PORTER | The National Park Service is seeking public comment on the draft environmental assessment for the Wabash Avenue/Porter access site at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore.
The environmental assessment, which was released recently, evaluates five possible alternatives in depth.
The alternatives addressed include pedestrian circulation, vehicle circulation, visitor facilities and parking options. The alternatives meet park purposes and objectives while protecting park resources and minimizing impacts, NPS officials said.
All alternatives are consistent with applicable NPS laws, policies and regulations.
A copy of the environmental assessment is available in two different formats. It can be found online at http://parkplanning.nps.gov/indu. Hard copies are available at the Indiana Dunes Visitor Center, Ind. 49 and U.S. 20, and at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore Headquarters, 1100 N. Mineral Springs Road, Porter.
The best way to comment on the environmental assessment is to use the electronic form located at http://parkplanning.nps.gov/indu.
The comment period closes Aug. 9. Comments submitted by mail must be postmarked no later than Aug. 9.
Mail or drop off a hard copy comment form and/or letter to: Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, attention: Eric Ehn, management assistant, 1100 N. Mineral Springs Road, Porter, IN 46304-1299.
The environmental assessment has five alternatives under consideration. The alternatives include a no-action proposal and four levels of modifications for visitor use and development.
The preferred alternative, Alternative 5, would enlarge the south parking lot while restricting the north lot to accessible parking only in the summer. In the off season, the south lot would be closed and all visitor use would take place from the north lot. Individual picnic platforms would be built adjacent to parking areas.