Models in Environmental Planning

  • Steven I. Gordon


An engineer and planner calls a meeting to discuss the potential for a water supply and flood control project in upstate New York. After outlining the nature of the project, someone from the audience asks what the environmental impacts of the projects might be. The engineer/planner responds, “Don’t worry, we’ll count all the birds and the squirrels and the bees.” What this individual is referring to is the requirement to undertake an environmental impact assessment relating to the project. Unfortunately, this individual has a misconception of what this process entails and how to go about it. Fewer individuals, however, currently misunderstand the legal requirements associated with the environmental laws because of the last decade of experience with them. In addition, this experience has produced more professionals who plan projects without major, negative environmental consequences.


Environmental Impact Assessment Environmental Planning Water Quality Model Model Requirement Stormwater Runoff 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Steven I. Gordon
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  1. 1.Department of City and Regional PlanningThe Ohio State UniversityColumbusUSA

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