Wabash Avenue/Porter Access Environmental Assessment
The National Park Service has released the draft Environmental Assessment for "Wabash Avenue/Porter Access Site", and is seeking public comment. Each unit of the national park system is driven by federal enabling legislation and this assessment is needed to ensure the Wabash Avenue project is in harmony with the legislative intent of Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. The Environmental Assessment evaluates five possible alternatives in depth. The alternatives addressed include pedestrian circulation, vehicle circulation, visitor facilities and parking options. The alternatives meet park purposes and objectives while protecting park resources and minimizing impacts. All alternatives are consistent with applicable NPS laws, policies, and regulations.
The best way to comment on the Environmental Assessment is by using this PEPC website. The comment period opens on July 10, 2013, and closes on August 9, 2013. Comments must be postmarked no later than August 9, 2013. If you cannot comment using the PEPC website, you may mail or drop off a hard copy comment form and/or letter to the address below.
The Environmental Assessment has five alternatives under consideration. The alternatives include a No Action and four levels of modifications for visitor use and development.
Each alternative addresses the potential environmental impacts to the park: historic structures; cultural landscapes; archeological resources; soils, air, and water quality; vegetation; wildlife and wildlife habitat; sensitive and rare species; recreation resources; visitor use and experience; park operations; and socioeconomic conditions.
Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore
Eric Ehn, Management Assistant
1100 North Mineral Springs Road
Porter, Indiana 46304