The Navy continues to ignore the noise impacts of its aircraft on large portions of the area between Whidbey Island and the Pacific Ocean, including Olympic National Park, Dungeness Wildlife Refuge, Protection Island, the City of Port Townsend and large portions of the San Juan Islands and the Salish Sea.
STOP encourages all of you to address your concerns regarding this situation to your local, state and federal elected officials. Those officials must be educated on the need for them to help save the Olympic Peninsula from the damage the Navy continues to do.
Go to STOP's latest letter to the Navy here.
Once Again – We Must Oppose Military Training in Washington State Parks
Tell the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission to not issue the US Navy a new permit to conduct military training in our State Parks!
Written comments due by January 22
Washington State Parks is requesting comments on a proposed permit to allow the US Navy access to 29 state parks for military training. This includes the waters adjoining the parks, the beaches within the parks, and the upland portions of the parks, any day, any time. The Seal trainees will be accompanied by large numbers of personnel trainers and training equipment. Such an activity is inconsistent with the Parks’ mission and with the public’s use and enjoyment of parks.
These are the considered parks: Blake Island, Cama Beach, Camano Island, Cape Disappointment, Deception Pass, Dosewallips, Fort Casey, Fort Columbia, Fort Ebey, Fort Flagler, Fort Townsend, Fort Worden, Grayland Beach, Hope Island, Illahee, Joseph Whidbey, Leadbetter Point, Manchester, Mystery Bay, Pacific Pines, Scenic Beach, Sequim Bay, Shine Tidelands, Skagit Island Marine, South Whidbey, Triton Cove, Twin Harbors, and Westport Light.
Submit Comments by January 22!
Click here to submit comments on line: https://parks.state.wa.us/FormCenter/SEPA-13/SEPA-Comment-90
Click here to obtain information regarding the proposal (but don’t believe the Parks’' claim in the FAQs to have lawful authority to issue the permit): https://parks.state.wa.us/1168/Navy-training-proposal
Growler Graffiti over Kalaloch Beach Olympic National Park
PHOTO BY SKI
“The logic is simple; if a loud noise, such as the passing of an aircraft, can impact many square miles, then a natural place, if maintained in a 100 percent noise-free condition, will also impact many square miles around it.”