NRDC in Court to Defend Cetaceans Against LFAS
Date: 10 June, 2003

LFA Sonar Alert!
Help Stop the Navy's Low Frequency Active Sonar from Destroying Whales, Dolphins and Marine Life!
The Whales are such powerful allies to humans - our Cetacean friends need us!
Click here for Sample Letters, below

Dear NRDC BioGems Defender,

We need your immediate support as we go to trial in a case that is critical to the future of marine mammals on this planet. Three weeks from now, NRDC litigators will face off against the Bush administration in federal court with the safety of entire populations of whales and dolphins at risk.

This long-awaited courtroom battle is the culmination of our eight-year campaign to stop the U.S. Navy from illegally deploying its Low Frequency Active (LFA) sonar system -- a new technology that blasts ocean habitats with noise so intense it can maim, deafen and even kill marine mammals.

I hope you'll go to https://www.nrdc.org/joinGive/join/lfa.asp right now to make an online emergency contribution in support of this historic case.

What's at stake? Consider: last year, the Bush administration issued the Navy a permit to deploy LFA sonar over 75 percent of the world's oceans and to harass or injure up to 12 percent of every single marine mammal species found anywhere in this vast expanse of ocean!

But before that disaster could unfold, your support enabled NRDC to race to court last fall and win a dramatic eleventh-our reprieve for thousands of whales and dolphins. A federal judge blocked global deployment of the sonar system until a full trial could be held and all the evidence heard.

That all-important proceeding will begin on June 30th. It will determine whether this dangerous technology is finally unleashed upon our planet's oceans -- or whether it should be permanently blocked until the Navy obeys the law and demonstrates that LFA would not cause serious harm to ocean life.

Scientists are warning that LFA sonar may threaten the very survival of entire populations of whales, some already teetering on the brink of extinction. At close range, the system's shock waves are so intense they can destroy a whale's eardrums, cause its lungs to hemorrhage, and even kill.

Further away, LFA noise can cause permanent hearing loss in marine mammals after a single transmission. At 40 miles away, LFA noise is still so intense it can disrupt the mating, feeding, nursing and other essential activities of marine mammals.

Two years ago, the mere testing of high-intensity Navy sonar in mid-frequency range caused a mass stranding of whales in the Bahamas. Whales from at least three different species died, their inner ears bleeding from the explosive power of the sonar signal.

Just last month, a group of biologists off the coast of Washington state witnessed a "stampede" of distressed marine mammals as a U.S. destroyer, operating a powerful mid-frequency sonar system, passed through. Over the next several days, ten porpoises were discovered stranded on nearby beaches.

And the dangers go beyond marine mammals. In preparing for the upcoming trial, NRDC has uncovered the shocking results of the Navy's own LFA research on human scuba divers. One Navy test subject was exposed to 14 minutes of LFA noise at 160 decibels -- far below the level of 235 decibels at which the actual LFA system will be operating. The diver experienced uncontrollable shaking in his limbs and lapsed into a seizure-like state that recurred periodically for days. The Navy's report described him as a "casualty."

The Bush administration wants us to believe that the impacts of LFA will be negligible! Launching a massive acoustic assault on the world's oceans is not negligible. Threatening communities of whales, dolphins and humans with injury and death is not negligible.

The Bush administration's position on LFA is arrogant, inhumane and, almost certainly, illegal. But we cannot stop the deployment of this technological menace unless we have the financial resources to fight this courtroom battle to the very end and win a permanent ban.

Again, I urge you to help by going to https://www.nrdc.org/joinGive/join/lfa.asp right now and making an online emergency contribution.

With your help, we can make sure that no more whales have to suffer and die from high-power sonar. Let me know you'll stand with us at this critical moment in the fight to protect all ocean life. Thank you.

Sincerely,

John H. Adams
President
Natural Resources Defense Council

. . .

