MaineDOT Environmental Office

The Environmental Office plays a lead role in proactively integrating transportation, environmental and innovation objectives with the department's plans, operations and maintenance activities.

Volkswagen Diesel Emissions Settlement Information

Volkswagen has agreed to settle allegations that it violated the federal Clean Air Act by installing "defeat devices" on 2.0 and 3.0 diesel vehicles.
 For information about this mitigation, please visit the MaineDOT's Volkswagen Settlement website.

The Coordination, Assessment and Permits Division

This unit coordinates all MaineDOT projects within the Environmental Office,  determines the need for environmental permits, cultural reviews, and administers the agreement for categorical exclusions (NEPA CE). This unit also coordinates with state and federal resource agencies to ensure compliance with regulations and laws administered by the Army Corps of Engineers, Federal Highway Administration, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, National Marine Fisheries Service, Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, and Maine Department of Environmental Protection.

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The Hydrology Unit

The Hydrology unit performs hydrologic studies for highway and bridge projects, and offers training to MaineDOT staff and consultants on drainage practice and policies.

The Surface Water Quality Unit

This unit has a multidisciplinary staff that provides technical assistance to the department in erosion and sedimentation control, storm water management and other surface water concerns.  The Unit is a primary contact for the public regarding concerns with storm water quality impacts of MaineDOT facilities. 

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Historic Bridges for Adaptive Use

Prior to dismantling, Federal law requires MaineDOT and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) to first offer the historic bridge to any group that could legally take possession of the bridge and maintain it at a new location, provided the group assumes all future legal and financial liability. Costs to induce acceptance of the offer of donation may not exceed the cost to dismantle the bridge. FHWA, the Maine State Historic Preservation Officer and MaineDOT will work jointly to determine the most appropriate use of the existing bridges from any proposals received. 

If the bridges are transferred to another party, the transfer deed may include preservation covenants that require the new owner to preserve and maintain the bridge in accordance with established standards for historic bridges.

Interested parties may contact the Environmental Office at the following address or email:

MaineDOT Environmental Office
16 SHS, 24 Child St.
Augusta, ME 04330
Email: Julie.Senk@maine.gov

Bridges Available for Adaptive Reuse

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Environmental Process - Public Review and Comment

NEPA

The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) requires agency officials to assess the effects of their proposed actions on the environment. These resources include, but are not limited to, cultural resources (Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act) and Section 4(f) properties (Department of Transportation Act).

  • Address: MaineDOT Environmental Office, 16 SHS, 24 Child St, Augusta, ME 04330
  • Online: Submit Comments

Projects available for public review and comment

Machias 16714.00
Brunswick 22603.00

Section 106

The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) requires agency officials to assess the effects of their proposed actions on the environment. These resources include, but are not limited to, cultural resources (Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act) and Section 4(f) properties (Department of Transportation Act). Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act requires agency offiicals to provide the public with information about a project, its effects on historic properties, and seek public comment and input. Maine Department of Transportation and the Federal Highway Administration will also consult with the State Historic Preservation Officer, federally recognized Tribes in Maine, and local government officials regarding the project and its effects on historic properties. Comments may be addressed to the Environmental Office at the following:

  • Address: MaineDOT Environmental Office, 16 SHS, 24 Child St, Augusta, ME 04330
  • Online: Submit Comments

Projects available for public review and comment

Section 4F

Section 4(f) of the Department of Transportation Act requires the Maine Department of Transportation and the Federal Highway Administration to provide public notice and an opportunity for public review and comment concerning the effects on public parks and public recreational areas. Comments may be addressed to the Environmental Office at the following:

  • Address: MaineDOT Environmental Office, 16 SHS, 24 Child St, Augusta, ME 04330
  • Online: Submit Comments

Projects available for public review and comment

  • None at this time.