Construction Impacts on Bats in Nearby Caves
Wildlife & Ecosystems
Blasting, bridge pier construction, and other construction activities can temporarily increase noise and vibration levels, but to what extent does this occur inside caves? Collect and analyze noise and vibration data in caves during active construction projects. Analyze the effects on federally listed bat species.
The USFWS can impose strict time constraints on construction activites, such as blasting, drilling bridge piers, etc., when the project is within 0.25 mile of a cave with known T&E species. Currently, there is no data to dispute or to support the effects active construction activities has on caves or their inhabitants.
Arkansas Department of Transportation
May 19, 2020
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