PUBLIC INVOLVEMENT


NAVY EXTENDS TIMELINE FOR RELEASE OF FINAL EIS

The release of the Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) analyzing an increase of EA-18G Growler aircraft at the Naval Air Station (NAS) Whidbey Island complex, originally scheduled for autumn of this year, is being extended for about 10 months.
  • Please click here to read the Navy’s press release for the extension of the release of the Final EIS.
  • Please click here to read the Newspaper Notice as published in local newspapers beginning September 23, 2017.

PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD ON THE DRAFT EIS

Notice of Availability (NOA) for the Draft EIS and notice of open house public meetings – The Navy published an NOA for the Draft EIS for EA-18G "Growler" Airfield Operations at NAS Whidbey Island Complex in the Federal Register on Thursday, November 10, 2016. The publication of the NOA initiated an extended public comment period lasting 75 days, beginning on November 10, 2016, and ending on January 25, 2017 (the comment period was later extended to February 24, 2017).

The Navy held five open house public meetings in December 2016 to provide members of the public with the opportunity to submit comments on the Draft EIS.  

Please go to the Current EIS Documents page to download a copy of the Draft EIS.

Copies of the Draft EIS also are available for review at 22 area libraries:

  • Anacortes Public Library
  • Bellingham Public Library
  • Burlington Public Library
  • Camano Island Library
  • Clinton Library
  • Coupeville Library
  • Freeland Library
  • Guemes Island Library
  • Jefferson County Library
  • La Conner Regional Library
  • Langley Library
  • Lopez Island Public Library
  • Lummi Island Library
  • Mount Vernon City Library
  • North Olympic Library System, Port Angeles
  • North Olympic Library System, Sequim
  • Oak Harbor City Library
  • Orcas Island Public Library
  • Port Townsend Public Library
  • San Juan Island Library
  • Seattle Central Public Library
  • Sedro-Woolley Library

There were FOUR ways to provide comments:

  1. Submit your written comments at one of the five open house public meetings (December 5 - 9, 2016)
  2. Provide verbal comments to the stenographer, who recorded your comments, at one of the five open house public meetings (December 5 - 9, 2016)
  3. Mail your comments
  4. Provide written comments using the form on this website (form was available from November 10, 2016 to February 24, 2017)

The extended 105-day comment period on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) began November 10, 2016 and closed February 24, 2017. The comments submitted at the public meetings, online, or through the mail and their responses will be provided in an appendix in the Final EIS. Comments submitted during the Draft EIS comment period will be used to inform the preparation of the Final EIS document.

OPEN HOUSE PUBLIC MEETINGS, DECEMBER 2016

The Navy held five open house public meetings to provide members of the public with the opportunity to ask questions and submit comments on the Draft EIS. The meetings were held as follows:

Monday, December 5, 2016
Fort Worden State Park
Conference Center, USO Hall
200 Battery Way
Port Townsend, WA 98368
3:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Tuesday, December 6, 2016
Oak Harbor Elks Lodge
Grande Hall
155 NE Ernst Street
Oak Harbor, WA 98277
4:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Wednesday, December 7, 2016
Lopez Center for Community and
the Arts
204 Village Road
Lopez Island, WA 98261
3:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Thursday, December 8, 2016
Seafarers’ Memorial Park Building
601 Seafarers’ Way
Anacortes, WA 98221
3:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Friday, December 9, 2016
Coupeville High School Commons
501 South Main Street
Coupeville, WA 98239
4:00 PM – 7:00 PM

OPEN HOUSE PUBLIC MEETING MATERIALS, DECEMBER 2016

Posters:

PUBLIC OUTREACH BROCHURE, JUNE 2015

The Navy has prepared an informational brochure in order to promote greater understanding of the mission of Naval Air Station (NAS) Whidbey Island, Growler operations and mission, issues related to aircraft noise, and the EIS process. The brochure is available for download at this link.

