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Supporting the Edwards Air Force Base Mission Through Sound Environmental Stewardship

At Edwards Air Force Base, the mission and the environment go hand-in-hand. The unique physical environment is what makes the desert such an ideal place for flight-test activities. Helping the flight testers maintain access to air, land and water for testing and other operations, while not upsetting the delicate balance of the desert ecosystem, is the mission of the 412th Civil Engineer Group Environmental Management Division (412 CEG/CEV).

General Information

Edwards Air Force Base Environmental Commitment Statement

To effectively accomplish its mission, Environmental Management has adopted an approach that provides expert services in all areas of environmental support. Appropriate personnel are consulted during the planning and implementation stages of all test programs and construction projects on Edwards.

Three main areas of environmental service and support are provided through the Environmental Management office at Edwards. They include:

Compliance: Manages air quality, water quality, hazardous material, hazardous and universal waste, aboveground and underground storage tanks, and special programs (polychlorinated biphenyls, asbestos, and lead-based paint). Assists base organizations with the selection, design and installation of low emissions equipment, as well as applying for and maintaining permits. The goal of compliance is to meet and satisfy all applicable environmental laws, statutes and regulations. Compliance also develops processes to minimize the use of hazardous material, minimize generation of hazardous waste, reduce solid waste going to the landfill and promote reuse and recycling programs.

Conservation: Provides environmental analysis for test programs and construction projects. Also manages the protection and preservation of natural resources and cultural and historic sites on Edwards.

412 CEG/CEV also works closely with our environmental restoration colleagues from the Air Force Civil Engineer Center Installation Support Team (AFCEC/CZOW), who share our office space.

AFCEC/CZOW Restoration: Manages hazardous waste cleanup efforts at Edwards AFB. Under the Environmental Restoration Program, hazardous waste sites are identified, investigated and cleaned up with the goal of protecting human health and the environment. Documents related to environmental restoration investigation and mitigation at Edwards AFB are in the base's Administrative Record. To view the full record, you may contact Gary Hatch, 412th Test Wing Public Affairs, at (661) 277-8707 or by e-mailing 412tw.pae@us.af.mil. You may also view Administrative Record documents online at http://afcec.publicadmin-record.us.af.mil (select "Edwards AFB" under the Installation List). Two publications the public may find useful are the Environmental Restoration Community Involvement Plan and the bimonthly Report to Stakeholders newsletter. Links to both documents can be found under the "Publications" tab on this site.

Edwards environmental experts actively work with regulatory agencies and the community in a spirit of cooperation and commitment to ensure the base accomplishes its mission without harming the environment.

For more information, please visit the following web locations:
· Facebook
· YouTube

Environmental Management is located at:
Building 3735
120 N. Rosamond Blvd., Suite A
Edwards AFB, CA  93524

If you have any questions, please contact us at (661) 277-1401.

Restoration Advisory Board

The Restoration Advisory Board is the primary voice of the public and base workers in the Environmental Restoration Program. This group of volunteers acts as an information conduit between neighboring and base communities and the officials responsible for investigating and remediating environmental contamination at Edwards AFB.

Board members represent communities and work areas from both on- and off-base at semiannual meetings, which are open to the public. At the meetings, members review current investigations and remedial efforts, as well as learn about proposed plans for future remedial efforts. However, their most important task is bringing public concerns to the Air Force. Those with concerns may contact any member with a question or issue. More information can be found on the RAB's Facebook page at www.facebook.com/RAB.Edwards.

