Visitor Services Plan, Crater Lake National Park



In implementing this plan, the Park Service will comply with all applicable laws and executive orders, including the following.

Architectural Barriers Act of 1968 (42 USC 4151 et seq.) and Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (29 USC 701 et seq.) – All facilities and programs developed will be accessible to visitors with disabilities.

Clean Air Act, as amended (42 USC 7401 et seq.) – Crater Lake National Park is designated as a class I clean air area. Maximum allowable increases (increments) of sulfur dioxide (SO2 ), particulate matter (TSP), and nitrogen oxides (NOJ) beyond baseline concentrations established for class I areas cannot be exceeded. Section 118 of the Clean Air Act requires that all federal facilities comply with existing federal, state, and local air pollution control laws and regulations.

Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (16 USC 1531 et seq.) – Section 7 of the Endangered Species Act requires all federal agencies to consult with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to ensure that any action authorized, funded, or carried out by the agency does not jeopardize the continued existence of listed species or critical habitat. Informal consultation with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service occurred in November 1996 with a request for a list of species that may be present in the project area or that may be affected by the project. Before construction and during the design phase, further surveys and consultation will occur to protect these species. Consultation with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will be carried out before construction to ensure that no new listed species have been found on site.

Executive Order 11988, “Floodplain Management” This order requires all federal agencies to avoid construction within the 100-year floodplain unless no other practical alternative exists.

Executive Order 11990, “Protection of Wetlands” – This order requires federal agencies to avoid, where possible, impacts on wetlands. No known wetlands will be affected by the proposed action. Trails are exempted from compliance under NPS guidelines for implementing this executive order. During the design phase of any development, the most recent wetland maps shall be consulted to ensure that facilities are sited outside of any wetlands.

The following additional actions will be taken to ensure compliance with federal, state, and city laws and regulations.

During design, consultation with the state of Oregon and the U.S. Corps or Engineers shall be accomplished to ensure compliance with the state’s 401 water quality certification program, the National Pollution Discharge Elimination System .(NPDES) for stormwater discharge, and the state’s groundwater protection program.

If any unknown hazardous waste is found in areas proposed for development or visitor use, the National Park Service would comply with the Comprehensive Environmental Response Compensation and Liability Act (42 USC 9601 et seq.) to determine if resources are being polluted by the substance or if it presents a health and safety issue. If any excavated material is determined to be hazardous, the National Park Service would comply with the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (42 USC 6901 et seq.).


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