National Park Service (NPS)

NPS seeks public input on proposal for new water tower

Ocracoke water tower. Photo by Peter Vankevich

Ocracoke water tower. Photo by Peter Vankevich

Cape Hatteras National Seashore will hold a public meeting from 11 a.m. to noon Thursday (Oct. 26) in the Ocracoke Community Center for public input on a plan by the Ocracoke Sanitary District to build a new water tank.

The existing water tank, which is on Park Service land, holds 150,000 gallons and is 41 years old. The water company proposes to install a new elevated 250,000-gallon tank within the next five years.

An Environmental Assessment (EA) will be prepared in compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA).

The EA will allow the NPS to determine if a special use permit (SUP) will be issued to allow for the installation of the tank. The SUP, if issued, would specify the location and conditions for the tank installation.

The Seashore will take public comments at the meeting and online here, now through Nov. 11.

Comments can also be mailed to: Superintendent, Cape Hatteras National Seashore, 1401 National Park Dr., Manteo, NC 27954.