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Stewardship in the Spotlight

Operation Northern Edge: Why the Navy Trains in the Gulf of Alaska - (Video)

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.

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 Magazine Indian Island and Naval Base Kitsap helped restore Kilisut Harbor - (Video)

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.

Forestry Management on Navy Bases in the Northwest - (Video)

The regional forester for Naval Facilities Engineering Systems Command Northwest, talks about forestry management on Navy bases in the Northwest.

Cattail Lake Monitoring and Restoration Project - (Video)

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. 

Northwest Navy Stormwater Program - (Video)

Stormwater project manager for Navy Base Kitsap talks about the proper handling of stormwater.

Naval Station Everett and NOAA Conduct Wildlife Survey - (Video)
A biologist from the Naval Station Everett Environmental Department, and biologists from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), record and measure fish in the waters surrounding NSE, Washington May - June 2021. The NSE Environmental Department has a proactive role in meeting mission requirements, while protecting our Puget Sound environment where Navy and Marine Corps forces train and live. NOAA Fisheries is responsible for the stewardship of the nation's ocean resources and their habitat. They start these surveys by circling nets around certain parts surrounding NSE and pulling them in manually. Afterwards, they search the nets for fish and gather them in a bucket. They bring the specimen onboard and begin to identify, measure and check them for tags from hatcheries before releasing them back into the water.

NAS Whidbey Island constructs sand filter to reduce environmental impact - (Story)

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.


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