Environmental liaisons

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Liaisons are designated staff at natural resource agencies who help make permitting and consultations under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) quicker and easier for Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) work. WSDOT has liaisons at the Washington Department of Ecology (Ecology), US Army Corps of Engineers (Corps), US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Fisheries.

Consultants and contractors

If you are a consultant or contractor, coordinate with your WSDOT regional or modal environmental point of contact. Your WSDOT contact will coordinate with the liaisons as needed.

WSDOT environmental staff

Find out when and how to coordinate with the liaisons below.

To schedule a meeting with multiple liaisons or if you have questions on how and when to coordinate with the liaisons, please contact the Liaison Program Coordinator.

ESA Consultations

Before using this information, review Chapter 2.2: Understanding the Biological Assessment Process of the Biological Assessment (BA) preparation manual. If your work requires ESA consultation with the USFWS or NOAA, coordinate with the ESA liaisons at the following times:

Early coordination

You must always do early coordination before you submit consultation documents to the Services. You can find additional early coordination guidance on the WSDOT Fish and Wildlife intranet webpage.

Pre-BA meeting: Most work with a formal (programmatic or individual) consultation will need to be presented at a Pre-BA meeting. The meetings are held on the third Thursday of each month. Contact the Fish and Wildlife Program Endangered Species Biologist, Mark Bakeman, mark.bakeman@wsdot.wa.gov, to get on the agenda for a Pre-BA Meeting. If you are not sure if you need to attend a Pre-BA meeting, consult with Mark Bakeman or one of the ESA liaisons

E-mail Coordination: If you do not need to attend a Pre-BA meeting, send an early coordination e-mail the ESA liaisons instead. In the email make sure to include a project description, species affected and the proposed effect determination, how the project does or does not fit the programmatic agreement, and anything else that may help the Liaisons. If you submit an email, the liaisons may still ask you to attend a Pre-BA meeting depending on the level of complexity of your project.

Submitting consultation documents

Follow the instructions in the Biological Assessment Submittal Matrix (pdf 281 kb) to submit consultation documents to the Services.

Post-consultation coordination

Email or call the ESA liaisons if you have any questions after your consultation is complete. This may include updates to the project scope, questions on minimization measures, and concerns during construction.

Corps and Ecology permitting

Before using this information, review our Environmental permits and approvals webpage to determine if your project will require a permit or approval from the Corps or Ecology. If your work requires a permit or approval, coordinate with the permitting liaisons at the following times:


You may need to email, or call for immediate assistance, the permitting liaisons before applying for a permit or approval. The liaisons can help identify the types of permits or approvals needed, determine what information should be included with the permit application, and make jurisdictional determinations.

Joint Aquatic Resource Permit Application (JARPA) submittal

Review the JARPA and supplemental documents matrix (pdf 22 kb) to find out what documents to send to which liaisons and what format is preferred.  A cover letter addressed to the permitting liaisons, cc'ing program management staff, is optional.

For electronic submittals, attach the application documents to or include a link to an FTP site in an email.  Send the email to all permitting liaisons and cc program management staff.

Mail hard copies as required to the following addresses:

US Army Corps of Engineers
Seattle District
Regulatory Branch
Attn: WSDOT Liaisons
PO Box 3755
Seattle, WA 98124-3755

Department of Ecology
Federal Permit Unit
Attn: (name of 401 Water Quality Specialist)
P.O. Box 47600
Olympia, WA 98504

Department of Ecology, NWRO
Attn: (name of Wetland Specialist)
3190 160th Ave SE
Bellevue, WA 98008

Project changes prior to construction

If the scope of work changes and no longer matches the scope of work approved in your permit, call or email the permitting liaisons to find out how to proceed.

During construction

If the scope of work changes during construction, call or email the permitting liaisons to find out how to proceed.

If you have a non-compliance event, initiate the Environmental Compliance Assurance Procedure (ECAP) as described on our Environmental commitments & compliance webpage.

Liaison contact information

Program management

Michelle Meade
Program Manager
360-763-2309 cell

TaraLyn Stone
Program Coordinator

ESA liaisons

Michael MacDonald

Leslie Durham

DeeDee Jones

Sharon Rainsberry

Permitting liaisons

Sandra Manning 
206-764-6911 (W)
360-407-6912 (M, T &Th)

Susan Buis

Marc Hershfield
Ecology - 401 Water Quality Specialist

Caroline Corcoran 
Ecology - Wetlands Specialist
425-457-3378 cell