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Zion Announces Approval of the Irrigation System Upgrade Project

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Date: February 24, 2012
Contact: Kezia Nielsen, 435-772-0211
Contact: David Eaker, 435-772-7811

Zion National Park Superintendent Jock Whitworth announces the completion of the environmental analysis for the upgrade to one of the park irrigation systems and the signing of the finding of no significant impact (FONSI) by the National Park Service Intermountain Regional Director. This approval follows a 30-day public review period of the environmental assessment (EA) that analyzed the impacts of the project. The project will begin when funding becomes available.

The FONSI and EA constitute the record of the environmental impact analysis and decision-making process for upgrade to the irrigation system. The National Park Service will implement the preferred alternative as described in the EA and FONSI. The preferred alternative includes measures for protection of park resources, benefits to health and safety, improvements to visitor experience, and park operations and management. The alternative was selected after careful review of resource and visitor impacts, and public comment.

For more information, or to obtain a copy of the FONSI, please visit the National Park Service Planning, Environment, and Public Comment website at http://parkplanning.nps.gov/zion.

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