Lake Mead NRA receives 8-10 million visitors each year. Many of these visitors recreate on the water and rely on navigational aids, buoys, lighting systems, and reef markers to safely direct them to their destination and away from hazards in the water. Lake Mead NRA is responsible through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Coast Guard to install, maintain, and repair all navigational aids on lakes Mead and Mohave. Navigational aids and lighting systems require constant monitoring and maintenance to ensure they are in proper working condition. In addition, is important that boats and water vessels required for maintaining navigational aids and other water-based park operations are functional and repaired in a timely manner.
The primary purpose of this project is to enhance the safety of visitors and park personnel by providing a safe work environment for park staff to maintain navigational aids to ensure safe navigation for all boaters on lakes Mead and Mohave. In addition, the facility would provide a centralized location, in close proximity to Lake Mead, where search and rescue efforts could be planned and implemented.
The environmental assessment analyzes two action alternatives and the no-action alternative and their impacts on the human and natural environment, in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969, the regulations of the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) (40 Code of Federal Regulations [CFR] 1508.9) and NPS Director's Order-12.
Copies of this document are available on the Lake Mead NRA website at http://www.nps.gov/lame/parkmgmt/docs.htm
and on the NPS Planning, Environment, and Public Comment PEPC internet website at http://parkplanning.nps.gov/
. In addition, the document is available for public review at area libraries, and copies of the document may be requested in writing or by calling 702.293.8956.
Comments may be submitted electronically or in writing. All comments must be received by August 24, 2007. Written comments should be sent to Lake Mead NRA, Attention Compliance Office, 601 Nevada Way, Boulder City, NV 89005.
William K. Dickinson, Superintendent, Lake Mead National Recreation Area (NRA), announced the release of the environmental assessment to evaluate a proposal to construct a government boating repair facility and aids to navigation complex within the Boulder Beach developed area of Lake Mead NRA.