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FCLPs Jets - July 24-30 2017

FCLP Schedule of Growler Jet Flights for the upcoming week of July 24-30 2017.

Coupeville carrier operations

Wednesday, July 26: Late Night
Friday, July 18: Late Morning

Ault Field carrier operations

Monday, July 24: Early Afternoon, then Evening to Late Night
Tuesday, July 25: Late Afternoon to Late Night
Wednesday, July 26: Afternoon
Thursday, July 27: Evening to Late Night

Navy Plan to Increase 'Growler' Operations Criticized


Contact: Maryon Atwood (360) 678-1414
Cathryn Andrews (612) 306-4800

Navy’s Plan to Increase ‘Growler’ Operations Draws Criticism
Promise of Legal Challenge

The Navy’s recently announced plans to increase ‘Growler’ jet training over Whidbey Island has drawn fire from one citizen organization, led to the formation of another, and prompted the Town of Coupeville to hire their own noise experts to scrutinize the Navy’s plan.

The Navy plans were outlined in a required Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) that is supposed to have studied the potential impacts of its planned expansion and identified alternatives for public consideration and comment. The Navy did not begin its self-conducted environmental study until after Growler operations began.

“The Navy’s actions violate our democratic principles and harm the very people the Navy is sworn to protect,” said Ken Pickard, President of Citizens of Ebey’s Reserve. COER has been at the forefront of efforts to halt Navy Growler operations that have become a source of complaints from communities throughout the Puget Sound. Growler noise impacts in Central Whidbey have already created what one health expert labeled a “public health emergency.”

The Navy’s “Preferred” alternative for expanding Growler Operations would:

  • Increase low-level training operations at its Outlying Field (OLF) near Coupeville from 6,250 operations a year to 35,100 – almost a 600% increase.
  • Increase noise footprints and expose up to 3,446 children to greater than 65 dB DNL– which research shows to cause decreases in learning, reading, comprehension, cognitive abilities with a host of other adverse health and behavioral impacts. The noise can interrupt classroom learning up to 45 times per hour. (Navy DEIS.)
  • Increase Growler operations from North Whidbey Island and noise impacts over Port Townsend, Anacortes and San Juan Islands – including Lopez Island where more than 5000 complaints were registered on a Growler noise ‘hot-line.’
  • Increase impacts on Deception Pass State Park, where Growler noise drives away visitors at a loss of $1000 a day in park fees alone. (Seattle Times)

All of the Navy’s ‘alternative’ scenarios will increase noise, health harms and other adverse impacts. The Navy’s “no action alternative” would continue Growler operations that currently expose
people in homes, schools, parks and businesses to noise that exceeds community standards set by the State of Washington, the EPA, the Occupational and Health Administration (OSHA), and the World Health Organization.

“Asking citizens to choose from the Navy’s list of alternatives is like asking us which club we want to be beaten with,” said COER member Bob Wilbur. “The Navy’s desired number of flyovers will force homeowners to sell their unlivable properties at huge losses.”

According to COER, the Navy’s Environmental Study is flawed by design, in part, because the Navy did not take a single real-time measurement of noise experienced by communities. Instead, the
Navy used unreliable computer modeling that averaged periods of noisy over-flights with days of silence when jets did not fly. National noise experts say this is an invalid misuse of the noise metric.

The National Park Service recently completed a sound study of Growler noise impacts over Ebey’s Landing Historic Reserve and concluded that Growler noise is a problem requiring serious attention. Because of Navy Growlers, the once peaceful Reserve is now the loudest National Park in the Nation.

The Navy will issue a final Environmental Impact Statement and decision after it ‘considers’ public comments on the Draft EIS. The National Environmental Policy Act only requires the Navy to seriously study potential harms and alternatives. However, the Navy can still choose the most harmful action alternative.

