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Environmental Program

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Environmental servicesThe Environmental Program houses a diverse group of environmental specialists who research, analyze, and monitor the effects transportation projects have on the environment and the effect of the environment on the project.

They include air quality, traffic noise and hazardous materials, and geological specialists; biologists, archaeologists, environmental managers and engineers, social analysts, National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) experts.

Environmental Program

  • Environmental Engineering
    • Air Quality
    • Traffic and Construction Noise Analysis
    • Hazardous Materials
    • Naturally Occurring Asbestos/Erionite
  • Cultural
    • Archaeology
    • Historic Architecture
    • Native American Consultation

General Contact Information

Nevada Department of Transportation
Environmental Program
1263 S. Stewart Street
Carson City, NV 89712
Main Telephone: (775) 888-7013
Fax: (775) 888-7104

The health and safety of our team and fellow Nevadans is top priority. In accordance with Gov. Steve Sisolak’s order for state offices to transition to online and over-the-phone service, NDOT has temporarily suspended in-person services and transitioned them on-line to help reduce potential spread of the COVID-19 virus. We look forward to serving you here!

Administration Bios and Contact Information

 Christopher Young, M.A., R.P.A., – Environmental Compliance Manager
M.A., Anthropology, Washington State University 
B.A., Anthropology, University of Nevada, Las Vegas  

Chris supervises the Natural and Social Sciences section of the Environmental Program and he is the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Coordinator for the Department.  He is a Nevada native and has worked in environmental compliance and cultural resources for the last two decades throughout Nevada, Alaska, Arizona, California, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington.

Contact information:
Telephone: (775) 888-7687

Kari Rhodes – Administrative Assistant 

Kari joined the NDOT team in 2008 and has worked for Contract Compliance,  Agreement Services, and Administrative Services before joining the Environmental Program.  Previously, she worked at the Office of the Nevada Secretary of State, serving Frankie Sue Del Papa, Cheryl Lau, and Dean Heller.  

Contact information:
Telephone: 775-888-7013

C. Cliff Creger – Chief Cultural Resources Program Manager
M.A., Anthropology, University of Nevada, Reno  

Cliff has extensive experience with Federal Civil Service. He worked for three years as an archaeologist for the U.S. Department of Fish and Wildlife and for 10 years as an archaeologist with the U.S. Department of the Navy.

Contact information:
Telephone: (775) 888-7666

Sara A. Meilandt   Environmental Engineering Manager
B.S., Civil Engineering, University of Nevada, Reno

Sara supervises the Engineering section of the Environmental Program.  She is a returning Nevada native having worked in consulting and public works for the City of Seattle Department of Transportation and the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority performing Construction Management.  Since Sara's return to Nevada, prior to hiring on at NDOT, she worked in environmental planning throughout Nevada and California.

Contact information:
Telephone: (775) 888-7685