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Appendix E (Refer to Paragraphs 6 b and 6i)
selected by the HA following the public hearing. The final environmental statement will be prepared for the selected alternative. Unless the final statement is included in the location study report (design report when prepared and circulated during design study), the final statement should include a brief discussion of the data supporting the selected alternative. This section should also include a discussion of alternatives to the use of Section 4(f) lands.
The relationship between local shortterm uses of man's environment and the maintenance and enhancement of long-term productivity. The short-term uses should be evaluated (construction, changes in traffic patterns, the taking of natural features such as trees, etc., and man-made features such as homes, churches, etc.) as compared to the long-term effects (foreseen changes in land use resulting from the highway improvement or other similarly related items that may either limit or expand land use, affect water, air, wildlife, etc., and other environmental factors.)
Any irreversible and irretrievable commitments of resources which would be involved in the proposed action should it be implemented. Highways require use of natural resources such as forest or agricultural land, however, these are generally not in sufficient quantity to be significant. The improved access and transportation afforded by a highway may generate other related actions that could reach major proportion and which would be difficult to rescind. An example would be a highway improvement which provides access to a nonaccessible area, acting as a catalyst for industrial, commercial, or residential development of the area.
Where unavoidable adverse environmental effects are encountered, planning and measures taken and proposed to minimize harm should be identified. These include procedural and standard measures which are required by standard specifications or standard operating procedures such as erosion control, stream pollution prevention, borrow pit screening or rehabilitation, fencing, relocation of people and businesses, land acquisition procedures, joint development, etc. Measures unique to a specific project should be discussed in detail. Examples of such would be depressing an urban highway to minimize audio and visual effects, providing buffer zones for esthetic purposes, replacement of parklands, etc.
a. The description of the project (see paragraph 2a of this Appendix) shall include information about the Section 4(f) land in sufficient detail to permit those not acquainted with the project to have an understanding of. the relationship between the highway and park and the extent of the impact, such as:
(1) Size (acres or square feet) and location (maps or other exhibits such as photographs, slides, sketches, etc., as appropriate). (2) Type (recreation, historic, etc) (3) Available activities (fishing,
swimming, golf, etc.).
September 7, 1972
Report Number FHWA-State-EIS-Year-Number (Sequential for each State) -Draft or Final (Example: FHWA-Az - EIS-72-01-D)
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
Appropriate Highway Agency
Whichever is appropriate
Environmental Statement or Environmental/Section 4(f) Statement
(Brief Description of Highway Improvement: Route, Termini, County, City, etc.)
THIS HIGHWAY IMPROVEMENT IS PROPOSED FOR FUNDING UNDER TITLE 23, UNITED STATES CODE. THIS STATEMENT FOR THE IMPROVEMENT WAS DEVELOPED IN CONSULTATION WITH THE FEDERAL HIGHWAY ADMINISTRATION AND IS SUBMITTED PURSUANT TO:
September 7, 1972
The number placed at the top left-hand corner of the title page on all draft and final environmental statements is as follows:
The first draft statement prepared each year is numbered one (1) and other draft statements prepared in that same year are numbered sequentially in accordance with the date prepared. Final statements carry the same number based upon the date the draft was prepared.