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Sustainability Through Environmental Review

DOT uses an environmental review process to inform strategies, resulting in better outcomes throughout our programs. all green stop light

Transportation Planning

Sustainable transportation infrastructure begins with the planning process. Transportation decisions need to be made in an environmentally sensitive way, using a comprehensive planning process that includes the public and considers land use, development, safety, and security.

Planning Resources:

National Environmental Policy Act

The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) requires the Department to conduct an environmental review for all major actions that may have a significant impact on the environment.  The following resource areas are some of the key areas that DOT examines as part of its NEPA review:

Resources on the Environmental Review Process



Motor Carriers Safety




Saint Lawrence Seaway Development


The ability to develop sustainably is dependent on how we manage our land resources.


Air Quality

The Department evaluates all actions to ensure that our emissions conform to the goals established by state air quality implementation plans.


Water Resources & Wetlands

The Department considers the impacts to marine, wetland, and freshwater resources to safeguard the quality of our floodplains and other natural water sources.



Minimizing the impact to native and endangered species is a crucial component to the Department’s environmental review process.


Historic & Cultural Resources

Our dedication to historical heritage ranges from restoring historic buildings to ensuring projects preserve cultural antiquities. When the Department’s actions may have an impact on tribal cultural resources, it engages in government-to-government consultation to consider tribal views in historic preservation consultation.  


Social & Economic Impact

The Department pursues projects that enhance socioeconomic value and the quality of life in local communities.  When the Department’s actions may have an impact on tribal lands, it engages in government-to-government consultation to ensure tribal views are considered by the decision-makers.


Environmental Justice

In an effort to ensure our actions do not disproportionately affect any population based on race, income, or religion, the Department incorporates environmental justice into the environmental review process.


Hazardous Substances

The Department ensures safe transportation of hazardous materials and proper disposal of hazardous waste generated.



The Department seeks to ensure that no specific community bears the burden of noise, while seeking to make our operations quieter with new technologies.


Updated: Thursday, December 18, 2014
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