BioGems: Saving Endangered Wild Places A project of the Natural Resources Defense Council http://www.savebiogems.org


Posted 8 August, 2002

>In Today's Ocean Sanctity Newsletter  [8-8-2002]

>1) NRDC Files New LFA Lawsuit (AP)
>2) NRDC Files New LFA Lawsuit (NRDC Press Release)
>3) Please take a moment: Your action requested.
       Low Frequency Active Sonar is Destroying
       our Whales and Dolphins
>4) Prayers for the Whales... Please join in

"Despite the public and scientific outcry,
the National Marine Fisheries Service,
under whatever pressure, has licensed the U.S. Navy
to basically break the law. It is a license to kill."

     -- Jean-Michel Cousteau
     from article #1 below

"The difference between genius and stupidity
is that genius has its limits."

     -- Albert Einstein

     Quote courtesy of Kay Snow-Davis


Please read and take action now!

>1) NRDC Files New LFA Lawsuit (AP)

From: Mark Palmer, mpalmer@mother.com
Date: 8/8/02

STOP THE NAVY NOISE!

Activist E-Mail Alert for Navy LFA Sonar Campaign

International Marine Mammal Project, Earth Island Institute

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ASSOCIATED PRESS

Environmentalists sue in San Francisco to block Navy sonar, saying it kills whales Wed Aug 7, 9:51 PM ET

By COLLEEN VALLES, Associated Press Writer

SAN FRANCISCO -- Environmental groups have filed a lawsuit to stop the Navy from using a powerful new sonar system for detecting fen submarines, saying the intense underwater sounds can harm whales and dolphins.

The coalition, led by the Natural Resources Defense Council, sued the Navy and the National Marine Fisheries Service on Wednesday in U.S. District Court in San Francisco to block the Surveillance Towed Array Sensor System Low Frequency Active sonar.

In July, the fisheries service gave the Navy a five-year exemption from the Marine Mammal Protection Act, which protects whales and dolphins.

"Despite the public and scientific outcry, the National Marine Fisheries Service, under whatever pressure, has licensed the U.S. Navy to basically break the law. It is a license to kill," said Jean-Michel Cousteau, founder and president of Ocean Futures Society, a member of the coalition.

But the Navy says it has invested more than dollars 10 million to develop the appropriate guidelines to use the sonar system.

"We are disappointed that some groups refuse to accept scientific peer-reviewed findings and instead rely on misinformation and unrelated facts to try to prevent the use of this system," Navy Lt. Cmdr. Pauline Storum said in a statement Wednesday.

Gordon Helm, spokesman for the fisheries service, said the agency has required the Navy to comply with some restrictions, such as not using the sonar within 13.8 miles (22 kilometers) of the coast.

He said the changes would minimize the system's effect on animals. "We consider that to be negligible. If we find out differently we can halt the authorization," Helm said.

The Navy said in July that the dollars 300 million system is important to national security because nations such as Russia, Germany and China are developing super-quiet submarines to avoid traditional detection methods.

The lawsuit said the Navy's own studies show the new sonar system generates sounds up to 140 decibels that can be detected more than 300 miles (480 kilometers) away.

Opponents of the sonar say they fear sound that loud can disrupt marine mammals' feeding, breeding, nursing, communication and other behavior.

"The organisms we're talking about have in their heads a system for seeing with sound that's just as good as our system for seeing with light," George Woodwell, director of Woods Hole Research Center in Massachusetts, said of whales and dolphins. "If we flood the oceans with sound that has enormous energy, we're killing them."

Environmentalists note that within hours after the Navy deployed a powerful mid-range sonar during a submarine detection exercise near the Bahamas in 2000, at least 16 whales and two dolphins beached themselves. Scientists found hemorrhaging around the brain and ear bones -- injuries consistent with exposure to extremely loud sounds. Eight whales died.

The Humane Society, the League for Coastal Protection,
and the Cetacean Society International also are plaintiffs in the suit.

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On the Net:

Natural Resources Defense Council:
http://www.nrdc.org

Navy SURTASS LFA:
http://www.surtass-lfa-eis.com/index.htm

National Marine Fisheries Service:
http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov

Copyright 2002 The Associated Press.

