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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 (EIA), but not necessarily an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). The UW System has characterized as “Type III”, those actions that do not require either an EIS or an EIA. Below is a reference table to assist in determining the need for an environmental impact statement.

Item Description and Comments
Campus Master Plans Plans prepared to a level of detail clearly presenting the development policies and direction that the university, UW System, and the community endorse. These plans become the framework within which specific projects may be implemented by campus actions and the building program.
Capital Projects
  •  Bridge and Culvert Replacement
All reconstruction, widening, structural replacement of existing bridges and culverts in place. New construction on a new location would be a Type II action.
  •  Building Demolition
Removal of structures, vacated streets, and associated grading improvements.
  •  Building Renovation
Interior or exterior alterations to existing facilities not involving extensive changes in land utilization, energy use, employment capacity, exterior aesthetic qualities, resource depletion, increases in air, noise, or water pollution, etc. improvements; OSHA and communications modifications.
  • Signage
Manufacture, installation, and maintenance of signs consistent with campus policy.
  •  Site Development
Minor development projects that do not require re-contouring, destruction of wildlife habitat, or create pollution of air and water, e.g., minor sidewalk extensions, installation of bicycle racks, small tree and shrub plantings or removals, erosion control, and routine campus grounds maintenance operations.
  •  Site Improvements
Road and parking lot resurfacing; pavement, sidewalk, curb and gutter repair; miscellaneous transportation related activities. Resurfacing or recycling of existing pavement – can include replacement of curb and gutter essentially in the same place; installation of bike racks; changes to existing bicycle paths, etc. If the project relates to an expansion of existing parking facilities, then it requires a Type II EIA.
Emergency Replacement Immediate replacement of facilities to an operative level that existed prior to damage from such things as flood, fire, or accident.
  • Facilities Maintenance
Any action which has significant consequences which transcend the boundaries of the campus or the project area. This section relates to the use of chemicals on campus grounds, e.g. salt, fertilizers, herbicides, etc. (regulated chemicals should be used according to label and prescribed procedures). If significant environmental impact is anticipated, complete a Type II EIA.
  • Unit Air Conditioners
Window air conditioner installations that do not significantly impact the building energy load.
Property and Real Estate
  • Acquisitions
Acquisition by fee title of parcels of land within the approved project boundaries.
  • Easements
Granting or taking of easements for the purpose of constructing utilities, roads, etc..
  • Leases
Lease may be Type II or III following DOA leasing manual procedures.
  • Municipal Assessments
Projects constructed by private or public utility companies and municipally contracted improvements (assessable improvements to the state) within identified campus boundaries. Includes signalizing intersections, curb and gutter replacements, municipal sidewalks, etc.
  • Surplus Land, Sale or Disposal
Sale, trade, or disposal of lands owned by the Board of Regents no longer needed for university purposes.

Type III: Wisconsin Environmental Protection Act (WEPA) Exclusion Process

The institution’s WEPA Coordinator completes the WEPA/NEPA [Environmental Significance Evaluation] form.

Environmental Significance Evaluation (WEPA/NEPA) Template
Environmental Significance Evaluation (WEPA/NEPA)

Description:  Evaluation form for the Wisconsin Environmental Policy Act (WEPA) and National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) as it relates to proposed campus physical development. Includes 14 points of assessment related to environmental impacts and alternatives, archeological and historical sites, energy impacts, economic impacts, long-range plan and policy impacts, and precedents.

Purpose:  Records preliminary investigation and evaluation of potential environmental impact significance and conditional determination of Type I/II/III action requirements.

Audience:  UW System Administration, Division of Facilities Development and Management, Architectural/Engineering/Planning Consultants.

Revision ID: Rev 2015-02