The North Coast Journal’s blog has the story so far.
Concerning the proposed Northwest Training Range Complex, the department’s plan to designate most of the Pacific Northwest coast as training grounds for naval operations.
What sorts of training? According to this brochure:
Training activities involve activities in the range complex where Navy personnel learn skills they need to operate machinery or weapons. These activities provide realistic experience and include:
Operating vehicles, aircraft, submarines, and surface ships;
Conducting live fire training against surface and air targets at sea;
Conducting airborne surveillance activities;
Detecting, locating, and countering threat electronic signals;
Finding and removing underwater mines;
Training Navy divers in a cold water environment…
Thanks also to the volunteers who staffed our table, signed up new members and sold T-shirts! That brought our proceeds up to over $600 – money that will be used to fund our upcoming projects, including a wave energy forum, water quality workshop, shower installation, beach clean-ups and more.
Thanks, as always, to Monty at Greenhouse for the help with T-shirts and stickers!
And thanks SO MUCH to all the folks who showed up to support the NPK – super, super fun! – and thereby supported the Surfrider cause as well!
Questions, comments about the chapter? Ask below!
Thank you to Mike Dronkers for providing the audio.
Friday (tomorrow) night! $8 cover, all proceeds to benefit the Humboldt Chapter of Surfrider Foundation, thanks to the generosity of The NPK! Come dance, say hi to your fellow volunteers and otherwise get your party on!
Surfrider Foundation’s Humboldt Chapter hosts an informational wave energy forum for the community. Experts and stakeholders representing a variety of viewpoints and knowledge will present, discuss and answer questions regarding projects planned off the North Coast.
Saturday, Feb. 21, 6 p.m., Hotel Arcata conference room. Further details soon.
Rep. Mike Thompson has lodged legislation aimed at permanently protecting the North Coast from oil and gas drilling after recent moves by the federal government to pursue oil exploration.
The bill would prevent drilling along the Humboldt, Mendocino and Del Norte coasts outside the 3-mile state jurisdiction. A ban on drilling on the outer continental shelf died in the last Congress, and the U.S. Interior Department quickly moved to open some areas for exploration.
Thompson said that drilling off the California coast could threaten a critical area of ocean in which upwelling brings nutrients from the sea floor and energizes the food chain critical for fisheries, one of few such regions in the world.
Full story at the Times-Standard.
Press release from Thompson’s office.