The EIS is a document required by the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) to promote informed decision-making by federal, state and local agencies by making “detailed information concerning significant environmental impacts” available to both agency leaders and the public. Collaboration, communication and cooperation are vital between all who are involved in environmental decisions, including government officials, private businesses, and the public.

The intent of the EIS is to help key decision-makers make a determination on the request to implement a proposed action, by understanding the action’s impacts on the surrounding human and natural environment.

The public has opportunities to comment while steps are taken to Initial the EIS, Collect Data, Analyze Alternatives and Publish a Draft and Final EIS.  Then a deicision is made and announced.