San Juan County Council members will be attending the scoping meeting from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, December 5 regarding the proposed introduction of EA-18-G Growler expeditionary squadrons to Whidbey NAS. Noise from the aircraft can be heard over the San Juan Islands.
U.S. Navy representatives host the meeting in the Anacortes Middle School cafeteria, 2202 M Avenue, Anacortes.
The open house provides an 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 scoping booklet is available online.
According to the NAS website:
"The Department of the Navy (Navy) is preparing an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for EA-18G Growler airfield operations at Naval Air Station (NAS) Whidbey Island, Washington. The EIS will evaluate the potential environmental effects associatedDepartment of the Navy Logo with ongoing and future Growler operations at NAS Whidbey Island’s Ault Field and Outlying Landing Field (OLF) Coupeville.
In addition, the EIS will evaluate the proposed introduction of two additional expeditionary electronic attack (VAQ) squadrons and the addition of aircraft to the training squadron. The purpose of the proposed action is to continue to support the Navy’s VAQ aircraft capabilities at NAS Whidbey Island, maintain VAQ operational readiness to support national defense needs, and to sustain and continue to support all other aircraft missions at NAS Whidbey Island.
To meet current and future mission and training requirements, the Navy proposes to:
Continue and increase VAQ airfield operations at NAS Whidbey Island, including both Ault Field and OLF Coupeville;
Add two new expeditionary VAQ squadrons, or a total of 10 new Growler aircraft;
Add three additional Growler aircraft to the training squadron;
Construct and renovate facilities at Ault Field over a three-year period to accommodate additional aircraft; and Station up to 860 additional personnel at, and relocate approximately 2,150 family members to, NAS Whidbey Island and the surrounding community."
Public comments can be made by:
Providing written comments at the scoping meetings.
Speaking with the stenographer, who will record comments at the scoping meetings.
Submit comments electronically on this website by selecting the "Comments" tab on the NAS Whidbey information page.
Mail comments to:
Grower EIS Project Manager
Naval Facilities Engineering Command Atlantic
6506 Hampton Boulevard
Norfolk, VA 23508
Attn: Code EV21/SS
Beginning on October 29, 2013 the Naval Air Station (NAS) Whidbey Island implemented a new comment process for community members a to use to express their thoughts, concerns, and issues. The use of this "pdf fillable" form will improve the ability for the NAS to evaluate and analyze information. The form will ask the user to provide their name, date of the event, time, phone numbers, call back request, pertinent address, and a comment section.
After completing the form, please send it via email to [email protected].