Sanata Ana River Project Environmental Compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA)

by Ruth B. Villalobos,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: North American Water and Environment Congress & Destructive Water


The National Environmental Policy Act(NEPA) was first enacted in. 1969, and became effective as of January 1, 1970. The law was intended to ensure that balanced decision-making occurs in the total public interest, by requiring that all significant Federal actions are evaluated with respect to their consequences on each of the environmental resources within the proposed project area. The NEPA document, usually either an Environmental Assessment or an Environmental Impact Statement, functions as the vehicle through which these impacts are evaluated, and presented to the public for comment and input.

Subject Headings: Rivers and streams | Project management | Construction management | Public opinion and participation | Decision making | Federal government | Vehicle impacts | Dams

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