Current Mitigation

The construction of roads can result in a variety of ecological impacts, ranging from habitat fragmentation to direct strikes of wildlife by vehicles. Since the roads will be used throughout the lifetime of the project, they are considered a permanent land disturbance. Therefore, mitigation and remediation measures should be sufficient to deal with long-term impacts. However, the BMPs proposed by developers to minimize these ecological impacts are fairly limited. Most of these BMPs focus on either keeping vehicles on designated roads, reducing run-off and water pooling around roadways, and limiting the areas where toxic substances can be used such as gasoline and road sealant.