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4. Land Use Constraints/Sensitive Resource Areas (DoD Question #198-201, 238, 240-
247, 254-256, 273):
a. Land use can be encroached from both internal and external pressures. This resource
area combines several different types of possible constraints. It captures the variety of
constraints not otherwise covered by other areas that could restrict operations or
development. The areas include electromagnetic radiation or emissions, environmental
restoration sites (on and off installation), military munitions response areas, explosive
safety quantity distance arcs, treaties, underground storage tanks, sensitive resource
areas, as well as policies, rules, regulations, and activities of other federal, state, tribal
and local agencies. This area also captures other constraining factors from animals and
wildlife that are not endangered but cause operational restrictions. This resource area
specifically includes information on known environmental restoration costs through FY03
and the projected cost-to-complete the restoration.
b. NAVAL AIR STATION WHIDBEY ISLAND, WA reports that 39342 unconstrained acres
are available for development out of 55082 total acres. NAVAL AIR STATION WHIDBEY
ISLAND, WA has spent $87.2M thru FY03 for environmental restoration, and has
estimated the remaining the Cost to Complete at $42.4M. NAVAL AIR STATION
WHIDBEY ISLAND, WA has Explosive Safety Quantity Distance Arcs, some of which
require safety waivers, and some with the potential for expansion.
5. Marine Mammal/Marine Resources/Marine Sanctuaries (DoD Question #248-250, 252-
a. This area captures the extent of any restrictions on near shore or open water testing,
training or operations as a result of laws protecting Marine Mammals, Essential Fish
Habitat, and other related marine resources.
b. NAVAL AIR STATION WHIDBEY ISLAND, WA is impacted by laws and regulations
pertaining to Marine Mammal Protection Act, Essential Fish Habitats & Fisheries and
Marine Sanctuaries, which may adversely restrict navigation and operations.
6. Noise (DoD Question # 202-209, 239):
a. Military operations, particularly aircraft operations and weapons firing, may generate
noise that can impact property outside of the installation. Installations with significant
noise will typically generate maps that predict noise levels. These maps are then used
to identify whether the noise levels are compatible with land uses in these noise-
impacted areas. Installations will often publish noise abatement procedures to mitigate
these noise impacts.
b. NAVAL AIR STATION WHIDBEY ISLAND, WA has noise contours that extend off the
installation's property. Of the 13990 acres that extend to off-base property, 10185
acres have incompatible land uses. It has published noise abatement procedures for
the main installation. It does not have published noise abatement procedures for the
training and/or RDT&E range. It has noise contours that extend off of auxiliary airfield
property. Of the 12321 acres that extend to off-auxiliary field property, 8639 acres
have incompatible land uses. It has published noise abatement procedures for the
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