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No FCLP at OLF or Ault Field April 23-29 2017

QUICK! Hold your after-work barbecues, get that yard work done, take that long run along the beautiful roads in Central Whidbey – while you can!

No Field Carrier Landing Practice (FCLP) operations for aircraft stationed at NAS Whidbey Island are scheduled to occur at the Outlying Field (OLF) in Coupeville, Wash., nor are carrier-based flight training scheduled at Ault Field for the week of April 23-29 2017.

 

 

We’ve received this press release from Navy Region Northwest, concerning upcoming outreach meetings for proposed Naval Special Operations Training in the area.

If you have questions concerning these proposed activities, be sure to read the following material and contact them either at the meetings or via email or snail mail (they list this at the bottom of the press release.)

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Update - Water Testing Price Reduced

We just got an update on the Whidbey Water Keeper’s program to get discounted water testing for households on Whidbey. Take advantage of this great situation! If you don’t have the money, they are working on financial assistance. Don’t let anything get in the way of your family’s health.


Today is the last day to secure the discounted rate.

Thanks to all of you who have responded, we have over 20 households planning to participate and, as a result, the price has been further reduced to $230!!

Today is the last day to get your name on our list of participants. We will then request the sampling kits, set the date and send you an email with information on logistics and sampling. You can use water from your faucet.

If you want to participate and have not yet responded, please contact Anne today at anharvey13@gmail.com with “Coordinated Water Testing” in the subject line. Anne will respond to your email to you let you know you are on the list of participants. 

If you need financial assistance, please indicate this as we are fundraising for this purpose.

FCLPS - Navy Jet Training - OLF and Ault Field - April 16-22 2017

Gotta catch up on all those canceled flights due to weather… here comes the backlog.


Schedule: April 16-22 2017

Coupeville carrier operations

Monday, April 17: Late Morning to Mid-Afternoon

Wednesday, April 19: Early Afternoon to Mid-Afternoon

Thursday, April 20: Afternoon to Late Afternoon and  Night to Late Night

Ault Field carrier operations

Tuesday, April 18: Night to Late Night

Friday, April 21: Early Afternoon to Late Afternoon

Water Testing for Navy Contaminants on Whidbey Island

COER was sent this notice from Whidbey Water Keepers. This is a good idea – but hurry if you want to join! The deadline is this Friday.

 


Please respond by APRIL 14th to secure low cost water testing for your household.

Whidbey Water Keepers is organizing a coordinated water sampling opportunity for Central Whidbey residents. It is important that as many Central Whidbey residents as possible get their private wells tested to give our community a fuller understanding of the path and degree of water contamination.

Jennifer Miller at Vista Analytical Laboratory has offered us a discount on the $275 standard rate which includes testing for all 6 chemicals and a turn around time of 14 days. The discounted cost per household will be $245. This is one of the two labs that has been recommended to our community for their quality of testing. The chemicals they will test for are PFOS, PFOA, PFHxS, PFHpA, PFNA and PFBS. The latter 3 are critical in being able to demonstrate a link to the fire fighting retardant used by the Navy.  The Navy did not test for the 3 chemicals that would link them to the firefighting foam.

We need 14 households to submit water samples from their taps on the same day in order to qualify for this discount. If we do not get 14 households, then we will all submit separately and they will still turn around the test results to us individually in 2 weeks. We are working to secure funding to support households needing financial assistance; we will be sending a subsequent email on this.

Below are links to materials from Vista Analytical Laboratory and the one page information sheet on water sampling.

Thanks for getting back to us quickly!

Whidbey Water Keepers

CONTACT EMAIL: aharvey@antioch.edu

Vista Brochure

How to Have Your Water Independently Tested

PFAs Information Sheet

OLF schedule for April 9-15 2017

Aircraft carrier-based flight training for aircraft stationed at NAS Whidbey Island is scheduled to occur at the Outlying Field (OLF) in Coupeville, Wash., from Monday, April 10 through Wednesday, April 12, 2017 and Ault Field on Tuesday and Thursday, April 11 & 13, 2017.

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Kilmer Questions Navy Jet Training

Washington Rep. Derek Kilmer (D-6th District) sent off several letters requesting more information about the Navy’s plans concerning the Growler, and how it impacts the environment and his constituency.

In each of his letters, he began: “Given your agency’s mission, I request assistance in further understanding your recent and ongoing efforts impacting Washington’s Sixth Congressional District. Like many of my neighbors, I want my kids, and their kids to enjoy the pristine environment that I have been privileged to experience.”

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Oxygen Deprivation Risk Rising in Growler Jets

An article by CNN describes the dangerous defects inherent in several jets, including the Growler. Do we really want increased flights over our heads with “a growing number of incidents” of oxygen deprivation amongst Growler pilots? While there has always been a risk of accidents with all aircraft training over Whidbey Island, it seems the likelihood is actually increasing.

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OLF schedule for April 2-8 2017

Aircraft carrier-based flight training for aircraft stationed at NAS Whidbey Island is scheduled to occur at the Outlying Field (OLF) in Coupeville, Wash., from Monday, April 3 through Friday, April 7, 2017 and Ault Field on Wednesday, April 5, 2017. (continue reading…)

OLF Schedule March 13-17 2017

Flight Schedule for March 13-17 2017

Aircraft carrier-based flight training for aircraft stationed at NAS Whidbey Island is scheduled to occur at the Outlying Field (OLF) in Coupeville, Wash., from Wednesday, March 15 through Friday, March 17, 2017 and Ault Field from Monday, March 13 through Wednesday, March 15, 2017. (continue reading…)