Generating the interest and need is the first step. What follows is a series of reviews that will look at taking an inventory of the wildlife population, level of sediment developing at the island and a series of project options before even beginning the actual hands-on portion of the revitalization.
While Savage and other environmental experts are encouraged that the project will generate interest, they assured guests at Wednesday’s public meeting that if it is funded by the federal government, it will still take years until the project is underway.
“The planning process, the review process and the plans and the specifications is a long process to go through,” Savage said. “I don’t want you to walk away from this meeting thinking that next year a project will be built. It’s going to take a couple of years until we get through this whole entire process before it will finally be constructed.”