Environmental Planning

Water Resources

Overview

In Arizona, water resources include surface waters, riparian areas, intermittent streams and ephemeral drainages.  The Clean Water Act (CWA) of 1972 was established with the objective of restoring and preserving the chemical, physical, and biological integrity of the nation's waters by preventing point and nonpoint sources of pollution, providing assistance to publicly owned wastewater treatment plants, and maintaining the integrity of wetlands.

During the planning of a transportation project, EPG assesses the potential for water resources considered jurisdictional under Section 404 of the CWA to occur within or near the project area.  As part of this determination, a jurisdictional delineation may be conducted to determine the exact boundary and types of water features (such as wetlands or drainages) present on a project site.  Please refer to the ADOT Clean Water Act Section 404/401 Guidance Manual for more details. 

EPG also assesses the potential for point source discharges of pollution, which is regulated under Section 402 of the CWA and permitted with Arizona or National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System Permits (AZPDES/NPDES).

 

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Civil Rights

Pursuant to Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and other nondiscrimination laws and authorities, ADOT does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability. Persons that require a reasonable accommodation based on language or disability should contact ADOT’s Civil Rights Office at civilrightsoffice@azdot.gov. Requests should be made as early as possible to ensure the State has an opportunity to address the accommodation.

De acuerdo con el Título VI de la Ley de Derechos Civiles de 1964, la Ley de Estadounidenses con Discapacidades (ADA por sus siglas en inglés) y otras normas y leyes antidiscriminatorias, el Departamento de Transporte de Arizona (ADOT) no discrimina por motivos de raza, color, origen nacional, sexo, edad o discapacidad. Las personas que requieran asistencia (dentro de lo razonable) ya sea por el idioma o discapacidad deben ponerse en contacto con la Oficina de Derechos Civiles de ADOT en civilrightsoffice@azdot.gov. Las solicitudes deben hacerse lo más antes posible para asegurar que el Estado tenga la oportunidad de hacer los arreglos necesarios.