Fw: Travel Pool Report #9 -- stop at the sea wall

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From: Nelson, Colleen McCain [mailto:xxx@email.com]
Sent: Wednesday, September 02, 2015 08:19 PM
To: Allen, Jessica L. EOP; xxx@email.com
Subject: Travel Pool Report #9 -- stop at the sea wall

President Obama departed the school at 7:57 p.m., making a short drive in the motorcade to the Kotzebue Shore Avenue Project.

There, Obama viewed the sea wall that was built to protect Kotzebue from the storm surges that have intensified as sea ice has melted.

Residents lined the route, cheering the motorcade.

The pool arrived to find the president already chatting with his tour guide, standing at the sea wall and looking out on the Kotzebue Sound. The pool could not hear most of the conversation, but Obama relayed a few tidbits to reporters, repeating that the sound would soon be frozen.

"Pretty amazing," Obama said.

The tour guide explained that the wall was a "permanent solution to a continual problem."

Obama also relayed to the pool that for a month and a half each year, the sun never sets here.

The water and the mountains in the distance provided a scenic background for the president's brief conversation.

The pool is now holding in the motorcade.

From the White House:

Kotzebue Shore Avenue Project Background

The town of Kotzebue is located 26 miles above the Arctic Circle with a population of 3,200. The town’s beachfront road lies along the Kotzebue Sound, exposing it to annual fall storm surge events that push the water levels up to seven feet higher than the natural tide cycle, which led over time to road erosion. The Kotzebue Shore Avenue Project constructed 4,400 feet of roadway, 3,400 feet of sheet pile wall and 1,000 feet of armor stone to protect the roadway, created more open space and provided new pedestrian facilities. Completed in fall 2011, the project survived its first major storm event a few months later and performed as expected. The project cost $45 million for design engineering, construction administration, permitting and was made possible through a combination of Federal Transportation Funds, ARRA Stimulus and through contributions by the State of Alaska Department of Transportation and the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

Derek Martin, Tour Guide

Derek Martin a Siberian Yupik Eskimo was born and raised in Nome, Alaska. Derek was the City's Capital Projects Manager and worked closely with the Alaska Department of Transportation during the planning and implementation of the Shore Avenue Project. Derek was appointed City Manager by the City Council in August 2011. In both capacities, Derek oversaw the construction and completion of the Shore Avenue Project.

Colleen McCain Nelson
The Wall Street Journal
Cell: xxx-xxx-xxxx

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