Biological Opinion for Construction at the City Dock and Ferry Terminal in Tenakee Springs, Alaska and Issuance of Incidental Harassment Authorization
ESA consultation on modifications to the Tenakee Springs Ferry Terminal
The Tenakee Springs Ferry Terminal is a multi-function dock and active ferry terminal located in the center of town (Figure 3) and extends into Tenakee Inlet. The existing structure is in need of modifications as it is nearing the end of its operational life due to corrosion and wear. The purpose of the project is to replace the aging mooring and transfer structures with modern facilities that provide improved operations for Alaska Marine Highway System (AMHS) ferry vessels, as well as freight and fueling operators, servicing the community of Tenakee Springs.
Planned improvements include the installation of new and renovation of existing shoreside facilities and marine structures to accommodate cargo and baggage handling, vessel mooring, passenger and vehicle access gangways, and re-establishment of existing electrical and fuel systems. Improvements will enhance public safety and security. Planned improvements will not add any additional berths for vessels, and the existing capacity of the facilities will not be increased.
The new facility will continue to serve as the AMHS ferry terminal and will also support shipping and receiving of commercial and service-industry goods. Given the lack of road access to Tenakee Springs, the ferry terminal is an essential component of infrastructure, providing critical access between Tenakee Springs and the rest of the region