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 https://parkplanning.nps.gov/
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: https://parkplanning.nps.gov/
Paul Labovitz, Superintendent
Last updated: July 8, 2016