Take Action! Rally and Public Meeting with the U.S. Navy in Ft. Bragg Today Thursday 12/16/10 4-7pm

Redwood Valley

Military Testing Off the Mendocino Coast and Other Areas – Coming Soon Unless We Stop Them…

Watch Sherri Glaser’s video and be sure and come to the meeting Thursday; I understand the meeting made national news last night (ABC). 

The U.S. Navy wants to conduct military testing in our Ocean Sanctuary here on the Pacific North West Coast! (Northern California, Oregon & Washington). The Navy admits that their sonar tests and explosions may harm as many as 2.5 million sea creatures per year over the next 5 years in the Atlantic, Pacific & Gulf of Mexico. We’re talking about the death of whales, dolphins, seals, fish and countless other life forms right off of our Mendocino Coast, Northern California, Oregon & Washington in the NWTRC (Northwest Training Range Complex).

***Please watch the video and PLEASE come to the public meeting with the U.S. Navy on Thursday, Dec. 16, 2010 from 5-7pm, Pentecost Hall, 822 Stewart St., Fort Bragg, CA. There will be a Rally at 4:00 P.M.  before this meeting.

Please share this message with your friends and neighbors!   To Read the Navy Final E.I.S. or their Record of Decision go to http://www.nwtrangecomplexeis.com/Documents.aspx and read the Record of Decision which means that new weapons will be tested in this area as well.

Thank you.

On November 10, 2010, NOAA approved the “taking” (harming) of marine mammals in Northern California by issuing a permit to the U.S. Navy (NWTRC-Northern California, Oregon, Washington, Idaho). In addition, NOAA gave the U.S. Navy a Letter of Authorization which allows them to begin 5-Year Warfare testing and exercises without protecting any National Marine Sanctuaries, fish, breeding habitats, biologically sensitive areas or marine reserves.

Many residents in Northern California are requesting that NOAA rescind the permit and the Letter of Authorization to the Navy until public workshops can be held in Northern California, where our marine biologists and other scientists, along with the EPA, can participate in order to protect our biologically sensitive areas, our fish, and our marine mammals.  The fishing and tourism industry also depends on these areas and the loss of fish and marine mammals could disrupt these vital local industries.

The Navy plans involve SHOCK & AWE weapons testing of missiles, new weapons systems, sonar (during gray whale migrations), bomb blasts, use of toxic chemicals, ocean dumping of toxic chemicals, explosive detonations, gunnery and bombing exercises, along our Northern California coastline and over land areas within the NWTRC.

In a Letter from several Senators including Senator Dianne Feinstein to NOAA-June 17, 2009:

“…In many regions, the Navy plans to increase the number of its exercises or expand the areas in which they may occur, and virtually every coastal state will be affected. Some exercises may occur in the nation’s most biologically sensitive marine habitats, including National Marine Sanctuaries and breeding habitat(s)…In all, the Navy anticipates more than 2.3 million takes (significant disruptions in marine mammal foraging, breeding, and other essential behaviors) per year, or 11.7 million takes over the course of a five-year permit…”  (Five Year Warfare Testing Programs are already ongoing in the Atlantic, Pacific (Southern California Navy Range & Hawaiian Range Complex), and the Gulf of Mexico – More Navy  5-Year Warfare Environmental Impact Statements are ready to be approved in the future.)

U.S. Navy – Definition of Harassment in their Final E.I.S. issued on September 10, 2010

With respect to military readiness activities, the MMPA defines ‘‘harassment’’ as: “…(i) any act that injures or has the significant potential to injure a marine mammal or marine mammal stock in the wild [Level A Harassment]; or (ii) any act that disturbs or is likely to disturb a marine mammal or marine mammal stock in the wild by causing disruption of natural behavioral patterns, including, but not limited to, migration, surfacing, nursing, breeding, feeding, or sheltering, to a point where such behavioral patterns are abandoned or significantly altered [Level B Harassment]…training activities may expose some of the marine mammals present in the area to sound from various mid-frequency and high-frequency active tactical sonar sources or to pressure from underwater detonations…”

U.S. Congressman Thompson has been working heroically to protect many of these areas.  It is time that the public weigh in on this topic and attend this meeting December 16, 2010, to request that NOAA rescind the permit that they issued to the U.S. Navy until we can adequately protect these ocean areas and the marine life in them.

NOAA mitigation measures that protect our marine mammals only 9% of the time are inadequate.  And the use of sonar during the gray whale migration is not acceptable today.

For More information:  Website:         http://www.agriculturedefensecoalition.org/?q=us-navy

Attend the U.S. Navy Public Meeting on December 16, 2010 – 5-7 P.M. Pentecost Hall, 822 Stewart Street, Fort Bragg, CA