The National Park Service (NPS) met on site with staff from the CNMI Department of Lands and Natural Resources (DLNR) and Historic Preservation Office along with several federal regulatory agencies to introduce the project, show them the damaged areas, and discuss regulatory concerns.
The NPS invited the DLNR Secretary to join the design team in a virtual Value Based Decision Inventory of several design options. The group decided to recommend installation of a rock revetment barrier based on:
- Initial Costs
- Life Cycle Costs
- Maintenance Requirements
- Resource Impacts
- Advantages and Disadvantages
January and February 2021:
Several preliminary studies were completed including geo-testing and surveys for cultural resources and marine resources in the project area.
The NPS invited interested CNMI and federal agencies to a virtual meeting to discuss the proposed rock revetment, regulatory permits, and any concerns related to natural and cultural resources, safety, or other aspects of the project.
May 17 - June 17, 2021:
Public invited to submit comments. Virtual public meeting May 19, 2021
2021 - 2022:
Public and agency comments will be reviewed and construction documents finalized. Environmental compliance and consultation will be completed, construction permits obtained, and mitigation measures put in place prior to construction.
2022 - 2023:
Construction is expected to last approximately 6-12 months. Access to the marinas is expected to remain open during construction, although there may be temporary closures or detours during construction.