Sustainable Low Water Access Plan
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The SLWAP is needed to:
· Fill an urgent and high priority need to help make critical decisions to inform the 2023 boating season and beyond
· Provide updated direction for natural and cultural resource programs
· Identify opportunities for non-motorized water-based access
· Evaluate potential site closures and consolidation of concessions operations
This planning effort builds upon past plans including, but not limited to, the General Management Plan. Lake Mead National Recreation Area has been operating under a Low Water Amendment to its General Management Plan since 2005. A second Low Water Plan amendment completed in 2019 included environmental assessment work in compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act. These GMP amendments guide lake access operations down to a lake elevation of 950 feet. The current projections indicate that the 950 feet elevation will be reached sooner than anticipated.
Given rapidly declining lake levels and potential implications on infrastructure, operations, concessions, and visitor experiences at Lake Mead National Recreation Area, the National Park Service is engaged in a new planning process that will support decision making related to adapting affected operations beginning in Fiscal Year 2023. The new plan and anticipated compliance will prioritize facility investments across the five sites, Hemenway Harbor, Echo Bay, Callville Bay, South Cove, and Temple Bar, based on desired conditions and related advantages compared with estimated costs. The plan will provide recommendations that inform the full range of management concepts possible under a wide considerations of fiscal realities related to continued operation of marinas, boat launches, and other visitor facilities to complete relocation including the necessary utilities and infrastructure extensions.
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Lake Mead National Recreation Area Update
Release Date: April 11, 2023
Sustainable Low Water Access Plan/EA Public Comment Summary Report Posted and Updated Planning Schedule
Next Round of Public Comment will now occur mid-Summer
BOULDER CITY, Nev. - Lake Mead National Recreation Area (NRA) is releasing the public comment summary from the park's sustainable low water access plan/Environmental Assessment (EA) public comment period that went from November 14th through January 22, 2023 with the previously noted extension that brought the total public comment period to 70 days. This comment summary can be found on the project's Public Documents page or by using this link: https://parkplanning.nps.gov/LAKECommentSummary-March2023
The National Park Service is appreciative of all the time, consideration, and attention to detail that the public has given this process. Your responses will support the NPS's investment and planning decisions to keep launch ramps and other park facilities and services operational in 2023 and beyond.
The NPS also reminds the public that there will be an additional opportunity to provide comments and feedback when the draft plan/EA is scheduled for release in mid-Summer 2023 which is an update from the previously noted timeframe of Spring 2023.
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Lake Mead National Recreation Area News Release
Release Date: December 22, 2022
Sustainable Low Water Access Plan comment period extended
Comments will now be accepted through January 22
BOULDER CITY, Nev. - Lake Mead National Recreation Area (NRA) is extending the public comment period for the park's sustainable low water access plan/Environmental Assessment (EA) through January 22, 2023. The comment period, which began November 14, was initially scheduled to end on December 23. The extension brings the total public comment period to 70 days.
"We've heard from the public that it would be beneficial to extend the public commenting period for this important plan so that is why we're giving the community more time," said Acting Superintendent Mike Gauthier. "While the National Park Service is working to complete the planning effort in an accelerated timeframe, the extension beyond the holiday season supports our efforts to collect substantive and thoughtful feedback."
The purpose of the sustainable low water access plan/EA is to develop a strategic direction for the future of motorized boat launching and related commercial services at five key access locations: Hemenway Harbor, Callville Bay Marina, Echo Bay, Temple Bar Marina, and South Cove. The sustainable low water access plan/EA is critical to protect key resources, values, and visitor experiences and provide safe and responsible access to the lake. Previous planning did not anticipate the unprecedented rapid water level decline, and as such, a new plan is needed to continue providing safe and sustainable access to Lake Mead.
The NPS also reminds the public that there will be an additional opportunity to provide comments and feedback when the draft plan/EA is scheduled for release in Spring 2023.