Listen in on KMUD, 88.3 FM, from 1:30 pm to 3 pm as Susan Radebaugh interviews Rosalind Peterson from the Agricultlure Defense Coalition about the Navy Training Range for Warfare Testing that is slated to begin off our coasts. You can also listen online. Time to get outraged, folks.
There will be a rally at the Eureka Courthouse on Tuesday, Nov. 23 at Noon to oppose the U.S. Navy’s 5-year warfare testing and protest of the permit issued by NOAA which violates current environmental protections.
For more information, check out Agriculture Defense Coalition.
You still have a chance to make public comment on the Navy warfare testing off our northcoast.
NOAA NWTRC EIS – Public Comment Deadline NOVEMBER 30, 2010
Send Written Public Comments to:
Dr. Jane Lubchenco, NOAA Undersecretary
National Oceans & Atmospheric Administration – U.S. Department of Commerce
14th & Constitution Avenue, N.W., Room 5128, Washington, DC 20230
Contact your Elected Representatives at this Toll Free # (1866) 220-0044 in Washington, D.C.
Request U.S. Congressional Hearings in order to protect Public Health, Marine
Mammals, Fish, birds, biologically sensitive coastal and ocean areas, the fishing and tourism industries, and our marine reserves and National Marine Sanctuaries.
Ask for an SIXTY DAY EXTENSION of the NOAA Public Comment Deadline.
Local activists are also attending the Trinidad City Council meeting on Wednesday evening (Nov. 10) to ask for this issue to be put on Trinidad’s agenda. Local governments can push for the Humboldt Board of Supervisors to request a congressional hearing on the matter.
ACTION ALERT: Attend a Rally Tomorrow! Contact officials! Help stop the U.S. Navy’s attempt to expand the NorthWest Training Range Complex
Join concerned citizens tomorrow, Wednesday, October 27th at the Eureka Courthouse from 12 p.m. – 1 p.m. to protest the Northwest Training Range Complex (NWTRC).
U.S. Navy Experimental Warfare Testing Programs were initiated in 2008, and will continue in the Atlantic, Pacific, and the Gulf of Mexico over the next five years.
The NWTRC proposal will extend the range down the Northern California coastline into Mendocino County. The U.S. Navy will be using live ordinance, long range sonar and has permission to incidentally kill marine life. It will affect all of us living on the coast as well as endangered species that live in our coastal region.For more information, check out Agriculture Defense Coalition. You can also read the Navy’s Northwest Training Complex Environmental Impact Statement.
The deadline to act is October 31st!. Contact your representatives to request public comment with National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration. Tell them we want a 60-day extension on public comment and a U.S. Congressional Hearing on the matter.
Call the Whitehouse at 202-456-1111, fax your letter to 202-456-2461, or email the President.
Congressman Mike Thompson can be reached at 202-225-3311 or fax your letter to 707-269-9598.
Humboldt Bay Harbor, Recreation and Conservation District Candidates Forum
Wednesday, Oct. 7 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Humboldt Area Foundation, 373 Indianola Road, Bayside
The Humboldt Bay Stewards will host a candidates’ forum for the upcoming November election of Bay District Commissioners.
This is an opportunity for the public to meet the 3rd and 4th districts Commissioner Candidates and listen to them discuss the issues and their positions. The League of Women Voters will conduct the forum. All candidates will have the opportunity to answer each of the questions submitted from the audience.
Topics of particular interest to Surfrider members: Marina dredging, port development, water quality… others? Add in the comments.
From the Ukiah Daily Journal:
The public comment period for a U.S. Navy testing program in the Pacific Ocean has been extended to April 13 to allow for additional input. Because of the continued public interest, the Navy extended the period for comments on the Northwest Training Complex Draft Environmental Impact Statement one month beyond March 11. Because the period would end on a weekend, the public comment period is extended through April 13.
The DEIS examines the potential environmental effects of the Navy’s proposal for expanding ocean and land-based operations by conducting underwater demolitions, electronic communications and testing explosives and surveillance systems.
The extension came to light last week after residents in potentially affected areas wrote letters and spoke to Congressman Mike Thompson (D-Napa Valley) about their concerns. In a statement released Tuesday from Washington D.C., Thompson said, “I’m pleased that after I met with the Navy, they agreed to extend the public comment period and allow everyone more time to weigh in. The Navy will come to Mendocino and hold a public meeting to hear concerns and answer questions from the community. I’ve asked the Navy and fishing organizations to look more closely at the impact this proposal will have on ocean wildlife and fishing families.”
From the Humboldt County Green Party:
March 16, 2009
The Humboldt County Green Party is urging residents of the western coast of the United States to oppose the expansion of a massive Naval training complex to cover more than 126,000 square nautical miles along the coasts of California, Oregon and Washington. The complex will be used to conduct training, research, testing, and evaluation of military hardware, personnel, tactics, munitions, explosives, and electronic combat systems.