- May 16, 2013
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The Navy has purchased an easement from the Washington Department of Natural Resources to limit development in the waterways surrounding Naval Base Kitsap in northwest Washington. The agreement will preclude near-shore commercial or industrial construction along the areas of the Hood Canal and neighboring waterways managed by DNR where the Navy operates, according to a press release. “[The partnership] will enhance environmental conservation along a portion of the Hood Canal and prevent encroachment into Navy operating ranges that are so vital to our mission and our national security,” said Capt. Peter Dawson, commanding officer of Naval Base Kitsap. “This partnership will also provide new protections for sensitive marine ecosystems, safeguard public access and support the jobs that depend on the Navy’s continued presence in the region,” said Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark.