Makua Marine Resources Study Update: Wet Season Sampling Has Begun (1/14/14)

2013 Supplemental Marine Resources Study
Makua Military Reservation

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The U.S. Army in Hawaii is conducting a Supplemental Marine Resources study at Makua Beach to determine whether military activities at Makua Military Reservation (MMR) have impacted marine resources in the area and whether the proposed Army training activities at MMR pose a health risk to area residents who rely on marine resources for food or other purposes. The Supplemental Marine Resources Study was ordered by the Federal District Court June 20, 2012. The Army appreciates the community’s interest and involvement in this study.

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Overview

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The 2013 Supplemental Marine Resources Study is composed of three phases:

1) Gathering public input and developing a plan to sample and analyze the marine resources.
(STATUS: COMPLETED)

  • In October 2012, the Army solicited for community input regarding the marine resources at Makua Beach via a community survey and during a Talk Story event held at the Pililaau Army Recreation Center in Waianae, Oct. 24, 2012.
  • The Army used the community’s input to develop a draft of the Sampling and Analysis Plan. The plan lays out how the Army will conduct the Marine Resources Study.
  • A draft of the Sampling and Analysis Plan was made available for public comment Feb. 22-March 22, 2013. Community was invited to provide comments on the draft plan at two meetings held on the Waianae Coast, Feb. 20, 2013, and March 13, 2013. Community was also invited to provide comments via mail and email.
  • All comments were taken into consideration during the development of the final Sampling and Analysis Plan, which was complete August 2013. The plan lays out how the Army will conduct a Marine Resources Study to determine whether military activities at Makua Military Reservation have contributed or will contribute to contamination of the marine resources near Makua, and whether the proposed Army training activities at MMR pose a health risk to area residents who rely on marine resources for food or other purposes. View or download the final plan here (or here).

2) Collecting samples of the identified marine resources.
(STATUS: IN PROGRESS)

  • Now that the sampling plan has been finalized, the Army will work with local fishermen and individuals from the University of Hawaii to collect samples of the selected marine species.
  • Samples will be collected from the waters off Makua Beach and the North Shore (Kaena Point/Mokuleia area) during both the wet and dry seasons. Dry season sampling is scheduled to begin the first week of September 2013. Wet season sampling is planned to begin January 2014. See field photos of the sampling.
  • Complete details are available in the Final Supplemental Marine Resources Sampling and Analysis Plan which can be downloaded here.

3) Analyzing samples to determine whether they pose a health risk to area residents.

How to learn more

Online:

Community can view or download all study-related documents below.

Libraries:

Study-related documents are available at the Waianae, Kapolei and Waialua public libraries.

Email:

To receive periodic email updates on this study, please email usaghi.pao.comrel@us.army.mil.

Mail:

In consideration of the environment, printed copies of the final Sampling and Analysis Plan are available upon request. Please call (808) 656-3089 or email usaghi.pao.comrel@us.army.mil.

Documents:

Media Releases:

Field Photos

Sampling photos are available online.

You can download these documents. All files are Portable Document Files (.pdf) and can be opened with any PDF-reader software. A free program, Adobe Reader, can be downloaded at www.adobe.com.

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