The National Park Service is required by the NPS Organic Act and the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) to plan and make informed decisions that help preserve park resources and values. The NPS carries out this responsibility by preparing studies and involving the public before making decisions that will affect the environment.
Planning projects at Lake Mead National Recreation Area include Environmental Impact Statements, Environmental Assessments, management plans and decision documents, such as Findings of No Significant Impact and Records of Decision. Ongoing and recently completed planning projects can be found on the National Park Service Planning, Environment & Public Comment (PEPC) website. The PEPC site makes it easy for you to review planning and environmental documents and allows you to post your comments on documents open for public comment.
Management plans ensure park managers are guided by law, regulation, science and public input when ensuring the mission of the park is accomplished. The park's mission is governed by both the National Park Service Organic Act and the legislation that created Lake Mead National Recreation Area known as enabling legislation.
Glossary of Terms
Environmental Impact Statement (EIS)
Environmental Assessment (EA)
Record of Decision (ROD)
Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI)
Historic PreservationSeparate from NEPA, Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966 requires Federal agencies to take into account the effects of their undertakings on historic properties. The public’s views are essential to our decision making in regards to the many historic properties within Lake Mead National Recreation Area. As required by 36 CFR Part 800.2(d), the regulations implementing Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act, when the National Park Service plans projects that involve historic preservation, the park uses PEPC to seek public input.
Last updated: June 10, 2019