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National Park Service OKs final beach management plan

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Final approval has been given for Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore’s Shoreline Restoration and Management Plan, the National Park Service (NPS) reported today.

A Record of Decision (ROD) for the plan and an Environmental Impact Statement were approved on Oct. 21 by Acting Regional Director Patricia S. Trap.

“This allows the National Park Service, in partnership with the Army Corps of Engineers, to begin an annual schedule of beach nourishment to remedy erosion and damage to the dunes and beaches of Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore,” NPS said.

The plan in question is noteworthy because one of its original preferred recommendations was the construction of a “cobble berm” under 10 feet of water off Crescent Dune east of Mt. Baldy. That recommendation was abandoned, however, after NPS “received substantial comment from the public” objecting to the berm.

Instead, a program of beach nourishment incorporating natural small stones mixed with sand at the shoreline will take the place of the berm.

NPS heeded public comment about the plan’s original preferred recommendations in one other way: by increasing the proposed frequency of beach nourishment along the Portage Lakefront and Riverwalk site and at West Beach to every year, instead of every five years.

NPS noted today that erosion “threatens national park resources, recreation opportunities, homes, and businesses” along the National Lakeshore’s shoreline from Trail Creek in Michigan City west to the U.S. Steel facility.

Man-made harbor structures interfere with the natural movement of sand in Lake Michigan, making beach replenishment necessary to restore areas of shoreline where sand has been eroded.

A copy of the Record of Decision is available online at http://parkplanning.nps.gov/indu

Or request a hard copy of it from Ms. Florida Harris, Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, 1100 N. Mineral Springs Road, Porter, IN 46304-1299

 

 

 

Posted 11/10/2014

 
 
 
 

 

 

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