"I have never made but one prayer to God, a very short one:
'O Lord, make my enemies ridiculous.'
And God granted it."

-- Voltaire

Mark J. Palmer / Earth Island Institute
mpalmer@mother.com
www.earthisland.org
Assistant Director, International Marine Mammal Project
Director, Wildlife Alive
(415) 788-3666 x139
(415) 788-7324 (fax)

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>2) NRDC Files New LFA Lawsuit (NRDC Press Release)

From: Mark Palmer, mpalmer@mother.com
Date: 8/7/02

NATURAL RESOURCES DEFENSE COUNCIL PRESS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Press contact: Tammy Boyer, Los Angeles (323) 934-6900;
Elliott Negin, Washington, D.C. (202) 289-6868; Craig Noble,
San Francisco (415) 777-0220

If you are not a member of the press, please write to us at
nrdcinfo@nrdc.org or see our contact page.

>Environmental Groups Sue to Stop Global Deployment of Navy Low >Frequency Sonar System

Groups Say New Long-Range Sonar System Threatens Whales and Other Marine Mammals

SAN FRANCISCO (Wednesday, August 7, 2002) -- A coalition of environmental groups today sued the U.S. Navy and the National Marine Fisheries Service to block deployment of a new sonar system that poses a threat to entire populations of whales, dolphins, seals and other marine mammals. The coalition, led by NRDC (Natural Resources Defense Council), filed the lawsuit in federal district court in San Francisco.

The sonar system, known as Surveillance Towed Array Sensor System Low Frequency Active sonar (or "SURTASS LFA") relies on extremely loud, low frequency sound to detect submarines at great distances. According to the Navy's own studies, the LFA system generates sounds capable of reaching 140 decibels more than 300 miles away. Scientists claim that, during testing off the California coast, noise from a single LFA system was detected across the breadth of the North Pacific Ocean.

"One of the truly disturbing aspects of this system," said Joel Reynolds, senior attorney and director of NRDC's Marine Mammals Protection Project, "is its unprecedented power and geographic scope. If the Navy deploys LFA, tens of thousands of square miles of ocean habitat would be saturated with extremely loud and dangerous sound. The Navy has illegally been given a blank check to deploy LFA in 75 percent of the world's oceans."

Over the last few years, scientists have been increasingly alarmed about undersea noise pollution from high-intensity sonar systems. There are two types of sonar: passive and active. Passive sonar listens for ambient noises in the water. Active sonar sends out a signal and waits for a response. Scientists are particularly concerned about active sonar, which has the potential to harm and even kill whales and other marine mammals.

The mass stranding of multiple whale species in the Bahamas in March 2000 intensified these concerns. Many of the beached whales died. A federal investigation determined that the strandings were caused by a U.S. Navy mid-frequency active sonar system. Meanwhile, a number of whales that lived in the waters off the Bahama coast disappeared. Scientists believe that they either abandoned their habitat or died at sea.

"From a scientific point of view, there is very little question that, given the right set of circumstances, active sonar can kill marine life," said Naomi Rose, a marine mammal scientist with the Humane Society of the United States, one of the coplaintiffs. "The frightening thing about LFA is that we're flying blind, because the Navy has never seriously applied the lessons from previous strandings to its LFA system."

Today's lawsuit is a response to a decision last month by the National Marine Fisheries Service, the federal agency charged with protecting ocean resources, to issue the Navy a permit allowing the global deployment of LFA. Attorneys for the environmentalists said today they would challenge LFA deployment under several federal statutes, including the Marine Mammal Protection Act, the Endangered Species Act and the National Environmental Policy Act. The plaintiffs in the case -- NRDC, the Humane Society, the League for Coastal Protection, the Cetacean Society International, and the Ocean Futures Society and its president, Jean-Michel Cousteau -- will seek a court decision before the Navy deploys the LFA system.

"The decision to authorize and deploy the LFA system cannot be justified under federal law," said Andrew Sabey, a partner with the international firm of Morrison & Foerster, which is representing the plaintiffs. "The National Marine Fisheries Service has issued the Navy a so-called 'small take' permit, which in reality authorizes the Navy to injure, harass and disturb marine mammals on a stunningly large scale throughout the world's oceans."

