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Yosemite National Park Extends Public Comment Period

Yosemite National Park has extended the public review period on the Environmental Assessment for the East Yosemite Valley Utilities Improvement Plan. Comments on this document may now be submitted through September 2, 2003.

The East Yosemite Valley Utilities Improvement Plan addresses major utilities in the east end of Yosemite Valley, from the Yosemite Creek Lift Station in the west to the park water storage tank east of Happy Isles.

The project´s purpose is to develop a Utilities Improvement Plan to guide the relocation, consolidation, and upgrade of major utility lines in east Yosemite Valley, including water, wastewater, electric, and communications. The plan proposes to reduce utility infrastructure in environmentally sensitive areas identified for ecological restoration in the Yosemite Valley Plan.

Proposed new utility corridors will be located in existing road or utility corridors, or new road corridors proposed under the Yosemite Valley Plan.

Written comments should be submitted or postmarked no later than September 2, 2003 and sent to Superintendent, Yosemite National Park, ATTN: East Yosemite Valley Utilities Improvement Plan, PO Box 577, Yosemite, CA 95389. Fax to (209) 379-1294, email to YOSE_planning@nps.gov.