Neighborhood Board issue Regarding Ordy Pond

 Read my comments below:

Aloha All,

For your information. See Navy’s response below to the questions posed by the Kapolei Neighborhood Board in regards to Ordy Pond in Kalaeloa.

Please let me know if you have any questions.

Tesha H. Malama
Kalaeloa Director of Planning and Development
Hawaii Community Development Authority
461 Cooke Street
Honolulu, Hawaii 96813
phone: (808) 692-7245 fax: (808) 692-7240
email address: tesha@hcdaweb.org

Aloha Jayson,
Agnes Tauyan asked that I provide answers to the questions you forwarded from the Neighborhood Board concerning Ordy Pond. Questions with answers provided below my signature block. Please let me know if you need more. Answer to Question #5 includes the attachment provided (PHH RAB affidavit...).

Mahalo

Tom

Tom Clements
Navy Region Hawaii Public Affairs
Outreach Manager
473-0662

1. Why was the mangrove surrounding the pond removed? Was that necessary?
The mangroves along the pond edge have been removed to help look for potential explosive items in and around the edge of the pond. This Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) cleanup effort required that all such items which could be hidden in the roots of the mangroves be removed so that the property could be ultimately considered for transfer to the State. The removal of the overgrown mangroves, which is an invasive species and choking the pond, will also have the added benefit of clearing it, creating a more natural habitat for native wildlife like Hawaiian stilts to take up residence.

2. Why wasn't the least intrusive access route utilized, instead of bulldozing a wide dirt/coral swath along the fence line, 1/8th of a mile away from the pond?
The area chosen for the road and access to Ordy Pond was dirt/property already previously disturbed by earlier activity on the property. The area was completely overgrown and needed severe grubbing in order to maneuver equipment to the pond and to the selected storage/burn detonation area on site. This path was selected because it was previously disturbed land and surveyed by a contracted professional archaeologist, a cultural monitor, and State Historic Preservation Division (SHPD). The archaeologist and cultural monitor were present during clearing of the access road, and no cultural resources were encountered. This area was included in the Section 106 compliance request with SHPD and Native Hawaiian Organizations, and identified as a non sensitive, non archeological area of the project site. All consulting parties concurred with the Section 106 request.

3. HCDA has "ownership?" Who gave the "OK" to do destructive work? What exactly was their mission? Was it accomplished? What did they find?
Ordy Pond belongs to the Navy and is part of the Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) site installation list. The BRAC program's objective is to release/transfer property to a new owner. In order to transfer this previously used Navy property, the Navy has to be sure that it is safe to transfer. Work is ongoing. The survey will identify any concerns and means to address these concerns will be evaluated. Once the project is completed, the transfer will incorporate the survey results to ensure that the property can be transferred safely to the Hawaii Community Development Authority (the local reuse authority in Hawaii for BRAC properties).

4. How is it that the UH was never advised of a "dangerous" situation, when they conducted decades of sediment studies in the pond?
The Navy conducted an initial Assessment Study of the site in 1981. It was followed by an Environmental Baseline Survey in 1994, a Remedial Investigation in 1994, and an Ordnance Survey in 1994. During the field work, sediment, soil, water and groundwater samples were collected. In addition only a limited amount of ordnance related material was found. Based on these findings, it was determined that the limited ordnance at the site was cleared during the survey. The University of Hawaii sampled Ordy Pond in 1998. At that time the Navy believed that the pond was cleared. The pond parcel is currently planned for transfer as part of Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC). To ensure the parcel can be transferred safely, the Navy reviewed the 1994 ordnance survey. The 1994 ordnance survey did not describe the methods used to detect the munitions and any of the quality assurance and quality control methods used. It decided to conduct another survey using the most current technology and quality assurance and quality control practices. This is the Site Inspection that is currently underway.

5. What happened to community notification, concerning project goals & timelines?
The Navy conducts regular meetings for cleanup efforts throughout Oahu. The Ordy Pond project was presented to the Pearl Harbor-Hickam Restoration Advisory Board (RAB) on Nov. 8, 2012. The meeting was open to the public and announced in the local newspaper (copy of announcement attached). Members of the RAB and attendees of previous RABs received direct notification of the meeting and a listing of the projects that were to be presented.

6. Will there be a re-vegetation of the pond that was used for migrating birds and indigenous (sic) dragonflies?
During the coordination with U.S. Fish and Wildlife, we proposed that we would remove the mangrove to conduct the field work. We had noted in our letter with USFW that this clearing would improve the habitat. USFW concurred. There are no plans to re-vegetate the area. BRAC Environmental Restoration funds are being used to conduct this investigation. These funds are to be used for investigation/remediation, these funds cannot be used for capital improvement/beautification projects.

7. Did SHPD give their opinion concerning active bulldozing and grading, around the pond?
Navy has coordinated with the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO). It also consulted with the Oahu Council of Hawaiian Civic Clubs Committee on the Preservation of Historic Sites and Cultural Properties, and the Kalaeloa Heritage and Legacy Foundation. All areas for the project were reviewed, surveyed, and cleared by SHPD, Office of Hawaiian Affairs and Oahu Council of Hawaiian Civic Clubs.

 

Aloha,
 
Senator Maile Shimabukuro
Dist. 21, Wai’anae Coast/Kalaeloa
415 S. Beretania St., Rm. 222
Honolulu, HI 96813
808-586-7797 facsimile

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