Arlington County and Vicinity Non-Motorized Boathouse Facility EA

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The National Park Service (NPS), in cooperation with Arlington County, is preparing an Environmental Assessment (EA) in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) to evaluate the potential impacts associated with development of a boathouse and related facilities on the Virginia side of the Potomac River on parkland administered by George Washington Memorial Parkway.

Arlington County residents and three public high schools currently use area boathouses located in Washington, DC. The rowing conditions, potential conflicts with motorized watercraft, and travel times between Arlington County and the boat clubs make some of these locations less than ideal for the high school rowing programs and other community users. Some area boathouses have a two- to three-year waiting list for membership and an additional waiting list for storage space for a single scull. The selection of a preferred site and construction of a boathouse is needed to meet the direction of the U.S. Congress to provide enhanced public waterfront access near Arlington County. The construction of a boathouse facility is also needed to increase access along the Virginia shoreline for non-motorized, water-based recreational activities on the Potomac River and to alleviate pressure on other area boathouses, which are currently at maximum capacity.

The goal of the EA is to study the potential sites for a boathouse and determine a preferred alternative that is consistent with NEPA guidelines and the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA), as well as NPS policies and mandates. The EA will evaluate a no-action alternative, as well as three action alternatives for building a facility, which include indoor storage space and floating docks at three possible locations — two on the waterfront in Rosslyn near Key Bridge and one at Gravelly Point. Additionally, soft launches for small, non-motorized watercraft are being proposed for both Roaches Run Waterfowl Sanctuary and Riverside Park.

Contact Information

Brenda Wasler
Environmental Protection Specialist
George Washington Memorial Parkway