On November 9, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) gave the US Navy permission to “take” more than 600,000 marine mammals over the next five years in the expanded Northwest Training Range Complex.
The Navy Training Range is on the agendas for this week's meetings of Eureka and Arcata City Councils. Please come if you can. If not, please send emails to your Council representatives. Tell them we need them to speak out for the north coast.
The NWTRC extends from the border of Canada to Mendocino County. It is 60 miles off shore for ships, just 13 miles for planes, and includes critical whale migration routes. Naval exercises will include testing of new weaponry and ammunition (habitat and marine life disruption, destruction, and pollution with toxic chemicals, heavy metals, depleted uranium, etc.), deployment of sonar (which has killed hundreds of marine mammals in numerous incidents worldwide), and ship-based flight training (which has already sent panicked livestock off of cliffs on the Oregon coast and through fences in the Hwy 36 valley).
Thankfully, the Environmental Protection Information Center (EPIC) has taken on organizing a grassroots campaign to call for Congressional hearings and a halt to war games in our coastal waters. To make this happen, Congress needs to hear from thousands of citizens. The first thing you can do is sign the online petition. Then attend the next City Council meeting in Eureka or Arcata this week.
Humboldt, Marin, and Mendocino County Boards of Supervisors, Mike Thompson, Diane Feinstein, and Barbara Boxer have all formally voiced their objections, to no avail. We need our City Councils to join in demanding extension of the public comment period, and, if necessary, Congressional hearings.
San Francisco Television News Report:
★ Attend the Arcata or Eureka City Council meetings this week and ask our local cities to take a position against the navy's proposal:
*Eureka City Council: Tuesday, November 16, 6:00 PM, Eureka City Hall, 531 K St
Agenda item #10. See agenda.
*Arcata City Council: Wednesday, November 17, 6:00 PM, Arcata City Hall, 536 F St
Agenda Item #6 Consent Calendar: See agenda.