Environmental Impact Analysis of Coastal Projects

by Jon T. Moore, Noble Consultants, Inc, Irvine, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Coastal Engineering Practice


It is fairly routine to describe the range of impacts that might occur as a result of a proposed improvement, but problems and controversy often accompany attempts to answer the more pressing question of what impacts are considered significant. No guidelines are available to reference, and the reviewer is often left to develop his own. The technical differences of opinion between opponent and proponent experts caused in part by the state-of-the-art limitations in knowledge often spill over into the public arena during open hearings. At a minimum, better technical guidelines are necessary to aid in the environmental impact review process. In particular, better definition of what constitutes a significant impact is critically needed. Regional littoral cell inventory studies are one way to provide better databases from which significance criteria can be formulated and adopted.

Subject Headings: Environmental issues | Coastal environment | Coastal processes | Construction management | Terminology and definition | Inventories | Databases | Littoral zones

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