The U.S. Navy is committed to being a steward of the environment while the fleet’s ships, aircraft and personnel participate in U.S. Indo-Pacific Command’s biennial joint training exercise, Northern Edge, in Alaska. This U.S. Pacific Air Forces-led exercise provides an opportunity for military forces to practice high-end, realistic war fighter training and joint service interoperability. The Gulf of Alaska is an important training area due to its unique cold-water environment and large available space to support complex, realistic scenarios.
Marine Species Lookout - (Video)
Qualified, trained lookouts are the U.S. Navy's first line of defense to protect marine species and the environment from potential harm during at-sea activities. These Sailors are responsible for reporting any potential marine species sightings up their chain of command, which helps ensure the Navy is operating in a safe manner that does not impact marine species in accordance with federal law.
Naval Base Kitsap and Naval Magazine Indian Island participated in the Kilisut Harbor Restoration project by providing $1 million in funding and construction guidance. The project broke ground in August 2019 and by August 2020 restored a waterway between the Indian and Marrowstone Islands in the Puget Sound, benefitting water quality and sea life.
The regional forester for Naval Facilities Engineering Systems Command Northwest, talks about forestry management on Navy bases in the Northwest.
Northwest Navy Stormwater Program - (Video)
Stormwater project manager for Navy Base Kitsap, talks about the proper handling of stormwater.
Naval Facilities Engineering Systems Command (NAVFAC) Northwest and Naval Base Kitsap biologists highlight the monitoring and restoration efforts made at Cattail Lake on Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor over the course of 10 years. The project began in 2012 to reestablish forested wetlands, flowing streams and salt marsh habitat in the area. The most recent restoration effort included planting 9,000 trees to help increase vegetative diversity throughout the system.
NAVFAC Northwest Marine Mammal Survey - (Video)
A marine biologist with Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Northwest conducts a marine mammal survey at Naval Station Everett. NAVFAC Northwest is a complex, multi-mission command and supports asset management, design, contracting, and construction and assists client activities in the application of specialized programs such as energy, environment, and base closures.
Naval Air Station (NAS) Whidbey Island finished construction on its first sand filter pit as part of a new stormwater management system in 2019. The Skywarrior Base Theatre parking lot on Ault Field had been expanded and required a sand filter pit to decrease litter and stormwater flow to Clover Valley Creek.