[MARMAM] RELEASE: Navy to hold open house public meetings for the Northwest Training and Testing draft supplemental EIS/OEIS

Stanford, Julianne E CIV USN COMNAVREG NW BGR WA (USA) julianne.stanford at navy.mil
Tue Apr 23 15:16:06 PDT 2019


Good afternoon, 

Attached and below is a news release regarding the U.S. Navy's upcoming open
house public meetings for the draft supplement to the 2015 Northwest
Training and Testing (NWTT) Final Environmental Impact Statement/Overseas
Environmental Impact Statement (EIS/OEIS). With the Draft Supplemental
EIS/OEIS, the Navy is reassessing the potential environmental impacts
associated with conducting proposed training and testing activities, at sea
and in associated airspace in the NWTT Study Area, at levels required to
support military readiness requirements beyond 2020.

The Navy will hold eight open house public meetings in Washington, Oregon,
California and Alaska to provide information, answer questions, and give the
public an opportunity to comment on the Draft Supplemental EIS/OEIS. The
attached release includes further information about these meetings.

For more information, please contact Navy Region Northwest Public Affairs
Officer Julianne Stanford at (360)-867-8525 or her email at
julianne.stanford at navy.mil.

Very respectfully, 
Julianne Stanford
Environmental Public Affairs Specialist, Navy Region Northwest
Naval Magazine Indian Island Public Affairs Officer
Desk: (360)-396-5393
Cell: (360)-867-8525
julianne.stanford at navy.mil

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For Immediate Release
April 23, 2019
Release # 19-0423

NAVY TO HOLD OPEN HOUSE PUBLIC MEETINGS FOR THE NORTHWEST TRAINING AND
TESTING DRAFT SUPPLEMENTAL ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STATEMENT/OVERSEAS
ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STATEMENT

SILVERDALE, Wash - The U.S. Navy will hold eight open house public meetings
to provide information, answer questions, and give the public an opportunity
to comment on the 2015 Northwest Training and Testing (NWTT) Final
Environmental Impact Statement/Overseas Environmental Impact Statement
(EIS/OEIS). The Navy prepared the Draft Supplemental EIS/OEIS to reassess
the potential environmental impacts associated with conducting proposed
ongoing and future military readiness activities within the NWTT Study Area,
referred to as the "Study Area." Military readiness activities include
training and research, development, testing, and evaluation activities,
referred to as "training and testing." The Navy welcomes substantive public
comments on the Draft Supplemental EIS/OEIS.

Proposed Action:
The Navy's Proposed Action is to conduct training and testing activities at
sea and in associated airspace within the Study Area beyond 2020. These
activities continue to include the use of active sound navigation and
ranging, known as sonar, and explosives while employing marine species
mitigation measures. Proposed activities are similar to those conducted in
the Study Area for decades and analyzed in the 2015 document. 

The purpose of the Proposed Action, which remains the same as the 2015
analysis, is to conduct training and testing activities to ensure the Navy
can accomplish its mission to maintain, train, and equip combat-ready naval
forces capable of winning wars, deterring aggression, and maintaining
freedom of the seas, consistent with Congressional direction in section 8062
of Title 10 of the U.S. Code. 

In the Draft Supplemental EIS/OEIS, the Navy evaluated new, relevant
information, such as more recent marine mammal density data and new
scientific information, and updated the environmental analyses as
appropriate. The Navy prepared the Draft Supplemental EIS/OEIS to support
the issuance of federal regulatory permits and authorizations under the
Marine Mammal Protection Act and the Endangered Species Act.

To achieve and maintain military readiness, the Navy proposes to: 

. Conduct training and testing activities, at sea and in associated
airspace, at levels required to support military readiness requirements
beyond 2020.

. Accommodate evolving mission requirements, including those resulting from
the development, testing, and introduction of new vessels, aircraft, and
weapons systems into the fleet.

The Study Area remains unchanged since the 2015 NWTT Final EIS/OEIS. The
Study Area is comprised of established maritime operating areas and warning
areas in the northeastern Pacific Ocean, including areas within the Strait
of Juan de Fuca, Puget Sound, and the Western Behm Canal in southeastern
Alaska. The Study Area includes air and water space within and outside
Washington state waters and established special use airspace, Navy pierside
and harbor locations within Washington state waters, and air and water space
outside the state waters of Oregon and Northern California. In the Draft
Supplemental EIS/OEIS, the Navy analyzed only those training and testing
activities conducted at sea and in associated airspace within the Study
Area. 

