Environmental Information Document:
You have completed the Environmental Information Document module. Before you move on, let's take a moment to review.
An EID is a written analysis prepared by the applicant that provides sufficient information for the Responsible Official to undertake an environmental review and prepare either an Environmental Assessment (EA) and Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) or an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and Record of Decision (ROD) for the proposed action.
The EID should address the following:
- Purpose and need for the project
- Proposed project and funding status
- Existing environment
- Alternatives analysis
- Environmental impacts and mitigation (including cumulative impacts)
- Cross-cutter coordination/consultation activities
- Public participation
- List of preparers
- List of references
In preparing the EID, some helpful tips to remember are:
- Avoid statements that are ambiguous, inconsistent, unsubstantiated, redundant, or biased.
- Keep text easy to understand and well organized.
- Keep the EID concise and focused on key issues.
- Use current information and include references.
- Use maps, figures, and tables when possible.
- If data gaps exist, clearly identify them.