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Introduction, Modules 1 & 2 | Modules 3 & 4 | Modules 5 & 6
Answers for the review questions from the Modules 5 & 6.
True or False In cases where resource data is deficient, it is recommended to develop models to address these data gaps.
False Analysis of impacts to a resource should rely on existing available data without developing models to fill voids in data. It is appropriate to use data output from existing models, such as travel demand models, where such models are already in place.
True or False Qualitative analysis is recommended for the assessment of resources only when all attempts at quantitative analysis are exhausted.
False The type of analysis depends on the data availability for a given resource. SHAs SCEA Guidelines allow flexibility in developing assessment methodologies that are appropriate to resource data availability.
True or False The SCEA Geographical Boundary established during the scoping process cant be adjusted during the analysis phase of the SCEA .
False It is appropriate to refine the SCEA geographical boundary based on agency input received during the scoping process, and based upon the extent of the direct and secondary impacts to resources. Also, alternatives may be modified or dropped, or new alternatives may be added, which could result in changes in the resources affected and require refinements to the SCEA geographical boundary.
True or False Predicting impacts to resources based on current trends should consider the effects of regulatory programs.
True Analysis of resources must take into account regulatory programs which protect those resources when projecting future trends.
True or False Current SHA Guidelines recommend overlay, trends, interviews and matrices as the four main analysis methodologies.
True Current SHA Guidelines recommend four main analysis methodologies. Overlay and trends are the predominate methodologies, whereas interviews and matrices provide good support techniques to these methodologies. It is appropriate to implement a hybrid approach that incorporates various combinations of these analysis methodologies.
True or False SCEA conclusions should be reached in consultation with project team members along with agency comments.
True Coordination with project team members and resource agencies will help determine the extent of SCEA impacts. Coordination with the agencies will take place during reviews of the predraft and/or draft environmental documents.
True or False Under current SHA Guidelines, documentation of a SCEA is separated into the primary sections of Scoping, Analysis, Mitigation and Conclusions.
True Organization of a SCEA includes the four main sections of Scoping, Analysis, Mitigation and Conclusions.
True or False SHA requires that a standalone SCEA Technical Report be prepared similar to socioeconomic, natural environmental, noise quality and air quality technical reports.
False A separate SCEA report is not required. The SCEA should be included in the environmental consequences section of the NEPA documentation.
True of False Documentation of resource impacts should be developed for each individual resource and alternative.
True Documentation of impacts is assessed separately for each resource and is conducted for each alternative. If an alternative has similar options, i.e., a bypass alternate with various interchange options that are similar in alignment, it is not necessary to document resource impacts separately.
True or False Organization of the SCEA documentation requires that secondary and cumulative resource impacts be discussed separately.
True If a project alternative results in secondary and/or cumulative impacts, the SCEA should document these resource impacts separately.
True or False The "judicious" use of tables and graphics in the SCEA narrative is encouraged.
True The use of tables and graphics that support SCEA conclusions helps facilitate review and understanding.
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