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Arlington County and Vicinity Non-Motorized Boathouse Facility EIS

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Dear Neighbors and Visitors,

For more than a decade, rowing enthusiasts in Arlington County have actively pursued the development of a community boathouse to provide a home to accommodate the area's institutional rowing programs, local rowing and paddling organizations and other non-motorized boat users. In August 2002, the National Park Service (NPS) released a study entitled Facility & Site Analysis (feasibility study) for a Boathouse on the Potomac River in Arlington County and Vicinity. This analysis was initiated specifically at the request of Congress to assess potential siting, or location, of a boathouse facility for non-motorized boats within Arlington County along the Potomac River on parkland administered by George Washington Memorial Parkway. The study examined building a facility, which included indoor storage space and floating docks at four possible locations—two on the waterfront near Key Bridge, one south of the CSX/14th Street Potomac River Bridges, and one on Daingerfield Island, south of Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport.

I am now pleased to announce the re-initiation of the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Arlington County and Vicinity Non-Motorized Boathouse Facility. The goal of the EIS is to study the sites identified in the 2002 feasibility study and determine a preferred alternative that is consistent with National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) guidelines, and the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) as well as NPS policies and mandates.

At this time, I invite your participation in the EIS effort. The scoping period will commence on July 2, 2012 and end on August 31, 2012. A public open house will be held on July 24, 2012. The purpose of this meeting is to provide you with an opportunity to contribute ideas and concerns about the proposed boathouse for non-motorized boats. At the open house, NPS staff will be on hand to answer questions and solicit written comments from all interested parties. Interested parties may also submit written comments online, or by mail as described on page 4 of this newsletter. When the draft EIS for Arlington County and Vicinity Non-Motorized Boathouse Facility is produced, you will be invited to review and comment on it.

We appreciate and look forward to your comments.

Jon James, Acting Superintendent
George Washington Memorial Parkway

Click on "Open For Comment" link on left and select "Public Scoping Newsletter" document to download copy of scoping newsletter and make comments.

GWMP will conduct a public scoping meeting at Washington-Lee High School on Tuesday, July 24, 2012, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Details available by clicking on "Meeting Notices" link of left.
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