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The National Park Service (NPS) at Death Valley National Park (Park) is seeking public comments regarding a proposed project to upgrade the water collection system at Navel Spring, located east of the Zabriskie Point area in the park.
US Borax, a subsidiary of Rio Tinto Minerals, holds a pre-1914 claim to Navel Spring and is in the process of conveying this claim, along with the historic borax mining camp of Ryan, California, to the Death Valley Conservancy.Rio Tinto and the Death Valley Conservancy have proposed upgrades to the water collection infrastructure associated with this claim, and the National Park Service is conducting an environmental assessment to examine the associated issues and ensure the protection of park resources.
The purpose of the proposed project is to increase public safety by increasing water storage capabilities for fire suppression and visitor use at Ryan; remove invasive non-native plant species from the spring area; protect the water collection facility from contamination; facilitate cleaning and maintenance; and enhance the long-term stability of the spring and water works.
Comments are currently being accepted on this proposal and those received will be used in development of an Environmental Assessment.Comments must be received no later than May 18, 2012. Public comment may be submitted online at the NPS Planning, Environment and Public Comment website: http://parkplanning.nps.gov/NavelSpringScoping. For more information, contact Mike Cipra at 760-786-3227.
If you do not have internet access, you may direct comments regarding this project to the park in writing by mail or hand delivery to:
Death Valley National Park
ATTN: Navel Spring Scoping Comments
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.