Environmental Stewardship is the integration of environmental considerations into the planning, design, construction and operational activities associated with the Nebraska transportation system. These environmental considerations include cultural, natural and human elements. The Department is committed to its role as an environmental steward and to preserving and protecting the environmental features and resources of the state. This goal emphasizes that transportation decisions and investments must be balanced with environmental considerations. The performance measures linked to this strategic goal illustrate our promise to carry environmental commitments forward into construction, take swift corrective action to benefit the environment, when necessary, and to encourage an environmentally sustainable transportation system. Nebraska was one of three pilot states to develop an ActionPlan ensuring full consideration of the economic, social and environmental effects of highway projects, thus insuring that decisions made on such projects are made in the best overall public interest. Nebraska’s Action Plan was accepted and approved by the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration on June 13, 1973. In the 33 years since the implementation of the Action Plan, NDOR has been addressing environmental issues, which have expanded considerably, and which today present numerous challenges. NDOR continues to meet the challenges.
The NDOR Environmental Section is part of the Project Planning & Development Division, and is responsible for: