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Background

In accordance with WEPA and the regulations of the Federal Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ), 40 CFR 1500-1508, agencies are required to identify classes of action which will normally require an environmental impact statement; which normally will not require an environmental impact statement; and which will normally require an environmental impact assessment, but not necessarily an environmental impact statement. The UW System has characterized as “Type II”, those actions which may or may not require an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), but which must be evaluated by using an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA). Below is a reference table to assist in determining the need for an environmental impact statement.

Item Description and Comments
Board of Regents
  •  Administrative Rules
Administrative Rules, which are a basic change in existing board practice, and which, upon implementation, will have significant effects on the environment.
  • Policy
Policies which are a basic change in existing board practice which, upon implementation, will have significant effects on the human environment.
  • Proposed Legislation
Proposals for new programs or major changes in existing programs, the implementation of which would have significant effects on the human environment; otherwise Type III action
Capital Projects
  • Bridges
Construction of new vehicular or pedestrian bridges
  • Building and Facilities Construction
Construction of new buildings or building additions that may be interior to the campus and do not produce a documented significant environmental impact [as defined under Wis. Admin. Code ADM 60.04(2)] should be evaluated with a Type II EIA; this includes changes in the exterior physical environment, new pedestrian mall and site development projects, physical education/recreation facilities and new parking facilities. This also includes arboretum development, bicycle and pedestrian trails, field station and farm improvements, or construction on existing farm sites.
  • Central Heating and Chilling Plants
New construction of an addition to an existing plant to increase capacity.
  • Fuel Source Conversions
Consistent with development item for heating/chiller plant projects.
  • Historic Preservation (including entities that are included in the National Register of Historic Places)
Follow Wisconsin State Historical Preservation Office guidelines.
  • Lake, Riverfront, Stream Stabilization and Improvements
Development of bulkhead lines, restorations, and flood plain control.
  • Roads (public access)
Construction or reconstruction of public streets and service roads that will significantly affect traffic volumes; if no significant affect on existing conditions, then handle as a Type III action
  • Solid waste disposal
New or expanded solid waste processing or transfer facilities or sites
  • Waters, Wetlands, and Drainage Work (excludes bridges)
Includes work which will actually or potentially involve depositing debris, fill, or riprap in or on waters or wetlands; removing aquatic vegetation and/or underlying soils.
Demonstration Projects
  •  Clinical or Laboratory Research
The conduct of laboratory or clinic research which has environmental consequences that cannot be adequately controlled or which has environmental consequences transcending the boundaries of the immediate experimental area
  •  Exterior/Outdoor Research
 Out-of-doors research projects that:

  • are not covered by current standards for human subjects, biological safety, animal care, radiation, waste disposal, air and water pollution, pesticide and herbicide use, quarantine/protection regulations, etc., set by the university and/or local, state, or federal agencies; OR
  • has significant environmental consequences which transcend the boundaries of the immediate area; OR
  • significantly deteriorates the resource base of the immediate experimental area
Preliminary Environmental Evaluation Determination Projects and actions that would normally be a Type III action but the impact of the project is judged to be a Type II action based on the results of a preliminary environmental evaluation. Redevelopment or expansion of existing parking facilities; building remodeling projects that impact the existing human environment.

Type II: Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Process

In general, the environmental impact analysis process should begin as early as possible in project development. Since a consultant will be hired by the State of Wisconsin Division of Facilities Development & Management (DFDM) to prepare the EIA, the length of time required to hire that consultant and negotiate a contract needs to be considered when determining the schedule for completion of an EIA. The EIA process needs to be completed prior to letting of construction contracts. For those actions initiated by the UW System or an institution within the UW System the Environmental Impact Assessment should be written late enough in the project or program development process to contain meaningful information, but early enough so that whatever information is contained in the EIS can serve as a practical input into the decision-making process. The formal WEPA process should be initiated when a decision is being made which will foreclose alternative policy options.

Tasks

The EIA consultant:

  • Completes a thorough environmental analysis and data collection.
  • Develops a distribution list of legislators, state agencies, municipalities, neighborhood associations, nearby residents, interest groups, student groups, faculty and staff representatives, and individuals who should receive scoping and other WEPA documentation.
  • Undertakes a relevant database search and completes the [UW Historic Assessment Form] and submits that form to the UW System Historic Preservation Officer for review and a determination on whether a [WI Historic Assessment Form] (SHPO 44.40) will need to be prepared.
  • Evaluates impacts–adverse and positive.
  • Drafts the Type II Environmental Impact Assessment.
  • Distributes the draft EIA in electronic format to the EIA team for input.
  • Provides input to the EIA team to determine whether the EIA is adequate or if impacts are significant enough to warrant an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS).
  • If it is determined that an EIS is not required, distributes a draft EIA with a copy available at the local public library and university library and an electronic version on a website.
  • Publishes availability of draft EIA for public comment in local media, including the designated official state newspaper, and local newspapers, student/faculty/staff newspaper(s), and electronic newsletters/messages, noting the required 15-day public review period.
  • Publishes a 15-day legal notice and hold a public meeting (this can be done in conjunction with notice on availability of EIA).
  • Provides EIA Team a draft of the PowerPoint presentation for review and comment one week prior to the public meeting.
  • Collects, evaluates, distributes, and responds to public comments with prior input from the EIA team.
  • With input from the EIA team, determines if the public meeting/comment period produced significant impacts or controversial issues to warrant an EIS.
  • If it is determined that an EIS is not required, finalizes EIA to include an Executive Summary, recommendation, comments, responses, affidavits/ copies of published legal notice(s), required signatures, etc.; and distributes hard copies of the final EIA to the Capital Planning and Budget contact, the DFDM Project Manager, and institution’s WEPA Coordinator, and additional copies to other interested/involved parties.
  • If it is determined that an EIS is required, uses the information developed as a DEIS, and completes the FEIS portion of the EIS process.

Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI)

If it is determined, upon completion of the EIA and the public comment period, that no environmental impact statement is required, the completed EIA should be made a part of the agency files as a public Finding Of No Significant Impact (FONSI). Capital Planning and Budget and the involved institution will maintain a compilation of those Type II actions for which a FONSI was made. This compilation will be made available to all interested parties, agencies and the general public upon request. The institution’s WEPA Coordinator or designated campus officer for research/demonstration shall review and sign the EIA indicating that the UW System is in compliance with Wis. Stat. §1.11, prior to approval of contracts required by the proposal.


Historic Assessment Form (WI) Template
UW Historic Preservation Assessment Form (University of Wisconsin System)

Description:  Request for UW System Historical Preservation Officer review and comment on proposed work for UW property.

Purpose:  Describes address and location of historic properties, proposed project scope description, and indicates historic preservation findings of both the submitter and the historical preservation officer reviewing the proposal. Additional attachments (site plans, project drawings and details, photographs, etc.) typically accompany this form to fully articulate and illustrate the proposed work.

Audience:  UW System Administration.

Revision ID: Rev 02/2015

Historic Assessment Form (WI) Template
WI Historic Preservation Assessment Form (WI Historical Society 44.40 Form)

Description:  Request for State Historical Preservation Officer review and comment on proposed work for state property.

Purpose:  Describes address and location of historic properties, proposed project scope description, and indicates historic preservation findings of both the submitter and the historical preservation officer reviewing the proposal. Additional attachments (site plans, project drawings and details, photographs, etc.) typically accompany this form to fully articulate and illustrate the proposed work.

Audience:  State of Wisconsin Historical Society, UW System Administration.

Revision ID: Rev 02/2015