Posted on November 17, 2012 by Al B.
Nice overview of the environmental story in Dabob Bay, reported by Ron Judd, with quotes from local environmental leader Peter Bahl, Chris Davis of the Nature Conservancy and Taylor Shellfish’s Bill Dewey.
I love Dabob Bay, it represents one of the few nearly pristine bays on the Salish Sea. (I disagree with Mr. Judd that it’s in “Puget Sound”, as most of us who have lived and sailed here for a long time, know that Hood Canal has always been considered a separate body of water from Puget Sound, as are the Straits. That’s why the naming of the Salish Sea was added). The bay is wonderfully quiet, and little of the houses can be seen from shore, giving the look of almost wilderness to it.
“Few places in the Northwest boast the odd mix of ingredients — man, mollusk, mammal and military — found in the deep mixing bowl that is Dabob Bay.”
Read the whole story at:
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Posted on November 12, 2012 by Al B.
Chris Dunagan brings home the reality of the almost $7M in restoration projects that Norm Dicks and the Navy have traded out to allow work to be done on the sub base in Hood Canal.
Does anybody have an old dock he would like to sell? Does the dock happen to be located anywhere near the Navy’s submarine base at Bangor? Under a new mitigation program, the Hood Canal Coordinating Council will use $6.9 million from the Navy to compensate for habitat damage caused by the Navy’s $715-million explosives handling wharf, now under construction at Bangor. Besides removing old docks, projects under consideration include the removal of shoreline fill, creosote pilings and bulkheads located in tidal areas.
Chris Dunagan reports.
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Posted on September 18, 2012 by Al B.
The militarization of the Hood Canal continues…no stopping the Navy when it wants something. Hope all you fishermen and sailors will be content to have yourselves harassed by Coast Guard vessels as you fish and sail the Canal in years to come. Speak now or forever hold your peace.
A draft environmental assessment of the Navy’s proposed Hood Canal electronic measurement ranging system has been published. It describes the proposed project, its purpose and need, and identifies alternatives to be analyzed. The range would measure the electromagnetic signature of the area’s submarines. Magnetic signatures can build up and be detected by planes and ships. The signatures must be reset occasionally at a magnetic silencing facility by exposing the boat to high electrical currents. Subs must now go to San Diego or Hawaii to be measured. The draft document can be viewed at
https://portal.navfac.navy.mil/portal/page/portal/navfac/navfac_ww_pp/navfac_efanw_pp. Comments can be made until Sept. 28 at http://www.emmrea.com.
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Posted on June 13, 2012 by Al B.
Skanska’s U.S. unit will earn $149 million from a U.S. Navy contract for building an explosives handling wharf in Silverdale, Washington.
SILVERDALE, Wash., June 12 (UPI) — Skanska’s U.S. unit will earn $149 million from a U.S. Navy contract for building an explosives handling wharf in Silverdale, Wash.
Skanska is joining two other firms — American Bridge Company and Nova Group Inc. — in the project, which carries a value more than double what the U.S. unit of the Swedish construction joint will receive.
Read the whole story: http://www.upi.com/Business_News/Security-Industry/2012/06/12/Skanska-to-build-US-Navy-explosives-wharf/UPI-67381339534981/#ixzz1xg29g600
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Posted on June 4, 2012 by Al B.
A mitigation program that could bring millions of federal dollars to restoration projects in Hood Canal was approved Friday by the Hood Canal Coordinating Council. If approved by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Washington Department of Ecology, the new program would first be used to compensate for environmental damage from the Navy’s $715-million explosives handling wharf to be built at Bangor.
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Posted on May 21, 2012 by Al B.
A new analysis by the Navy suggests that ongoing training and testing activities could cause greater harm to marine mammals than previously estimated. The new analysis, incorporated into a study of Navy activities in California and Hawaii, also is likely to reveal that the Navy causes more injuries to whales, dolphins and seals in Northwest waters than predicted by environmental studies completed two years ago, Navy officials confirm.
Chris Dunagan reports. http://www.kitsapsun.com/news/2012/may/19/new-analysis-shows-greater-harm-from-current/
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Posted on May 16, 2012 by Al B.
A new report out Tuesday stops short of determining what killed a young female orca that washed up near Long Beach, Wash. The scientists who produced it for a federal agency came up with new details about the whale’s trauma, bruising and hemorrhaging, and lack of broken bones.