COER is urging the public to reject all of the Navy’s proposals and has vowed to continue its political and legal efforts to oppose Growler operations over populated and environmentally sensitive


CitizensoftheEbeysReserve2@gmail.com, P.O. Box 202, Coupeville, WA 98239

Aug 29 - Sept 2

The Field Carrier Landing Practice (FCLP) operations scheduled at the Outlying Field (OLF) in Coupeville, Wash., for Tuesday, Aug. 30 has been moved to Ault Field.

The current schedule is:

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Rick Larsen and Navy Jet Proposals Inadequate

Congressman Rick Larsen and Navy Proposals for Growing Jet Noise Problem Draw Criticism

Congressman Rick Larsen and the Navy are being criticized for failing to address the growing problem of harmful noise from controversial EA-18G ‘Growlers,’ the loudest jets ever to fly. The Navy Growlers have become the source of noise complaints throughout Puget Sound region.

Growlers, all based at Whidbey Naval Air Station, practice low level training operations that saturate homes, business, and recreational areas with documented levels of hazardous noise. Growler noise, recognized as hazardous by the Navy’s own standards, has created what one health professional labeled, “a public health emergency” in central Whidbey Island.

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County Health




Come to the County Health Board Meeting and speak out!  Or just come and show support for others.

We are going to educate our County Health Board about the dangers and damages of the Growler noise. We will also be asking for the Board to take specific actions to protect us.  It is also very important that they hear from the people who are being hurt.

Bring your story. You’ll probably have 3 minutes to tell it. Remind the Health Board Members of their duty to protect us.

Tuesday April 19th, 2016 at
1 o’clock P.M.
Island County Commissioner’s Meeting Room located in Room 102B (Basement), Island County Annex Bldg., 1 NE 6th Street, Coupeville

If you’ve seen the recent Seattle Times front-page (posted on COER’s website www.citizensofebeysreserve.com ), you’ll know we are beginning to be heard.  We need to be heard more!  We hope to have the news media cover this meeting!

COME and bring friends and family. Bring signs, handouts, informational materials to submit, whatever you can think of. Let us know if you plan to come, and if you need a ride.


Ken Pickard

Citizens Of Ebey’s Reserve For A Healthy, Safe And Peaceful Environment

Caution Growlers2

The previous announcement called for no flights this week. However, weather is supposed to be tricky with wind and rain so be ready for sudden changes again.

Flight Operations Schedule Change at OLF Coupeville Nov. 12 and 13, 2015

NAVAL AIR STATION WHIDBEY ISLAND, Wash. –Field Carrier Landing Practice (FCLP) operations for aircraft stationed at NAS Whidbey Island are now scheduled to occur at the Outlying Field (OLF) in Coupeville, Wash., in the afternoon and evening of Thursday, Nov. 12, 2015, and in the afternoon of Friday, November 13.

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We are witnessing the biggest military expansion of our history – bringing more jets, more noise, and increased threats to health and the environment. Adverse impacts on our health, historic structures, tourism, outdoor recreation, and on the living creatures of the Puget Sound, the nation’s second largest estuary, are already documented.

History proves that Judges can be wrong -­‐ and their decisions overturned. We think the judge was wrong to allow screaming ‘Growler’ jets to fly low over homes, businesses, schools, and parks. With your help, there is much we can do to take our case to the court of public opinion and WIN.

Bring your friends and a dish or two to share, and join us on Sunday, October 18th, from 3-5 pm.

Pacific Rim Institute, Parker Road, Coupeville.

French U.N. peacekeepers (UNIFIL) cover their ears during the live training exercise between Lebanese army and U.N. peacekeepers near the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) headquarters in Naqoura, southern Lebanon, December 4, 2008. REUTERS/Haidar Hawila

French U.N. peacekeepers (UNIFIL) cover their ears during the live training exercise between Lebanese army and U.N. peacekeepers near the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) headquarters in Naqoura, southern Lebanon, December 4, 2008.

