The Friends of Raystown Lake primary focus is the responsible stewardship of the natural and recreational resources of Raystown Lake. They are actively involved in environmental education, resource protection and enhancement, and recreational improvement. The Friends of Raystown Lake is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Beginning in 1988 as the Raystown Lake Clean-Up Committee; it incorporated as The Friends of Raystown Lake organization in 1996.
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Good afternoon Raystown Lake stakeholders,
We wanted to take today to send a quick update regarding Raystown Lake's Master Plan Revision to ensure all those interested in the project are kept up-to-date.
We recently added a Questions and Answers section to our Master Plan website here: www.nab.usace.army.mil/Raystown-Master-Plan-Revision/. Many of these questions were asked during our public meetings held during the summer. We're still working to add even more of your questions to this list, but the questions we've listed here were some of the more popular topics and questions asked and are worth a read if you are interested.
The Raystown Lake Boating survey recently wrapped up and has provided us excellent information going forward for the Boating Study. For those not as familiar with the Raystown Lake Boating Study, a survey was sent to Raystown Lake boaters who were identified during the summer at boat launch ramps throughout the lake and to hundreds of marina slip renters. This ensured that recent boaters at Raystown Lake would be surveyed for the study. This survey was the second portion of the Boating Study, with the first being aerial surveys to determine the number of boats physically using the lake on Saturdays that experienced peak-use. Upon completion, the Boating Study report will be a key factor in the team's decision-making while drafting the Master Plan revision.
In order to meet the requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act, the Environmental Assessment (EA) is proceeding in parallel with the revision itself. The draft EA will be released for public and agency comment at the same time as the draft plan. The draft Master Plan revision and EA are anticipated to be released for the public in the fall of 2019.
While we are no longer accepting official public comments at this time, if you have a question regarding the Master Plan Revision process please feel free to email us at RaystownMPRevision@usace.army.mil.
We hope you have a very happy holiday season!
The Raystown Lake Master Plan Revision team