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Recreational Beach Relocation Project Environmental Assessment

Project Description

The coastal environment on Assateague Island in the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge is constantly changing in response to climate change, sea level rise, and natural processes. In August of 2015, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) released their Final Comprehensive Conservation Plan and Environmental Impact Statement (CCP/EIS) for the Chincoteague and Wallops Island National Wildlife Refuges. In this plan, the USFWS identified that the relocation of the recreational beach was necessary because the parking area has been washed out numerous times in the past, and the frequency of washouts resulting in beach access closure is expected in increase in the future. The plan also stated that an Environmental Assessment would be completed to analyze alternatives for parking and access to this new beach location approximately 1.5 miles north of the existing beach. The Federal Highway Administration, USFWS, and the National Park Service are currently initiating this Environmental Assessment.

Documents and Updates

Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI):

Public Scoping Comment Period Open Through August 24, 2017

Public Scoping Meeting Documents

Public Information Meeting August 27, 2018

Environmental Assessment