UTILIZATION OF INTERSTATE HIGHWAY CONSTRUCTION TO CREATE PRODUCTIVE WETLANDS FOR WILDLIFE

THE CONSTRUCTION OF INTERSTATE HIGHWAYS OFFERS AN OPPORTUNITY TO CREATE PRODUCTIVE WETLANDS WITH A MINIMUM OF ADDITIONAL EXPENSE IF THEY ARE DEVELOPED AS AN INTEGRAL PART OF THE HIGHWAY. THROUGH THE USE OF THE HIGHWAY EMBANKMENT AS AN IMPOUNDMENT STRUCTURE AND/OR THE CAREFUL LOCATION AND DEVELOPMENT OF BORROW PITS, NUMEROUS WETLANDS CAN BE DEVELOPED. REST STOPS ADJACENT TO WETLANDS WOULD PROVIDE RECREATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES TO TRAVELLERS AS WELL AS TO THE LOCAL CITIZENRY. THE WETLANDS COULD BE EXCAVATED TO THE DESIRED MORPHOMETRY WHILE SUPPLYING FILL FOR THE HIGHWAY. HIGHWAY EMBANKMENTS COULD BE LOCATED SO AS TO PROVIDE WATER RETAINING STRUCTURES AS NEEDED. /AUTHOR/

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • 72 Pp, App
  • Corporate Authors:

    University of Massachusetts, Amherst

    Water Resources Research Center
    Amherst, MA  USA  01002
  • Authors:
    • Bergstrom, K I
  • Publication Date: 1971-5

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  • Accession Number: 00205173
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Mar 27 1972 12:00AM