"The ocean is a precious resource shared by all the world's peoples," said Cousteau. "The LFA system poses an unacceptable risk to our oceans and our children's heritage."

The Natural Resources Defense Council is a national, non-profit organization of scientists, lawyers and environmental specialists dedicated to protecting public health and the environment. Founded in 1970, NRDC has more than 500,000 members nationwide, served from offices in New York, Washington, Los Angeles and San Francisco.

Mark J. Palmer / Earth Island Institute
mpalmer@mother.com
www.earthisland.org
Assistant Director, International Marine Mammal Project
Director, Wildlife Alive

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>3) Please take a moment: Your action requested
> Low Frequency Active Sonar destroying our
> Whales and Dolphins

From: Joanne

Dear friends,

I am writing you about the LFAS (Low Frequency Active Sonar) that the Navy has just gotten approval (in late June) to use. The decision allows the Navy to be exempt from Environmental laws to deploy the LFAS Sonar to track submarines in up to 80% of the planet's oceans. This is devastating to ocean life and to all of us who value that life.

At close range, the noise that LFA generates is millions of times more intense than the Navy considers safe for human divers and billions of times more intense than levels known to disturb large whales. And because that noise spreads so far, its environmental impact could be enormous. It is expected to cause hearing loss and disruptions in communication and breeding in animals whose lives are governed by sound. And, in the worst case, it could result in strandings, serious injury, or death, as in the Bahamas, where many whales stranded themselves and died after a Navy sonar exercise [in March of 2000 -LM]. There have been numerous reports of dead and dying whales and dolphins being beached within a huge radius of beaches from the blasts -- it basically blows their brains out [or ruptures their ear cavities or other air chambers -LM]. You may have heard of the huge whale pod that stranded itself and died last week in Cape Cod.

My deep concern and anger about this has compelled me to action -- I have gone through all e-mails received regarding this and am forwarding to you links to petitions, suggested actions and congressional contacts, etc. I have just returned from Kauai over the weekend, where I have a friend that swims with dolphins regularly... they are highly intelligent and extremely beneficent, loving and kind creatures. In fact, their brains are larger and some neurological functions are more complex than in humans. Did you know this? These creatures need our help.

If you are moved to do so, PLEASE take a moment and sign the petitions and take the actions prescribed below, then forward this note or one like it to as many people as you can. Better yet, (as I have done), copy the letters out of the petitions and send by regular mail as well.

THANK YOU for your time and concern on this.

Blessings,

Joanne

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Here they are:

1. Save Whales from Navy Sonar deployment

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/129527570

2. Send a letter to the Secretary of the Navy to request that they don't use this sonar in the oceans:

http://www.nrdcaction.org/index.asp?step=2&item=1291

3. PLEASE Read the Excellent Action Guidelines below [from Seaflow] and take whatever action you are called to do.

http://www.seaflow.org/pages/takeaction.html

Dear Friends, The phone has been ringing, the emails accumulating... with one burning question, "What can I do"? Since the National Marine Fisheries Service announcement last Monday, we have all been sitting with deep feelings and that burning question. This email offers suggestions of ways to become immediately involved in the growing campaign to >stop Low Frequency Active Sonar.

Don't despair. The National Marine Fisheries Service decision, though distressing, was expected. It provides fodder for broadening public awareness and activism, and only increases our resolve to work with passion until LFAS is permanently stopped worldwide.

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Below, is a list of recommended areas of involvement. Please scroll to items of interest to find specific details that will help you formulate your personal response. Please circulate this list to your friends and communities.

