The Environmental Management Manual (EMM) is a comprehensive document outlining the Department of Transportation's general approach to a wide range of activities that are an integral part of the goals and objectives of the Strategic Plan. The Department's approach to environmental protection places a high priority on impact avoidance and covers procedures and methods in Planning, Design, Construction, Operations, Maintenance and Rehabilitation (OMR).
Each area covered within a section contains a brief discussion, followed by General Protection Measures used by the Department.
For major projects, the Planning and Land Management Branch (PALM) works with the key provincial and federal departments and agencies early in the planning process to develop physical and environmental constraint mapping for corridor selection, and obtains further input and information from public information sessions and meetings. PALM also registers major projects with the Department of Environment for environmental review. Additional studies are often required at this stage and the approval of the project usually includes a number of terms and conditions to be complied with during design, construction and operation.
The Design Branch responsibilities include further environmental considerations in establishing the formal horizontal and vertical alignment and environmental protection, and minimizing environmental impacts during field surveying and subsurface investigations.
The Construction and OMR section describes and illustrates the environmental protection measures employed for many activities not limited to clearing, grubbing, excavation, culvert installation, summer and winter OMR, disposal areas, hazardous material handling, bridge maintenance and ferry operations.
The EMM contains specific approaches and protection measures used when dealing with environmentally sensitive areas such as agricultural lands, domestic water supplies, designated watersheds, classified waterbodies, environmentally significant areas, habitat of species at risk, wetlands, estuaries, fish habitat, forest resources, historic resources, and wildlife habitat.
This document is generic in nature and is intended to be updated periodically to reflect changes in procedure and policy, knowledge gained through monitoring efforts, and changes in technology that are beneficial in environmental protection.