• Due to the remote locations of many of the sites, the Oahu Natural Resource Team must use helicopters to sling-load plants to be outplanted. In this picture a helicopter delivers a box filled with eight endangered plants to a remote native forest where the NRT staff will re-introduce them to the wild.

    Endangered plant delivery

    Due to the remote locations of many of the sites, the Oahu Natural Resource Team must use helicopters to sling-load plants to be outplanted. In this picture a helicopter delivers a box filled with eight endangered plants to a remote native forest where...

  • Natural Resource Program Manager, Michelle Mansker, stands behind a mist net with a male and female endangered Oahu Elepaio awaiting banding. This year the NRT banded 60 birds, 16% of the total birds on the island of Oahu!

    Banding endangered birds in Hawaii

    Natural Resource Program Manager, Michelle Mansker, stands behind a mist net with a male and female endangered Oahu Elepaio awaiting banding. This year the NRT banded 60 birds, 16% of the total birds on the island of Oahu!

  • This 3,500 gallon heating oil underground storage tank was in a deteriorated condition and had to be removed before the Evans Army Airfield dining facility could be renovated and expanded.

    Environmental Restoration at Fort Stewart requires removal of USTs

    This 3,500 gallon heating oil underground storage tank was in a deteriorated condition and had to be removed before the Evans Army Airfield dining facility could be renovated and expanded.

  • A pilot-study tracer system was implemented to determine the feasibility of the proposed corrective action by the remediation contractor. An eosine, fluorescein and rhodamine solution was injected into the deeper zone of a Trichloroethylene plume to trace the dispersion radius.

    Pilot Tracer Testing

    A pilot-study tracer system was implemented to determine the feasibility of the proposed corrective action by the remediation contractor. An eosine, fluorescein and rhodamine solution was injected into the deeper zone of a Trichloroethylene plume to...

  • To encourage Central Texans to recycle, the Recycle Program built its float out of paper, plastic, cardboard and other materials from the Recycle center. In 2009 and 2010, the Recycle Program placed first in the non-profit category beating more than 180 other participants. In 2010, the Recycle Program built a Disney like castle glowing on top of a hill looking down at gingerbread men and candy canes.

    Encouraging Central Texans to recycle

    To encourage Central Texans to recycle, the Recycle Program built its float out of paper, plastic, cardboard and other materials from the Recycle center. In 2009 and 2010, the Recycle Program placed first in the non-profit category beating more than...

  • Each year in November, Fort Hood celebrates America Recycles Day to raise public awareness of the economic and environmental benefits of recycling.  During the 2009 open house, the Recycle center paid $.50 a pound for more than 2,000 pounds of aluminum cans from the first 50 individuals, and in 2010, $.50 a pound for more than 1,100 pounds of aluminum cans.  In 2009, the Recycle Center hosted an America Recycles Day school event for more than 180 4th graders, and in 2010, the event attracted more than 300 4th grade students.

    Fort Hood Celebrates America Recycles Day

    Each year in November, Fort Hood celebrates America Recycles Day to raise public awareness of the economic and environmental benefits of recycling. During the 2009 open house, the Recycle center paid $.50 a pound for more than 2,000 pounds of aluminum...

  • Each year in April, Fort Hood hosts an Earth Day event to bring awareness that environmental stewardship is important at all levels from the Family members, Soldiers, civilians, and leaders of the installation's many divisions and directorates. The 2010 and 2011 Earth Fest event reached out to more than 30,000 people and 2,600 students. More than 35 different exhibits taught students and the Fort Hood community about recycling, renewable energy resources, endangered species, natural resources, water conservation, and other environmental topics.

    Fort Hood Earth Fest

    Each year in April, Fort Hood hosts an Earth Day event to bring awareness that environmental stewardship is important at all levels from the Family members, Soldiers, civilians, and leaders of the installation's many divisions and directorates. The...

  • The Cen-Tex Sustainable Communities Partnership was launched at Fort Hood's Earth Fest event on April 24, 2009 with a memorandum of understanding signing ceremony with surrounding community leaders.  In January 2010, a Cen-Tex Sustainable Communities Conference was hosted and Central Texas citizens joined their City Mayors, Garrison Commander, and other local, state, and federal stakeholders to learn more about sustainability.  The partnership has led to a regional recycling feasibility study and regional recycling forum that was open to the public in November 2011.

    Cen-Tex Sustainable Communities Partnership

    The Cen-Tex Sustainable Communities Partnership was launched at Fort Hood's Earth Fest event on April 24, 2009 with a memorandum of understanding signing ceremony with surrounding community leaders. In January 2010, a Cen-Tex Sustainable Communities...

