Provision in Defense Bill extends noise monitoring of Growler flights for 12 months, requires data be made available to the public

Last year, the Navy added 36 Growler aircraft to Naval Air Station Whidbey Island. The additions increased airfield activity by up to a third. Cantwell and Larsen’s provision requires the Secretary of the Navy to conduct real-time monitoring of noise from flights at two West Coast Navy installations, including the field carrier landing practice at Naval Outlying Field Coupeville and Ault Field. The results of the monitoring then must be made publicly available on a Department of Defense website.

In addition, the provision also requires a plan to conduct real-time noise monitoring above or adjacent to nearby public lands, including Olympic National Park, Olympic National Forest, and Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve.
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