The necropsy report’s findings have whale experts suspicious of naval activity as a possible cause of her death. The Navy is in the process of renewing its permits to conduct sonar and explosive tests in the Northwest.
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Posted on May 14, 2012 by Al B.
The Navy is continuing to promote that they can expand their training here inside Puget Sound without harming marine mammals, yet more and more troubling information keeps coming out. Given that we have little ability to monitor the Navy actitivites, and strange things like porpoises and whales washing up dead with odd problems, it’s worthy of concern….
The U.S. Navy may hurt more dolphins and whales by using sonar and explosives in Hawaii and California than thought, says an analysis that reflects new research and covers naval activities in a wider area than previous studies. The Navy estimates its use of explosives and sonar may unintentionally cause more than 1,600 instances of hearing loss or other injury to marine mammals each year, according to a draft environmental impact statement that covers training and testing planned from 2014 to 2019. The Navy calculates the explosives could potentially kill more than 200 marine mammals a year.
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Posted on March 22, 2012 by Al B.
We regularly rail against the growing militarization of the Sound and Hood Canal. We are being turned into advanced Naval training area with no oversight of the effects that Navy is having, and no voice in what they do. Now Canada is getting on board the call for a moratorium.
Speculation is growing over what caused the death of a young resident killer whale and conservation organizations want the Royal Canadian Navy to stop holding military training exercises in the whales’ critical habitat. David Suzuki Foundation, Georgia Strait Alliance, Greenpeace, Living Oceans, Raincoast Conservation Foundation, Sierra Club B.C., Western Canada Wilderness Committee and the World Wildlife Fund want an end to military exercises in the area and a release of all information about activities in the area that might have contributed to Sooke’s death.
Killer Whale Death leads to call for Navy Ban
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Posted on March 18, 2012 by Al B.
The deeper story that isn’t clear from the headline is that the Navy is destroying a marsh and restoring an estuary. Why? To put in a fence and a parking lot. All this without environmental review, or protections. The fence and parking lot are costing us, the taxpayers, almost $52 Million dollars. We are grateful for the crumbs of $100 million in total for *mitigation* money from the Navy to the Hood Canal Coordinating Council for the *total* mitigation of the new sub base work. This is just a fence a parking lot…does that sound out of whack to you?
Could you or I, or even the State of Washington for that matter destroy a marsh like that in this day and age? No. This is what we mean when we talk about the issues of militarization of the Sound and Hood Canal. We get no say in how our money is being spent on issues that compromise our local environment. We are grateful that someone in the Navy has even thought to trade off recreation of the estuary.
The larger issue of whether this new sub base expansion is even needed is never debated. When we question Norm Dicks long held support of the military, and the Navy in particular, this is the kind of thing that he, Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell should, as our representatives, be seriously questioning. To be clear, we support our military, but with a budget in WA DC that will be forcing a $50 Billion cut to the military, (as reported on NPR just this AM) because of the inability of both political parties to come to the table and get things done, whether in this day of a crashed economy we even need a larger military base for our subs is not on the table for discussion by the population that supports them with their taxes. The reality is that over 40% of our taxes directly go to the military (perhaps much more if the nature of the ‘black budgets’ of the our top secret security wings were made public). There is a lot that could be done for the taxpayers with even 10% of that returned to jobs programs with environmental overview. Not security fences and parking lots that are of a highly questionable need.
Navy (re)turning lake to estuary on Bangor
By Ed Friedrich The Navy is restoring a Hood Canal estuary that was blocked by farmers even before the creation of the Bangor submarine base. Cattail Lake was created when a road dammed Cattail creek. (MEEGAN M. REID/ KITSAP SUN) BANGOR —
BANGOR — The Navy is restoring an estuary that hasn’t held saltwater in more than 60 years. The $2.2 million project compensates for environmental damage from the building of a huge, new security fence.
Read more: http://www.kitsapsun.com/news/2012/mar/17/navy-returning-lake-to-estuary-on-bangor/#ixzz1pU0MwbcA
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Posted on March 14, 2012 by Al B.
Good chance to come out and call for a moratorium on sonar use in the Salish Sea, including Hood Canal. They Navy is expanding it’s training efforts here, despite whether the public wants it or not. You still have time to get out and let them know your feelings.
Navy hosting public meeting in Quilcene today
… of Juan de Fuca, Puget Sound and the Behm canal in southeastern Alaska,
… as well as the Keyport Range Complex, which covers areas of Hood Canal.
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Posted on May 10, 2011 by Al B.
