Today at 10:32am
Here’s my recent letter to Rick Larsen:: I have read your message to citizens impacted by Growler noise. I am a local. I also worked for several years as a Navy contractor, focused on altering active sonar so it no longer kills whales. The Growler issue is actually quite similar, except the victims here are your constituents rather than beaked whales. In both cases, an unhealthy noise problem is caused by the development of a military technology that is sometimes referred to as “out-of-scale with nature”. Also, in both cases, the Navy is treating those directly affected as collateral damage. I know this treatment directly and intimately, because I had to confront this Navy policy several times during my acoustic tenure. The efforts you describe in your email to mitigate the problem, do your constituents a grave dishonor. Everything you mention as a solution, offers all of us affected by Growler noise, nothing to solve the true noise issue. The Navy has honed this kind of obfuscation to a fine art, and you seem content to do the same. What your email actually tells us is that you have given their obfuscation, some new clothes to make it now read as your own personal effort to alter the status quo. But nowhere does your email actually tell us anything that will stop the noise. Although i do not think you intend to sound devious, your words make it quite clear that you are not willing to confront the Navy growler program’s pre-supposition of local collateral damage.