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News Archive 2022-23

August 7, 2023: Join this Webinar: Thursday, August 24, 1 pm.  "Final Results of the UW Study : Human Health and Well-being Implications of Pervasive Navy Aircraft Noise Pollution."

August 9, 2023: Sound Defense Alliance fights Growler jet noise for all of us. It is holding its 5th Anniversary Event on August 30th in Coupeville. They can provide transportation to and from the ferries and invite San Juan Island County folks to celebrate. Celebration includes: "Our Progress and What's Next". RSVP below:

Date: August 30th

Time: 4:30 - 7:30 PM (program starts at 6:45 PM)

Location: Whidbey Island Nordic Lodge - 63 Jacobs Rd, Coupeville WA 98239

RSVP link:

June 20, 2023:  "Noise Could Take Years Off Your Life: Here's How." This New York Times article presents details about the effects of noise such as what we experience from Growler Jets.

February 14, 2023:   Please join the Sound Defense Alliance for the launch of their Enviro-Film Series. (FREE!) The first film, EVER GREEN, is a 30 minute documentary telling the inspirational story of a community commitment to keep Whidbey Island a special place and the vital role played by Marianne Edain, Steve Erickson, and the Whidbey Environmental Action Network (WEAN) to help make that happen.

ONLINE FILM SCREENING: TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 28th from 5:30 - 6:45 PM Pacific. 

The film's trailer can be viewed at:

January 13, 2023: Jet noise reports for 2022 exceeded those of 2021 by 36%.  Read the jet noise summary for 2022 here.

October 21, 2022:  Learn the Science about the impact of Growler Jet Noise.  Join the first webinar that introduces a study funded by the UW Population Health Initiative.  Here is the link to the recording of the October 27 webinar:   

September 11, 2022:  Energy, pollution, climate change!  Did you know that 14 Priuses driving across the country produce the amount of CO2 that one Growler jet produces in a single hour of flight?  For more about the effect of the Navy’s Growler operations listen to these podcasts:


August 11, 2022: First, read the August 2 Press Release below.  For the next steps, read the letter from Anne Harvey, Sound Defense Alliance Chair: "Restore the balance between Navy’s needs and civilian communities impacted by Growler jets."

August 2, 2022:  Judge Rules Against the Navy

From the COER Press Release:

It’s official.  A long-awaited decision that began in 2019 has been made by the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington today, August 2, 2022. It is the consequential ruling the community had hoped for.

Judge Jones adopted, in full, the Report and Recommendation provided by  Magistrate Creatura in December 2021. That report was the result of a National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) challenge brought by the plaintiffs—the State of Washington and Citizen’s of Ebey’ s Reserve (COER) and Paula Spina—against the United States Department of the Navy.

Judge Jones made no changes to the magistrate’s recommendations.  His December report had admonished the Navy’s Environmental Impact Statement (EIS): 


Here, despite a gargantuan administrative record, covering nearly 200,000 pages of studies, reports, comments, and the like, the Navy selected methods of evaluating the data that supported its goal of increasing Growler operations. The Navy did this at the expense of the public and the environment, turning a blind eye to data that would not support this intended result.

Or, to borrow the words of noted sports analyst Vin Scully, the Navy appears to have used certain statistics “much like a drunk uses a lamppost: for support, not illumination.”

For the full release from COER click here.


July 19, 2022: The numbers of reports of excessive jet noise around our region are increasing.  Data from jet noise reports submitted by regional residents are available here. Of special interest are maps indicating the density of noise reports in various locations.

June 2, 2022:  Are there some positive developments regarding the offensive noise from Growler jets?  Read this note from Rob Smith, National Parks Conservation Association.

May 16, 2022:  The Sound Defense Alliance has notified us of an opportunity to participate in a national survey being conducted by Quiet Communities Inc. (QCI), a national nonprofit organization originally focused on commercial jet noise and now including military jet noise in their scope of work. They have developed a survey for community members to describe the impacts that aviation noise and pollution are having on their health and that of their families. You are invited to participate. Click on this SURVEY

Preliminary results will be available at the QCI conference on June 16th (9:00AM - 11:15AM PST), Aviation Noise, Pollution, and Health: Connecting the Dots. Please check their calendar for the event and/or sign up for their email list to receive the invitation. The deadline for submission is May 31, 2022, 5:00PM PST.


April 4, 2022:  A judge ruled against a decision to allow the Navy to use Washington State Parks for covert training. Deception Pass State Park had been on the list of potential training sites for the Navy SEALs. See the story.

March 20, 2022:  Jet Noise reports continue to increase. Thank you for your input - we know it takes effort. Read our latest Monthly Update, with special notes about how to assure that your reports of jet noise on the website are accurate.

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