- Formulate your arguments to establish a solid groundwork for the entire process, through to appeals and lawsuits.
- Identify key scientific information, analyses, and procedures you want considered; document these in written comments, preferably in the scoping phase, but later is okay too.
- Determine what you want in an ideal alternative and specify how you want this presented.
- Make sure "agreements" are concretely captured in a written alternative.
- No agreement is too obvious to be written down,
- Don't let the agency weasel out of including your alternative unless they can prove to you that it would be illegal.
- Don't let the agency force you to spoon-feed them your alternative in elaborate detail - that's their job. If they have to work through it, they'll retain some degree of "ownership" over that alternative.
- Don't let the agency make your alternative into something other than what you originally intended. This is worse than not including it at all, and will make it tougher to appeal.
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