Environmental Mitigation 

NICTD has committed to specific mitigation measures that are intended to reduce the adverse effects of the DT-NWI Project. The information below summarizes the mitigation measures that the FTA and NICTD committed to in the 2017 Environmental Assessment (EA) and 2018 Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). NICTD’s implementation of these mitigation commitments is part of the approval and issuance of the FONSI. There were some changes to the Project during final design but it was determined that the modifications would not result in significant impacts, appropriate measures were incorporated to mitigate impacts where needed, and the findings of the 11/1/2018 FONSI were still valid. FTA concurred with the modifications and impact determination on September 22, 2020. It is possible that some of these measures may continue to be modified during the construction phase of the Project. 

The progress and current status of each environmental commitment is provided in the file below. This information will be updated on the Double Track NWI project website on a quarterly basis, at a minimum. Should you have questions about items on this list, please call 219-850-4457 or email doubletracknwi@nictd.com.

Environmental Mitigation Status as of January 13, 2021
Environmental Mitigation Status as of August 25, 2021

 

Mitigation Highlight

NICTD Tree Planting
In early May 2021, NICTD planted 30 trees of three different species: American Beech (Fagus grandifolia), Shingle Oak (Quercus imbricaria), and Kentucky Coffeetree (Gymnocladus dioicus) in the National Park Service’s Heron Rookery in Porter County. All three tree species are native to the Midwest region, and Beech trees even yield beechnuts that birds and small mammals, such as squirrels and chipmunks, rely on as food sources.  The planting of these trees aids in the reintroduction of native species to our landscapes, thereby increasing biodiversity and benefits to wildlife.

The tree planting was a key element in the mitigation plan developed in coordination with local expert botanists, National Parks Service, and Indiana Department of Natural Resources. Construction of the Double Track Northwest Indiana Project would require clearing of woodland along the project area. The mitigation plan was developed to help offset the loss of natural resources through the protection and restoration of a different landscape. Monitoring of the tree plantings is included in the mitigation plan and will continue through May 2024.