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Imagine you have been given the responsibility of conducting an analysis for a planned project.  Read through the following projects (listed below) and pick one that interests you.  Do some research reading.  Look through the links on Eco-Pros, conduct web searches, and look for information on the environmental news websites.  Here are some suggestions for your report:

1. What might be affected in some way by the project?
2. What information and statistics should be gathered?
3. What type of experts should be consulted for advice?
4. What are some good points and some negative points about the project?
5. Do you feel there would be negative effects from such a project which would be too harmful and could not be mitigated (made relatively harmless by corrective measures)?
6. Would you recommend approval or rejection of the project?
7. List your reasons why, and any books, articles, test data, professional opinions, or other information which you relied upon to form your conclusion. 
8. Is your conclusion based on good scientific principle?
9. Discuss with your fellow students and teacher.

 

1. DIVERSION CANAL and FARMING OPERATION
A large industrial farming operation is planned on undeveloped land which would need a larger supply of water for irrigation than what is available on the acreage.  The land is flat and a nearby river meanders  lazily along on its last journey to the ocean.  Since the river is almost adjacent to the farmland, a request has been made to build a canal to take water out of the river over to the farmland for irrigation.  The project is planned at a point approximately 5 miles upriver from town and 40 miles upriver from a coastal delta which the river flows into on its way to the ocean.  
2. LOGGING OPERATION
A major timber company wants to buy and harvest trees from federal forests in the Pacific Northwest.  These forests are part of a very old and established ecosystem, and home to many creatures, including the Spotted Owl.  Plans are to clearcut large areas of trees here and there, and then replant those areas.  The timber company will pay the costs of putting logging roads into the remote areas, and build bridges over rivers where necessary.  Jobs will become available for loggers and construction workers.  Local stores and various businesses will benefit financially while the operations are underway.
3. COASTAL AQUACULTURE PROJECT
A permit to build an aquaculture shrimp farm operation is under consideration.  The location is on a quiet coast near a small tropical village which is protected from ocean waves by a barrier reef.  Products will be exported and contracts are ready for signature.  The corporation has promised some jobs will become available for local inhabitants, who live mainly off the land and by fishing their local waters in small boats.  
4. DRAINAGE PROJECT
A developer has purchased a large amount of acreage adjacent to a city, and has applied to drain and fill approximately 10 of the acres which is marshy most of the year.  Plans are to build a large shopping mall to be named Creekside Crossing.  As the growth of this city has expanded out into the countryside, other areas have been drained to allow for urban development.
5. HOTEL AND RESORT
An international hotel and resort is planned for a remote tropical area where local residents will have the opportunity for employment when the project is complete.  The area is known as one of the world's best locations to see migratory birds and sea turtles.  Guests will be able to  dive in and among the shallow waters of the reefs to view tropical fish.  The resort will be a major destination point for vacationers.


We didn't say it was going to be easy!

Look in your local newspapers to find articles on proposed projects.
Be involved in the environmental issues of the community in which you live.


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