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In 1999 the Department of Agriculture announced that During the period from 1992 to 1997 an average of 3.2 million acres were developed per year, more than double the annual average of 1.4 million acres during the previous decade.
A USA Today Article in Mar. 2002 stated:
The need of greenways protection of watershed areas to maintain safe drinking water, endangered and threatened species are an important indicator of pristine areas. open space is better than active recreation (soccer, baseball) greenways biodiversity, Sprawl and development aquifers emptied on steep slopes where bedrock is blasted . polluted streams and drinking water, flooding and eutrophication of both lakes an reservoirs, diminishes the natural resources while it increases the need for them. reduced quality of life. invasive plant problem that is destroying the state's natural landscapesIncreased traffic and commute time; tax increases for new roads; threatens historic places and open space; new school costs; disinvestment in education and community; property values decrease.
Sprawl causes dilution of: infrastructures; schools (teacher/student ratios, closures/enrollments, investments and repair); services (police and fire response times; water supply, main breaks and repairs; sewage system; street maintenance, potholes, orange barrels, insurance claims; stakeless stakeholders -- taxation in one jurisdiction pays for growth in another; fairness versus choice.
Loss of Farmland
Eutrophication is a condition in an aquatic ecosystem where high nutrient concentrations stimulate blooms of algae.
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