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Management of Environmental Impacts by Alandra Kahl

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CHAPTER 2

Ecological Impacts of Projects

2.1 CONSTRUCTION IMPACTS

2.1.1 Projects on Land

Construction projects can cause significant disruption to the environment and ecology of a site, if not managed properly. Land impact can vary from small impacts such as blowing dust to large impacts such as habitat or ecological community loss. All impacts should be properly studied prior to the commencement of a project so that a proper management plan can be written.

One of the largest areas of construction impacts on land is that of road building. The United States contains over 4 million miles of roadways which take up an estimated 20% of the available land area. Roads are important to new development as they provide access to areas that were previously ...

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