Oct 3, 2017 -- Friday is the deadline for public comment on the early phases of the Navy's upcoming study of an ongoing testing and training program in an area that includes waters off the northernmost parts of Mendocino County. The Intertribal Sinkyone Wilderness Council, a consortium of Native American tribes in Mendocino and Lake Counties, is engaged in government to government consultations with the Navy on the project. The Tribes oppose the training and testing, saying it affects their ceremonies, their health, and the health of the marine life. The Navy says training in the area is minimal but essential to military readiness, especially in detecting submarines. We'll hear from Tribal representatives Priscilla Hunter and Hawk Rosales, as well as John Mosher, a Naval scientist, about the details.
The Navy is engaged in the scoping phase of the project, during which it determines what to include in the final analysis. The final document is expected to be ready for comment in early 2019. Comments on the current phase of the project may include requests for venues where public meetings will be held.