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Dyke Marsh restoration plan unveiled by National Park Service

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A plan to restore the Dyke Marsh Wildlife Preserve was unveiled by the National Park Service (NPS). On Wednesday, Jan. 15, NPS officially announced the proposed Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Dyke Marsh Restoration and Long-Term Management Plan along the George Washington Memorial
Parkway along the Potomac River south of Alexandria, Virginia.

For details on the plan, see http://parkplanning.nps.gov/projectHome.cfm?projectID=20293.

The plan outlines three alternatives for restoring the 380-acre freshwater marsh, floodplain and adjacent wetlands.

NPS scheduled a public meeting to explain the options forWednesday, Feb. 12 at Indigo Landing-Washington Sailing Marina from 6:30-8:30 pm. It is also taking public comments until March 18.

NPS explains that “Dyke Marsh Preserve is viewed as a national treasure because of its proximity to the nation's capital and a large urban/suburban population, its history, and its current potential for providing ecosystem services, recreational values and educational opportunities.”

NPS wants to restore marshlands lost by dredging and erosion. The plan also calls for retaining cultural and historic artifacts while increasing educational and interpretive services for visitors.

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