Published October 02, 2015


(Reuters Health) – People with long-term exposure to loud noise at work or in leisure activities may be at increased risk of heart disease, a U.S. study finds.

Researchers found the strongest link in working-age people with high-frequency hearing loss, which is typically the result of chronic noise exposure.

“Compared with people with normal high-frequency hearing, people with bilateral high-frequency hearing loss were approximately two times more likely to have coronary heart disease,” said lead author Dr. Wen Qi Gan of the University of Kentucky College of Public Health in Lexington.

Past research has already linked noise exposure, especially in workplaces, to coronary heart disease, high blood pressure and other illnesses, Gan and his colleagues write in Occupational and Environmental Medicine. But many of these studies lacked individual information about actual noise exposure, relying instead on average decibel levels in the person’s environment.

High-frequency hearing loss, the researchers say, is a better indicator of exposure to loud noise over time.

To investigate the connection with heart disease, the researchers looked at data on 5,223 participants in national health surveys between 1999 and 2004. Participants ranged in age from 20 to 69 at the time they were surveyed.

Overall, people with high-frequency hearing loss in both ears were about twice as likely to have coronary heart disease compared to those with normal high-frequency hearing. Among those age 50 and under, who were also most likely to be exposed to loud noise at work, the heart disease risk was increased four-fold.

There was no link to heart disease among people with one-sided hearing loss or loss of lower-frequency hearing, the study team notes, further supporting the idea that noise exposure is the culprit.

The study only looked at people at one time point, however, and cannot prove that noise or hearing loss are direct causes of heart disease. The researchers also acknowledge that they relied on study participants’ own recollections about their work and leisure-time noise exposure.

Nonetheless, Gan said, accumulating evidence suggests that exposure to loud noise can increase the risk of coronary heart disease.

Gan advises people to eliminate or reduce excessive noise exposure in the home and workplace. “Using earmuffs and earplugs can reduce personal noise exposure,” he told Reuters Health by email.

SOURCE: bit.ly/1j5lQQX Occupational Environmental Medicine, online September 15, 2015.

This article from Earthjustice is some wonderful good news. The link to the original is HERE.


Navy Sonar Settlement Brings Historic Win for Whales

Melon headed whales like these on the west side of Hawai'i island will now be protected from dangerous mid-frequency sonar training and testing.

Melon headed whales like these on the west side of Hawai’i island will now be protected from dangerous mid-frequency sonar training and testing.

The blue whale is one of the largest animals ever known to have lived on Earth, but despite its heft, this magnificently oversized marine mammal can’t withstand the biological blows caused by Navy sonar training and testing.

Today, the blue whale got a break from these harmful sounds. For the first time ever, the U.S. Navy has agreed to put vast swaths of important habitat for numerous marine mammals off limits to dangerous mid-frequency sonar training and testing and the use of powerful explosives.

Areas around the Maui 4-Island Complex.

Areas off the coast of Southern California.

The significance of this victory cannot be overstated. Ocean noise is one of the biggest threats to the health and well-being of marine mammals, which rely on sound to “see” their world. For years, scientists have documented that high-intensity, mid-frequency sounds wreak havoc on the aquatic environment, causing serious impacts to marine mammals, such as strandings, habitat avoidance and abandonment, and even death.

In fact, the Navy’s own five-year Pacific weapons testing and training plan said as much, estimating that whales, dolphins and other marine mammals would be harmed nearly 9.6 million times during high-intensity sonar exercises and underwater detonations. These harmful impacts include millions of instances of temporary hearing loss and significant disruptions in vital behaviors, such as rearing young, as well as more than 150 deaths.

For years the Navy has ignored these impacts, refusing to set aside biologically important areas to minimize harm to these vulnerable marine populations. In 2013, Earthjustice sued the National Marine Fisheries Service for approving the Navy’s five-year plan, alleging violations of the National Environmental Policy Act, the Marine Mammal Protection Act and the Endangered Species Act.

