Sikes Tripartite MOU (PDF)
Memorandum of understanding between the U.S. Department of Defense and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies for a cooperative integrated natural resource management program on military installations
Acting DUSD(I&E), Mr. John Conger, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe, and Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies Executive Director Ron Regan have signed the 2013 Sikes Act MOU for a Cooperative Integrated Natural Resource Management Program on Military Installations. This MOU renews the commitment of DoD, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the states to work together to manage the natural resources entrusted to DoD across the country. Among other provisions, the MOU creates a streamlined review process for updating DoD's integrated natural resources management plans (INRMPs) with minor changes. This will facilitate coordination among the three parties to the MOU and make the critical habitat exemption more readily available to military installations.
DOD Launches Tomodachi Registry Website
Late last week DoD was provided the green light from the State Department for the release of the Environmental Health Surveillance Registries (EHSR) public website. The EHSR supports the Operation Tomodachi Registry, which will ultimately reside in the DoD and Army-managed Defense Occupational & Environmental Health Readiness System (DOEHRS).
The EHSR website includes information on the event, DoD's response to the 11 March 2011 "Great East Japan Earthquake" and associated Tsunami and Nuclear Reactor crisis. The website provides answer to frequently asked questions and provides a map with location-based radiation dose estimate reports.
By the end of the calendar year individuals in the registry may request a dose assessment that is individually tailored for them. Nearly 70,000 people comprise the DoD-affiliated population who were on or near mainland Japan following the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami.
This milestone marks a significant effort in support of Operation Tomodachi and a collaborative effort between DoD, State Department and many other agencies.
The links provided below and the EHSR highlight the efforts of all of the team players who have been part of this mission since March 2011. The actual Operation Tomodachi Registry will reside within DOEHRS and will be available by the end of the 2012 calendar year.
The OSD PAO press release announcing the launch of the DoD's Operation Tomodachi Registry website has been announced. The full press release can be found at: http://www.defense.gov/releases/release.aspx?releaseid=15552
The first article from American Forces Press Service related to the Operation Tomodachi Registry was also posted this week at http://www.defense.gov/news/newsarticle.aspx?id=117745
The EHSR can be accessed online at http://registry.csd.disa.mil/otr
FY 13 Funding Available for Environmental Research and Development (DOCX)
The Department of Defense's (DoD) Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program (SERDP) is seeking to fund environmental research and development proposals. SERDP is DoD's environmental science and technology program, planned and executed in partnership with the Department of Energy and the Environmental Protection Agency, with participation by numerous other Federal and non-Federal organizations. The Program invests across the broad spectrum of basic and applied research, as well as advanced development. The development and application of innovative environmental technologies will reduce the costs, environmental risks, and time required to resolve environmental problems while, at the same time, enhancing and sustaining military readiness.
Natural Resources Funding Manual (PDF)
The Natural Resources Funding Manual identifies funding resources for which the Department of Defense (DoD) may apply, directly or through partnerships with local, state, or tribal governments; non-governmental organizations (NGOs); commercial organizations; or private landowners. It is intended to facilitate the search for funding sources, but is by no means a comprehensive list of all available resources.