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National Park Service seeks public comment on low-water plans at Lake Mead

The National Park Service is asking for the public's comment on its general plans to address low-water conditions at Lake Mead. (KSNV File)

The National Park Service (NPS) is accepting comments from the public on its General Management Plan Amendment, which addresses the low-water conditions at Lake Mead.

This amendment provides an overall strategy on how to handle general operations at the Lake Mead National Recreation Area as water levels continue to drop.

In summary, the plan addresses operational needs to maintain lake access and provide an array of safe recreational opportunities at lake elevations over 950 feet.

This will affect the continued use of marinas, launch ramp and other visitor facilities on the water.

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The plan also aims to discover steps the park needs to take in order to keep these facilities running, if possible.

So far, NPS has framed four plans regarding low-water levels at Lake Mead:

  1. Launch ramps and marina services would be discontinued at insufficient water depths
  2. Launch ramps and existing marina services would continue to an elevation of 950 feet, where possible (this is the park’s preferred plan)
  3. Launch ramps and modified marina services would continue to an elevation of 950 feet, where possible
  4. Launch ramps would continue to an elevation of 950 feet and marina services would be discontinued

These options are the most reasonable alternatives to meet objectives based on the environmental assessment, according to NPS.

This assessment also evaluates potential issues and impacts to resources and values.

The public can submit comments online at the NPS website or mail them to Lake Mead’s Compliance office at 601 Nevada Way, Boulder City, NV 89005.

Comments must be received by Friday, Feb. 15.

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