Citizens of the Ebey's Reserve is committed to removing the EA18G Growler from the Pacific Northwest.
Our mission is to protect the health and welfare of the inhabitants of the region, including the marine, migratory and endangered species, and to preserve the historic northwest communities being threatened by military jet training flights.
What COER Has Done So Far
Alerted Community About EIS
The Environmental Impact Statement for the new Growler jets indicated 'Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI.) COER increased public awareness of this, and what it would mean to the community.
Demanded a Proper EIS
We sent an official demand to the Navy to conduct a proper EIS with current, honest flight expectations, and actual noise measurements instead of outdated estimates.
Independent Noise Tests
Since the EIS hadn't bothered to include actual noise tests, we hired JGL Acoustics to find the real numbers. We publicized the results of the "Lilly Report" - which were much higher than Navy estimates.
Lawsuit Filed vs. Navy
We filed a lawsuit with the District Court against the Navy. Flights stopped for the rest of the year.
Fighting the Navy's Expansion Request
Flights resumed, and the Navy made a request to drastically increase their training operations. COER responded publicly, informing other government agencies and communities affected by the proposal.
Injunction vs. Flights
We filed for a preliminary injunction to stop training flights until a proper EIS was completed.
Helped Form the West Coast Action Alliance
Realizing the battle was much larger than Central Whidbey, COER helped organize WCAA, joining forces with like-minded groups
Alerted and Supported the Community: Water Contamination
Spread the word about water contamination caused by the Navy, supported the formation of new water protection groups
Working on the Next Legal Case...
Our next push in the courts is coming - our fight is far from over.
Become a Defender - How You Can Help
Our location in the Puget Sound is rich with environmental and historic National Treasures. Help us defend its wonders for future generations.