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Training Exercises

Introduction :: Introduction to SCEA  |  Exercise 1
Module 1 :: Resource Definition  |   Exercise 1  |  Exercise 2
Module 2 :: Geographic Boundary  |   Exercise 1  |  Exercise 2
Module 3 :: Timeframes  |   Exercise 1  |   Exercise 2
Module 4 :: Land Use Timeframes  |   Exercise 1  |   Exercise 2
Module 5 :: Drawing SCEA Conclusions  |  Exercise 1  |   Exercise 2
Module 6 :: Presentation of SCEA in the Environmental Documentation  |  Exercise 1

Module 5 :: Exercise 2 Answers

Compare your printed answers with the answers below.

1. Your project is located within a rural area. Neither the county nor the local government has developed a detailed future land use plan. In the absence of this data, it is recommended that you prepare a future land use model to complete your analysis.

2. Expert land use panels are the first data source to consider in developing future land use scenarios for a SCEA .

3. The local government in your project area was informed by a developer of his plans to build a mixeduse development if the State Highway Administration should choose a bypass alternative following completion of its project planning studies. The proposed parcel to be developed is 13 acres. Two (2) acres of wetlands exist on this parcel. The secondary effects analysis for the bypass alternative should therefore assume that two (2) acres of wetlands would be lost should the bypass alternative be constructed..

4. A special interest group is concerned that a projects bypass alternative may promote growth that would potentially degrade water quality to streams draining the project area. The local planning agency however, has stated that the lack of public water and sewer will discourage the growth that the special interest group fears. A meeting was held between the local planners and the special interest group which did not lead to concurrence on a single future land use plan. Since no resolution came from that meeting it is recommended that you assess both land use scenarios for the bypass alternative.

5. Historic United States Fish and Wildlife Service National Wetland Inventory Mapping and Maryland Department of Natural Resources wetlands mapping was used in performing an overlay analysis to determine historic wetland loss/gain within the SCEA geographical boundary. There is no future local land use plan for your SCEA geographical boundary. At this point you should assume that your SCEA of wetland resources is complete and document the rationale why no assessment of future effects is feasible.

6. It is acceptable to use either published reports or to use overlay analysis to establish trends within the SCEA geographical boundary.

7. Upon agency scoping, it was determined that several of the SCEA resources initially considered were not applicable to the project SCEA . Although the resources were eliminated from the SCEA , it is still key to include the data you may have collected to demonstrate the level of effort that went into the SCEA preparation.

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