Two years later, in March 2015, a federal judge agreed with us and found that the Navy and the fisheries service violated the law. Today, after months of negotiations among all parties, the Navy has agreed to create safe havens to protect these vital marine species.

  • Spotted dolphins swim on the west side of Hawai‘i Island.
    Robin W. Baird / Cascadia Research Collective
    Spotted dolphins swim on the west side of Hawaiʻi Island, in an area that will finally now have protections from use of sonar and explosives.
  • Spinner dolphins swim on the west side of Hawai‘i Island.
    Daniel L. Webster / Cascadia Research Collective
    Spinner dolphins swim on the west side of Hawaiʻi Island, in an area that will finally now have protections from use of sonar and explosives.
  • Pilot whales swim on the west side of Hawai‘i Island.
    Annie B. Douglas / Cascadia Research Collective
    Pilot whales swim on the west side of Hawaiʻi Island, in an area that will finally now have protections from use of sonar and explosives.
  • False killer whales swim on the west side of Hawai‘i Island.
    Dan J. Mcsweeney / Cascadia Research Collective – Wild Whale Research Foundation
    False killer whales swim on the west side of Hawaiʻi Island, in an area that will finally now have protections from use of sonar and explosives.
  • Cuvier's beaked whale swims on the west side of Hawai‘i Island.
    Daniel L. Webster / Cascadia Research Collective
    Cuvier’s beaked whale swims on the west side of Hawaiʻi Island, in an area that will finally now have protections from use of sonar and explosives.
  • Adult male Blainville's beaked whale swims on the west side of Hawai‘i Island.
    Robin W. Baird / Cascadia Research Collective – Wild Whale Research Foundation
    Adult male Blainville’s beaked whale swims on the west side of Hawaiʻi Island, in an area that will finally now have protections from use of sonar and explosives.
  • A whale and calf swim off the coast of Southern California, in an area that will finally now have protections from use of sonar and explosives.
    John Calambokidis / Cascadia Research Collective
    A whale and calf swim off the coast of Southern California, in an area that will finally now have protections from use of sonar and explosives.

“If a whale or dolphin can’t hear, it can’t survive,“ said David Henkin, the Earthjustice attorney who brought the initial challenge to the Navy’s latest round of training and testing on behalf of several groups. “By agreeing to this settlement, the Navy acknowledges that it doesn’t need to train in every square inch of the ocean and that it can take reasonable steps to reduce the deadly toll of its activities.”

Until it expires in late 2018, the agreement will protect habitat for the most vulnerable marine mammal populations, including endangered blue whales, for which waters off the coast of Southern California are a globally important feeding area. It will also protect numerous small, resident whale and dolphin populations off Hawai‘i, for whom the islands are literally their only home.

Today’s announcement proves that the Navy can both protect U.S. naval waters and protect whales and dolphins by limiting the use of sonar and explosives in vital habitats.


An article by Audrey Peterman, blogger for the Huffington Post. See the original article HERE.


“We have fallen heirs to the most glorious heritage a people ever received, and each one must do his part if we wish to show that the nation is worthy of its good fortune,” President Teddy Roosevelt said of our public lands in the early 1900s.

The patriot and statesman who shrewdly set aside Crown Jewels such as the Grand Canyon National Park for the use and enjoyment of the American people must be turning over in his grave today. For this generation is demonstrating clearly that each one will not do his part and doesn’t much seem to care.

The widespread exploitation of our natural resources coincides and is closely tied to the distress of our planet writhing under massive droughts, wildfires, glacial melting, animal die-offs and human displacement.

Our general response seems to be one big shrug.

What is the drug that is keeping us inert? We’re literally sleepwalking towards doom, while a few people make obscene amounts of money and the majority consume images of the living dead on TV. We are seduced by mindlessness when we need to be most alert and active on behalf of our democracy.

