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Affected Resources

Affected resources are those elements of physical, biological, and human systems that are affected by a project. Examples include land use, air quality, and ecology.

Put simply, the resources affected by a project are those resources that occur in the area of influence. As might be expected, there is usually a multitude of resources that occur in the area of influence and it can sometimes be a challenge to determine which of these are of greatest concern and should be considered in the assessment.

Assessments typically evaluate impacts to the following resources:

Things to consider when identifying affected resources to be included in an assessment:

  • Regulatory Status: Some resources have regulatory status and are required to be evaluated such as threatened species and endangered species, waters of the United States of America, prime farmlands, wetlands, floodplains, essential fish habitat, critical habitat, minority and low-income populations.

  • Economic Importance: Some resources are economically important such as commercially important species, mineral resources, recreational areas, residential areas, and agricultural areas.

  • Operations: Affected resources include those within the project footprint and surroundings, areas affected by emissions and effluents, and the socioeconomic regions supplying workers.

  • Societal Value: Some resources have societal value such as sacred sites, traditional subsistence resources, and recreational areas.

Resources in the project area can be identified using literature searches, internet searches, government databases, project-specific surveys, and consultations with resource agencies or tribes. For resources with regulatory status, consultation with the appropriate regulatory agency is always recommended and/or required.