The mission of the Environmental Services Office (ESO) is to efficiently and effectively maneuver all SCDOT Construction and Maintenance projects through the NEPA process, permit acquisition, and compliance.
NEPA evaluates environmental impacts and compiles and documents information pertaining to the physical environment, communities, and natural, cultural, and socioeconomic resources during the preconstruction phase.
Permitting assesses impacts to waters of the U.S., coordinates with agencies to complete Jurisdictional Determinations and Critical Lines, obtains all required federal and state environmental permits and certifications, and coordinates with lead, participating, and commenting agencies to develop Compensatory Mitigation Plans during the preconstruction phase.
Compliance ensures all environmental commitments are adhered to during the construction phase and monitoring commitments are met post-construction.
The SCDOT Environmental Services Tool Shed is our repository for documents, forms, templates, references, and guidelines about transportation and the environment and federal, state and agency environmental requirements.
Environmental Tool Shed
Transportation projects can affect a wide spectrum of environmental components. Early identification of impacts to the environment allows for avoidance, minimization, or timely mitigation of those impacts. Environmental impacts must be balanced with the public's need for safe and reliable transportation systems.