National Mall and Memorial Parks (NAMA) provides a wide variety of enriching opportunities for visitors to the National Mall. The impressive natural and cultural resources located in the park has made Washington, D.C. one of the most heavily visited and photographed places in the world. Located along the Tidal Basin, the Thomas Jefferson Memorial (Jefferson Memorial) is one of the most visited places on the National Mall and plays a key role in many nationally significant celebrations and events.
Recently, the seawall located directly in front of the memorial has settled and separation and cracking of the pavement along the north plaza has increased, impacting visitor safety and interfering with the intended experience at the site. To improve conditions at the Jefferson Memorial, the National Park Service (NPS) is proposing to rebuild the seawall, resurface the north plaza, and improve transition areas between the plaza and surrounding areas. Implementing the NPS preferred alternative would result in negligible, long-term, beneficial impacts to water quality and floodplains; and moderate, long-term, beneficial impacts to cultural landscapes, historic structures, visual resources, visitor use and experience, and operations and infrastructure. The enclosed Environmental Assessment/Assessment of Effect more fully describes the NPS preferred alternative and is the document that will be used for compliance with both the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969, as amended and the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, as amended.
If you wish to comment on this Environmental Assessment/Assessment of Effect, you may mail comments by May 29, 2009 to the name and address below or you may post them electronically at http://parkplanning.nps.gov
. Before including your address, phone number, email address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, you should be aware that your entire comment, including your personal identifying information, may be made publicly available at any time. While you can ask us in your comment to withhold your personal identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so. For further information, contact Perry Wheelock, Chief, Division of Resource Management, NAMA, at (202) 245-4711.
Stephanie Toothman, PhD
National Mall and Memorial Parks
Perry Wheelock, Chief, Division of Resource Management, NAMA, at (202) 245-4711.