DEFENSE ADVANCED RESEARCH PROJECTS AGENCY (DARPA) PROGRAM DEMONSTRATIONS OF THE TACTICAL UNDERSEA NETWORK ARCHITECTURES (TUNA), SANTA MONICA BASIN, CALIFORNIA
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has prepared this Environmental Assessment/Overseas Environmental Assessment (EA/OEA) to evaluate the potential environmental consequences of two at-sea demonstrations in an area of the Pacific Ocean in Southern California known as the Santa Monica Basin, approximately 11-14 miles offshore of the Palos Verdes peninsula, in approximately 900 meters water depth.
The purpose of the project is to develop technology options to temporarily establish data network connectivity by means of small diameter fiber optic cable using unmanned underwater vehicles and buoy relay nodes.
This EA/OEA was prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA), as implemented by the Council on Environmental Quality regulations, 40 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Parts 1500-1508, and with Executive Order 12114, regarding Environmental Effects Abroad of Major Federal Actions. It provides an evaluation of the potential effects of the Proposed Action and alternatives on the following resources: marine biological resources; water resources; hazardous materials; noise; air quality; transportation and circulation; geology, and soils; land use; public services and utilities; visual quality; coastal zone management; socioeconomics and environmental justice; cultural resources; and public health and safety. Resources potentially subject to impacts were carried forward for focused analysis and included: marine biological resources.
Point of Contact TUNA Demonstration Environmental Project Manager NAVFAC EXWC 1000 23rd Ave, Bldg. 1100 Port Hueneme CA, 93043