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McCoy updates Operational 
Noise Management Plan

      The Fort McCoy Operational Noise Management Plan has been updated to help minimize any adverse noise effects training on the installation may have on surrounding communities, said Mark McCarty. 

      McCarty, the Fort McCoy Natural Resource Branch liaison, said the Operational Noise Management Plan provides a review of the current and future noise environment  at Fort McCoy. The plan also provides a methodology for analyzing exposure to noise associated with military operations and provides guidelines for achieving compatibility between the Army and the surrounding communities. The Natural Resource Branch is aligned under the Environmental Division within the Directorate of Public Works.

      The U.S. Army Center for Health Promotion and Preventative Medicine (USACHPPM) recommends installations review their Installation Operational Noise Management Plan annually and conduct a full update every five years if necessary.

      The annual evaluation reviews any changes in training/testing and mission, land uses, and local land-use planning documents. If changes that have an impact have occurred, an update of the plan is required. Every five years, the plan is revised with updated noise contours to incorporate any changes in the installation activity and noise environment, as well as changes in the existing or planned land use and economics of the area, McCarty said.

"The Army has an obligation to U.S. citizens to recommend uses of land around its installations that will: a) protect citizens from noise and other hazards, and b) protect the public's investment in the installation."

Mark McCarty,
McCoy Natural Resource Branch Liaison

      The Operational Noise Management Plan replaced the Environmental Noise Management Plan in 2004. One of the goals of the Department of the Army (DA) is to establish effective programs designed to minimize the Army's adverse impacts upon the quality of the human environment without impairing continued success in the Army's mission. McCarty said the installation last completed an Environmental Noise Management Plan in 2003.

      The Operational Noise Program of the USACHPPM supported updating the plan, he said. More information about USACHPPM is available at the Web site http://chppm-www.apgea.army.mil/.

      "The Army has an obligation to U.S. citizens to recommend uses of land around its installations that will: a) protect citizens from noise and other hazards, and (b) protect the public's investment in the installation," he said. 

      Although the installation receives few noise complaints annually, Fort McCoy personnel will continue to develop a noise management program to reduce potential incompatible land uses around training facilities, prevent detrimental effects on the mission and carry on a good-neighbor relationship with surrounding communities, he said.

      McCarty said the plan will address noise from all aspects of training. The primary sources of noise from training at Fort McCoy are large-caliber weapons firing and explosive detonations.

      Consequently, a moderate risk of noise complaints does exist through predicted peak noise levels for these same operations, he said.

      Any noise complaints about Army training at Fort McCoy can be reported by calling the DES/DPTMS Range Control Operations Radio Room at (608) 388-4848.

      Copies of the plan are available at the Tomah and Sparta pubic libraries or at the Web site http://www.mccoy.army.mil/ReadingRoom/documents/2008_IONMP.pdf.

      For more information, call McCarty at (608) 388-4793.


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