Visit the project website at www.NWTTEIS.com to download the Draft
Supplemental EIS/OEIS, view other project information, and submit
substantive comments online.

Open house public meetings: 
The Navy will hold eight open house public meetings to provide information,
answer questions, and give the public an opportunity to comment on the Draft
Supplemental EIS/OEIS. The public may arrive at any time between 5 and 8
p.m., as there will not be a presentation or formal oral comment session. A
stenographer will be available for the public to facilitate one-on-one oral
comments; written comments can be submitted at any time during the meetings.

The open house public meetings will be held at the following locations:
 
Washington:
Wednesday, April 24, 2019
Hampton Inn Seattle/Everett Downtown Salish Room
2931 W. Marine View Drive
Everett, Wash.

Thursday, April 25, 2019
Ridgetop Middle School Cafeteria 10600 Hillsboro Drive NW
Silverdale, Wash. 

Friday, April 26, 2019
Naval Elks Lodge #353
131 E. First St. 
Port Angeles, Wash.

Oregon:
Monday, April 29, 2019
Astoria High School Student Commons
1001 W. Marine Drive 
Astoria, Ore.

Tuesday, April 30, 2019
Newport Performing Arts Center Lobby
777 W. Olive St.
Newport, Ore.

Northern California:
Thursday, May 2, 2019
Red Lion Hotel Eureka Ballroom
1929 Fourth St.
Eureka, Calif.

Friday, May 3, 2019
Dana Grey Elementary School Multipurpose Room
1197 Chestnut St. 
Fort Bragg, Calif.

Southeastern Alaska:
Wednesday, May 8, 2019
Ted Ferry Civic Center Naha and Alava Bays
888 Venetia Ave. 
Ketchikan, Alaska 

Individuals requiring reasonable accommodations, please contact Ms. Julianne
Stanford, Public Affairs Officer, at 360-867-8525 or
julianne.stanford at navy.mil.

Media availability: 
Media will have an opportunity to speak with key project personnel before
each meeting at 4:30 p.m. Media interested in attending or seeking further
information should contact Ms. Julianne Stanford, 360-867-8525 or
julianne.stanford at navy.mil.

Availability of the Draft Supplemental EIS/OEIS and public comment period:
The Navy is seeking public review and comment on the Proposed Action and
alternatives as well as the accuracy and adequacy of the environmental
analysis. The Draft Supplemental EIS/OEIS is available for public review
online at www.NWTTEIS.com and at the following locations:
 
Washington:
. Everett Main Library
. Gig Harbor Library
. Jefferson County Library, Port Hadlock 
. Kitsap Regional Library, Poulsbo
. Kitsap Regional Library, Sylvan Way, Bremerton
. North Olympic Library System, Forks Branch
. Lopez Island Library
. Oak Harbor Public Library
. Port Angeles Main Library
. Port Townsend Public Library
. San Juan Island Library
. Timberland Regional Library, Aberdeen
. Timberland Regional Library, Hoquiam

Oregon:
. Astoria Public Library
. Driftwood Public Library
. Newport Public Library
. Oregon State University, Guin Library Hatfield Marine Science Center
. Tillamook Main Library

Northern California:
. Fort Bragg Branch Library
. Humboldt County Public Library, Arcata Branch Library
. Humboldt County Public Library, Eureka Main Library
. Redwood Coast Senior Center

Southeastern Alaska:
. Juneau Public Library, Downtown Branch
. Ketchikan Public Library 

The Navy will accept comments throughout the public comment period from
March 29, 2019, to June 12, 2019. All comments must be postmarked or
received online by June 12, 2019, for consideration in the Final
Supplemental EIS/OEIS. All comments submitted during the public comment
period will become part of the public record, and substantive comments will
be addressed in the Final Supplemental EIS/OEIS.

Comments may be submitted online at www.NWTTEIS.com, at the public meetings,
or by mail to:

Naval Facilities Engineering Command Northwest
Attention: NWTT Supplemental EIS/OEIS Project Manager
3730 N. Charles Porter Ave.
Building 385, Admin, Room 216
Oak Harbor, WA 98278-3500

-USN-

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