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Photo of brook trout in Shenandoah National Park stream. Stream life, such as fish and insects, have been harmed as a result of long-term impacts of acid rain.

Restore Meadow Run Watershed to Mitigate Effects of Acid Rain

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Years of acid rain in and around Shenandoah National Park has negatively affected soil and water quality in the Meadow Run watershed resulting in impacts to overall forest health. While pollution has decreased dramatically in the last two decades, many sensitive watersheds like Meadow Run do not have the capacity to restore themselves naturally. Therefore, the National Park Service (NPS) is embarking on a process to improve aquatic and terrestrial ecosystem health in this degraded watershed. One option being considered to reduce the negative effects of acid rain is to apply limestone sand to the Meadow Run watershed via helicopter or other methods.

The NPS is requesting the public's assistance in identifying issues associated with acid rain and to discuss potential methods for improving the environmental conditions in the Meadow Run watershed. A series of public meetings in nearby communities and online are planned for June 25-27, 2019. The in-person meetings will begin with a 15-minute presentation followed by an open discussion with NPS staff about any issues or ideas regarding ecosystem restoration in Meadow Run. The online meetings will consist of a webinar presentation with the opportunity for the public to ask questions via typing into a chat box during the webinar. Please click on the "Meeting Notices" link on the left side of this page for details about the upcoming meetings.

You can submit public comments on this project by clicking the "Open for Comment" link on the left side of this page and submitting comments online. While the comment feature is associated with the newsletter, you are welcome to submit comments on any aspect of the project there. You can also attend an in-person public meeting and submit written comments there. Lastly, you may also hand-deliver or mail comments to the address listed below. The public comment period for this phase of the project ends on July 28, 2019.

This represents the first opportunity for you to get involved in this planning process, but it won't be the last. Once we have gathered initial public input, and developed a proposal and a range of alternatives, the NPS anticipates moving on to the next phase of the project, which could be the preparation of an Environmental Assessment (EA), tentatively planned for the spring of 2020. There will be additional opportunities for public involvement as the process moves forward into the next phase.

If you would like to learn more about the science behind the problem, the goals for restoration, and the planning process, please explore the project StoryMap site, which can be reached by clicking "Links" on the left side of this page.

Thank you for your interest in Shenandoah National Park!

Contact Information
Jalyn Cummings, 540-999-3500 x3497

Submit written comments via mail to:
Meadow Run Restoration
Superintendent Jennifer Flynn
Shenandoah National Park
3655 U.S. Highway 211 East
Luray, VA 22835