Environment Concerns in Rights-of-Way Management 8th by John W. Goodrich-Mahoney, Lawrence Abrahamson, Jennifer

By John W. Goodrich-Mahoney, Lawrence Abrahamson, Jennifer Ballard, Susan Tikalsky

The administration of rights-of-way through electrical and cellphone utilities, street departments, gasoline pipeline businesses, and railroads all over the world is guided and limited by means of guidelines and laws to guard the surroundings. businesses that deal with rights-of-way are required to conform with those laws, and are trying to find the main low-cost administration practices that, even as, show stewardship of our surroundings. safety of biodiversity and sustainable improvement are particularly vital as nationwide pursuits in lots of international locations, and rights-of-way managers are searching for functional how one can contain public participation of their operations.

* Addresses environmental concerns in rights-of-way making plans and management
* presents a discussion board for info trade between a number of organisations, industries, environmental specialists, and educational organizations
* provides peer-reviewed papers to aid in attaining a greater knowing of present environmental matters considering rights-of-way administration

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The result is a fairly stable meadow or shrubscrub community that provides excellent wildlife food and cover, streamside riparian buffers and rare plant habitats. This has enabled some utilities to establish Memoranda of Understanding (MOU) with government land management agencies, and to assist in the control of invasive plants and wildlife habitat improvements. EBL Keywords: Integrated Vegetation Management (IVM), utilities, GIS, habitat, MOU, ROW INTRODUCTION Utility rights-of-way (ROW) can be seen in every town, city and open space across the country.

Let’s weave together what we’ve been talking about—environmental permitting, economic incentives or disincentives, reliability questions, and some of the technical concerns. Are our comments here today appropriate? Or are they missing the mark? Are there answers? Well, I think being proactive is certainly not only desirable, it’s very, very important. Self-regulation may be the goal, but don’t we need someone to play traffic cop? Who’s going to mediate between the elm savers and the fish savers in Berleville?

Of course. It’s appropriate to look at environmental regulations in the same light. There may be regulations relating to steel which don’t make much sense, and don’t improve performance. This is of course true in environmental regulations, but those are the last to need review. We must begin reform efforts with two assumptions. First, the regulations in question were designed, at that time, to achieve a specific objective. Second, it was the best solution at that time. Having a regulation means there was a process in which interested parties sat around a table, talked about the issues, and came to an agreement about the best solution.

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