Environmental Mitigation Activities Law and Legal Definition

Environmental mitigation activities means “strategies, policies, programs, actions, and activities that, over time, will serve to avoid, minimize, or compensate for (by replacing or providing substitute resources) the impacts to or disruption of elements of the human and natural environment associated with the implementation of a long-range statewide transportation plan or metropolitan transportation plan. The human and natural environment includes, for example, neighborhoods and communities, homes and businesses, cultural resources, parks and recreation areas, wetlands and water sources, forested and other natural areas, agricultural areas, endangered and threatened species, and the ambient air. The environmental mitigation strategies and activities are intended to be regional in scope, and may not necessarily address potential project-level impacts.” [23 CFR 450.104; Title 23-Highways; Chapter I-Federal Highway Administration, Department Of Transportation; Subchapter E-Planning And Research; Part 450-Planning Assistance And Standards; Subpart A -Transportation Planning And Programming Definitions]