The PA Department of Environmental Protection (PADEP) regulations do not permit uses
that could lead to impacts on wetlands or floodplains, without significant evidence the impact
would not generate degradation along the waterways.
Information on this page is from the
Long Range Transportation Plan conducted by Safe80 Task Force 2016. www.safe80.org/assets/I80_Corridor_Study.pdf
Encroachment on Pocono Creek, Wetlands and Floodplains
I-8O lies within the Lehigh and Middle Delaware-Brodhead sub-watersheds which empty into the Delaware River. This supports 26 high quality cold water fisheries (HQCWF) streams and Exceptional Value watercourse (EV). These designated areas afford special protective consideration by regulatory agencies.
Encroachment on Woodland
15 plants, 2 reptiles, 1 bird, and a mammal are listed as threatened or endangered within the boundaries of the projected reconstruction corridor.
Requirements of earthmoving activities
Exit 303 - Exit 306 lies on the Marcellus Formation. Excavation below the water level in these areas could release acid rock drainage.
Hazardous and Residual Waste
76 potential waste sites have been identified within the projected reconstruction corridor.