FAA to compensate for building on Kodiak wetlands

Jul 11, 2013 -- 1:10pm
- KODIAK, Alaska (AP) - A runway project in Kodiak will cost an extra $2.2 million for using up refuge wetlands. The Kodiak Daily Mirror reports the federal government will pay "compensatory mitigation" because the project will fill ocean waters in the Kodiak Maritime National Wildlife Refuge. Federal Aviation Administration environmental protection specialist Leslie Grey says the affected ocean provides valuable fisheries habitat. The construction project will extend safety areas at the end of Kodiak State Airport's three runways. The federal government will pay the Alaska Department of Fish and Game $200,000 for its Buskin River subsistence management program. Another $2 million will go to a nonprofit agency that buys and preserves lands for natural purposes. In Kodiak, the only nonprofit licensed by the federal government is The Conservation Fund based in Arlington, Va.

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