Environmental Impact Statements and Civil Engineering

by Martin P. Wanielista, (M.ASCE), Dir. and Assoc. Prof.; Environmental Systems Engrg. Inst., Florida Technological Univ., Orlando, Fla.,
Lawrence L. Smith, (F.ASCE), Deputy Engr. of Materials; Florida Dept. of Transportation, Gainesville, Fla.,
Waldron M. McLellon, (M.ASCE), Chmn. and Prof.; Dept. of Civ. Engrg. and Environmental Sci., Florida Technological Univ., Orlando, Fla.,

Serial Information: Engineering Issues: Journal of Professional Activities, 1975, Vol. 101, Issue 3, Pg. 321-327

Document Type: Journal Paper


Former President Nixon signed the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) on January 1, 1970. This created the need for environmental impact statements (EIS). This paper reports on an interdisciplinary workshop initiated by the ASCE Florida Sections and Florida Technological University to increase understanding of NEPA, improve the content of EIS, and promote cooperation among professionals. Conclusions of the workshop stress the necessity for an interdisciplinary team of professionals to prepare and review EIS. Because the civil engineer concerned with environmental solutions is well educated in these matters, he should exercise an active role in the EIS procedures. In essence, more detail and better content is required in some cases. Thirteen recommendations of general nature were derived from the workshop.

Subject Headings: Environmental issues | Team building | Colleges and universities

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