By Shannon & Wilson
The Coast Guard proposes to demolish in-water facilities at two sites on Base Kodiak, Alaska:
These existing facilities are derelict and obsolete, and present hazards to the natural environment, navigation, and public health and safety. None of the facilities satisfy current or future planned USCG mission requirements. No unmitigable significant impacts were identified for any of the alternatives in the EA. Best management practices would be included as standard provisions of Coast Guard contracts and conservation measures developed during the federal permitting and approval processes would be employed, including those resulting from the completed Endangered Species Act consultation. The preferred alternative will result in the loss of Marginal Wharf, a contributing resource to the Kodiak Naval Operating Base National Historic Landmark and therefore listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Removal of the Marginal Wharf was determined an adverse effect and will be mitigated consistent with the memorandum of agreement currently under development with the National Park Service and the Alaska Office of History and Archaeology.