National Park Service Seeks Public Comment on River Plan

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Date: July 8, 2016

The National Park Service has released the Environmental Assessment for the “East Branch Little Calumet River Use Management Plan” for Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, and is seeking public comment.

This document is a collaborative effort of the National Park Service, the United States Forest Service, and the Urban Waters Initiative to explore and evaluate a full range of recreational opportunities and the environmental impacts of those activities on those portions of the East Branch of the Little Calumet River which lie within Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore.

For the purpose of this assessment, the river was divided into four sections (referred to as reaches) based on environmental conditions. They are: Reach 1 - Heron Rookery, Reach 2 - U.S. Highway 20 to Indiana State Road 149, Reach 3 - from Indiana State Road 149 to the Izaak Walton Property, and Reach 4 - from the Burns Waterway Small Boat Harbor to Portage Lakefront and Riverwalk.

The 30-day comment period will begin on Friday, July 8. The Environmental Assessment will be available for review in two different formats. It can be found online at and a copy of the document will be available for review at the Indiana Dunes Visitor Center at 1215 North State Road 49 in Porter, Indiana and at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore headquarters located at 1100 North Mineral Springs Road in Porter, Indiana.

In addition, park staff will host a Public Meeting on the plan at the Indiana Dunes Visitor Center on July 20, 2016, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.The meeting will feature a brief presentation and a question and answer session on the Environmental Assessment. The public can stop by at any time during the meeting.

Comments must be received by August 8, 2016 and can be made using the electronic form located at: Comments can also be mailed to, or dropped off, at the following address:

Paul Labovitz, Superintendent
Attention: Gia Wagner, Branch Chief, Natural Resource Management
Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore
1100 North Mineral Springs Road
Porter, Indiana 46304-1299

Last updated: July 8, 2016

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