The Environment Section, located within the Bureau of Design and Environment, provides guidance on a range of environmental issues that must be addressed during transportation project development. In order to ensure that transportation projects initiated through IDOT District Offices or other Bureaus and Divisions within the Department are in compliance with State and Federal environmental laws and regulations, the Environment Section conducts surveys, provides special technical expertise, reviews or prepares portions of environmental documents and coordinates projects with State and Federal Resource Agencies. Environmental regulations encompass air quality, traffic noise, community impacts such as relocations and access changes, natural resources including protected species and habitats, cultural resources such as pre-historic and historic sites, and land and water contamination issues. The Environment Section oversees and coordinates the activities of the University of Illinois scientists located within the Illinois Natural History Survey, the Illinois State Archaeological Survey and the Illinois State Geological Survey who conduct a variety of scientific surveys. The goal of the Environment Section staff is to reduce or eliminate adverse environmental impacts or as appropriate to identify mitigation or remediation actions to achieve the best possible outcome during project development, design and construction.