* Letters-to-the-editor
* Fax or write House Resources Committee
* Visit or contact Congress members and Senators during August break from D.C.
* Sample letters
* Contact your coastal commission
* Order a video/spread the word
* Re-word sample letters
* Hold a house party
* Donate time and /or money
* Attend Seaflow's monthly meeting
* Work on inner realms
* Engage in creative expression
* Take a breather

* Write letters-to-the-editor of local and national publications. If you want help, let us know. If you don't want to write a letter, call newspapers, and t.v. and radio stations, and ask them to cover the issue of LFAS closely. You can find telephone numbers for the media in the yellow pages of your phone book, listed under radio stations, television stations, newspapers, etc.

* Write a letter, or better yet fax, your representatives to House Resources Committee to voice your concerns about the devastating effects that LFAS poses to ocean health and balance. Encourage Congress members to show leadership in stopping LFAS's deployment. Demand that NO EXEMPTIONS be given from environmental laws, and that a supplemental Environmental Impact Statement be required of the Navy, because of substantial flaws in their existing EIS.

***You might also send a letter or fax to James Hansen, Chairman
[of the House Resources Committee]
For more info on Resources Committee, go to:

http://www.house.gov/resources/107cong/quicklist.htm#top


Mailing Address for All Members of the House:

Representative______;
House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515.

Members of the House Resources Committee
(and their state, district, and fax number, if public):

Republicans (28)

1.JAMES V. HANSEN, Utah 1st District, Chairman
(202) 225-0453 (fax)
2.DON YOUNG, Alaska At Large , Vice-Chairman
(202) 225-0425 (fax)
3.W.J. (BILLY) TAUZIN, Louisiana 3rd District
(202) 225-0563 (fax)
4.JIM SAXTON, New Jersey 3rd District
(202) 225-0778 (fax)
5.ELTON GALLEGLY, California 23rd District
(202) 225-1100 (fax)
6.JOHN J. DUNCAN, Jr., Tennessee 2nd District
(202) 225-6440 (fax)
7.JOEL HEFLEY, Colorado 5th District
(202) 225-1942 (fax)
8.WAYNE T. GILCHREST, Maryland 1st District
(202) 225-0254 (fax)
9.KEN CALVERT, California 43rd District
(202) 225-2004 (fax)
10.SCOTT McINNIS, Colorado 3rd District
(202) 226-0622 (fax)
11.RICHARD W. POMBO, California 11th District
(202) 226-0861 (fax)
12.BARBARA CUBIN, Wyoming At Large
(202) 225-3057 (fax)
13.GEORGE P. RADANOVICH, California 19th District
(202) 225-3402 (fax)
14.WALTER B. JONES, Jr., North Carolina 3rd District
(202) 225-3286 (fax)
15.MAC THORNBERRY, Texas 13th District
(202) 225-3486 (fax)
16.CHRIS CANNON, Utah 3rd District
(202) 225-5629 (fax)
17.JOHN E. PETERSON, Pennsylvania 5th District
(202) 225-5796 (fax)
18.BOB SCHAFFER, Colorado 4th District
(202) 225-5870 (fax)
19.JIM GIBBONS, Nevada 2nd District
(202) 225-5679 (fax)
20.MARK SOUDER, Indiana 4th District
(202) 225-3479 (fax)
21.GREG WALDEN, Oregon 2nd District
(202) 225-5774 (fax)
22.MICHAEL K. SIMPSON, Idaho 2nd District
(202) 225-8216 (fax)
23.THOMAS G. TANCREDO, Colorado 6th District
(202) 226-4623 (fax)
24.J.D HAYWORTH, Arizona 6th District
(202) 225-3263 (fax)
25.C.L. (Butch) OTTER, Idaho 1st District
(202) 225-3029 (fax)
26.TOM OSBORNE, Nebraska 3rd District
(202) 226-1385 (fax)
27.JEFF FLAKE, Arizona 1st District
(202) 226-4386 (fax)
28.DENNIS R. REHBERG, Montana At Large
(202) 225-5687 (fax)

Democrats (24)