Some could look at this as a brilliant plan by the Navy to shut down environmental opposition to their plans to continue the militarization of the Hood Canal. Remember that with two sub bases we will have at least twice the closings of the Hood Canal Bridge, all unannounced. It’s already difficult to know when to leave for meetings and medical appointments in either Bremerton or Seattle. – Editor
5/9 Kitsap Sun
Hood Canal council could get millions from Navy for mitigation projects
By Christopher Dunagan
HOOD CANAL — Hood Canal Coordinating Council could be put in charge of environmental restoration projects worth millions of dollars, as the Navy moves forward with construction of an explosives handling wharf at Bangor.
Under federal law, the Navy must provide mitigation for environmental damage caused by the $715-million wharf, currently going through an environmental review process.
Instead of identifying its own mitigation projects, the Navy favors making payments to a government entity such as the Hood Canal Coordinating Council, which would ensure that restoration projects fit into the larger goals of restoring Hood Canal, said Lynn Wall, environmental planner for Naval Facilities Engineering Command Northwest, based in Silverdale.
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Posted on May 9, 2011 by Al B.
So do we really want double the amount of Navy subs and subsequent support staff? Everything is a secret, and everything is national security. Speak up now to stop expansion of the sub base, or forever hold your silence, and complaints – editor
5/6 Kitsap Sun
Navy’s floating acoustics lab doing work in Hood Canal
By Kitsap Sun staff
BANGOR — Residents have wondered for weeks, “What’s that white, windowless building being pushed up and down Hood Canal by a tugboat?”
It’s a floating Navy laboratory called M241, revealed Chief Dale Davis, Naval Base Kitsap spokesman. It provides an enclosed, protected structure with a moon pool — an opening in the floor — and a lift for placing test equipment in the water.
M241 is operated by the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Carderock Division, Detachment Puget Sound. The detachment provides management and logistic support for West Coast ship and submarine acoustic trials.
The M241 was brought to the Bangor waterfront in the summer of 2009 when facilities on Fox Island were closed. It will remain at Bangor as part of ongoing research, development, testing and evaluation projects.
What exactly it’s doing out there is secret.
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Posted on August 28, 2010 by Al B.
Chris Dunagan continues to follow up on this bizarre situation. What’s new to me is that the Navy was apparently out there training for hours. This wasn’t just a ‘drive by’ incident, but apparently they were washing up huge wakes for a long time that day. Now it begins to make sense.
Evidence continues to point toward the USS Port Royal as the cause of massive numbers of oysters washing up on beaches near Seabeck as well as along Dabob Bay on the opposite side of Hood Canal.
A Navy investigator visited affected residents on Misery Point yesterday, though it remains unclear when a report may be issued. According to folks along the beach, the investigator was able to smell the stench of rotting oysters still drifting about in that area.
I’m afraid there was some initial confusion about the timing, because some people discovered the washed-up oysters on Friday, Aug. 13, and I believe they assumed the event had occurred on Thursday, Aug. 12. Witnesses on both sides of Hood Canal have now confirmed that the Port Royal was speeding up and down Dabob Bay on Wednesday, Aug. 11.
Read more: http://pugetsoundblogs.com/waterways/2010/08/27/hood-canal-residents-still-troubled-by-oyster-washup/#ixzz0xxzQcb8q
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Posted on August 6, 2009 by Al B.
Chris Dunagan of the Kitsap Sun uncovers the news that the Navy has apparently decided to not do any more sonar training use in Puget Sound. Good news for our marine wildlife. —-read the whole story and comment if you wish at…http://pugetsoundblogs.com/waterways/2009/07/30/some-sonar-questions-are-answered-others-remain/
The Navy has decided not to conduct training exercises involving sonar within Puget Sound. That information was revealed in a proposed incidental take permit for the Northwest Training Range Complex, now subject to public review under the Marine Mammal Protection Act. See my story in today’s Kitsap Sun.
While this decision no doubt will be a good thing for area marine mammal populations, I’m still a bit confused about the extent to which sonar may be used in non-training conditions.
Use of sonar in the testing of equipment and new technologies will come under a separate take permit for the Naval Undersea Warfare Center, based at Keyport.
But, according to a statement I received from the Navy, that still leaves open the use of sonar for “safety and navigation,” “testing,” and “maintenance.”
As I understand the process, if the Navy were to harm marine mammals in one of these procedures without obtaining a take permit in advance, the Navy would be in violation of the Marine Mammal Protection Act.
more at the link above…
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