In 2017, Skagit Council of Governments developed a demographic profile for Skagit County that meets the requirements of the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) and Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) for Environmental Justice analyses.
By accepting federal funds through the FTA and FHWA, the Skagit Council of Governments and any other local recipients of federal funds must incorporate Environmental Justice into their programs, policies and activities. Inclusion of these principles works to prevent disproportionately high and adverse impacts from being borne by minority and low-income populations within Skagit County. The Demographic Profile can be accessed by clicking on the link below.
Demographics & Environmental Justice
The Demographic Profile represents the first step in the implementation of Environmental Justice principles Skagit County. By collecting and analyzing demographic data for minority and low-income populations, the Demographic Profile provides a basis for informed decision-making in transportation planning.
The next step in the implementation of Environmental Justice principles involves the data and map analysis. Documented in the 2018-2023 Regional Transportation Improvement Program, SCOG staff completed an Environmental Justice analysis and concluded that transportation projects included in the next six-year program do not unduly effect minority and low-income population.
Other steps related to implementing Environmental Justice principles include outreach to minority and low-income populations and transportation project review under the National Environmental Policy Act. More information about Environmental Justice analysis for transportation projects can be found on the FHWA website, located here: Environmental Justice.