Tip 9: Convey the Bottom Line

Key Points

  • The comparison of alternatives may be the only part of a NEPA document that decision makers and stakeholders read fully.
  • The presentation in comparative form must define the significant issues and provide a clear basis for choice among options.

Compare and Contrast

  • Focus on the bottom line and clearly emphasize and concisely contrast the principal differences between alternatives.
  • Do not simply repeat the summaries of the environmental effects presented later in the document. Highlight the most important impacts and any differences in impacts among alternatives.
  • Communicate what is most important and useful to making a decision.
  • Consider how best to indicate to the decision maker which information in the comparison of alternatives in Chapter 2 is critically important.
  • Consider a tabular presentation, which may be more effective and efficient than a narrative presentation. Better still, consider an infographic presentation.

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