Wireless Telecommunications Plan for Lake Mead NRA
The National Park Service has completed a Wireless Telecommunication Facility Plan and Environmental Assessment (EA) for Lake Mead National Recreation Area (NRA). The primary purpose of this plan is to enhance communications within high-use areas of the park and to improve emergency response, visitor satisfaction, and employees' and residents' contact with outlying areas.
The Selected Action, analyzed as the preferred alternative (alternative B) in the EA, will permit wireless telecommunication facilities up to 125 feet tall in developed areas including Boulder Beach, Echo Bay, Temple Bar, Willow Beach, Cottonwood Cove, and Katherine's Landing. At each location, the actual height of the tower constructed will be determined in consultation with the applicants and will be based on a demonstration of increasing operational benefit with added tower height (up to the allowed maximum). Co-location of multiple carriers on a single structure will be utilized to the fullest extent possible. The wireless telecommunication facilities at Callville Bay, Overton Beach, and the River Mountains will remain in operation as long as carriers continue to be interested in operating from these sites. The stipulations and mitigation measures indicated in the Plan will be adhered to for successful implementation of the Selected Action.
An Environmental Assessment was completed and distributed for public review from July 15, 2008 through August 16, 2008. Lake Mead NRA received forty-seven comments on the subject Plan/EA. Three comments were received from government agencies and included suggestions for project implementation. The remaining comments were from individuals supporting the Selected Action for reasons of safety and convenience. Through environmental analysis and public review and comment, Lake Mead NRA has determined that the Selected Action will not significantly affect the environment. A Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) was approved on September 24, 2008, authorizing implementation of the Selected Action. The EA and FONSI constitute the complete environmental analysis for implementation of the Wireless Telecommunication Facilities Plan. Click on 'Document List' to the left to view these documents.