April 5, 2009

No Naval Weapons training off the Mendocino coast

Navy weapons testing update

By FRANK HARTZELL Of The Mendocino Beacon

Updated: 04/02/2009 08:03:37 AM PDT


Northern California can expect about 20 annual hours of Navy weapons training in the ocean, virtually all of it 12 miles or more offshore, under a controversial new plan for weapons training in the ocean.


That’s about the same amount of training that has been going on in recent years off the Golden State, said U.S Navy spokesman John Mosher, who, with the help of others in Washington, D.C., provided responses to questions about the U.S. Navy Northwest Training Range Complex Draft Environmental Impact Statement posed by the newspaper.


The EIS documents impacts on the ocean of sonar, undersea weapons testing, and the use of submarines, ships, boats, missiles and aircraft.


The amount of training in the ocean would more than double under the Navy’s preferred alternative, the response states. But that entire increase will be focused on the complex of naval bases in Washington’s Puget Sound, with no effort to increase testing off Northern California.


Navy officials clarified that the southern boundary of the Navy Northwest Training Range Complex is the Humboldt-Mendocino County line, meaning there will be none off the Mendocino Coast. That fact is stated in terms familiar to those who read nautical maps, not in layman’s terms.


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April 2, 2009

U.S. Navy comes to Ukiah

Navy briefs board, public on training range

By K.C. MEADOWS – The Daily Journal

Updated: 04/01/2009 08:23:45 AM PDT


The U.S. Navy came to Ukiah Tuesday to talk about its training operations in the northwest Pacific Ocean and was met with a skeptical crowd of about 60 people who clearly did not believe the Navy when it said it cares about the environment.


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March 12, 2009

Navy comment period extended to April 13th

Due to continued public interest in the Northwest Training Range Complex’s draft environmental impact statement/overseas environmental impact statement (DEIS/OEIS), the U.S. Navy is extending the public comment period to April 13th.

This DEIS/OEIS examines the potential environmental effects of the Navy’s proposal for future range management operations and activities. The Northwest Training Range Complex is actually a series of individual training areas in the Pacific Northwest; extending up to 250 nautical miles off the coast of Washington, Oregon and northern California.

Public comments are a fundamental part of the EIS/OEIS development and key in helping the Navy make informed decisions. For more information on this project, and several ways to provide public comment by the newly extended deadline, visit: www.NWTRangeComplexEIS.com

February 26, 2009

Comment period on Navy weapons testing plan extended

According to the Advocate-News, the U.S. Navy has extended the public comment period for its proposed naval weapons training zone to Wednesday, March 11th.


Electronic comments can be submitted using a form on the website. Mailed commenters are asked to use the same form, which can be downloaded and printed and sent to: Naval Facilities Engineering Command Northwest, 1101 Tautog Circle, Suite 203, Silverdale, WA 98315-1101, ATTN: Mrs. Kimberly Kler – NWTRC EIS

February 19, 2009

Navy’s new training area to include Mendocino County

Within the past couple of months I’ve been reading stuff online about the Navy’s plan to create a large weapons training area dubbed the Northwest Training Range Complex. It originally extended from Washington to Humboldt County and would encompass vast stretches of open ocean, as well as including some land-based operations as far inland as Idaho.


There is an article in yesterday’s Ukiah Daily Journal about the Complex, and apparently, it’s been expanded to include Mendocino County.