Environmental Impact Statement/Overseas Environmental Impact Statement, Phase III, Atlantic Fleet Training and Testing (AFTT)

Atlantic Fleet Testing and Training Environmental Impact Statement, Eastern Seaboard, USA

Cardno is working collaboratively with partners to ensure the U.S. Navy completes this Environmental Impact Statement and ensure the Navy can continue to conduct training and testing activities off the east coast of the U.S.

Cardno is managing the preparation of an Environmental Impact Statement/Overseas Environmental Impact Statement (EIS/OEIS) for the United States Navy’s proposed training, research, development, testing and evaluation activities conducted in the AFTT Study Area on the east coast of the U.S.

This EIS/OEIS evaluates the potential environmental impacts of conducting training and testing activities in the Atlantic Fleet Training and Testing (AFTT) Study Area, which is located within the in-water areas of the western Atlantic Ocean along the eastern coast of North America, in portions of the Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico, at select Navy pier side locations, within port transit channels, near select civilian ports, and in bays, harbors, and inshore waterways (e.g., lower Chesapeake Bay). The proposed Navy training and testing activities includes the use of active sonar and explosives.

Our team is coordinating a multi-organizational effort involving several Navy organizations and a multitude of authors and subject matter experts from a variety of contractors and Navy commands.

The EIS/OEIS will also support the Navy’s Marine Mammal Protection Act Letter of Authorization permit. This work will help ensure the Navy can continue to meet its Title 10 requirements to successfully accomplish military readiness objectives.