Frequently Asked Questions
1. How do I begin the ER/EID submittal process?
We recommend that before you submit your project, that you contact us for a pre-meeting where you can present your proposed project and discuss with us the project itself and the needed funding.
2. Why do I need to provide a submittal checklist along with my ER/EID?
The submittal checklist allows us to the do the following: (1) obtain contact information related to the project; (2) utilize information we need to track how the project fits into the Division of Water Quality's overarching goals, (3) obtain an overall picture of project financing, and (4) ensure that the submittal is a complete submittal.
3. What is the difference between an ER/EID I submit for a Determination of Minor Construction Activity (DMCA)/Categorical Exclusion (CE)/Approval and an ER/EID submitted for a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI)?
The difference between ER/EIDs submitted for a CE/DMCA/Approval and one submitted for a FONSI is in the level of detail needed. The smaller projects (CE/DMCA/Approval) are below the minor construction activities requirements set forth in the regulations for minor construction activities (SRL/SEL/SRF projects) or the minimum criteria as set forth by EPA. There need not be as much analysis for these types of projects; however, at minimum, the points in our current ER guidelines or Department of Administration (EID only) guidelines must be met. Additionally, contact us for guidance on what needs to be included.
4. Once you receive my project, what is your review process?
When the project arrives in our unit, the Supervisor will assign the technical portion to a review engineer, and, if a CE or FONSI is required, will assign our Environmental Assessment Coordinator to review the EID. We will then send copies to the necessary agencies for review and will conduct our own review. Once both our review and the agency review are complete, we will send you a comment package, to which you must respond. This is an iterative process that will continue until we are satisfied that all issues are resolved. We will then draft the appropriate environmental document, send it out for any needed review, and, once the review is complete, draft the approval letter.
5. Who do I contact if I have questions?
For project specific questions related to the ER, contact your review engineer (Bill Bland, Michael Leggett, or Jessica Sutton). For project-specific questions related to the EID, please contact Susan Kubacki, our Environmental Assessment Coordinator. For overarching project questions, contact the FEU supervisor, Jennifer Haynie. For financing questions related to the CWSRF program, please contact either Mark Hubbard, Project Management Branch Chief, or Don Evans in the Project Management Branch (STAG, SRL, and SEL questions). For design questions, please contact the Design Management Unit Supervisor, Seth Robertson.
6. How Quickly should my ER/EID move through FEU?
Our initial review should take 4 to 6 weeks to allow sufficient time for a thorough review. Once we send you comments, a lot of the time it takes to complete project review and draft an approval letter will depend on how well you respond to our comments and how long you take to respond to our comments. Please note as well that for STAG-funded projects, EPA must review the documents as well, which may add time. Additionally, for projects requiring a FONSI, there is a 30-day public review period that must be accounted for.
7. I've heard that the guidance will be changing. Why is this occurring?
8. What are some of the ways in which the guidance will change?
We will be making major changes to our guidance to address the needs listed above. Below are some of the ways we will do that.
9. When will the guidance be released?
We plan to release the new guidance via our web site by the beginning of May.
10. Will you provide any kind of training related to the new guidance?
Currently, no formal training is planned. However, we will be glad to sit down with you individually, or, if there is enough interest, provide training in a more formal setting.