Back in 2014, the National Park Service (NPS) initiated the planning and environmental assessment process for a River Use Management Plan for the sections of the river that are located within Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore boundary. The decision to initiate this planning effort resulted from discussions at some of the earliest Urban Waters Partnership meetings where partners expressed an increased regional interest and advocacy for hiking, paddling, river-based education, and protection for this treasured waterway. The plan evaluates potential recreational uses of the EBLC for approximately 8 river miles within the National Lakeshore to its Lake Michigan destination.
The plan is scheduled to be completed May 2016. Partners can anticipate a public meeting to review the draft document April 2016. Save the Dunes will post information about the public meeting when it is available.
This effort is made possible through collaborations among the National Park Service, the U.S. Forest Service, Save the Dunes, Northwest Indiana Paddling Association, and the Urban Waters Coordinator.