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Environmental servicesEnvironmental Services Division 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 Services Sections  

  • Environmental Engineering
    • Air Quality
    • Traffic and Construction Noise Analysis
    • Hazardous Materials
    • Naturally Occurring Asbestos/Erionite
     
  • Cultural Resources 
    • Archaeology
    • Historic Architecture
    • Native American Consultation
     
  • Natural and Social Sciences 
    • Biology
    • Community Impact Analysis & Environmental Justice
    • National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA)

General Contact Information

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

Administration Bios and Contact Information

Steve M. Cooke – Administrator I, Environmental Chief
M.S., Civil Engineering, University of Arizona
B.S., Watershed Science, Utah State University 

Steve is the Chief of Environmental Services and previously worked in the NDOT Hydraulics Section for 4 years. Prior to hiring on with NDOT in 2004, he worked in consulting engineering as a project manager and hydraulic engineer focusing on the design and management of erosion control/water quality plans and roadway design projects.

Contact information:
Telephone: (775) 888-7686
E-mail: scooke@dot.nv.gov


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 Services Division.  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
E-mail: krhodes@dot.nv.gov 


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
E-mail:
ccreger@dot.nv.gov


 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 Services Division 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
E-mail: cyoung@dot.nv.gov


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

Sara supervises the Engineering section of the Environmental Services Division.  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
E-mail: smeilandt@dot.nv.gov