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Amendment to address low water conditions at Lake Mead

 

BOULDER CITY, Nevada – The National Park Service is accepting additional comments on an environmental assessment for a General Management Plan Amendment to address low-water conditions at Lake Mead National Recreation Area.  This extends an earlier public comment period that ended in December of last year.

The plan would provide a long-term strategy for addressing operational needs to maintain lake access and provide safe and diverse recreational opportunities at lake elevations above 950 feet. The plan will lead to decision-making regarding the suitability and feasibility of the continued use of existing marinas, launch ramps, and other water-based visitor facilities, and identify steps necessary for their continued operation, if possible.

The environmental assessment provides a decision-making framework that analyzes all reasonable alternatives to meet the objectives of the proposal, evaluates potential issues and impacts to resources and values, and identifies mitigation measures to lessen the degree and extent of these impacts.

Under the no action alternative, launch ramps and marina services would be discontinued at insufficient water depths.

Under alternative A, the park’s preferred alternative, launch ramps and existing marina services would continue to an elevation of 950 feet, where possible.

Under alternative B, launch ramps and modified marina services would continue to an elevation of 950 feet, where possible.

Under alternative C, launch ramps would continue to an elevation of 950 feet, where possible. Marina services would be discontinued.

The document is available for review online at http://parkplanning.nps.gov. Comments may be submitted electronically via the website. Written comments should be mailed to Lake Mead National Recreation Area, Compliance Office, 601 Nevada Way, Boulder City, NV 89005.  Comments must be received by February 15, 2019.

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