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Welcome to the Department of the Navy (DoN) environmental planning and compliance website that houses National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) projects.

Background ​

The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) is a procedural law that, along with its implementing regulations, requires federal agencies to assess the potential for environmental effects of proposed major actions. Before an agency makes a decision to act, it must also consider reasonable measures to avoid, minimize or mitigate significant effects. Since NEPA’s enactment, the U.S. Navy institutionalized the NEPA process to thoroughly analyze potential environmental effects to inform federal decision making.

Under NEPA, the Navy must analyze the potential effects on the natural and physical environment and consider the following:

  • What are the potential direct and indirect environmental impacts that might occur?
  • What is the severity and context of the environmental impact?
  • How much is the existing condition likely to change? 

The NEPA process ensures environmental planning, conservation, and compliance efforts by all Navy stakeholders are consistent with national policies and national security requirements in order to support operational readiness today and tomorrow.​

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BAJA, Mexico (Nov. 17, 2020) A researcher from the U.S. Navy's Naval Information Warfare Center Pacific, in collaboration with other scientists from the U.S. and Mexico, have potentially discovered a new beaked whale species off the coast of Baja, Mexico. Naval Sea Systems Command funded the expedition which originally set out to determine the source of a unique beaked whale vocalization recorded near a Navy test area in southern California, thought to have come from a Perrin's beaked whale. The expedition instead found this potentially new species with its own unique vocalization and potential distribution into southern California waters. The U.S. Navy is committed to supporting our Sailors while also protecting our natural environment. (U.S. Navy courtesy photo)
Navy-Funded Research Team May Have Discovered New Whale Species
By Naval Sea Systems Command Public Affairs | Dec. 11, 2020
Researchers funded by the Naval Sea Systems Command Monitoring Program believe they have discovered a new species of beaked whale in the waters off Mexico’s Baja Peninsula.

190516-N-N0701-0001 WASHINGTON (Dec. 21, 2017) The Department of the Navy seal. (U.S. Navy graphic/Released)
Navy Announces Release of Pinecastle Range Final Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact
By | Dec. 3, 2020

The Navy has released a final Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) for Training Operations at the Pinecastle Range Complex (PRC), Florida.

190516-N-N0701-0001 WASHINGTON (Dec. 21, 2017) The Department of the Navy seal. (U.S. Navy graphic/Released)
Navy Announces Release of Draft Environmental Assessment for MQ-25A Stingray Home Basing
By | Oct. 29, 2020
The Navy is proposing to home base a new carrier-based unmanned air system at Naval Base Ventura

BAB EL-MANDEB STRAIT (June 9, 2020) The amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5), front, the dry cargo and ammunition ship USNS William McLean (T-AKE 12), the amphibious transport dock ship USS New York (LPD 21) and the guided-missile destroyer USS James E. Williams (DDG 95) are underway in formation through the Bab El-Mandeb Strait, June 9, 2020. Bataan, with the Bataan Amphibious Ready Group and with embarked 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), is deployed to the 5th Fleet area of operations in support of naval operations to ensure maritime stability and security in the Central Region, connecting the Mediterranean and Pacific through the western Indian Ocean and three critical choke points to the free flow of global commerce. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Griffin Kersting/Released)
USS Bataan Receives Energy Excellence Award
By Mass Communications Specialist 3rd Class Asheka Lawrence-Reid | Aug. 10, 2020
The Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5) received the Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) Energy Excellence Award, afloat large amphibious category, for actions performed during fiscal year 2019 while preparing for deployment in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 2nd, 5th and 6th Fleet area of operations.