Dyke Marsh Wetland Restoration and Long Term Management Plan/EIS
October 9, 2014
The George Washington Memorial Parkway (GWMP), a unit of the National Park Service (NPS), made available today the Final Dyke Marsh Restoration and Long-term Management Plan/Environmental Impact Statement (final plan/EIS) that evaluates management options for the restoration of Dyke Marsh.
This final plan/EIS describes three alternatives for the restoration and management of the Dyke Marsh Wildlife Preserve (Dyke Marsh) as well as the environment that would be affected by the alternatives and the environmental consequences of implementing these alternatives. The NPS has identified Alternative C as the preferred alternative. Under this alternative, up to 180 acres of various wetland habitats would be restored in a phased approach, with the initial phase including stabilization of the marsh by installing a breakwater on the southern edge of the historic promontory and restoration along the edge of the existing marsh wherever the water is less than 4 feet deep. Future phases would continue marsh restoration within the historic boundaries of the marsh, except for the area immediately adjacent to the marina. Following a 30-day waiting period beginning with the publication of the EPA's Notice of Availability in the Federal Register on October 10, 2014, the alternative or actions constituting the approved plan will be documented in a record of decision that will be signed by the Regional Director of the National Capital Region.
Brent Steury, Supervisory Biologist
Natural Resources Program Manager
George Washington Memorial Parkway