the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Overview series.

NEPA Overview Series: Refining Alternatives (TC3CN071-18-T1)

Course overview:The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) process is predicated on making balanced decisions on transportation needs. This course discusses the balance of improving mobility and protecting the environment. Important aspects of the NEPA process are covered, as well as aspects that need to be reviewed when refining alternatives. This is the fourth course in the NEPA Overview series.

NEPA Overview Series: Preparing and Reviewing NEPA Documents (TC3CN072-18-T1)

Course overview:This course covers the preparation of National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) documents, including a review of the environmental analysis (EA) process. Best practices to follow when reviewing an EA document are also covered. This is the fifth course in the NEPA Overview series.

NEPA Overview Series: Final Stages and Re-evaluation (TC3CN074-18-T1)

Course overview:Depending on your project, you may be working on a categorical exclusion (CE), environmental assessment (EA), environmental impact statement (EIS), or a record of decision (ROD). Each one of these documents has somewhat different submittal, approval, and review requirements and processes, which are all covered in detail in this course. This course also covers any additional re-evaluations you may come across. This is the sixth and final course in the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Overview series.

NEPA Indirect and Cumulative Impact Analysis (TC3CN068-18-T1)

Course overview: This course provides a step-by-step overview of both the indirect and cumulative impact analyses. The difference between indirect and cumulative impact is discussed, and common terms used in both processes are reviewed.

 

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