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Tip 9: Convey the Bottom Line
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.
Tip 10: Document the Details Elsewhere
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