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Dear Friends,

The National Park Service, George Washington Memorial Parkway is pleased to announce the availability of the draft Dyke Marsh wetland restoration and long-term management plan and environmental impact (Draft Plan/EIS). Earlier in the process, we asked for your input on our goals for the plan, the issues that could arise through its implementation, and the proposed alternatives.

Using feedback we received from the public, from a team of scientists convened to inform the planning process, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), we developed a range of alternatives to restore the marsh and meet the plan's goals. Our team members analyzed the impacts of those alternatives on hydrology and sediment transport, soils and sediments, surface water quality, floodplains, vegetation and wetlands, fish and wildlife, species of special concern, archaeological resources, historic structures and districts and cultural landscapes, visitor use and experience, adjacent property owners and the marina, and park management and operations. We then identified a preferred alternative that would best meet the plan goals and objectives.

All of this information is now presented for your review in the Draft Plan/EIS, which has been prepared in accordance with the 1969 National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA); Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, as amended; and other laws, policies and regulations. Because your feedback is essential to the development of the Final Plan/EIS, we are asking for your thoughtful review and comments during the 60-day comment period.

As vital contributors to the planning process, we hope you take the opportunity to provide feedback, and if possible, join us at the public meeting (see below). Thank you.

Alexcy Romero
Superintendent

**UPDATE**
The public meeting has been rescheduled for Wednesday, February 26 from 6:30 to 8:30 at Indigo Landing on Daingerfield Island.

Click on the "Meeting Notices" link on the left side of this page for more information.
Contact Information
Brent Steury, Supervisory Biologist
Natural Resources Program Manager
George Washington Memorial Parkway
(703) 289-2541