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.
Release of Susquehanna-Roseland Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS)
Contact: Kathleen Sandt, 570 426-2429
BUSHKILL, PA - On November 21, 2011, park managers announced through the Federal Register the publication of the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the proposed Susquehanna-Roseland high voltage electric transmission line. This DEIS is in response to the construction and right-of-way permits requested by Pennsylvania Power and Light Electric Utilities (PPL) and Public Service Electric and Gas Company (PSE&G). The proposed line would cross the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, Middle Delaware National Scenic and Recreational River, and Appalachian National Scenic Trail, in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
With this announcement, the DEIS is now available for download through the project website at http://parkplanning.nps.gov/DEWA. A desk copy is also available for viewing at Park Headquarters located at 1 River Road (off U.S. 209) Bushkill, Pennsylvania. Additionally, hardcopies will be available at local libraries in the next few days.
In addition to the National Park Service announcement, the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Notice of Availability for the DEIS is expected to be released in the Federal Register on December 2, 2011. Public comment is extremely important and will be accepted through January 31, 2012. A CD or hardcopy of the document will be provided to those who requested one and will be mailed when the EPA notice is published.
Detailed information about the need for the DEIS and the project timeline can be found on the National Park Service Planning, Environment and Public Comment (PEPC) website: http://parkplanning.nps.gov/DEWA
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