I will be forever grateful to the fate that introduced me to the National Park System in 1995, because it sparked my passion to do my part for the evolution of our country. There’s no way to experience the real life places where our history happened, learn the heroism that my black and brown ancestors displayed alongside their white countrymen, and not feel a sense of pride and commitment. I must do everything I can to leave my country in better shape than I found it, for those coming after me.

When President Obama traveled to Alaska and renamed Mount Denali last week, I had visions of the mountain as I watched it through my window in Permafrost Cabin at Camp Denali for four solid days in 2012. A more glorious sight cannot be contemplated than the sun glistening off that massive ice-clad mountain towering more than 2,000 stories into the air. I hoped the President got that view and it had the powerfully humbling yet affirming effect on him as it had on me.

Conversely, I was filled with anger and confusion that a few weeks earlier the President gave the go ahead for Shell to drill in the Arctic Ocean. When I shook his hand in Everglades National Park last Earth Day, he emphasized the clean energy world he was helping to create and the prospects for his future grandchildren. His decisions have been overwhelmingly pro-environment. Why then would he expose our Arctic to drilling and its inherent huge negative consequences? Even if we avoid potentially catastrophic accidents, the very act of oil extraction heats up the atmosphere at the point where glaciers are in meltdown.

Looking for answers, I found some chilling information:

There’s more to Obama’s Arctic trip than just hypocrisy: Critics of the president’s Alaska visit should examine the National Petroleum Council’s role in pushing drilling:

“… Although such criticism has a point, it misses the force behind the decision to approve Arctic drilling to begin with: the National Petroleum Council (NPC) Obama’s administration oversees…the NPC is an advisory committee to the Secretary of Energy consisting mostly of executives and CEOs of some of the biggest oil and gas companies on the planet. A case in point: its president is Charles D. Davidson, CEO of Noble Energy, and its vice president is the aforementioned Tillerson. As the ‘advisory’ badge makes clear, NPC advises and influences U.S. and more broadly, global energy policy.”

I consider myself an informed citizen yet I didn’t know about the NPC. I didn’t know that the people crafting our US and global energy policy are those vested in exploitation of our resources that could simultaneously destabilize our planet.

Do 300 million of us just shake our head at such obscenity and say, “That’s how it is?” Talk about giving away our power.

Simultaneously I learned that a massive geopolitical power play is heating up the Arctic Circle, particularly between Russia and the US. As more land is exposed under melting glaciers, nations are competing for territory rather than heeding the warning it represents.

My consternation at how little I know about issues that are vitally important to my country and our future was only increased when I received a frantic note from a friend in Washington State titled: “Urgent alert! Olympic National Park – a military training range?”

It read: “I recently returned from an incredible backpacking trip into one of the most gorgeous places on the planet, 7-Lakes Basin high in the Olympic Mountains, in Olympic National Park. The silence, the stillness and the spectacular beauty was exalting. My heart was overflowing with gratitude that these gorgeous wilderness areas have been protected forever, for us, the American people.

“Olympic National Park is 95% designated wilderness and is so breathtaking in its beauty, and so rich in its wildlife, it has been declared a ‘World Heritage Site’ by the United Nations. Its deep emerald valleys, thick with ancient rainforests, are recognized as being the ‘quietest place in the contiguous United States.”

This is all about to change. Drastically. ”

Get the context here.

Her alarm at the looming impacts was only exceeded by the fact that this is taking place without benefit of a national conversation about the huge disruption it represents to our protected lands.

What would President Roosevelt think of our society that has access to more sources of information and more influence than ever in history, yet is so uncaring and detached?

A democracy cannot thrive with ignorant indifferent citizens. To be worthy of our rich public lands and environmental legacy, each one of us urgently needs to become informed and actively involved. As we approach the 2016 elections, every candidate’s stance on climate, environment and public lands must be a critical component of our decision to elect them or not.

Meanwhile, Here’s one way we must affect the outcome in Olympic.

(I hope you understand the urgency that impelled me to take this detour from our virtual tour of national parks with Congress.)