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Park seeks public comment on proposed Enabling Restoration of Northeast Shark River Slough

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Date: May 31, 2009
Contact: Bruce Bowler, 305-224-4234
Contact: Linda Friar, 305-242-7714

The National Park Service (NPS) plans to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) of proposed modifications to the Tamiami Trail to restore flows and ecological conditions and enable restoration of Northeast Shark River Slough in Everglades National Park.

The 2009 Omnibus Appropriations Act directed the Secretary of the Interior, acting through the National Park Service, to immediately evaluate the feasibility of additional bridge length, beyond that to be constructed pursuant to the Modified Water Deliveries Project, including a continuous bridge, or additional bridges or some combination thereof, for the Tamiami Trail to restore more natural water flow to Everglades National Park and Florida Bay and for the purpose of restoring habitat within the Park and the ecological connectivity between the Park and the Water Conservation Areas. 

The NPS is seeking public input on the proposed project and the alternatives and issues to be included in the EIS.

Public Meeting: The public is invited to attend a public meeting on June 2, 2009:

Location:  South-Dade Regional Library (1st floor)
 10750 SW 211th St, Cutler Bay, FL 33189
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 June 26, 2009: 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 Enabling Restoration of Northeast Shark River Slough, 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 Proposed Northeast Shark River Slough Project.

Written comments should be postmarked by June 26, 2009 to:
National Park Service
Attention Pat Kenney
Denver Service Center, Planning Division
P.O. Box 25287
Denver, CO 80225-0287

As soon as the EIS is completed, it will be made available for public review and comment for a 30-day period.

For more information or questions about the Proposed Shark River Slough Restoration Project, contact Bruce Boler, Project Manager at 305-224-4234 or bruce _boler@nps.gov.

-NPS-

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Sawgrass Prairie

Everglades National Park holds the largest continuous stand of sawgrass prairie in North America. Deer, apple snails, muskrats, and alligators are just some of the species wildlife that utilize this habitat for survival.