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 discuss mitigation strategies.

Application submittal

Follow the steps below to prepare application documents.

  1. If you have already been assigned a Corps reference number, put the number in the subject and body of the submittal email and put it on all application documents. If you do not have a reference number, leave a space for one to be added in the future.
  2. Review the JARPA and supplemental documents matrix (pdf 20 kb) to find out what documents to send to which liaisons.
  3. Make all documents PDFs unless they are spreadsheets, then make them in Excel (.xlsx).
  4. Submit each application document as a separate file. Do not combine documents into a single large file.
  5. Reduce the file sizes as much as possible.
  6. Name each file using the following format: YYYYMMDD-DocumentType.pdf. Use the document submittal date and the “DocumentType” acronym from the JARPA and supplemental documents matrix (pdf 22 kb).

Send an email to the Corps application email address, NWS-PermitApp@usace.army.mil, cc’ing the permitting liaisons (Corps and Ecology) and program management staff, and either:

  • Attach documents to the email – The Corps can receive emails with up to 40 mb of attachments. Send multiple emails if the attachments are larger than the limit and include the number of emails in the subject line. Example: NWS-1234-5278 Project Name application (1 of 3).
  • Post documents to the WSDOT ftp site – Put a link to the ftp site in the body of the email. If you cannot post to the WSDOT ftp site, contact the Corps liaisons for a link to the Corps’ ftp site and instructions.

If you cannot submit electronically, mail hard copies or a CD with the application documents to the Corps at: US Army Corps of Engineers, Attn: WSDOT Liaisons, Regulatory Branch, PO Box 4735, Seattle, Washington, 98124-3755.

Find more details on how to submit electronic applications on the Corps’ Instructions for submitting electronic requests (95 kb pdf).

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