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2009 (Vol. 1, Issue: 2)
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Environmental Baseline Characteristics for a Pilot Project Site for Integrated Solid Waste Management in Makurdi, Nigeria

S.V. Irtwange and R. Sha’Ato
Corresponding Author:  Simon V. Irtwange 

Key words:  Environmental baseline characteristics, EIA, integrated solid waste management, Makurdi, Nigeria, ,
Vol. 1 , (2): Page No: 81-98
Submitted Accepted Published
2009 August, 30 2009 Sept., 22

The study of the pilot project site for integrated solid waste management in Makurdi, Nigeria was conducted to establish the environmental baseline characteristics as part of an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) process. Survey of literature was conducted to generate information on climate, geology, and the general physical, chemical and biological status of the environment as well as identify information gaps. This was achieved through the consultation of existing studies/survey reports, technical publications, textbooks, etc. Field data gathering exercise was conducted to fill information gap identified from desk survey and also to validate existing information. It entailed visual observation, interviews, on-site measurements and collection of samples for laboratory analysis and testing. The study covered terrain/topography, climate and meteorology, land ownership, land use and zoning, soil quality, geological formations underneath the project site, hydrology and water quality, groundwater geophysical survey, hydro geology, ambient air quality, ecology of the project site and surroundings, baseline noise levels and public consultation. The results of the study indicates that the environmental components of the site were within natural background levels of the environment except the outcrops of the Makurdi sandstone in the designated land fill areas having served as a road construction excavation site in the past. The study also shows that apart from the nearby stream, there are no existing environmental stresses or pollution within the area.
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S.V. Irtwange and R. Sha’Ato, 2009. Environmental Baseline Characteristics for a Pilot Project Site for Integrated Solid Waste Management in Makurdi, Nigeria.  Research Journal of Environmental and Earth Sciences, 1(2): Page No: 81-98.
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