1.NICK J. RAHALL II, West Virginia 3rd District,
Ranking Democrat (202) 225-9061 (fax)
2.GEORGE MILLER, California 7th District
(202) 225-5609 (fax)
3.EDWARD J. MARKEY, Massachusetts 7th District
(202) 225-2836 (fax)
4.DALE E. KILDEE, Michigan 9th District
(202) 225-6393 (fax)
5.PETER A. DEFAZIO, Oregon 4th District
(202) 225-0032 (fax)
6.ENI F.H. FALEOMAVAEGA, American Samoa Delegate
(202) 225-8757 (fax)
7.NEIL ABERCROMBIE, Hawaii 1st District
(202) 225-4580 (fax)
8.SOLOMON P. ORTIZ, Texas 27th District
(202) 226-1134 (fax)
9.FRANK PALLONE, Jr., New Jersey 6th District
(202) 225-9665 (fax)
10.CALVIN M. DOOLEY, California 20th District
(202) 225-9308 (fax)
11.ROBERT A. UNDERWOOD, Guam Delegate
(202) 226-0341 (fax)
12.ADAM SMITH, Washington 9th District
(202) 225-5893 (fax)
13.DONNA M. CHRISTENSEN, Virgin Islands Delegate
(202) 225-5517 (fax)
14.RON KIND, Wisconsin 3rd District
(202) 225-5739 (fax)
15.JAY INSLEE, Washington 1st District
(202) 226-1606 (fax)
16.GRACE F. NAPOLITANO, California 34th
District (202) 225-0027 (fax)
17.TOM UDALL, New Mexico3rd District
(202) 226-1331 (fax)
18.MARK UDALL, Colorado 2nd District
(202) 226-7840 (fax)
19.RUSH D. HOLT, New Jersey 12th District
(202) 225-6025 (fax)
20.JAMES P. MCGOVERN, Massachusetts 3rd District
(202) 225-5759 (fax)
21.ANIBAL ACEVEDO-VILA, Puerto Rico Resident Commissioner
(202) 225-2154 (fax)
22.HILDA L. SOLIS, California 31st District
(202) 225-5467 (fax)
23.BRAD CARSON, Oklahoma 2nd District
(202) 225-3038 (fax)
24.BETTY MCCOLLUM, Minnesota 4th District
(202) 225-1968 (fax)


* Visit your local Senators and reps to Congress during the month of August, when they will be on a break from D.C., and available in their local district offices. If you are unable to schedule a visit, write, call or fax to let them know you expect their leadership in stopping LFAS and in protecting our oceans. Below is contact info for local [North San Francisco Bay Area] representatives. Other reps can be researched by visiting:

http://capwiz.com/washtimes/home/

Note: Dianne Feinstein, who sits on the Military Appropriations Committee, is a key player in cutting funding for LFA Sonar and has yet to take a position. Focus your lobbying in her direction. Note: Emails are considered less effective than visits, letters, phones calls or faxes. Combining communication methods will ensure that your opinion is heard. [Some Senators and Congresspersons will only reply to their constituents -- people in their state or district -- so, if you are their constituent, be sure to include your full address, as well as your email address.]

Sen. Dianne Feinstein
One Post St., Suite 2450
San Francisco CA 94104
Phone: 415-393-0707
Fax: 393-0710
Email: senator@feinstein.senate.gov

Sen. Barbara Boxer
1700 Montgomery St., No. 240
San Francisco, CA 94111
Phone: 415-403-0100
Fax: 415-956-6701
Email: senator@boxer.senate.gov

Rep. Lynn Woolsey
1050 Northgate Drive, No. 140
San Rafael, CA 94903
Phone: 415-507-9554
Fax: 415-507-9601
Email: lynn.woolsey@mail.house.gov

Contact other decison makers:
resident George Bush
1600 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
Washington, D.C., 20500
Phone: 202-456-1414
Fax: 202-456-2461
Email: president@whitehouse.gov

Note: Mail to Washington D.C., is being delayed for as much
as one month due to heightened security concerns.


> Sample letter #1
>>recommended by Natural Resources Defense Council

Dear [ ___________ ],

I am deeply concerned about the U.S. Navy's plan to deploy Low Frequency Active sonar, a dangerous new system, in as much as 80 percent of the planet's oceans. LFA poses an unacceptable risk to marine mammals and other ocean life around the world.

