There should be a succinct and substantive summary of the key planning issues addressed in the report.
Although it is essential to integrate economic and environmental issues in to water project plans, the practice of merging of water project planning reports with environmental impact reports should be reconsidered. If these reports are to be merged, the process of integrating them should focus on presenting a clear understanding of the overall report, as well as linkages among its main components. Each of these types of reports presents considerable preparation and presentation complications, however, and in large, complex planning studies, the separation of the environmental impact assessment report from the feasibility and project planning reports should be considered.
For studies of this magnitude, a full-time staff—technical editor(s) and technical writer(s)—should be retained to oversee the report production and presentation process, including the display of Web-based documents.
Technical details of planning studies should not be included in the report’s main body but should be included in appendices, both on paper and in Web-based documents.