Next RAB Meeting:
Nov. 21, 2019 at 5:30 p.m.
North Edwards, California (venue to be determined)

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Come visit us Friday at Team Edwards Day! We will have all kinds of great information and activities!
FYI - yes the crane flies are migrating: theavtimes.com/2019/04/09/crane-flies-are-abundant-in-antelope-valley-this-spring/
Make sure you take the opportunity to check out the amazing bloom this year just stay on the trails!
The more you know #bobcatsafety: The best protection is prevention! If you are concerned about having bobcats around your dwelling, removing attractants is the best solution. - Keep dogs and cats indoors, especially from dusk to dawn. If letting them out, make sure you are with them at all times with the outside lights on. - Feed dogs and cats indoors and clean up after them. If you must feed outside, do so in the morning or midday, and pick up food and waterbowls as well as leftovers and spilled food as soon as pets have finished eating. Water, pet food, and droppings attract small mammals that, in turn, attract predators. - Close or patch opening in fences. - Keep shrubs and grass trimmed to remove cover where bobcats can hide. - DON'T FEED WILDLIFE. This includes feral cats, birds, squirrels, and other small mammals. Remember, predators follow prey. - Prevent the buildup of feeder foods under bird feeders. Or better yet, remove all bird feeders. Bobcats are attracted to the many birds and rodents that come to feeders. - Remove all water sources. This includes bird baths, pet water bowls, kid's play pools, or a leaky hose. Water is scarce in the desert and all manner of wildlife will be attracted. - Consider installing motion detecting lights. Many animals that hunt at night, including bobcats, hunt by stealth and will avoid brightly lit areas.
The more you know #bobcatsafety What should you do if you encounter a bobcat? You may choose to watch and enjoy a bobcat or a bobcat family sharing your yard; however, if you have small children or pets, you may want to discourage the bobcats from coming onto your property. Remember, your neighbor may think differently than you and it is always a good idea to keep wildlife wild. To encourage a bobcat to leave immediately: - make loud noises (yell, band pots, air horn, etc.) - spray with a garden hose. REMEMBER: NEVER get too close and ALWAYS leave clear paths for the cat to escape. In an emergency: - Protect small children and pets by scooping them up, looking big, and making lots of noise. - Back away slowly and deliberately from the animal. - Never corner an animal or get between it and its young or a fresh kill. - Avoid running away as it may trigger a pursuit response. - Call 9-1-1 if there is an immediate threat to human life. - Avoid the area and stay indoors.
The more you know, the better you can prepare. #bobcatsafety What attracts bobcats? Bobcats visit an area to find food, water, shelter, or the space they need to live. - Food may include birds, rodents (such as mice and ground squirrels), rabbits, snakes and other reptiles, small unattended pets, poultry or other domestic birds, and other small livestock. - Water can be in short supply in the desert. Water found in pools, birdbaths, fountains, and pets' water dishes can be very attractive to both bobcats and their prey. - Shelter near people can include rooftops, attics, the space underneath decks, and rarely used sheds. Small spaces can also make attractive dens. Bobcats will sometimes rest in the shade during the day or bask in the sun. This makes them attracted to thick brush, trees, and unoccupied yards.
Balloons are incredibly hazardous to wildlife. Please think before releasing them. What comes up must come down...
It is that time of year again, bobcats are roaming in and around the housing areas looking for food for their young. The key to keeping bobcats from hanging around your house is to make it uncomfortable for them. It is recommended that, staying a safe distance away and leaving clear paths for the bobcat to leave, you consistently harass the cats with loud noises whenenver they are nearby. This can be done by yelling, using air horns, and/or banging pots and pans together. We will be posting tips over the next week on how you can keep you and your pets safe. #bobcatsafety
Wildflowers aren't just beautiful but also provide a very important food source to a lot of critters in the desert where resources have been scarce for a long time. Please help us keep, what seems to be turning into a great season for, the wildflowers intact for the animals that need them. #savethebloomsfortortoises

Information

Published data and documents relating to the Environmental Restoration
Program are available for public review.

Edwards AFB Library
5 West Yeager Boulevard
Edwards AFB, CA 93524
(661) 275-2665

Wanda Kirk Branch Library
3611 Rosamond Boulevard
Rosamond, CA 93560
(661) 256-3236

Lancaster Public Library
601 West Lancaster Boulevard
Lancaster, CA 93534
(661) 948-5029

Env. Public Affairs

412 TW/PA
305 East Popson Avenue
Edwards AFB, CA 93524
(661) 277-8707
412tw.pae@us.af.mil