U.S. WILDLIFE AGENCY TO ASSESS SAIPAN PROJECT

By John Ravelo

SAIPAN, CNMI (Saipan Tribune, Dec. 26) - Representatives from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are arriving in the Commonwealth next year to conduct wildlife assessment in connection with the Saipan Lagoon Aquatic Ecosystem Restoration Project.

Coastal Resources Management Office's Benny Pangelinan said the visit would be related to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' restoration project.

Particularly, Pangelinan said federal wildlife experts would enter the Quartermaster and China House sites on Beach Road.

Earlier, the Corps had visited private lots along Beach Road in connection with the restoration project. Owners, however, consented to the inspections before they were done, according to the CRMO.

Archeologists had also visited sites that were believed to be of historical significance. These sites include the China House and Quartermaster areas.

The restoration project involves the assessment of the natural characteristics of the lands between Beach and Middle roads to determine their capability to hold stormwater runoff.

CRMO director Joaquin D. Salas had earlier said the agency and the Corps would also construct ponding basins to minimize nonpoint source pollution flowing into the lagoon.

Stormwater runoff that flows to the sea affects marine water quality on Saipan's beaches.

December 26, 2003

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