Community Hearing – ACHP
Our region has been a good partner to the DoD, but the proposed Growler Jet expansion is just too much. By standing together, our local and state leaders have told the DoD that we must do more to protect our historic Northwest treasures. This has triggered a local hearing with the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP) on the Growlers impact on Ebey’s Landing Historical Reserve and other historical treasures.
The meeting was held on Wednesday Evening, December 19th. Please join our mailing list for upcoming and ongoing updates and announcements. Click here to join the mailing list.
YOUR VOICE MATTERS: We still need the community to let elected leaders, the DoD, and ACHP know that we all care about our historic treasures and we know that money will not protect them.
This hearing was an opportunity to leave ACHP members with insights into the critical role of the Reserve and its crucial role in lives of Central Whidbey citizens, Island County taxpayers, and as a national park destination that attracts millions each year.
WAYS TO TAKE ACTION
- Submit a Written Comment – The ACHP accepts comments until Jan 3, 5pm EST. email@example.com.
- Take Part in a Planned Community Action – Stay tuned for specific plans at this site.
Send in a comment until January 3rd:
Include your name and any organizational affiliation.
Fax: (202) 517-6381
Post: Ms. Katharine R. Kerr
Advisory Council on Historic Preservation
401 F Street, NW, Suite 308
Washington, DC 20001-2637
SUGGESTED MESSAGES FOR THE ACHP
- The process is broken: The Navy assessment leaves out many historic treasures in the region in 5 counties that will be damaged by the expansion.
- Speak to your own connection to the Reserve: The Navy admits that increased noise and vibration at Ebey’s reserve will damage historic treasures – money cannot fix these once they are lost.
- Noise from the Growler expansion will spoil the Reserve and the historic treasures of this region: 24,000 operations/year will drive homeowners, farmers, business owners, recreationists and tourists from the Reserve, Central Whidbey and the region.
- The Navy’s offer to mitigate damage from increased noise to the Reserve was totally inadequate and soundly rejected by state and local leaders. The consultation with community stakeholders failed to produce an agreement acceptable to all parties and Navy terminated discussions on Nov 30. The ACHP has 45 days to review the impact of the Growler expansion on Ebey’s Historical Reserve and provide comment to the Secretary of the Navy.
- The Navy’s review of historic preservation impacts excluded the public and the rest of the impacted region.
SDA Growler Section 106 position is the following:
1.The additional Growlers will cause “indirect harm” to historic sites as determined by the Navy and, therefore, the No Action is the only acceptable Alternative.
2.The proposals brought forth by the Navy thus far fall far short of mitigation and fail to consider the damage to historic sites beyond Whidbey Island. The Navy’s noise modeling and impact assumptions are biased toward understating the impact, and, as a result have excluded consideration of harm to other historic sites.
3. While some jurisdictions may benefit from a payment from the Navy, the SDA does not recognize any monetary compensation as a sufficient mitigation or minimization action.