Thursday, May 22, 2008
Garden Island reports EIS process beginning on Kauai for Superferry
EIS firm seeking cultural impact input
by Nathan Eagle - THE GARDEN ISLAND
A private firm wants residents to share their knowledge of Nawiliwili so it can assess the potential cultural impacts from a large-capacity ferry operating at the island’s main harbor.
Cultural Surveys Hawai‘i will be interviewing community members in the next two months. The public input will be incorporated into a comprehensive environmental study conducted by Belt Collins Hawaii that includes secondary and cumulative impacts.
Last year the state mandated an after-the-fact environmental review of $40 million in statewide harbor improvements to accommodate Hawaii Superferry, a company that has struggled to keep its head up in a sea of legal and technical trouble and waves of community resistance since its launch last summer.
The Kaua‘i harbor improvements include: the installation of a ramp system to facilitate loading and unloading passengers, vehicles and cargo; the installation of shore-side power to the ramp system; structural pavement at the base of the ramp system; security fencing and pavement striping.... [The Garden Island, 5/22/2008]