Reasonable and Prudent Alternatives (RPAs) are alternative methods of implementing the project that would avoid the likelihood of jeopardy to listed species or modify critical habitat. They are issued as a component of a biological opinion and are alternative actions that:
(1)can be implemented in a manner consistent with the intended purpose of the action;
(2) can be implemented consistent with the scope of the action agency’s legal authority and jurisdiction;
(3) are economically and technologically feasible; and
(4) NMFS or USFWS believe would avoid the likelihood of jeopardizing the continued existence of listed species or result in the destruction or adverse modification of critical habitat.