The highlight of the environmental restoration community relations program ongoing success is the Restoration Advisory Board (RAB). A RAB is an advisory unit made up of community members, local environmental group members, and state, and federal officials. The RAB is designed to function as a focal point for the exchange of information between NWS Yorktown and the local community regarding environmental restoration activities. The RAB is intended to bring community members with diverse interests within the local community together with government officials representing the Navy, and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (VDEQ). This partnership enables the early and continued two-way flow of information, concerns, values, and needs between the community and NWS Yorktown.
The NWS Yorktown RAB is co-chaired by the installation's Commanding Officer and a community member who is elected by other community members. The NWS Yorktown RAB meets annually to review technical documents and discuss cleanup actions and alternatives. All RAB meetings are open to the public and are advertised in local newspapers.
The RAB focuses on developing a strong relationship with the local residents and environmental groups. These relationships are the foundation for fostering trust and creating an effective environmental community relations program.
Yorktown Community Involvement Plan
A joint Community Involvement Plan for NWS Yorktown and Cheatham Annex was developed in 2021. To view the Community Involvement Plan, Click Here (May take a few minutes to fully load)
Environmental Restoration Advisory Board
Next RAB Meeting: TBD
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the June 2022 Restoration Advisory Board Meeting for NWS Yorktown was held virtually on June 1, 2022:
Naval Weapons Station (NWS) Yorktown Public Affairs Office
Naval Weapons Station (NWS) Yorktown
160 Main Road, Yorktown, VA 23691-0160
Fact sheets are issued to provide stakeholders with current, accurate, easy-to-understand information about the Navy's environmental investigations. The fact sheets are issued as needed through the course of activities, such as after completion of a Remedial Design and prior to initiation of a Remedial Action. For the current NWS Yorktown Fact Sheet click here.