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... that provides a technical tool for state and local jurisdictions to "determine the ability of the Florida Keys ecosystem, and the various segments thereof, to withstand all impacts of additional land development activities." This National Research Council (NRC) report provides a critical review of the Florida Keys Carrying Capacity Study: Test Carrying Capacity Analysis Model, First Draft (URS Corporation, Inc., 2001a)
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... . (Note: This NRC Committee also provided an Interim Review of the Florida Keys Carrying Capacity Study [National Research Council, 20011 in March 2001 [Full text included in Appendix Bj)
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... In addition, several of the modules lack direct statements regarding the uncertainty and the limitations of the data and analysis, yet output described in the text includes color coded maps that apply threshold values that imply a precision that simply does not exist. Many of the currently available models used in the Draft CCAM require that restoration, land acquisition for conservation, and conversion of septic tanks and cess pits to higher levels of treatment all occur immediately.
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... Significant improvement of the CCAM is required in several key aspects if it is to be useful as an impact assessment tool. Endeavors such as the CCAM tend to obscure significant scientific uncertainty and project an unrealistic understanding of complicated environmental issues.

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