The National Park Service (NPS) is proposing to rehabilitate various historic and nonhistoric features in the Death Valley Scotty Historic District (Scotty's Castle). The purpose of the proposed project is to rehabilitate and repair flood-damaged buildings, facilities, and landscapes in the Death Valley Scotty Historic District in compliance with current codes and standards, while meeting goals for preserving cultural and natural resources. The proposed project is needed because buildings and facilities at Scotty's Castle were damaged by extensive flooding on October 18, 2015 following a major rainstorm and subsequent flash flood. The flood caused catastrophic loss of roads and utilities and extensive damage to many of the buildings and landscapes that comprise the historic district. Scotty's Castle is currently closed to the public until flood damage can be repaired and the campus is made safe for visitors.
An environmental assessment/initial study (EA/IS) will be prepared in compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and California Environmental Quality Act to provide the decision-making framework that 1) analyzes a reasonable range of alternatives to meet project objectives, 2) evaluates issues and impacts on park resources and values, and 3) identifies mitigation measures to lessen the degree or extent of these impacts. Compliance with Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act (Section 106) is being completed concurrently with the NEPA process.
The park encourages public participation throughout the planning process. There will be two opportunities to comment formally on the project—once during initial project scoping and again following release of the EA/IS. The public will also have the opportunity to comment during the Section 106 process as well. The park is currently in the scoping phase of the proposed project and invites the public to submit written suggestions, comments, and concerns regarding the project online at the NPS Planning, Environment, and Public Comment (PEPC) website at: http://parkplanning.nps.gov/deva
. If you do not have access to a computer, written comments can be sent to:
Death Valley National Park
ATTN: Scotty's Castle Flood Rehabilitation
P.O. Box 579
Death Valley, CA 92328
Emails or written comments must be received by close of business on May 18, 2017.
Commenters should be aware that their entire comment - including personal identifying information - may be made publicly available at any time. While commenters can ask that their personal identifying information be withheld from public review, the NPS cannot guarantee that this will be possible.