  • A streamlined tiered risk screening process was used to evaluate each of the 10 landfill sites. A baseline human health risk assessment was completed for groundwater at the Taylors Corner 2 Landfill to support final remedy selection. It was determined additional efforts beyond Monitored Natural Attenuation and continued institutional controls with routine maintenance were not required for these landfill sites.

    Taylor's Corner Landfill

    A streamlined tiered risk screening process was used to evaluate each of the 10 landfill sites. A baseline human health risk assessment was completed for groundwater at the Taylors Corner 2 Landfill to support final remedy selection. It was determined...

  • Ten former wash point sites were investigated for the Facility Lead Agreement. A streamlined investigative and risk screening process was used to demonstrate that no further action was required at these sites. The sites have been restored for mission training activities.

    Restored Washpoint

    Ten former wash point sites were investigated for the Facility Lead Agreement. A streamlined investigative and risk screening process was used to demonstrate that no further action was required at these sites. The sites have been restored for mission...

SAN ANTONIO -- Three installations and two teams from the U.S. Army Installation Management Command were recognized for environmental restoration, natural resource conservation and overall environmental quality in the annual Secretary of the Army Environmental Awards Program for fiscal year 2011.

Almost 50 nominations were received from across the Army to vie for the honor of representing the Army in the Secretary of Defense Environmental Awards Program's 2012 competition.

Winning twice, Fort Hood received both the installation and team awards in the Environmental Quality category. Fort Hood uses its environmental management system to identify environmental vulnerabilities and establish plans to mitigate impacts that could affect military operations and mission accomplishment.

The Fort Hood staff closely monitors air quality, energy management, pollution prevention, recycling and water quality - the areas identified by the environmental management system as having the greatest potential to negatively impact mission and quality of life for the Soldiers, civilians and Families who train, live, work and play on Fort Hood, Texas.

The installation executed a number of successful pollution prevention projects, implemented a utility management and control system, leveraged solar technologies, established the Cen-Tex Sustainable Communities Partnership, and developed a community outreach and environmental training program unequaled in the Army.

Fort Hood's recycling program, boasting the largest facility in the Army, began in 1992 and has grown to include cardboard, white paper, office pack, mixed paper, newspaper, maps, plastic, pallets, toner cartridges, cooking oil, aluminum, brass, and scrap metal. The award-winning recycling team partners with a number of Central Texas communities and post offices, as well as seven local moving and storage companies.

Environmental restoration projects at IMCOM installations drew the attention of the Secretary of the Army Environmental Award judges this year. Fort Stewart/Hunter Army Airfield, Ga., won the Environmental Restoration Installation award and Fort A.P. Hill, Va., captured the Environmental Restoration team category.

The Fort Stewart/HAAF environmental staff was recognized for their efforts to decrease environmental liability by implementing cutting-edge technology and innovative processes that holistically bridge across environmental media (air, land, and water). In addition, development of partnering relationships and a multi-agency Installation Restoration Program team, which includes regulatory agencies, has allowed for real-time decisions, expedited document review, and allowed the installation to realize cost savings.

Fort Stewart's successful IRP evolved by establishing realistic goals and meeting two main objectives: reclaim and restore training lands and other facilities in support of the installation readiness mission and minimize the impact to mission operations and training activities during remediation operations.

Fort A.P. Hill was recognized with the Environmental Restoration Team award for their successful execution of an installation-wide Resource Conservation and Recovery Act Corrective Action Program under a Facility Lead Agreement with Region III of EPA.

The program reduced the time needed to achieve final remedy status, increased and enhanced the beneficial reuse of 16 non-landfill sites for mission-related training and operations and resulted in the availability of several hundred additional acres for recreational and mission-related activities.

Fort A.P. Hill was the first Department of Defense facility and only Army facility to participate in FLA, an invitation-only program offered by EPA Region III to a very select few facilities.

The Oahu Natural Resources Team earned the Natural Resource Conservation Team award for accomplishments such as running three endangered plant propagation facilities; maintaining a genetic storage program to safeguard against losses at unmanaged sites and unanticipated disturbances in managed areas, developing unique techniques for control of threats to endangered species; providing funds to interagency partners, university researchers and graduate students; contributing to interagency fencing and animal removal efforts; and responding with skilled fire staff and fire suppression aircraft when wildfire threatens natural areas.

These five award winners from IMCOM will go on to represent the Army in the Secretary of Defense Environmental Awards Program this spring. Winners of that competition will be recognized in a Pentagon Ceremony on June 6, 2012.

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