Partnerships

Hood Canal Coordinating Council Jefferson Land Trust Trust for Public Lands Washington Department of Natural Resources
Kitsap Regional Coordinating Council

The Navy in the Northwest is committed to balancing our mission with our environmental stewardship responsibilities. Our partnerships with federal, state, and local agencies; tribes; and nongovernmental organizations enable us to sustain the Navy mission and promote Navy environmental stewardship programs (on land and at sea) in the Pacific Northwest and Alaska.

Click on the titles to learn about the key Navy initiatives pertinent to the Northwest Training and Testing EIS/OEIS. 

Hood Canal and Kitsap Peninsula

Collaborating with Hood Canal Coordinating Council (HCCC) and Member Governments on Conservation Priorities in Hood Canal, Watershed Management Planning, and Policies for Economic and Ecosystem Sustainment

Hood Canal Coordinating Council

The HCCC works in partnership with its member counties and tribes, state and federal governments, organizations, and citizens to advance a shared regional vision to protect and recover Hood Canal's environmental, economic, and cultural wellbeing. The Navy is an ex-officio non-voting member of the HCCC Board and worked with HCCC to establish an In Lieu Fee program for Compensatory Mitigation to provide higher-quality, more successful mitigation options in Hood Canal.

Website: Hood Canal Coordinating Council

Partnering with Washington Department of Natural Resources (DNR), The Trust for Public Land, and Jefferson Land Trust to protect lands in Hood Canal

The Navy has a multi-year partnering agreement with Washington DNR, The Trust for Public Land, and Jefferson Land Trust to protect lands in Hood Canal. The Encroachment Protection Agreement has been in effect since 2011. The agreement is funded in part by the Department of Defense’s Readiness and Environmental Protection Integration (REPI) Program and Navy funding. Partners also contribute funds or seek grant funding from other sources. The goal of the partnership is to leverage funding and the efforts of individual partners to collectively expand conservation efforts. The Navy’s primary focus for this agreement is mission sustainment and buffering around the Dabob Bay Range Complex and Hood Canal Military Operating Areas. Due to the habitat values and conservation potential in the area, partners have many overlapping areas of interest. In addition to preserving pristine scenery and the Navy’s ability to operate in the area, the conservation efforts that result from the partnership also benefit many wildlife species native to the area and benefit local communities and economies through preservation of recreation lands and working farms and forests. Since the partnership was initiated, the partners have protected over 12,000 acres of land around Hood Canal and additional transactions are in progress. The partners applied for designation of Hood Canal as a Sentinel Landscape in 2017.

Cooperating with the Washington DNR to Establish a Restrictive Easement Protecting 4,804 Acres of Aquatic Lands in Hood Canal from Incompatible Development

In addition to the REPI/Encroachment Protection Agreement work, the Navy and Washington DNR have worked cooperatively to establish a restrictive easement to protect 4,804 acres of aquatic lands in Hood Canal. Many of the Navy's required operations, such as research, development and evaluation testing, and training occur on ranges or military operating areas in the Hood Canal. These areas are crucial for military readiness and national defense because they provide the realistic and secure environment necessary to safely conduct operations, training, and testing. The restrictive easement over DNR-owned bedlands in the Hood Canal protects the ranges from incompatible development that would limit the Navy's ability to effectively use the range and continue operations. The entire 4,804 acres is designated critical habitat for Endangered Species Act-listed salmonid species. In addition, the protected area includes high value habitat like eel grass and shellfish beds.

Partnering with the Kitsap Regional Coordinating Council (KRCC) and Local Jurisdictions to Improve Mission Sustainment for the Navy to Promote Robust, Healthy Communities for the Local Jurisdictions

The Navy is an ex-officio member of the KRCC Board and a member of the KRCC Transportation Policy Board and KRCC Land Use Technical Advisory Committee. The Navy coordinates with the KRCC member local jurisdictions on land-use planning policy, transportation improvement planning, and economic sustainment. 

Website: Kitsap Regional Coordinating Council

Puget Sound and Western Washington

Maintaining Strong Relations with Federally Recognized Tribes of Western Washington by Forming the Northwest Navy Tribal Leadership Council

The Commander, Navy Region Northwest formed this annual collaborative forum to promote a spirit of cooperation among tribal leaders and Navy senior leadership to identify solutions to issues of mutual concern, build trust, share knowledge, and improve communication. The Navy and the tribes maintain open dialogue on issues such tribal fishing concerns, installation access for tribal shellfish harvesting, Navy environmental planning projects, training and operations, natural and cultural resource management, and effective consultation processes. 

Teaming with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) to Protect the Marbled Murrelet and Its Nesting Habitat

Since 2012, the Navy has collaborated with USFWS and WDFW and provided funding to support: 1) Annual winter density surveys of the nearshore environment, and 2) Expanding surveys to include summer density surveys in Puget Sound and winter density surveys in Washington’s offshore in 2017.  As a separate effort, forest stands on Northwest Navy installations are evaluated for marbled murrelet suitable nesting habitat. As suitable habitat is identified, occupancy surveys are conducted. 

