A Computerized Methodology for Estimating the Impact of Water Resource Projects on the Terrestrial Ecosystem

Measurement of the quality ofwildlife habitat is a necessity in planning and analyzing water resource projects. A methodology that provides a measure of habitat quality must consider the following factors: 1) the quantity of land uses, 2) the degree of interspersion of land uses, and 3) the condition of land management. A computerized methodology that considers each of these factors is provided for estimating habitat quality and evaluating: the impact of proposed water resource development alternatives. A computerized methodology is desirable because it reduces the computational effort, the likelihood of computational error, and the time required to evaluate a large number of proposed alternatives. The computer output includes the information required to assess the degree of mitigation required.

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