By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class (SW/AW) Scott A. McCall and Mass Communication Specialist Seaman William Blees, Navy Public Affairs Support Element West, Det. Northwest
BREMERTON, Wash. – Sailors assigned to Naval Base Kitsap participated in a base-wide cleanup of NBK and a fish transfer at Trident Lakes to commemorate Earth Day 2013, April 19.
The Department of the Navy Earth Day theme for 2013 is “Global Reach – Local Action.” The theme is meant to encourage Sailors to take local action to show the Navy’s dedication to protecting the environment.
“It’s more than just clean up; it’s education. It’s not just an NBK thing, it’s a region event,” said Boatswain’s Mate 1st Class (SW) Jeremy Cozza, coordinator for NBK cleanup.
The base-wide clean up was an all-hands event, not just for the personnel assigned to NBK, the Sailors assigned to NBK tenant commands will be participating throughout next week.
“It should be more than one day that we celebrate the environment,” said Cozza. “It’s good to get out here to help the environment as much as we can, to get out here and do our part.”
During the clean up Sailors pulled weeds, pressure washed sidewalks, cleaned flowerbeds and building gutters.
“Anything you can do to help out the environment [by] picking up trash and stuff like that,” said Machinist’s Mate 1st Class (SS) Benjamin Domin. “[Sailors] do stuff normally, but today is a big concentrated effort to get the stuff we can’t normally do everyday.”
Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Handling) Airman Kathryn Grimes said she participated in the NBK base-wide clean up by doing basic yard work to help keep the base squared away.
“It’s good to do it on Earth Day as a big recognition, but I think that everyday you’re walking down the sidewalks on base and you see trash, or anything little, pick it up it’s not that hard to do,” said Grimes.
Meanwhile, at Trident Lakes, a total of 1,143 rainbow trout were released with sizes ranging from 9-10 inches. The fish transfer was coordinated with Nisqually Trout Farm, Inc.
“Trout do well in the Northwest, and they provide family fun recreation activity for armed forces families,” said John Stoker, partial owner of Nisqually Trout Farms, Inc. “It also allows an opportunity to view the wildlife that eats the trout, like eagles.”
The fish are brought in to stock Trident Lake twice a year, once in April and again in August. Nisqually Trout Farm breeds approximately half a million trout a year and transfer them using their own trucks.
“Bringing the fish in allows our service members and families on base to spend time together enjoying the outdoors and fishing,” said Allison Walters, environmental administrative technician at Naval Facilities Engineering Command Northwest. “This is a great opportunity for families to get out of the house.”
The fish transfer project is one of many examples of how Navy Region Northwest is dedicated to preserving the natural environment. In 2009, Naval Base Kitsap was recognized along with Keyport with the Presidential Award for Leadership in Federal Energy Management.
Nisqually Trout Farms, Inc., located in Olympia, Wash., has been supplying rainbow trout to stock ponds, lakes, and other trout farms in Washington and Oregon for more than 60 years.
Navy and Marine Corps commands officially celebrate Earth Day April 22. Earth Day officially started April 22, 1970 as a day to reflect on the planet’s environment and ways to help keep it healthy.