 

Participating in the Puget Sound Federal Task Force for Puget Sound Recovery

Since 2007, the Navy has collaborated with other federal agencies in chartered forums in support of Puget Sound restoration. Currently, the Navy is participating in the Washington Puget Sound Federal Task Force (PSFTF), established in October 2016 when the Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Energy, Installations, and Environment and eight other federal agencies/departments signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). Under the MOU, the PSFTF developed a Draft Five-year Action Plan that lists federal priority projects and policy priorities for Puget Sound recovery. Sub-teams have been established to implement the Action Plan. As part of the Fish Passage sub-team, the Navy is investigating how to fund future restoration of salmon and steelhead fish-blocking culverts on U.S. Navy property. In addition, the Navy has completed several estuary and culvert restorations on Navy property.

Download "Cattail Lake Restoration: From Freshwater Lake
to Tidal Estuary
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Consulting with WDFW, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, USFWS, National Marine Fisheries Service, and Tribes to Restore Fish Passage

The Navy continues to work with state and federal agencies and tribes to replace fish-blocking culverts managed by Naval Base Kitsap (NBK). In October 2013, the Navy completed a project to restore the Airport Tributary of the Union River, which supports Endangered Species Act-listed steelhead trout, Coho salmon, Hood Canal summer run chum, and sea-run cutthroat trout. A culvert ran under a railroad at milepost 28.24 and was found to completely block the passage of fish due to its length and small diameter. It was replaced with a tunnel under the railroad that reopened nearly one mile of stream that had been closed to fish passage since the 1940s. This project was a highly successful ecological enhancement and in 2017, although cutthroat trout are frequent visitors, a pair of Coho salmon was seen above the enhanced culvert digging a nest to lay their eggs. Since 2013, the streambed has dropped about six feet from where it was and the stream has settled into a more naturalized channel. In 2016, a project at Sturgeon Street on NBK Bangor replaced two undersized culverts with a twelve foot arched culvert, regraded the streambed and revegetated the area with native species for fish habitat.  Additionally, the Navy has requested funding for projects at NBK to remove, replace, or perform maintenance on culverts to restore fish passage through undersized culverts.

Download "Naval Base Kitsap Replaces Fish-Blocking Culvert"

Pacific Coast of Washington, Oregon, and Northern California

Collaborating with the Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council (AC) to Protect Marine Resources

The AC was established in 1999 to provide advice on the management and protection of the Sanctuary.  A community-based body, the AC, through its members, serves as a liaison to the community regarding sanctuary uses and issues, and represents community interests, concerns, and management needs to the Sanctuary. The Navy’s non-voting membership on the AC allows for collaboration on protecting the important marine and cultural resources of the Sanctuary while supporting the Navy mission.

Website: The Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council

Participating in the State of Washington Offshore Marine Spatial Planning Effort

A Washington State initiative for the Pacific Coast of Washington under State Law (RCW 43.3722) requires the Washington Departments of Ecology, Natural Resources, and Fish and Wildlife; Washington Sea Grant; and State Parks and Recreation Commission to develop a draft Marine Spatial Plan with input from local, federal, and tribal governments; the Washington Coastal Marine Advisory Council; and other stakeholders. The State is coordinating with federal agencies, including the Navy and local and tribal governments, to draw upon the best available science and information to create an inclusive decision-making process that carefully considers the economic, military, social, ecological, and cultural uses and interests.

Website: Washington Marine Spatial Planning

Supporting the National Ocean Policy in the West Coast Regional Planning Body

The Navy has supported the National Ocean Council since the summer of 2010. Established by Presidential Executive Order, the National Ocean Council works to ensure stewardship and sustainable use of our oceans, great lakes, and coastal areas by providing direction and guidance to federal agencies as they implement the Final Recommendations of the Interagency Ocean Policy Task Force. Within the Northwest Training and Testing EIS/OEIS Study Area, the Navy actively represents the Department of Defense on the West Coast Regional Planning Body and the Washington Sub Regional Planning Team.

Website: West Coast Regional Planning Body

Alaska

Collaborating with State and Federal Agencies to Protect Human Health and the Environment in Alaska

The Commander, Navy Region Northwest is a signatory Principal member of the Alaska Statement of Cooperation (SOC). The SOC Partnership Agreement focuses on working cooperatively to identify and respond to environmental issues and concerns in Alaska; to seek innovation, efficiency, and flexibility; and to achieve uncompromised environmental protection.

Awards

Several Navy installations and commands in the Puget Sound area are proud to have been awarded Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) environmental awards for fiscal year 2016. The CNO environmental awards program annually recognizes Navy installations, ships, individuals, and teams for their significant achievements and contributions to environmental stewardship. 

  • Naval Air Station Whidbey Island: Natural Resources Conservation award, Large Installations
  • Naval Base Kitsap: Environmental Quality Award for Industrial Installations
  • Naval Base Kitsap: Transit Protection System Port Angeles Environmental Assessment Project Team, Environmental Planning Team Award
  • Naval Hospital Bremerton: Sustainability, Non-Industrial Installation

"The Navy takes our stewardship and conservation measures seriously, as we should, in the Pacific Northwest. It shows in everything we do how important these environmental concerns are to the Navy. I couldn’t be more proud of the level of commitment shown by all the people who have worked, in many cases, for years helping the Navy complete its critical mission while protecting the natural environment we all enjoy."

Rear Adm. Gary Mayes
Commander, Navy Region Northwest