Understanding and Preparing Preliminary EIAP Documents (DOPAA): Air Force Specific


Participants learn to complete AF Form 813 and write meaningful DOPAAs. A well-written Air Force Form 813 describes the proposed action as well as alternatives, to determine whether environmental issues are serious enough to delay or even stop the proposed project.


Upon completion of this workshop, participants will be able to do the following:

  • Understand the fundamentals of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA)
  • Define the need for action and the objectives you intend to accomplish
  • Develop and document the various alternatives, including rejected alternatives
  • Identify environmental issues of special sensitivity that might delay or stop the proposed project
  • Prepare a proper Description Of the Proposed Action and Alternatives (DOPAA) and AF Form 813 for any Air Force proposed action


We tailor each workshop to meet the needs of the participants. The basic format of the interactive workshop includes the following components:

  • Understanding NEPA
    Learn the twin objectives of NEPA, the relationship of NEPA to Air Force mission requirements, and the organizational requirements of the Environmental Impact Analysis Process (EIAP).
  • Understanding Air Force Form 813 in Relation to NEPA
    Learn the role of AF Form 813 in the EIAP sequence, how to use AF Form 813 in relation to different levels of NEPA compliance, how to fill out AF Form 813, and the art of critiquing AF Form 813 before submitting it for review and rework.
  • Building Team Relationships
    Learn how project proponents and environmental management can work together as a team—as opposed to in isolation—to prevent unnecessary project delays and associated increases in project cost.


Participants for this training generally include project proponents responsible for planning, implementing, or monitoring construction and renovation projects, airspace and range actions, and base reuse.


Understanding and Preparing Preliminary EIAP Documents is an interactive workshop designed to build practical skills. For optimum learning, class size is limited to between 12 and 25 participants.This 2-day workshop consists of a carefully designed combination of the following:

  • 60% Lecture
  • 40% Discussion and exercises


Participants receive the following:

  • Comprehensive workshop manual
  • Workshop Resources workbook