Slope Stabilization Project Georgetown University

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The National Park Service (NPS) has prepared this Environmental Assessment (EA) in order to evaluate Georgetown University's (University) proposal to improve the integrity and scenic character of the slope supporting the University's West Perimeter Road. As proposed, all project improvements will occur on the University's property. However, by virtue of a Deed of Easement dated September 15, 2003, the University conveyed to the United States certain scenic easement interests in a 2.5-acre wooded parcel within which the project is planned. The proposed project involves the following actions: demolition of a segment of the existing roadway, clearing the existing vegetation along an approximately 300-foot long segment of the supporting slope, removal of previously deposited unsuitable fill material along the disturbed portion of the slope, placement of new fill and engineered geo-textile fabric, installation of new storm water drainage system designed to channel run-off from the roadway to a new water quality dissipation device to be constructed at the base of the slope, re-contour the slope to better control storm water run-off, construction of new stone-faced retaining wall at the base of the slope, construction of a new segment of the roadway to include new curbing and catch basin, and implementation of a new landscape plan. This EA addresses the potential impacts associated with the Preferred Alternative (stabilization of a segment of the supporting slope immediately adjacent to the University's West Perimeter Road), as well as, the impacts of the No-Action Alternative, in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, as amended (NEPA).

The National Park Service is soliciting comments on this EA. These comments will be considered in evaluating the EA and making decisions pursuant to NEPA. The EA will remain available for public comment from march 28, 2007 through April 27, 2007.

In addition to the EA's posting on the National Park Service's Planning and Public Comment website, a copy of the EA may also be obtained at the National Capital Region Headquarters, 1100 Ohio Drive, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20242, Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

Comments on the EA are welcome and may be submitted on this website or may be submitted via the U.S. Postal Service to Adrienne Applewhaite-Coleman, Superintendent, Rock Creek Park, 3545 Williamsburg Lane, Washington, D.C. 20008. Comments should be received by the closing date of the comment period, April 27, 2007.

Contact Information

Adrienne Applewhaite-Coleman, Superintendent
Rock Creek Park
3545 Williamsburg Lane, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20008