The National Environmental Protection Act requires federal agencies to prepare an environmental impact statement (EIS) for major projects. The preparation of an EIS is part of the project planning process to ensure that all environmental concerns are considered. The EIS explains the project's environmental impact, describes measures to reduce or avoid that impact, and tries to resolve environmental conflicts with the public.
In "real life" the government conducts the study. However, bidders on the Smallville prairie development must submit an EIS containing the required elements. A good EIS is objective and provides a framework for the prairie management plan to be submitted by each company.
Consider including some of these items in your ESI as well:
- A brief description of the existing site
- The amount of land in the 40-acre plot that will be covered by buildings, parking lots, roads, etc. (The blueprint will show the location of these items.)
- The kind of garbage and waste materials produced by your development and how you will get rid of them
- How your development will affect the surrounding ecosystems (forest, wetlands, river, etc.) and the quality of air and water in Smallville
- A review of the impact of this development on any endangered or threatened species found at the site
- Steps you will take to make sure that your development does not harm Smallville and the surrounding area