Rehabilitation and Replacement of Brooks Camp Facilities

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The National Park Service (NPS) is considering facility upgrades at the Brooks Camp Developed Area of Katmai National Park and Preserve (KATM) starting in late summer of 2006. This site is located approximately 30 air miles east of the park headquarters and gateway visitor center in King Salmon, Alaska. Access to Brooks Camp is primarily from King Salmon by either float plane or boat. Most Brooks Camp facilities are located north of the mouth of the Brooks River, on the shore of Naknek Lake. Additional facilities are located south of the river, on the shore of Lake Brooks.

The proposed project includes several components related to employee housing, visitor services, sanitation and utilities. The six project components are (1) rehabilitation of seven seasonal employee, cabin housing units, (2) removal of four seasonal employee, wall tent housing units and replacement with hard-sided housing units, (3) rehabilitation of the public campground, (4) rehabilitation of the electrical generation and distribution system, (5) replacement of the Lake Brooks pit toilet with a vault toilet and (6) rehabilitation of the existing leach field and construction of an alternate leach field.

The overall purpose of this project is to provide minimally necessary, maintenance corrective actions to address critical life, health and safety issues to keep the Brooks Camp operation functioning at an adequate level over the next several years. NPS management policies and plans and many regulatory agencies mandate that KATM provide a safe and healthy environment for employees and concessioners, as well as the visiting public. To satisfy these obligations and maintain or salvage the NPS declining investment in the Brooks Camp infrastructure, this project must be started soon to protect and upgrade facilities to support current visitor use levels.

Specifically, the purpose of each respective project component noted above is to (1) rehabilitate employee housing to provide adequate health, safety and utility services, (2) remove substandard housing from the park housing inventory and replace it with energy efficient, standard quality housing that satisfies regulatory health and safety requirements, (3) provide an adequate, sanitary and safe public campground, (4) correct deficiencies in the current electrical generation and distribution system, (5) provide a sanitary human waste disposal system at the Lake Brooks visitor entrance and (6) provide a reliable leach field operation in compliance with State wastewater and public health regulations.

The NPS prepared an environmental assessment (EA) that presents and analyzes "no-action" and proposed action alternatives and their associated environmental impacts. It has been prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969 and regulations of the Council on Environmental Quality (40 CFR 1508.9).

The NPS is seeking comments to the EA. The comment period for the EA will extend 30 days, beginning July 10 and ending August 8, 2006. Please send comments to the Project Contact listed below or through the PEPC system.

Contact Information

Helen Lons, Chief of Planning and Compliance
Katmai National Park and Preserve
P.O. Box 7
King Salmon, AK 99613