The National Park
Service has released the Environmental Assessment for the “East Branch
Little Calumet River Use Management Plan” for Indiana Dunes National
Lakeshore, and is seeking public comment.
This document is a
collaborative effort of the National Park Service, the United States Forest
Service, and the Urban Waters Initiative to explore and evaluate a full
range of recreational opportunities and the environmental impacts of those
activities on those portions of the East Branch of the Little Calumet River
which lie within Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore.
For the purpose of
this assessment, the river was divided into four sections (referred to as
reaches) based on environmental conditions. They are: Reach 1-Heron Rookery,
Reach 2-U.S. Highway 20 to Indiana State Road 149, Reach 3-from Indiana
State Road 149 to the Izaak Walton League Property, and Reach 4 from the
Burns Waterway Small Boat Harbor to Portage Lakefront and Riverwalk.
The 30-day comment
period will begin on Friday, July 8. The Environmental Assessment will be
available for review in two different formats. It can be found online at
and a copy of the document will be available for review at the Indiana Dunes
Visitor Center, at 1215 North State Road 49, Porter, Indiana, and at Indiana
Dunes National Lakeshore headquarters, located at 1100 North Mineral Springs
Road, Porter, Indiana.
In addition, park
staff will host a Public Meeting on the plan at the Indiana Dunes Visitor
Center on July 20, 2016, from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. The meeting will feature a
brief presentation and a question and answer session on the Environmental
Assessment. The public can stop by at any time during the meeting.
Comments must be
received by August 8, 2016, and can be made using the electronic form found
Comments can also be mailed to, or dropped off, at the following address:
Paul Labovitz, Superintendent, Attention: Gia Wagner, Branch Chief, Natural
Resource Management, Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, 1100 North Mineral
Springs Road, Porter, Indiana 46304-1299.