Saipan Lagoon Use Management Planning
The Saipan Lagoon Use Management Plan (SLUMP) outlines a strategy for DCRM to follow as part of its mission to ensure both the sustainable use and environmental quality of the lagoon. The SLUMP identifies priority issues, key goals, and specific management actions that DCRM and its partners can pursue to improve the needs of a diverse set of users and stakeholders.
DCRM revises the SLUMP on a regular basis in order to adapt to changes in environmental and economic conditions and user groups. The SLUMP was first developed in 1985 and then updated in 1997, 2012, and 2017.
In preparation for the most recent update, a Saipan Lagoon User Survey and Mapping project was conducted in 2016 to better understand the predominant uses of the lagoon as well as the particular areas where each activity tends to occur. A comprehensive State of the Lagoon report was developed to compile scientific studies, technical reports, and maps pertaining to the quality of lagoon resources, potential climate change and watershed threats, coastal dynamics, use conflicts, and past management priorities. A public forum comprised of four separate sessions was also held to present data on the current conditions of the lagoon, solicit stakeholder input, and develop priority action areas and initial implementation options.
Visit this website for more information on the 2017 SLUMP update.
See the list of publications below for more information:
- Draft State of the Lagoon Report (2016)
- Saipan Lagoon Maps
- Saipan Lagoon User Survey and Mapping project (2016)
- Saipan Lagoon Use – Mapping Tool (DCRM)
- Three Dimensional Wave-Current Hydrodynamic Model for the Management of Saipan Lagoon (2010)
- Saipan’s Misbehaving Beaches Map (2014)
- Shoreline Access in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands Map
- CNMI Climate Impact Viewer
- Assessing relative resilience potential of coral reefs to inform management (Maynard et al., 2015)
- Groundwater Resources of Saipan, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (USGS, 2003)