Navy Seeks Comment on Gulf of Alaska Sonar EIS
On March 17, 2008, the U.S. Navy published notice that it intended to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement/Overseas Environmental Impact Statement to evaluate the potential environmental effects of Navy training in and around the Gulf of Alaska. The EIS/OEIS will include potential sonar effects on marine mammals. The Navy will invite the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the U.S. National Marine Fisheries Service to be cooperating agencies in preparation of this EIS/OEIS.
The Navy will hold three public scoping meetings on the EIS:
1. Tuesday, April 1, 2008, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., at Kodiak Best Western, 236 W. Rezanof Drive, Kodiak, AK 99615;
The purpose of the scoping meetings is to identify community concerns and local issues that will be addressed in the EIS/OEIS. The Navy asks for comments on environmental issues or topics of environmental concern that the commenter believes the Navy should consider. Written comments should be postmarked no later than April 30, 2008.
Click here to read Navy's Federal Register notice
Click here for Navy's Alaska EIS/OEIS website
2. Wednesday, April 2, 2008, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., at Kincaid Outdoor Center, North Assembly Room, 9401 W. Raspberry Road, Anchorage, AK 99502;
3. Thursday, April 3, 2008, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., at Mt. Eccles Elementary School, 200 Adams Street, Cordova, AK 99574.