Posted on September 5, 2017
The Living Marine Resources (LMR) program recently launched several new projects to increase the capability of U.S. Navy programs critical to the operation of the Navy’s testing and training ranges. In order to comply with a host of federal regulations, including the Endangered Species Act and the Marine Mammal Protection Act, federal agencies must conduct environmental reviews to consider the potential impacts on the environment by their proposed actions. The Navy is responsible for meeting specific requirements for monitoring and reporting on military readiness activities involving active sonar and underwater detonations from explosives and explosive munitions. These military readiness activities include Fleet training events and Navy-funded research, development, test and evaluation activities. The LMR program addresses the Navy’s priority research needs and transitions the results and technologies for use within the Navy’s at-sea environmental compliance and permitting processes.