Park seeks public comment on proposed Cape Sable Canals Dam Restoration Project Environmental Assessment
Contact: Linda Friar, 305-242-7714
The National Park Service (NPS) plans to prepare an environmental assessment (EA) of options for mitigating the impacts from failed dams on the East Cape and Homestead Canals at Cape Sable in Everglades National Park. The purpose of the project is to prevent saltwater intrusion into freshwater marshes that are habitat for the threatened American crocodile and various wading birds by restoring the failed dams on the two canals. The NPS is seeking public input on the proposed action and the alternatives and issues to be addressed in the environmental assessment.
Public Meeting: The public is invited to attend a public meeting on October 8, 2008:
Location: South Dade Regional Library
Time: 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.
The first hour of the meeting will be an open house and NPS staff will be available to discuss the project, answer questions and record public comments. At 6:00 p.m. there will be a brief presentation on the project, followed by a public comment session.
Public comment period ends October 23, 2008: The public can view a project newsletter and submit comments directly on the National Park Service Planning, Environment and Public Comment (PEPC) site http://parkplanning.nps.gov. Select “Everglades NP” from the drop down box, then Cape Sable Canals Dam Restoration EA”, and “Open for Public Comment” box. A paper copy of the newsletter may be requested by calling the park at 305-242-7700. If prompted by voice mail, press “2” at 1st prompt and “5” at 2nd prompt to leave mailing information. Please state that you are requesting the newsletter for the Cape Sable Canals Dam Restoration Project.
Written comments should be mailed by October 23, 2008 to:
As soon as the environmental assessment is completed, it will be made available for public review for a 30-day period.
For more information or questions about the proposed Dam Restoration Project, contact Dewitt Smith, Project Manager at 305-224-4218 or e-mail us.
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Did You Know?
The Everglades served as the backdrop for much of the military action during the Seminole Wars. The Seminole and Miccosukee people sought refuge within the isolated and relatively unknown expanse of land and water.