More than 55 people
turned out Tuesday evening at the Dunes Action meeting to learn more about
the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) and volunteer for further Dunes
Action efforts to stop the private banquet center project at the Indiana
Dunes State Park.
president of the Porter County Chapter of the Izaak Walton League, answered
dozens of questions at the Hageman Library in Porter.
Sweeney said that
before the conversion of state park land from outdoor recreational use can
be approved, the Indiana Department of Natural Resources must complete a
full National Environmental Policy Act review; including, justify the
location for the project, provide and assess additional alternatives to the
proposal, including a No Action alternative, conduct an Environmental
Assessment of the property to be converted and a mitigation property, and
A public comment
period will be required, he said.
Opponents of the
plan will be able to make comments regarding the project’s impact on
natural, cultural, historical resources, and other aspects they feel are
The rules of the
LWCF can be found at