Raystown Lake

A draft of the revised master plan of Raystown Lake is expected to be released by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Baltimore District, in late fall.

Officials from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Baltimore District office have offered some information regarding the updates to the master plan revision of Raystown Lake.

According to a press release from the Corps, they are preparing the public for the release of the draft of the Raystown Lake Master Plan, and the draft is expected to be available in late fall.

“Once we get closer to the draft being ready for official public review, we’ll send out more specific release details. Until then, we want the public to be well-informed as to what we’ve been working on and what to expect in the coming months,” said Tara Whitsel, Raystown Lake park ranger.

The press release indicated that “a series of stakeholder updates will begin in August and will be released every three to six weeks, leading up to the release of the draft Master Plan.

These updates will be expected to look at the purpose, process and contents of a master plan as well as explaining the public’s past, current and future role in the master plan of Raystown Lake.

Becca Nappi, spokesperson for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, explained who stakeholders are in this process.

“These stakeholder updates are for anyone who wants to be on the list, anyone who has submitted comments and feedback to us and anyone who has been a part of the updates,” she said. “They also include any stakeholders we have for the project, including elected officials, Friends of Raystown Lake, or anyone who has signed up or interacted with the Raystown Lake Project.”

Though there’s no draft available as of right now, Nappi said they want everyone to be informed of what’s going on in the master plan revision process.

“We want to make sure people know what’s going on,” she said. “We want to have everyone prepared.”

At this point, Nappi said officials are on schedule with the master plan revisions, with the draft expected to be released this fall, which was the original timeline given when the master plan revisions were announced.

If anyone wants to get any information about updates, everyone is encouraged to go to the project webpage and fill out a stakeholder update form.

“Members of the public or interested agencies who have submitted Raystown Lake Master Plan comments, feedback or questions in the past by email are already a part of the stakeholder list and do not need to sign up again,” said Nappi.

Updates will include an attachment for ease of sharing within the community.

“It lays it out in an easier format, so people can print it if they want to,” said Nappi.

If anyone wants to find out any master plan updates, go to www.nab.usace.army.mil/raystown-master-plan-revision and click on the master plan revision tab on the right side of the page.

Kylie can be reached at khawn@huntingdondailynews.com.

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