Environmental protection is no longer just a “fad” or “movement” or the “hip” thing of today. It is a way of life.
Whatever your outdoor passion is, environmental regulations protect the water/land you do it on/in.
As environmental regulatory policy demands continue to become more complex in response to increasing environmental issues, enforcing policies is a way to help the community protect and maintain our natural resources for a better quality of life.
We have all witnessed the long-term damage done to our natural resources over several decades of little to no policies. Most of us have come to realize that “fixing” the environment is much costlier than just doing the “right thing” and protecting our natural resources that we all use in our everyday lives.
Take for example the decades and multi-billions of dollars it is costing to repair the damage done to the Everglades. The Everglades is not just a pretty place to visit and see some alligators. It is from where eight million South Floridians get their drinking water.
And if you do not care about the birds and the bees and the alligators, or how clean the water is in which you bath your children, you may just care about the financial impact that clean water has on the economic environment in which you live:
2018 Florida Tourists Facts (visitflorida.org):
To help put that into prospective, without tourism, Florida’s 8.3 million households would each have to pay $1,487 more in state and local taxes to maintain current levels of receipts.2
In the commercial and recreational fishing industry alone, Florida generated $27.8 billion in sales and supported 173,000 jobs in 2016 (fisheries.noaa.gov).
Why does all that matter, because if we do not have clean water, most of those tourist would never bother coming to Florida, as most come to enjoy activities involving water, whether to swim in, fish in, boat in, sail in, dive in, etc..
An environmental assessment is as simple or complicated as you need it to be.
Essentially, it is an inspection of a particular parcel of land for purposes of recording and listing all of the plants, trees, wetland areas, and animals located on the parcel. More complicated inspections involve contaminated parcels or parcels around the vicinity that may warrant a possible issue for the particular parcel being inspected.
The purpose is to educate the landowner/future landowner of any regulated or protected species on the parcel in which environmental rules, laws, or regulations may protect any particular species of plant, tree, animal that is Federally or state protected.
This report enables the landowner/future landowner to make financially decisions.