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Reader-Friendly Environmental Documents

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WSDOT works to create reader-friendly environmental documents to help the public and decision-makers understand the effects and benefits of our work. Governor Gregoire's Plain Talk Executive Order directs state agencies to use simple and clear language when communicating with citizens.

The Reader-Friendly folio (pdf 310 kb) gives a quick overview of WSDOT's Reader-Friendly approach.

The Reader-Friendly Document Tool Kit (pdf 1.3 mb) and appendices (pdf 2.7 mb) provide specific guidance for writing WSDOT environmental documents. 

Example WSDOT Reader-Friendly Environmental Documents  

Additional Resources

  • The WSDOT Communications Manual provides specific background to WSDOT staff and contractors for written documents, web pages, graphics and media relations.  You can obtain a copy from our Communications Office, if you do not have access to our intranet.
  • Improving the Quality of Environmental Documents --AASHTO/ACEC 2006 report
  • FHWA 2006 memo supporting the AASHTO/ACEC report.
  • Federal Plain language website provides a wide variety of techniques