February 28, 2012 (Candace Calloway Whiting). Could the Navy be more obtuse and boring ? Probably. Could this issue be more important ? Maybe. But for anyone desiring to know what the Navy does to the marine environment, now is your chance.
What you will learn might seem to depend upon both your stamina and your ability to translate acronyms into language, but don’t be fooled – under the surface, these issues are very basic.
As to your stamina – the original document “Northwest Training Range Complex Environmental lmpact Statement/Overseas Environmental Impact Statement” is a mind-crushing 727 pages long.
And as far as acronyms go, doesn’t this sound like fun – “The NWTT EIS/OEIS is environmental planning analysis for testing and training activities to support re-issuance of authorization for permitted activities analyzed by the Navy in previous environmental documents.” And only 726 more pages to go.
But if you care about things like ‘Dumping Ground Explosives Military’ - such as what shows up in the recent satellite track of an endangered Southern Resident orca (below) – now is the time to voice your opinion.
DON’T BE MISTAKEN: THIS IS YOUR OPPORTUNITY TO EXPRESS YOUR OPINION ABOUT NAVAL ACTIVITIES IN THE MARINE ENVIRONMENT.
It is time to hold the Navy’s collective hands to the fire and make them disclose how their activities impact the marine environment. And by the way, the “open house sessions” are held in low population areas, not exactly easy for many of those who care about these issues (check bottom of page).
Could it be more inconvenient? There is nothing about this to make you want to go…but there is an online option (http://www.nwtteis.com/). Please do your best to have an impact.