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INDIANA DUNES NATIONAL LAKESHORE: The National Park Service will host a public meeting on the draft Environmental Impact Statement for the "Shoreline Restoration and Management Plan" for Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. The meeting will be at Sycamore Hall in Woodland Park, 2100 Willow Creek Road, Portage, Indiana, on October 23, 2012, from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. The meeting will include a brief presentation on the plan, informational displays, and a public question and answer session.
Funded through the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, in collaboration with the Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers, the National Park Service has prepared the draft Shoreline Restoration and Management Plan to restore Indiana's eroding beaches. This plan recommends methods to remedy erosion and damage to the dunes and beaches of Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore.
The draft Environmental Impact Statement has been prepared to provide scientifically-based alternatives for the restoration of natural sediment movement along the southern shore of Lake Michigan within and adjacent to Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. For the purpose of this plan the shoreline was divided into four sections (referred to as reaches) based upon sediment erosion and accretion. The draft Environmental Impact Statement evaluates seven possible alternatives for reaches 1 and 2, extending from Crescent Dune to Willow Lane, including a no-action alternative. For reaches 3 and 4, extending from Willow Lane to the City of Gary's US Steel breakwater, four alternatives were evaluated, including a no-action alternative. All alternatives meet park purposes and objectives while protecting park resources by minimizing impacts, and are consistent with the legislative intent of Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, applicable NPS laws, policies, and regulations.
A written copy of the draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Shoreline Restoration and Management Plan is available in three different formats. The plan is available online at http://parkplanning.nps.gov/indu. A compact disk can be mailed to interested parties by calling 219-395-1547. Copies of the document are 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.
The preferred method of commenting on the draft Environmental Impact Statement is to use the electronic form located at: http://parkplanning.nps.gov/indu. The 60-day comment period closes on November 13, 2012. Those who cannot use the electronic form may mail or drop off a hard copy comment form and/or letter to:
Superintendent, Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore
Attention: Charles Morris, Environmental Protection Specialist
1100 North Mineral Springs Road
Porter, Indiana 46304-1299
Comments must be postmarked or delivered no later than November 13, 2012. Comments received after that date will not be considered in the official record.
Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore is part of the National Park Service. More than 20,000 National Park Service employees care for America's 397 national parks and work with communities across the nation to help preserve local history and create close-to-home recreational opportunities. Learn more at www.nps.gov.