At close range, the noise that LFA generates is millions of times more intense than the Navy considers safe for human divers and billions of times more intense than levels known to disturb large whales. And because that noise spreads so far, its environmental impact could be enormous. It is expected to cause hearing loss and disruptions in communication and breeding in animals whose lives are governed by sound. And, in the worst case, it could result in strandings, serious injury, or death, as in the Bahamas, where many whales stranded themselves and died after a Navy sonar exercise.

Yet the Navy is seeking to deploy LFA without addressing some of the system's worst potential impacts, such as the internal injury that is believed to have occurred in the Bahamas whales; without adequately examining the connection between active sonar and mass strandings; and without evaluating the system's long-term, cumulative effects on populations of whales, dolphins, porpoises, sea turtles, and other marine animals.

To deploy LFA under these conditions would be unconscionable. In light of the substantial risks it presents to marine species and habitat around the world, I strongly urge you to halt deployment of the system until the long-term safety of ocean wildlife can be assured.

Sincerely,

[Your name and address]

> Sample letter #2
>>recommended by Ocean Defense International:

Dear [ ___________ ],

First and foremost, our national security depends on a clean, healthy environment. I am writing to express my concern regarding the US Navy's impending deployment of SURTASS LFAS when there are alternatives to LFA Sonar that do not harm the environment. LFAS poses one of the greatest threats to marine mammals and other marine life. This threat is unacceptable considering that the US Navy can fulfill its mission for national security by using advanced passive detection systems. The US Navy has a duty of environmental stewardship of the sea which will be abrogated upon deployment of LFAS.

The threat from LFAS was defined by the United States Marine Mammal Commission as follows:

If the LFA sonar is made available for worldwide deployment as proposed, all species and populations of marine mammals could possibly be affected. The possible effects could include: death from lung hemorrhage and other tissue trauma; temporary or permanent hearing loss or impairment; disruption of feeding, breeding, nursing, acoustic communication and sensing, or other vital behavior; annoyance and subsequent abandonment or avoidance of traditional feeding, breeding or other biologically important habitats; psychological and physiological stress, disease, parasites and predation; and changes in the distribution, abundance, or productivity of marine mammal prey species and subsequent decreases in both individual marine mammal survival and productivity in population size and productivity.

In view of the unacceptable risk to whales and other marine life posed by LFAS, a comprehensive independent scientific assessment must be conducted regarding its potentially catastrophic impact on the global marine environment. Our national security depends on it.

Sincerely,
[Your name and address]



It is fine to personalize these letters.

Then send them by mail, fax, email, or personally deliver them, or call their office.

Personal visits to your Senators and Congressperson are best, or to their staffers.
Phone calls to their office are great too.
Faxes are excellent.
Emails, we are told, hold less weight, but are far better than nothing.

Do what you can do, but please do something!


*If you live in a coastal state, please contact local coastal commissioners, Senators and Congressional representatives to block deployment of LFAS in coastal waters. Support activists who are working to reverse Washington state's permission by contacting oceandefense1@earthlink.net or grwhales@mindspring.com.

* Educate friends and foes, and spread the word in all directions. Above all, this is a public education campaign, and the people you inform hold the possibility for exponential outreach. Visit Seaflow's website: www.seaflow.org to read articles and to connect with links and recommended resources. For a minimum donation of $10, we will send a 10 minute video that provides an excellent background on the issue. Circulate it to neighbors, friends and colleagues.

* If you live in the S.F. Bay Area,, contact Seaflow to host a house party for 15-60 individuals, or if you are a member of a group that would like to be educated, we will show a video, give a presentation, answer questions, and get people in gear. To schedule a party or informational event, email
geotaylor@earthlink.net
If you live outside the Bay Area, contact us. We will help you organize your own house party, geared around our LFAS video and information packets.

* Support Seaflow with your volunteer time and financial help. We are planning an extensive media campaign, schools outreach project and many educational events, while developing infrastructure for our growing organization. Only with your help can we broaden our campaign. Please consider an additional donation if you are able, or plan a fund raiser for the cause. We would like to hear contact information for potential new donors, no matter how large or small.

