The National Park
Service (NPS) is preparing a draft Environmental Assessment for the “East
Branch of the Little Calumet River Use Management Plan” for Indiana Dunes
National Lakeshore, and is seeking public comment.
This document is a
collaborative effort of NPS, the U.S., 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 the East
Branch of the Little Calumet River, which flows inside the boundaries of
Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore.
Environmental Assessment is being prepared to ensure that the National
Lakeshore reviews all impacts and opportunities related to recreational use
of the Little Calumet River prior to deciding on a course of action.
For the purpose of
this plan the portion of the East Branch of the Little Calumet River which
lies within Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore was divided into four sections
(referred to as reaches) based upon the boundaries of the National Lakeshore
and environmental conditions:
* Reach 1 extends
through the Heron Rookery (River Mile 16.4 to River Mile 14.8).
* Reach 2 extends
from U.S. Highway 20 to Indiana State Road 149 (River Mile 7.7 to River Mile
* Reach 3 extends
from Indiana Ind. 149 to the Izaak Walton Property (River Mile 4.5 to River
* Reach 4 extends
from the Burns Waterway Small Boat Harbor to Portage Lakefront and Riverwalk
(River Mile 1.0 to River Mile 0).
developed will meet park purposes and objectives while protecting park
resources by minimizing impacts, and will be consistent with the legislative
intent of Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, applicable NPS laws, policies,
and regulations,” NPS said.
Lakeshore will host a public meeting from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, June 10, at
the Dorothy Buell Memorial Visitor Center at 1215 Ind. 49 in Porter. That
meeting will feature a brief presentation, informational displays, and a
question and answer session.
If you are unable
to attend the public meeting, a copy of the draft Environmental Assessment
for the East Branch of the Little Calumet River Use Management Plan will be
available for review on line starting on June 11 at