This website is part of the Navy's commitment to provide accurate, timely, and comprehensive information on the Environmental Restoration Program (ERP) currently in progress at Naval Weapons Station (NWS) Earle located in Colts Neck, New Jersey. The Navy’s ERP for NWS Earle includes Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) sites, three Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) sites, and one New Jersey Site Remediation Program site. Site descriptions and environmental information are provided in the following pages.
NWS Earle is an active Naval facility located in Monmouth County, New Jersey, approximately 47 miles south of New York City. The station consists of two areas, the 10,248-acre Main Base (Mainside Area), located inland, and the 706-acre Waterfront Area. An estimated 1,200 people either work or live at NWS Earle.
The Mainside Area is located approximately 10 miles inland from the Atlantic Ocean in Colts Neck, Howell and Wall Townships, and Tinton Falls Borough. The Mainside Area consists of a large, undeveloped portion associated with ordnance operations, production, and storage; this portion of the Base is encumbered by explosive safety quantity distance (ESQD) arcs that restrict use and development. Other land use in the Mainside Area consists of residences, offices, workshops, and warehouses, recreational space, open space, and undeveloped land.
All facilities located in the Mainside Area Administration area are connected to a public water supply (New Jersey American Water Company). Water for the public supply network comes from surface water intakes, reservoirs, and deep wells. No public water supply wells or surface water intakes are located on the NWS Earle facility. A combination of private wells and public water from the New Jersey American Water Company serves businesses and residences in areas surrounding the Mainside Area facilities.