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Environmental Compliance Support for Operational Deployment of the Surveillance Towed Array Sensor System Low-Frequency Active (SURTASS LFA) Sonar Systems

Project Details
This long-term effort entails the comprehensive environmental compliance support for the testing, training and operational deployment of the Navy’s SURTASS LFA sonar systems under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA); Executive Order 12114 (Environmental Effects Abroad of Major Federal Actions, EO 12114); Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA); Endangered Species Act (ESA); Magnuson-Stevens Fisheries Conservation and Management Act (MSFCMA); National Marine Sanctuaries Act; Coastal Zone Management (CZM) Act; and other related federal, state, and local laws and regulations. MAI has developed an environmental impact statement (EIS) and three supplemental EISes (SEISes/SOEISes) under NEPA and EO 12114 that comprehensively analyze the potential impacts of the deployment of the systems throughout the world’s oceans for the period of 2002 through 2017. MAI is currently developing a fourth SEIS for the period of 2017 through 2022. During these efforts, MAI scientists lead, and are the core members of, the SURTASS LFA sonar EIS team composed of more than thirty dedicated professionals of varied scientific expertise, from marine biologists proficient in the biology of fish, sea turtles, dolphins, and whales, to bioacousticians who provide state-of-the-art analyses and three/four-dimensional model calculations for risk continuum assessments and risk estimates, and regulatory specialists with knowledge of major federal and state environmental laws. MAI is also responsible for all permitting and consultations with the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) under the MMPA and ESA.

1997 to Present

Current Clients
Office of the Chief of Naval Operations
Undersea Surveillance Branch (N2/N6F24)
2000 Navy Pentagon
Washington, DC 20350

Past Clients
Naval Sea Systems Command
Program Executive Officer
Littoral and Mine Warfare Detachment San Diego (PMS-485)
4301 Pacific Highway
San Diego, CA 92110-3127

Letter of Appreciation for MAI Employee Mr. Chuck Gagnon:

I wanted to take a moment to recognize the outstanding performance of Chuck Gagnon here at Naval Ocean Processing Facility Dam Neck. Not only is he an outstanding analyst, but has proven time and again that he is willing to go above and beyond from his “day-job” and provide extremely valuable insight into the performance of our sensors with a level of detail only possible due to his background and expertise in his field. Please pass along my thanks and appreciation to Chuck. He is a consummate professional, as well as a valuable and appreciated member of my team.

– Commanding Officer, NOPF Dam Neck, Virginia