The Web-Based Instructional System for Environmental Review (WISER) teaches grantees how to understand and address all aspects of the environmental review process required for all HUD-assisted projects. This set of self-paced online learning modules can be completed in any order. Each module includes its own learning assessment and opportunity for obtaining a certificate of completion.
To receive credit for completing each module, you must do the following:
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This module guides you through the environmental review process, and describes where to look for resources for the environmental review; identifies who to contact for specific laws and authorities; and describes how to prepare for and conduct an Environmental Site Visit.
This module demonstrates the benefits of site planning in the environmental review process; explains the elements that should be considered in defining a neighborhood; explains how to make a determination as to the impact of the project on the community and make a determination as to the impact of the community on the project; and clarifies the terms "Minor beneficial impact," "No impact anticipated," "Minor adverse impact," and "Significant or potentially significant impact."
This module explains the process of evaluating site contamination in the context of HUD projects, including why, when, and how to do so; describes the key components of Phase I and Phase II Environmental Site Assessments; and explains the screening process for evaluating project sites, including how to determine when professional environmental site assessments are necessary.
This module describes the regulations and processes, including Section 106, that promote the preservation of historic properties, including a detailed discussion of the steps within the Section 106 process. In addition, the module reviews how to identify historic properties, and how to make a determination as to impact and mitigation requirements for a project affecting an historic property.
This module reviews the importance of Environmental Justice within the overall environmental review process; explains how to determine if a proposed project is in an environmental justice community; and what data needs and analysis is required to determine if a violation of Executive Order 12898, Federal Action to Address Environmental Justice in Minority Populations, exists.
This module reviews the Endangered Species Act of 1973, and the agencies responsible for carrying it out; explains how to determine the types of effects a project may have on federally listed species or critical habitats; and illustrates the consultation process, including when and how to conduct formal and informal consultation.
This module describes how wild and scenic rivers are classified; summarizes the key points of the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act; reviews the Act's screening and analysis procedures; and discusses how to protect a river's values through management plan review and agency consultation.