October 21, 2016
Contact: Kaetlyn Jackson
Contact: Elizabeth Rogers
Patchogue, NY - Fire Island National Seashore Superintendent Chris Soller announced today that the National Park Service (NPS) has completed the Draft Fire Island Wilderness Breach Management Plan/ Environmental Impact Statement (Draft Breach Plan/EIS) and the plan is available online. On October 28th, a Federal Register Notice is expected to be issued by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and will begin a 45-day public review and comment period.
The Draft Breach Plan/EIS analyzes the environmental impacts of three management alternatives for the breach that formed within the Otis Pike Fire Island High Dune Wilderness during Hurricane Sandy in 2012.
A public meeting will be held Monday, November 7th from 7:00 to 8:30 pm at the Patchogue-Watch Hill Ferry Terminal at 150 West Ave. in Patchogue, New York. The public meeting will provide an opportunity to learn more about the plan, to ask questions about the plan, and to submit written comments.
The Draft Breach Plan/EIS is available and comments may be submitted online at the NPS Planning, Environmental and Public Comment website at: https://parkplanning.nps.gov/FireIslandBreachManagementPlan
. Written comments may be mailed to: Chris Soller, Superintendent, Fire Island National Seashore, 120 Laurel Street Patchogue, NY 11772.
Preparation of the Draft Breach Plan/EIS began with an initial public scoping period from August 31 to October 8, 2015. In accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act, the NPS has prepared a Draft Breach Plan/EIS to provide a thorough evaluation to determine the potential benefits and consequences of management strategies prior to making a decision on how to manage the wilderness breach.