* If you are local, please attend Seaflow's monthly meeting at Tamalpais Bank in central San Rafael. We meet at 7 p.m. the first Monday of each month (except Sept., 2002's meeting which will be held Sept. 9th instead of Sept. 2nd, Labor Day). Directions are available on our website.

* Work the inner realms of positive thought, prayer and intention. Root action in intelligence and compassion.

* Use your unique talents to help protect marine life...all life. Create a dance, poem, story, video, play, visual arts piece, event, tape, curriculum, theater or multimedia piece to raise appreciation for the diversity and richness of marine life and the threats to its survival. Move your anger, outrage and sadness through creative expression that will inspire and educate others. Please share the fruits of your endeavors at our monthly meeting!

* Be a "half-hearted environmental fanatic". Take time to appreciate that which you are committed to protecting.

"I awake in the morning, torn between a desire to save the world, and a desire to savor the world. That makes it hard to plan the day."

-- E.B. White

Working together to change the tide, Mary Jo Rice Seaflow Director 415-454-4443 www.seaflow.org

***** Courtesy of Kay Snow-Davis http://www.soulpurposeacademy.com

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>4) Prayers for the Whales... Please join in

From: Teresa

Hello dear friends who share a love of the whales,

Below is a prayer which a group of animal communicators will be offering every Sunday morning at 9:30 am pacific standard time. As you may know, President Bush's administration approved the use of the low frequency active sonar in the oceans. This sound has the capability to debilitate and kill whales and other ocean beings. A ship prepared to deploy this harmful sonar is now near Japan. Other concerns for whales and ocean beings are also included in the prayer. I would be so grateful if you joined us in sending our magnificent friends the whales all your Love and Healing. I've told some of them we are doing this and they said they need the help.

May you all be filled with great love and peace, Namaste' Teresa

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>Prayer for the Whales and All Beings of the Sea

1. May all the whales, and all beings of the sea be safe and at peace. May the molecular structure of all the whales and all beings of the sea now be strengthened, so strengthened that it is like an armor of such impenetrable love, that no sound, no nets, no chemicals or pollutants, nor any weapons can cross it or cause harm. May all the whales and other beings of the sea be safe and at peace. May they all feel the deep love sent from humans on the land.

I give you now, beloved whales and all beings of the sea, my deepest love and send all the healing energy of the universe.

And so it is.


2. May all the humans involved in the LFAS (low frequency active sonar), whaling, and net fishing, be so washed in love, so bathed in Light, that they are at peace. May all their thoughts and actions toward the whales and all beings of the sea be driven by and surrounded by love.

And I send each of you humans now my unconditional love. I surround you with Love and peace. I wish for you many blessings in all things in your life and surround you with Love and peace. You are so filled with and surrounded with brilliant Love and Light that when your thoughts, your boats, and your equipment meet the whales and other beings of the sea the only thing possible between you is Love.

And so it is.


3. May all the equipment used in LFAS (note: now near Japan, with 18 large hydrophones), in whaling (Japan, Greenland, Iceland, Norway), and in net fishing be filled with Love. May every single molecule of your structure be filed with this Love. I send you now my deepest unconditional Love and the healing energy of the whole universe. May all you do be in the name of Love.

I love you.

4. May the whales, the humans and equipment involved in LFAS, whaling and fishing all be filled and surrounded by such profound Love and Light, that when they meet, all that is possible is Love.

5. May the oceans be filled with Love and radiant energy. May they be full of life, sparkling clean, and sustain and nourish all creatures that live and play there. The water is in a perfect state of health and shall remain so.

I ask the Overlighting Deva of the Oceans and all the angels and spirit guides of all involved to carry the energy of this prayer for the good.

Thank you.

>AND SO IT IS!

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Courtesy of Fawn, via John Christianson, by way of Margot Eiser


Larry Morningstar
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NPAL = "North Pacific Acoustic Laboratory"
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