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Success Stories


Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) promotes collaboration and innovation by sharing information about the Department of the Navy (DON) Environmental Restoration Program (ERP) teams that have successfully implemented restoration projects nationwide. Recent success stories are presented below related to technology innovations and optimized strategies for managing sites.

Each year, individuals and ERP teams can be nominated for recognition of their outstanding efforts to protect human health and the environment by cleaning up Environmental Restoration (ER) sites in a timely, cost-efficient, and responsive manner. Restoring sites impacted by past defense practices ultimately protects military personnel and the public from potential environmental health and safety hazards. The annual Secretary of Defense Environmental Awards recognizes installations, individuals, and teams for their outstanding achievements and innovative environmental practices. 

Success stories from across NAVFAC regions, along with recent award-winning projects are noted below:

Former Vieques Naval Installation, Vieques, Puerto Rico

Vieques Environmental Restoration Team (SECDEF 2020 Award Winner):

Identified and implemented innovative technologies to reduce risk and cost of underwater munitions removal. Remedial action innovations included the use of a cofferdam that provided improved visual and physical access to underwater UXO, which greatly increased the safety and efficiency of munitions removal just offshore. Another innovation included the use of the MetalMapper 2x2 for Advanced Geophysical Classification (AGC). This allowed munitions to be distinguished from scrap metal in the subsurface, reducing the amount of digging required to carry out removal actions and saving time and money. For more information, visit here

Naval Weapons Station, Yorktown, Virgina

Naval Weapons Station Yorktown Installation (SECDEF 2020 Award Nominee): 

Accomplished accelerated environmental cleanup with clean-up actions in two areas that released 18 acres for unrestricted use/unlimited exposure (UU/UE). Innovations in other areas included the use of passive gas samplers to provide data over a large area in a more cost-effective manner and mobile data collection that increased efficiencies in in field data collection. During removal actions, tons of debris/waste were recycled and vegetation was reused. This demonstrated Green and Sustainable Best Management Practices and reduced both the cost and environmental footprint. For more information, visit here. 

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