Nature's Payback (Available in Geoenvironmental Engineering Special Issue)

by John Wolf, III, Sr. Mgr. and Hydrogeologist; Exploration Research Inc., Ellicot City, MD,
Steven Troch, P.E., Supervisor; Baltimore Gas and Electric Company, Baltimore, MD,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1997, Vol. 67, Issue 10, Pg. 8A-11A

Document Type: Feature article


Environmental compensation is now a major concern for utilities and other developers who must compensate for impacting wetlands, streams and other environmentally-sensitive areas. To meet state and federal encroachment regulations, a Maryland utility used a low-impact pipeline design and created compensatory wetlands that will improve the habitat, storm water retention and potential water quality of the impacted area. Environmental costs were 15% of the total project costs. The project emphasized corporate responsibility, showing that positive developments like gas pipelines need not compromise quality of life in terms of the environment.

Subject Headings: Environmental issues | Gas pipelines | Water quality | Utilities | Wetlands (fresh water) | Stormwater management | Aquatic habitats | Water pipelines | Maryland | United States

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