SCOPING MEETINGS

The Navy held a total of five open house information sessions to provide members of the public with the opportunity to review project-related information, ask questions of Navy representatives, and submit comments on the scope of analysis and content to be addressed in the EIS. The meetings were held as follows:

  • From 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October, 28, 2014, at Coupeville High School
  • From 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 29, 2014, at the Oak Harbor Elks Lodge
  • From 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 30, 2014, at Anacortes High School
  • From 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 3, 2014, at the Lopez Center for Community and Arts
  • From 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 4, 2014, at the Fort Worden Park Conference Center

SCOPING MEETING MATERIALS

PAST ANNOUNCEMENTS

Public Comment Period Ends: The extended 105-day comment period on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) began November 10, 2016 and closed February 24, 2017. The comments submitted at the public meetings, online, or through the mail and their responses will be provided in an appendix in the Final EIS.  Comments submitted during the Draft EIS comment period will be used to inform the preparation of the Final EIS document.  

Information regarding the availability of the Draft EIS is provided on the Public Involvement page and has also been mailed to interested members of the public who have submitted their contact information to the project mailing list.

Navy extends public comment period for the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) – In response to requests from elected officials, the Navy has agreed to extend (by 30 days) the public comment period for the Draft EIS for EA-18G Growler airfield operations at Naval Air Station (NAS) Whidbey Island complex. The original extended public comment period of 75 days was due to conclude January 25, 2017. THE COMMENT PERIOD WILL NOW CONCLUDE ON FEBRUARY 24, 2017.

  • Please click here to read the Navy’s press release for the extension of the public comment period.
  • Please click here to read the Newspaper Notice as published in local newspapers beginning January 20, 2017.
  • Please click here to read the Amended Notice for Extension of the Comment Period as published by the EPA in the Federal Register on January 23, 2017.
  • Please click here to read the Notice of Extension of Public Comment Period as published by the Navy in the Federal Register on January 24, 2017.

Notice of Availability (NOA) for the Draft EIS and notice of open house public meetings – The Navy published an NOA for the Draft EIS for EA-18G "Growler" Airfield Operations at NAS Whidbey Island Complex in the Federal Register on Thursday, November 10, 2016. The publication of the NOA initiated an extended public comment period lasting 75 days, beginning on November 10, 2016, and ending on January 25, 2017 (the comment period will now conclude on February 24, 2017).

The Navy held five open house public meetings in December 2016 to provide members of the public with the opportunity to submit comments on the Draft EIS.

  • Please click here to read the NOA and Notice of Public Meetings as published in local newspapers.
  • Please click here to read the Navy’s media release.
  • Please click here to read the Notice of Availability as published in the Federal Register on November 10, 2016.
  • Please click here to read the Notice of Public Meetings as published in the Federal Register on November 18, 2016.

Press Release Regarding NAS Whidbey Island Draft EIS Release – Please click here for a copy of the press release issued April 6, 2016, regarding the announcement of the release of the NAS Whidbey Island Draft EIS, scheduled for fall 2016.

Currents Magazine Article - Click here to download the "Pacific Northwest Growler Training Essential for 21st Century Battles," published in fall 2015 in Currents magazine.

The Navy has prepared an informational brochure in order to promote greater understanding of the mission of Naval Air Station (NAS) Whidbey Island, Growler operations and mission, and issues related to aircraft noise and the EIS process. The brochure is available for download at this link.

Notice of Extension of Public Scoping Period and Additional Public Scoping Meetings in Lopez Island and Port Townsend, Washington – Please click here for the copy of the notice published in the Federal Register on November 17, 2014.

Press Release Regarding Additional Public Meetings – Please click here for a copy of the press release issued November 12, 2014, regarding the announcement of additional scoping meetings and the scoping comment extension.

Revised Notice of Intent (NOI) to Prepare an EIS for EA-18G Growler Airfield Operations at Naval Air Station (NAS) Whidbey Island, Washington. Please click here for a copy of the NOI published in the Federal Register on October 10, 2014.

Press Release Regarding Public Scoping Meetings - Please click here for a copy of the press release issued October 8, 2014, regarding the announcement of public meetings.

Press Release Regarding Growler Alternatives - Please click here for a copy of the press release issued July 25, 2014, regarding the Navy's incorporation of additional force structure alternatives into the ongoing EIS.

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