DoD Chesapeake Bay Program

2019 Watershed Success Stories

Clean Water

Reducing Nutrients from Agricultural Land

Reducing Nutrients from Agricultural Land
NAS Oceana (VA) leases 480 acres of agricultural land, including 290 acres in the Chesapeake Bay watershed, for crop cultivation. To reduce the pollutants discharged from the leased land, lessees are required to follow a soil and water conservation plan, which minimizes tillage and mowing, requires the use of cover crops, reduces use of pesticides, and otherwise implements measures to improve the quality of the soil and water in and near the plots.

Collecting Rainwater for Beneficial Reuse

Collecting Rainwater for Beneficial Reuse
The roofing membrane of the Scranton Army Ammunition Plant (PA) utilizes 2.23 acres of roof space to capture rainwater and deliver it to three 23,688-gallon storage tanks. The collected rainwater is used as make-up water for the production cooling tower. Future projects will redirect additional roof drains to the rainwater collection system. These additional tie-ins will add 30,000 square feet of collection space and capture approximately 16,000 gallons of additional rainwater from a one-inch rain event.

Constructing Urban BMPs with Limited Land

Constructing Urban BMPs with Limited Land
In FY2019, JBM-HH (VA) completed the construction of four small-scale structural BMPs: permeable pavers, a small two-tiered bioswale, a bioretention area, and bioswales in and near multiple parking areas. JBM-HH partnered with the Army Corps of Engineers to conduct annual BMP inspections to evaluate their performance and maintenance needs. The inspection program allows BMP deficiencies to be promptly identified and addressed, ensuring ongoing treatment of stormwater runoff.

Abundant Life

Monitoring New Oyster Beds

Monitoring New Oyster Beds
NSA Annapolis (MD) is consulting with the Maryland Oyster Recovery Partnership to aid the success of oyster habitat restoration. In FY2019, Carr, Mill, and College Creeks were mapped using sonar. If analysis of the sonar data determines that oyster reefs are present, samples will be analyzed to assess existing fauna. In 2020, sonde probes will collect a range of physical and chemical water quality parameters.

Attracting a Variety of Pollinators

Attracting a Variety of Pollinators
A 250-square-foot garden now sustains over 100 plants that attract pollinators, including bees, butterflies, and birds, near the entrance of the Naval Research Lab (DC). The placement and use of native plants that flower at different times of the year provide urban habitat for pollinators. As a certified Wildlife Habitat by the National Wildlife Federation, the garden meets specific criteria of food, water, cover, and native plants available to wildlife.

Volunteering to Accomplish Natural Resources Projects

Volunteering to Accomplish Natural Resources Projects
The Letterkenny Army Depot (PA) natural resources office, in conjunction with the Letterkenny Rod and Gun Club, organizes volunteer groups to support natural resources projects. The program began over 50 years ago to support fish and wildlife management on the installation. Between July 2018 and June 2019, 367 volunteers donated 11,676 hours in support of the natural resources program. Volunteers are granted additional access to hunt and/or fish to thank them for their service.

Assessing Resilience and Wetland Vulnerability

Assessing Resilience and Wetland Vulnerability
Aberdeen Proving Ground (APG) (MD), in cooperation with the US Geological Survey, is addressing sea level rise and storm effects on wetlands and low-lying areas for climate preparedness and resilience. In FY2018 and FY2019, APG installed six surface elevation tables to measure changes in water level. The data will be utilized to provide more accurate estimates of potential sea level rise. They will also undertake further monitoring with sensors mounted to pre-installed brackets to assess the time, extent, and magnitude of storm surge during extreme weather.

Conserved Land

Supporting the Army Compatible Use Buffer (ACUB) Program

Supporting the Army Compatible Use Buffer (ACUB) Program
Eight parcels totaling 564 acres were conserved by the ACUB program at Fort Indiantown Gap (PA). The program protects the Eastern Army National Guard Aviation Training Site. The projects maintain the group?s mission; provide a safety buffer for training missions; minimize noise, smoke, and dust complaints; and also protect habitat and water features.

Protecting NAS Patuxent River Land

Protecting NAS Patuxent River Land
In FY2019, 2,514 acres were protected beneath Navy airspace (NAS Patuxent River and the Atlantic Test Ranges) in Maryland, Delaware, and Virginia with REPI funds. Benefits include the conservation of core habitat for bird species and the once-endangered Delmarva fox squirrel; protection from development; and the preservation of water resources, wetland buffers areas, and coastlines in the watershed.

Protecting Oysters and Conserving the Land

Protecting Oysters and Conserving the Land
The Mt. Zion (Cowart) property includes 310 protected waterfront acres near NSF Dahlgren and NAS Patuxent River (MD). The easement permanently protects the surrounding woodlands and waterfront from development and minimizes potential encroachment. The open fields will continue to be farmed for livestock and crops, and the forest will be preserved as habitat, as well as a buffer for several thousand acres of oyster-planting waters.

Preserving the McClevey Farm

Preserving the McClevey Farm
The McClevey Farm easement conserves over 80 acres of forest, including a perennial stream and wetlands, through the REPI program partnership with Stafford County and the Virginia Land Conservation Foundation. The easement maintains the rural character and open space near Marine Corps Base Quantico (VA), including habitat for bird and orchid species.

Engaged Communities

Promoting Stewardship on Earth Day

Promoting Stewardship on Earth Day
Norfolk Naval Shipyard (NAVSEA) (VA) hosted an Earth Day event with over 800 shipyard employees and more than 20 local environmental organizations. Visitors engaged with community groups including Lynnhaven River Now, Evelyn?s Wildlife Refuge, the Elizabeth River Project, Dominion Energy, and the Norfolk Beekeepers Association. Over 320 employees made pledges to properly dispose of household hazardous waste, use reusable bags, opt for green cleaning products, or use a reusable water bottle.

Inspiring Children to Engage with Nature at the Youth Fishing Derby

Inspiring Children to Engage with Nature at the Youth Fishing Derby
NSF Indian Head (MD) hosted a youth fishing derby at the Stump Neck Annex Area 8 Pond. This annual event allows children to learn about fishing techniques and ethics while having fun. Derby participants are dependents of active duty, civilian, and contractor personnel that have access to the installation. This year, approximately 30 children under the age of 15 participated.

Providing Access to Nature at Fort Belvoir

Providing Access to Nature at Fort Belvoir
Fort Belvoir (VA) maintains approximately 14 miles of hiking trails throughout its special natural areas. To improve the conditions of these hiking trails, several repairs and improvements were completed in FY2019. The Basin Trail was rerouted to avoid wet areas and provide a more stable path for hikers, trails were marked using a color-coded system for easier navigation, and repairs were made to various foot bridges and substrate to provide drier and safer trail conditions.

Bringing the Military Community Together on Earth Day

Bringing the Military Community Together on Earth Day
By combining its Earth Day and Bring Your Child to Work Day celebrations, NSA Mechanicsburg (PA) has brought environmental awareness and education to audiences of all ages for over 20 years. Its 2019 Earth Day activities included edible models demonstrating the impact of spills on the environment, informational lessons about key pollinator species, and clean-up of the installation’s stormwater BMPs.

For success stories prior to 2019, please visit the DoD CBP Annual Progress Reports page.