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Park Proposed PWC Rule Available for Public Comment

Curecanti National Recreation Area

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Park Acting Superintendent Jerry Burgess announced that the Curecanti National Recreation Area Proposed PWC (personal watercraft/jet ski) Rule has been published in the Federal Register and is available for public comment for 60 days from March 17, 2006 until May 16, 2006.

A link to the proposed rule will be available after March 21, 2006 at the park web site at http://www.nps.gov/cure/webvc/pwc_use.htm. If you do not have web access, a copy of the proposed rule maybe obtained by calling 970-641-2337 or by writing to the park at: Superintendent, 102 Elk Creek, Gunnison, CO 81230. Comments on the proposed rule may be hand delivered or mailed to the park address. They may also be submitted via the regulations web site at www.regulations.gov (To navigate to the Recreation Area Proposed Rule: start at the ?Search for Open Regulations? section, under ?Agency? choose ?National Park Service? from the drop down box, and hit ?Submit?). Follow the instructions for submitting comments. Please identify comments by: RIN 1024?AC99.

The proposed rule is the next step in implementing the preferred alternative of the Curecanti National Recreation Area PWC Environmental Assessment. The rule proposes to reinstate PWC access on Blue Mesa Reservoir within Curecanti NRA. PWC would be allowed within the main body and arms of Blue Mesa Reservoir and operating at flat-wake speed where designated. Steps after the comment period include: evaluating comments, determining if there is a finding of ?no significant impact? and if so, preparing and publishing a final rule in the Federal Register.

Please note that our practice is to make comments, including names and addresses of respondents, available for public review. Individual respondents may request that we withhold their home address from the rulemaking record, which we will honor to the extent allowable by law. If you wish us to withhold your name and/or address, you must state this prominently at beginning of your comment. However, we will not consider anonymous comments. We will make all submissions from organizations or businesses, and from individuals identifying themselves as representatives or officials or organizations or businesses, available for public inspection in their entirety.



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