There is a last chance for public comment around the Navy’s proposal to overfly the Olympic Peninsula 5,000 times per year with Growlers — some of the loudest planes in the sky today. By May 28 no further input will be accepted and the plan finalized roughly as characterized above.
Sending panes on practice flights from Whidbey over Puget Sound and National Park airspace toward moving electronic targets on U. S. Forest Service Land seems less benign than it had when the plan was formed.
The Orca J-pod is visibly troubled and mechanical noised is recognized as a player. A study is funded and beginning which will study the impact of such decibel assault from above on these endangered mammals. It would seem prudent to cease implementation of the flyovers while awaiting its findings. Of course, since other, less sensitive sites are readily available to the Navy, one of them could be chosen instead. After all, Navy has characterized the use of this particular site as “convenient” but not essential.
It is a dangerous precedent to act as though National Parks’ airspace can be auditorially violated. This is particularly egregious in the Olympic Park, which has been documented as the quietest place in the continental United States and which receives more than three million tourists a year seeking its solace.
Living at the margin of this precious resource, you and I have the most to lose should the May 24 deadline pass and the planes overfly it multiple times nearly every day of the year.
At minimum, please speak your piece on line @ www.NWTTEIS.com prior to the cutoff deadline. If you can, attend the public hearings to further your understanding of both positions.
Everett: Wednesday, April 24 @ 5-8 PM
Hampton Inn Everett Downtown
2931 Marine View Drive
With gratitude & hope,