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Environmental Division

Environmental Services provides engineering and technical expertise in the built and natural environment for transportation project development. The Environmental Section provides services and tools for successful environmental stewardship and streamlining with expertise in natural and cultural resources, landscape architecture, and NEPA documentation.

The Environmental Section has knowledgeable staff with expertise in archaeology, landscape architecture, wetlands, water quality, noise, wildlife, historic architecture, threatened and endangered species, and NEPA. Environmental Services can assist Project Managers in developing EA/EIS/SES scopes of work and cost estimates. The Environmental staff also actively participates as project team members, reviews all EA/EIS/SES documents and coordinates environmental issues with FHWA and other agencies.

Contact Information

Team Members

Brandon Weston

Director of Environmental Services
801-965-4603
brandonweston@utah.gov

Elisa Albury

Environmental Program Manager
801-834-5284
ealbury@utah.gov

Naomi Kisen

Environmental Program Manager
801-965-4005
nkisen@utah.gov

Carissa Watanabe

Environmental Performance Manager
503-939-3798
cwatanabe@utah.gov

Liz Robinson

Cultural Resources Program Manager
801-910-2035
lizrobinson@utah.gov

Elizabeth Giraud

Architectural Historian
801-965-4917
egiraud@utah.gov

Rod Hess

Senior Landscape Architect
801-830-9589
rhess@utah.gov

Matt Howard

Natural Resources Manager
801-965-4038
mattrhoward@utah.gov

Region Environmental Managers

Region 1 (Northern Utah including Davis and Weber Counties)

Chris Lizotte
801-620-1687
clizotte@utah.gov

Region 2 (Salt Lake, Tooele and Summit Counties)

Tyler Allen
801-856-1618
tylerallen@utah.gov

Region 3 (Utah, Wasatch, Juab and Daggett Counties and the Uintah Basin)

Rich Crosland
801-830-9590
richardcrosland@utah.gov

Region 4 (Southern and Central Utah)

Eric Hansen
435-772-6628
erichansen@utah.gov

Region Resource Specialists

Celestin Marchand

Environmental Specialist, Region 1
801-620-1651
cmarchand@utah.gov

Ryan Halverson

Landscape Architect, Region 1
801-620-1624
rhalverson@utah.gov

Jon Dugmore

Archaeologist, Regions 1 and 2
385-414-2066
jdugmore@utah.gov

Dan Bolin

Landscape Architect, Region 2
801-505-8214
dbolin@utah.gov

Rod Hess

Landscape Architect, Regions 3 and 4
801-830-9589
rhess@utah.gov

Danielle Schneider

NEPA/NHPA Specialist, Region 4
435-893-4740
dschneider@utah.gov


NEPA Assignment

Pursuant to 23 U.S.C 326 and 23 U.S.C. 327,  the UDOT has assumed the Federal Highway Administration’s (FHWA) responsibilities under the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA), and all or part of the US Department of Transportation’s Secretary’s responsibilities for environmental review, consultation, or other actions required or arising under Federal environmental laws, with respect to the review or approval of highway projects within the State.  

NEPA Assignment for EAs and EISs

Under 23 U.S.C. 327, the NEPA responsibilities have been assigned in the Memorandum of Understanding between the FHWA and the UDOT concerning the State of Utah’s Participation in the Surface Transportation Project Delivery Program Pursuant to 23 U.S.C. 327, executed on January 17, 2017.
Pursuant to UDOT’s Application to Assume FHWA’s NEPA Responsibilities, UDOT has assigned a Signatory Official from outside Environmental Services to ensure independent environmental decisions. The Signatory Official is responsible for signing Environmental Assessment decision documents, Draft and Final Environmental Impact Statements (EISs), Record of Decisions (RODs), and combined Final EIS/RODs. The UDOT Deputy Director is the Signatory Official responsible for signing the environmental documents stated above.

327 NEPA Assignment MOU

NEPA Assignment for CEs

Under 23 U.S.C. 326, the NEPA responsibilities have been assigned in the Fourth Renewed Memorandum of Understanding between the FHWA, Utah Division and the UDOT, State Assumption of Responsibility for Categorical Exclusions executed on June 22, 2020. Through the program, UDOT has assumed FHWA’s responsibilities for determining whether a project is categorically excluded from preparation of an environmental assessment or an environmental impact statement, including approving decision documents, consulting directly with resource agencies, and complying with all applicable environmental regulations, policies, and guidance.

326 NEPA Assignment MOU

2019 Annual CE Report


Native American Consultation

UDOT is committed to being a good partner and has established the policy and supporting documentation below so that Native American tribal issues are addressed through regular and meaningful consultation with Utah’s Indian Tribes.


Section 106 Programmatic Agreements

UDOT has executed Programmatic Agreements with various agencies to streamline the cultural resources requirements for Section 106 on Federal Projects and for UAC 9-8-404 on non-Federal projects. These agreements are provided below along with the most recent annual report.


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