The Newtok Environmental Site Inventory and Assessment Project involves the inventory of hazardous substances and sources of potential or known contamination in the Village of Newtok. An inventory, assessment and cleanup strategy of the current village site is a necessary part of Newtok's relocation strategy. The purpose of
the inventory is to document the impacts to the surrounding environment if the village structures and facilities are washed away as a result of erosion.
This project is important to the relocation process because it fulfills some of the federal government’s requirements for “no net loss” regarding wetlands preservation.
The goal of the federal “no net loss” policy is to balance wetland loss due to economic development with wetlands reclamation, mitigation, and restorations efforts, so that the total acreage of wetlands in the country does not decrease, but remains constant or increases.
Because some of the development that has taken place at Newtok's relocation site, Mertarvik, is on designated wetlands (the Mertarvik barge landing and staging area), restoring the current village to its natural state after the community has relocated will meet the requirements of the “no net loss”. In November 2014, a contractor, Hobbit Environmental Consulting Corporation, was hired to conduct the project. The project consisted of three parts:
The Newtok Environmental Site Inventory and Assessment Project is funded with qualified outer continental shelf oil and gas revenues by the Coastal Impact Assistance Program, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Department of the Interior
Division of Community and Regional Affairs
Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development