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Dunes Action meeting draws crowd

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“It’s not over”: Jim Sweeney, president of the Porter County Chapter of the Izaak Walton League, answers questions Tuesday evening at the Dunes Action meeting at Hageman Library. More than 55 people attended the meeting to learn about the potential for Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) regulations to stop the private banquet center proposed at the Indiana Dunes State Park.

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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.

Jim Sweeney, 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 more.

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 worth considering.

The rules of the LWCF can be found at

https://www.nps.gov/ncrc/programs/lwcf/manual/lwcf.pdf.

Dunes Action! is a volunteer, non-partisan coalition that is opposed to the DNR plan to allow a private development company to build and operate a conference/banquet center on the lakefront at the Indiana Dunes State Park.

Donations by check may be sent to: PCC Izaak Walton League of America, 791 N. Calumet Ave., Valparaiso, IN, 46383. (Write Dunes Action in the memo line).

Donations and correspondence may also be sent to Dunes Action!, P.O. Box 2031, Chesterton, IN, 46304.

Find Dunes Action on Facebook and at http://www.dunesaction.org to learn more. Donations may be made online at that address.

 

 

Posted 4/27/2016

 

 
 
 
 

 

 

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