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Handbook Overview 9 1.3 Summary of Handbook Guidance 1.3.1 Overview of Guidance to Planners One of the key stakeholder groups in the management of water resource issues in the project implementation process is the leaders in the planning of the development project. The roles and responsibilities of the personnel involved in the development project planning process can vary widely from one airport to another. The degree to which these individuals are involved with and/or knowledgeable of the details of water resource issue management can also vary widely. For those who are seeking a greater understanding of the key recommended actions found in the Handbook and for those who do not have the opportunity for a detailed review of the Handbook, an overview of the recommended actions is provided below. Overview of Recommended Actions for Planning Personnel Planners should consider the following actions to promote a more effective man- agement of water resource issues in the development project implementation process. 1. Prior to conceptual planning: Define, with the project management team, the responsibilities and protocols for coordinating information exchange among planners, environmental spe- cialists, and other stakeholders; Request information from environmental compliance specialists that defines existing water resources on the site and potentially applicable regulations; and In consultation with environmental compliance specialists, define the timing and protocols for managing the NEPA process and the process of obtaining permits for individual water resource impacts. 2. During the initial conceptual project layout and identification of potential sites: Ask environmental compliance specialists to identify potential water resource issues for the selected sites; Coordinate with environmental compliance specialists to identify opportuni- ties to avoid water resource impacts; Coordinate with environmental compliance specialists to develop conceptual alternatives for minimizing water resource impacts where impacts cannot be avoided; and Facilitate documentation of alternatives for avoiding and minimizing water resource impacts to support NEPA and other project needs. 3. Following identification of potential project alternative(s): Ask environmental and engineering staff to define controls that may be needed to achieve compliance with applicable laws and regulations; Coordinate with environmental and engineering staff to determine whether implementation of compliance controls and mitigation measures might affect project; and Ask environmental compliance specialists to define the schedule for prepar- ing and obtaining permits for impacts to water resources. 4. Following selection of project alternative: Coordinate with engineering, construction, operations, and environmental compliance departments to see that information exchange between project implementation and water resource issue management continues through project life-cycle.