Wetland Conservation Plans as Contexts for Transportation Planning

by Stan Geiger, SRI/Shapiro, Lake Oswego, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Pacific Rim TransTech Conference—Volume II: International Ties, Management Systems, Propulsion Technology, Strategic Highway Research Program


Construction of major, new roadways, particularly in metropolitan areas, initiates subsidiary affects that impact the environment in a variety of ways and increasingly over time. Not the least of these impacts in the Pacific Northwest is wetland alteration. Transportation projects that are often ten or fifteen years in planning phases seldom anticipate these impacts far enough in advance to compensate for wetland losses before the loses occur. The USEPA Advanced Wetland Identification program and the Wetland Conservation Plan provisions of Oregon and Washington offer new opportunities to planners and better resource protection for environmentalists. The promise of these programs is yet to be realized.

Subject Headings: Wetlands (fresh water) | Environmental issues | Urban areas | Highways and roads | Infrastructure construction | Transportation management | United States | Pacific Northwest | Oregon | Washington | District of Columbia

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