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Invitation for Public Comment (Scoping) for Fort Stanton Park Reservoir Project

Dear Park Neighbors and Other Interested Persons:

The National Park Service (NPS) and the District of Columbia Water & Sewer Authority (DC WASA) are coordinating on the preparation of Environmental Assessment (EA) for work associated with two operating reservoirs located in Fort Stanton Park in Southeast Washington, DC. The EA will address the stabilization and restoration of a slope within Fort Stanton Park that has failed on multiple occasions. The site also has a 30-inch water main that provides water service to one hundred thousand District residents. DC WASA proposes to perform the work as part of a broader project involving rehabilitation of one of two reservoirs. A transfer of management jurisdiction of part of the reservoir compound from NPS to DC WASA is also proposed in the EA (one of the two existing reservoirs is located on NPS property, having never been officially transferred to DC WASA).

We are currently conducting scoping for this proposed action and invite you to provide comments or other feedback to assist in identifying the potential issues and/or concerns that should be addressed in the EA. The NPS will be accepting comments until December 4, 2009.

Sincerely,
Gayle Hazelwood
Superintendent
Comment Period: 10/26/2009 - 12/04/2009
Topic Questions Instructions:
The feedback may be associated with tree cutting, soil erosion, water quality, traffic, visitor use, wildlife, noise, visual impacts, wildlife, public safety, or other factors. The feedback we collect will help to guide impact analysis in an Environmental Assessment (EA) document that will be developed in the coming months.

Part of the proposed action is to transfer management jurisdiction of the federal parkland where Fort Stanton Reservoir #2 and eliminate future boundary and permitting confusion.

Topic Questions:
1. We are collecting feedback from the public that will help us identify the potential impacts that could result from restoration/stabilization activities at the existing two DC WASA reservoirs at Fort Stanton Park. Similarly, there may be concerns about the proposed transfer of management jurisdiction of National Park Service property to DC WASA*.

No public meetings have been scheduled for this, the initial "scoping" phase of this project. As alternatives are developed, in the EA, further public comment will be sought out.


*Only one of the two DC WASA reservoirs within the existing fenced and secured Fort Stanton Park reservoir compound was transferred from the National Park Service to DCWASA. The second reservoir within the existing reservoir compound, remains National Park Service property.

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