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    Glacier Bay

    National Park & Preserve Alaska

Proposed U.S. Coast Guard Search and Rescue Communication Installations in Glacier Bay 11/02/09

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Date: November 2, 2009
Contact: Allison Banks, Public Information Officer, 907-697-2230

The US Coast Guard has requested a Right of Way permit for up to two search and rescue/communications installations in Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve. One proposed site located in the Deception Hills area of the National Preserve would provide communication capability for the Fairweather Banks area of the Gulf of Alaska.  A second proposed site would provide improved communication capability for the inside waters of Glacier Bay proper.  A typical installation consists of a 40-60' self-supporting tower with microwave dish, generator shed, fuel and battery storage, communication shed, wind generator, solar panel array, and, for the Deception Hills site, a 12'x12' helicopter landing pad.

The NPS and USCG will be preparing an Environmental Assessment that will consider a range of alternatives and analyze the consequences and effects of each on park and preserve resources.

 

For a detailed description of the project and to submit comments,  please visit the NPS Planning, Environment, and Public Comment website using the following link:

 

http://parkplanning.nps.gov/projectHome.cfm?parkId=12&projectId=26546

Did You Know?

Bartlett Cove receives 75 inches of rain each year

Glacier Bay has a maritime climate, heavily influenced by ocean currents. The result is mild winter and cool summer temperatures at sea level. Summer visitors can expect highs between 50-60F. Winter lows rarely drop into the single digits.