Ecology and Permitting


The Ecology and Permitting Branch assures that KYTC maintains compliance with the Clean Water Act and the Endangered Species Act.  The Branch obtains several types of Clean Water Act permits/approvals including Section 404 permits from the United States Army Corps of Engineers, Section 401 Water Quality Certifications from the Kentucky Division of Water, and Individual Kentucky Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (KPDES) permits from the Kentucky Division of Water for construction impacts not covered under the General KPDES permit for Construction Activities.  The Branch is also responsible for coordinating with the US Fish and Wildlife Service regarding Endangered Species.  Consultation is required to assure that proposed highway projects will not have an adverse effect on federally listed threatened and endangered species.
For more information contact  
Andrew Logsdon, Ecology and Permitting Branch Manager
Kentucky Threatened and Endangered Species List Jan 2018
This Species Abbreviations list provides both common and Latin names for current Kentucky species with federal protections under the Endangered Species Act and the associated ‘EATS’ codes which are used in relation to project tracking within the Environmental Analysis Tracking System (EATS). This file is created and maintained by KYTC Biologists of Division of Environmental Analysis.
Note: A comprehensive county-level list of species is no longer being maintained. All official species lists should be generated via the US Fish and Wildlife Service IPaC website (see hyperlink provided below).
Kentucky Threatened and Endangered Species List April 2018
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Air Quality
Cultural Resources
Ecology and Permitting
Project Management
Section 4(f)
USTs and Hazardous Materials
AASHTO General Information
Consulting Party Projects
DEA Guidance Manual
Environmental MEMO's
FHWA Environmental Handbook
Guidance and Accountability Forms
KYTC Environmental Handbook
KYTC Environmental Overview
Links to Maps, Images and GIS Data
Partnering Efforts
Streamlining Agreements
Public Information Toolbox
Rest Area Pollution Control
AASHTO Guidance - Wildlife and Ecosystems
4-Step Process to Assess bat usage of Bridges
Final BO FHWA KY Programmatic for Bats 04172020
Prog BO Key Project Factors Summary
User Guide Outline
No Effect Agreement Template
2020 Programmatic Agreement User Guide Appendices
2017 HAM Final 04-02-2018
2006 No Effect Agreement
Species Information
Species List By County
KYTC Pollinator Plots
Kentucky Biological Assessment Tool
NatureServe's Rare Species County Viewer
Kentucky Rare Plant Database
Homepage, Kentucky Field Office - Frankfort
IPaC - Information for Planning and Consultation
Revised Conservation Strategy for Forest-Dwelling Bats, In the Commonwealth of Kentucky
Working with Bats In Kentucky, Section 7(a)(2)
KY BMP Technical Manual Intro
1. Site Preparation
2-Soil Stabilization
3-Slope Protection
4-Drainage System Controls
5-Sediment Traps and Basins
6-Stream Wetland Protection
7-Good Housekeeping
Appendix A, B, C and D
Appendix E, F and G
KEPSC T2 at University of Kentucky
EPSC Vendors
Rolled Erosion Control Products Technical Guide
Rolled Erosion Control Products Installation
MEMO to Maintenance Personnel: Earth Disturbance-KPDES Permit
MEMO to Maintenance Personnel: Environmental Viewer
KEPSC Local Program Information Sheets
EPA Stormwater Outreach Program
EPA Environmental Kids Club
Guidance for Permits
Ground Water Resources
KDOW Watershed
KY DOW Permit Applications
Sec 7 Consultation Guidance 1-23-06
Section 7 Timing 2006
Special Use Waters
US Army Corps of Engineers Jurisdictional Waters
US Army Corps of Engineers Nationwide Permits 404
US Army Corp of Engineers Regulatory Section
US Coast Guard Coordination
United States Department of Agriculture / Published Soil Survey for Kentucky
United States Department of Agriculture (NRCS)
Wetlands, Oceans and Watersheds
US Fish and Wildlife
Flood Insurance Rate Maps
Special Use Waters
An interactive statewide map of pollinator habitat areas along KYTC right-of-ways.
KYTC Pollinator Habitat Zones
Ky Monarch
Compiled by KDFWR with input from numerous Kentucky stakeholders, this plan focuses on the Monarch butterfly’s life cycle and habitat needs in relation to an ever-changing landscape. Subcommittees developed goals, challenges, and strategies to implement monarch conservation through a Kentucky Monarch Conservation Plan. Primary topics include: Education and Outreach, Funding, Private Lands, Public Lands, Research and Monitoring, and Rights-of-Way.
Kentucky Monarch Conservation Plan 2018
Polinator Protection Plan Bee
Lead by the Kentucky Department of Agriculture, the Kentucky Pollinator Protection Plan is a multi-stakeholder effort to reduce bee hive deaths, to increase awareness of responsible agriculture chemical use, and to expand opportunities for education about all pollinators. It is designed to be flexible and adaptable to changing environmental stresses, and has established lines of communication that had not previously existed.
KY Pollinator Protection Plan 2019
Invasive Species
Emerald ash borer (EAB) was first discovered in Kentucky in 2009 and is currently spreading throughout the commonwealth.  The University of Kentucky hosts an informational website on the pest’s distribution throughout the state, measures being taken to combat its infestation and who to contact if you suspect EAB is damaging trees on your property.
Emerald Ash Borer

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