Death Valley National Park Seeks Public Comment on Environmtenal Assessment for Navel Spring Water System Repair and Maintenance Project

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Date: November 14, 2013

The National Park Service (NPS) is currently accepting comments on an Environmental Assessment (EA), which analyzes a proposal from Rio Tinto to perform maintenance, repairs, and improvements to their water system at Navel Spring in Death Valley National Park.Rio Tinto is a pre-1914 water rights claim holder at Navel Spring.

An analysis of two alternatives and their potential impacts to the environment and park resources are presented in the EA—no action and Rio Tinto's proposed action. Rio Tinto's proposed action does not expand the historic footprint of the water system, allows legal access to the water rights claim, and serves to protect park resources.  

Pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act and Council on Environmental Quality regulations, the NPS is conducting a public comment period for review of the completed Environmental Assessment (EA) for this project. The EA is available to download from the NPS Planning, Environment and Public Comment website: copies may be obtained by contacting the park at 760-786-3227. Note that the request for hard copies will not extend the comment period.

Comments must be received no later than December 16, 2013.Public comment may be submitted online at the NPS Planning, Environment and Public Comment website: you do not have internet access, you may direct comments regarding this project to the park in writing by mail or hand delivery to:

Park Superintendent

Death Valley National Park

ATTN: Navel Spring EA

P.O. Box 579

Death Valley , CA 92328

Notice Regarding FOIA

It is the practice of the NPS to make all comments, including names and addresses of respondents who provide that information, available for public review following the conclusion of the environmental assessment process. Individuals may request that the NPS withhold their name and/or address from public disclosure. If you wish to do this, you must state this prominently at the beginning of your comment. Commentators using the website can make such a request by checking the box "keep my contact information private."NPS will honor such requests to the extent allowable by law, but you should be aware that NPS may still be required to disclose your name and address pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act. We will make all submissions from organizations, businesses, and from individuals identifying themselves as representatives or officials of organizations or businesses available for public inspection in their entirety.


Last updated: February 28, 2015

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P.O. Box 579
Death Valley, CA 92328


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