2018-06-14 / News

Gould Island restoration meeting delayed

The first meeting of the Gould Island advisory board, which was scheduled for June 19, has been postponed.

According to board member Donald Summers, the project manager, U.S. Army Capt. Erik Patton, has been dispatched to Puerto Rico for a month. The Army Corps of Engineers expects the meeting to be rescheduled for August.

About 70 percent of the 56- acre parcel, which is the smallest of the three islands that incorporate Jamestown, is scheduled to undergo an environmental investigation by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Those 39 acres are owned by the state. The advisory board was established as a point of contact between the community and Army to provide an avenue to address recommendations and concerns regarding the potential impacts.

The project is sanctioned through the Defense Environmental Restoration Program, a congressional initiative to identify toxic waste, debris, construction hazards and unexploded ordnance from defunct military sites. The Gould Island portion scheduled for investigation is a former airbase used by the U.S. Navy from 1920-73. While active, it featured barracks, airplane hangars and a landing strip for seaplanes.

The northernmost 17 acres, which is still owned by the U.S. Navy, will not be investigated during this project.

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