The Constitution Pipeline (CP) would require the clear-cutting of 1,000 acres of forested land, including 100-foot-wide swaths leading up to and away from delicate streamside riparian zones. Riparian zones are extremely vulnerable to erosion if not populated with trees and vegetation, whose roots act as anchors for soil and whose canopies help reduce the impact of raindrops on exposed soil.1 CP would also require the digging of massive trenches on steep slopes in clay soil and the blasting of consolidated rock. All of these activities will cause runoff, making streams muddy, or turbid.
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