Natural Resources

Efficiently and responsibly managing and protecting our water and land resources for the sustainability, health, safety, and economic benefit of the State of Arkansas

Environmental Review Guidance

Environmental Review for the Clean Water & Drinking Water State Revolving Loan Funds (SRF)

Requirements under The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) are defined in  40 CFR 1508.18.

There are two separate classifications of environmental reviews under the State Revolving Loan Funds (SRF’s):

  • Categorical Exclusions (CE)
    • Environmental review decisions over the last 6 years for the federal programs have been 90% categorical exclusions!
  • Environmental Information Document (EID)

Natural Resources Division (NRD) may issue a CE for an SRF project based on a detailed environmental analysis if the action does not, “individually or cumulatively have significant effect(s) on the human environment”.  An EID is required if a project doesn’t qualify under the criteria for a CE.  For further information to determine if your project may be eligible for a CE please review the criteria in the following link:  Click here to view the Categorical Exclusion Criteria.

If NRD determines that an entities’ project is not eligible for a CE, then an Environmental Information Document (EID) will be required.  The EID will assist NRC in determining if a proposed action has the potential to cause significant environmental effects or not.  Generally, the EID includes a brief discussion of:

  • The need for the proposed project
  • Alternatives (at least 3)
  • The environmental impacts of the proposed action and alternatives
  • Required correspondence with environmental cross-cutting agencies

For guidance on producing an EID please click the the appropriate link below:

If you have any questions about the Environmental Review process or requirements, please contact:

Keith Sanders, Environmental Programs
Arkansas Department of Agriculture
Natural Resources Division
101 East Capitol Avenue, Suite 350
Little Rock, Arkansas 72201
Phone: 501-682-0554
Email: keith.sanders@arkansas.gov