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Dr. Scott W. Rogers, PE, CPMSM
Environmental Coordination Engineer
1409 Coliseum Boulevard
Montgomery, AL 36110
Office: (334) 353-6214

The Environmental Coordination Section (ECS) performs two key functions:

  • • Promoting awareness within the ALDOT organization regarding the environmental activities conducted by various ALDOT offices.
  • • Facilitating communication about ALDOT’s environmental activities and accomplishments with external stakeholders, such as other government agencies, academic institutions, advocacy groups, and the citizens of Alabama.
ECS aims to be the hub for environmental activities within the ALDOT organization and the face of ALDOT with which external stakeholders interact for environmental purposes.

ALDOT’s Environmental Policy & Focus

ALDOT operations are guided in part by our environmental policy:

  • “While providing a safe, efficient, economically-sound, and environmentally-sound transportation system, it is the policy of the Alabama Department of Transportation to promote the preservation and enhancement of the natural and cultural resources of the State of Alabama
  • • through internal and external communication, coordination, and cooperation and
  • • by integrating the principles of environmental stewardship, innovation, and compliance into the planning, design, construction, operation, and maintenance of Alabama’s transportation facilities.”
Specific ALDOT environmental activities motivated by this policy include

  • • Reducing litter on ALDOT roadways
  • • Controlling erosion and sediment on ALDOT construction sites and completed roadways
  • • Applying herbicides efficiently and in ways that promote beneficial vegetation on ALDOT property
  • • Reducing the environmental impact of treating ALDOT roads for snow and ice
  • • Storing and handling chemicals and waste materials safely at ALDOT maintenance facilities
  • • Conducting environmental assessments of planned ALDOT roadway project sites
  • • Implementing “low-impact development” and “green infrastructure” post-construction stormwater management practices
  • • Participating in stream restoration efforts
  • • Investigating possible environmental issues discovered on ALDOT property
  • • Educating the professional community and the general public regarding the prevention of and solutions to environmental issues
Performing these activities requires extensive coordination among ALDOT’s various offices, and ECS serves to strengthen that coordination.

How Citizens Can Help: Sharing Environmental Concerns

The citizens of Alabama can help ALDOT keep its roadways environmentally sound. Citizens are our “eyes on the ground” and usually observe a possible environmental concern before we do. Citizens may also have general concerns about ALDOT’s environmental activities. We invite citizens to share their concerns with us by completing our online environmental concern submission form.

We especially encourage citizens to report the following:

  • • Excessive litter
  • • Spill or leak of a chemical or some other material
  • • Illegal dumping / improper disposal of waste material
  • • Anything strange in the water, near the water, or about the water at some location (odor, color, cloudiness, suds, oily sheen, growth of algae, dead fish, etc.)
  • • Sign of sewage overflow/leak (toilet paper, etc.)
  • • Dead or dying grass/vegetation
  • • Intrusive vegetation growth
  • • Significant erosion
  • • Concern about an ALDOT construction activity
  • • Clogged drain, pipe, or culvert
  • • Flooding or flooding concern
  • • Water (flowing or standing) in a ditch during an extended dry-weather period
  • • Anything that may harm the environment and/or negatively impact the health or well-being of the public
ECS receives environmental concerns submitted and coordinates with ALDOT offices as necessary so that concerns are considered and addressed appropriately.

Citizens Getting Involved

In addition to our own anti-litter education and litter pickup activities, ALDOT supports programs that bring the citizens of Alabama together to prevent and pick up litter. We encourage citizens to learn about these programs and see how they can get involved:

For projects that warrant special environmental attention, ALDOT forms community outreach groups to involve citizens throughout the planning, design, and construction processes. Below are links to Web pages dedicated to some noteworthy community outreach groups:

Environmental Success Stories

The ALDOT MS4 Program

The ALDOT MS4 program manages stormwater discharge from ALDOT property in particular urban areas as well as factors that may affect stormwater discharge. This program is a joint effort in which multiple bureaus in the ALDOT central office and offices in ALDOT Regions, Areas, and Districts throughout the State participate. ECS facilitates coordination among these many ALDOT offices in order to achieve the goals of the MS4 program.

To learn more about the ALDOT MS4 program, please view the following documents:

ECS is responsible for the ongoing development of the Stormwater Management Program Plan (SWMPP). The SWMPP explains the MS4 stormwater management activities ALDOT performs, the implementation goals of the activities, the statuses of the activities, and the intended activity timeframes. We welcome feedback on the SWMPP from ALDOT personnel, the professional community, and the citizens of Alabama. Feedback can be sent to us using the online environmental concern submission form.

Coordination with ALDOT Offices

Some of the ALDOT offices with which ECS coordinates are the following:
  • Design Bureau - Stormwater
    • oConstruction stormwater permitting
    • oPost-construction stormwater management design guidance
  • Design Bureau - Environmental Technical
    • o Environmental permitting
    • o NEPA process implementation for federally-funded projects
  • Construction Bureau - Environmental
    • oConstruction guidance
    • oContractor oversight
    • o Erosion & sediment control training (i.e., QCI)
  • Maintenance Bureau
    • o Oversight of roadway maintenance (litter pickup, herbicide application, snow & ice control, etc.)
    • o MS4 illicit discharge detection & elimination (IDDE) program
    • o Alabama PALS & Keep Alabama Beautiful contract administration
  • Materials & Tests Bureau - Environmental Analysis & Compliance
    • o Hazardous material management oversight & investigations
    • o Environmental permit compliance inspections of ALDOT facilities
    • o Stormwater permit compliance inspections of ALDOT construction & maintenance projects