Hornbecks Creek Trail Partial Closure
The trail is closed between the first and second waterfall; a portion of the trail has sloughed off, causing a hazardous condition. The first waterfall is accessible from the 209 trailhead and the second waterfall is accessible from Emory Road.
Dingmans Falls Area and Road Closed
Dingmans Falls Visitor Center, the boardwalk trail to the falls, and the access road are closed through while repairs to the road are made. We anticipate the area reopening in mid-November.
Statement of Findings Available for Review
BUSHKILL, PA - Today, the National Park Service published for public review the draft Statement of Findings (SOF). This document accompanies the environmental review of PPL Electric Utilities Corporations (PPL) and Public Service Electric and Gas Company (PSE&G) Susquehanna-Roseland Transmission Line proposal and documents NPS compliance with Executive Order 11990, "Protection of Wetlands" and Executive Order 11988, "Floodplain Management". The applicant proposes to expand the size of the current ROW, access the ROW through existing and natural and cultural areas, construct new and taller towers, and remove and replace the existing 230 kilovolt (kV) line with a new double-circuit 500 kV line across the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, Middle Delaware National Scenic and Recreational River, and Appalachian National Scenic Trail, in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
The draft SOF describes the wetlands located along the applicant's proposal and each of the five proposed alternatives, evaluates each wetland's functions and values, and describes the impacts to each wetland from the proposed installation of the transmission line. The draft SOF also proposes mitigation for wetland impacts for the preferred alternative, as identified in the draft Environmental Impact Statement. Wetlands mitigation includes wetland restoration, wetland preservation, stream restoration, and r emoval of invasive plant species from high-quality wetlands. The draft SOF also describes the floodplain associated with each alternative, evaluates the project's impacts to the floodplain, and proposes floodplain mitigation for the preferred alternative.
A public comment period has started and will end on August 17, 2012. The draft Statement of Findings is available for review and comment on the NPS Planning, Environment and Public Comment (PEPC) website:
Additionally, the draft Statement of Findings will be available for viewing at the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area Headquarters, 1978 River Road (off US 209) Bushkill, Pennsylvania.
To submit comments, please select the " Comment on Document " button and a blank comment form will appear. If you prefer to mail your comments please select the "Print Form" link in the far left column of the "Comment on Document" page. Comments must be postmarked no later than August 17, 2012.
Did You Know?
... that a century before this recreation area was formed, the Delaware Water Gap was touted as a Wonder of the World, and drew vacationers via rail lines from Philadelphia and New York City. There were trails to stroll, verandas for viewing the gap, and a steamboat for moonlight cruises. More...