North Atlantic Regional Water Resources Study. Appendix N. Visual and Cultural Environment,
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This report is addressed to the relationship of visual and cultural environmental values to water and related land resources planning. The land and water area is the North Atlantic Region, an area made up of the major river basins draining into the North Atlantic Ocean. The region extends from the North Carolina border to the Canadian border. It is approximately 900 miles long, averages about 200 miles wide and comprises 167,000 square miles. The area houses about one-fourth of the Nations population and a concentration of major metropolitan centers. The overall focus of the North Atlantic Regional Water Resources Study is the optimum development of water and related land resources over a planning period extending to the year 2020 with intermediate benchmark years set at 1980 and 2000. The three major objectives which were set for the study are environmental quality, regional development and national efficiency. These are objectives that can be significantly affected by water resources development, they are of broad interest in terms of public investment and they are reasonably comprehensive. Thus these objectives also foster consideration of most of the effects of water resource investment.
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