National Park Service Proposing Plan to Restore Wetlands at Four Parks in DC, Maryland and WV

WASHINGTON - The National Park Service (NPS) is seeking public comment on its plan to restore wetland areas at Catoctin Mountain Park, Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park, Harpers Ferry National Historical Park and Monocacy National Battlefield.

The Wetland Restoration Action Plan and Environmental Assessment lays out a comprehensive approach to restoring, enhancing and protecting wetlands, waterways and stream habitats that are key components of the natural environments and historic settings protected in the four parks. The plan would prioritize specific areas within parks in need of restoration and provide specific actions to restore these. For example, a stream at Catoctin Mountain Park has been identified for a potential project to restore the passage of fish through the stream. Eroded streambanks at C&O Canal and Harpers Ferry national historical parks could be stabilized, and a wetland at Monocacy National Battlefield that has been impacted by farming could be improved. 

The NPS is accepting comments through May 12, 2017.

How to Comment:

Members of the public are encouraged to provide comments online through the National Park Service Planning, Environment, and Public Comment (PEPC) project website at, no later than May 12, 2017, via .

The NPS uses PEPC to manage official correspondence and analyze public comments during the planning process. Comments received during the public comment period will help the NPS evaluate issues and concerns to be further addressed in the environmental review process.

Written comments may be sent to:

Joel Gorder

National Park Service – National Capital Region

Attn: WRAP

1100 Ohio Dr.

Washington, D.C. 20242

Comments must be received by May 12, 2017.  Please be aware that all information submitted—including personal identifying information such as addresses, phone numbers and email addresses—may be made available to the public.  Requests to withhold such personal identifying information from public release will be considered but there is no guarantee that the information will be withheld.