This task order includes GIS and technical editing support for the Navy and Marine Corps on multiple range compliance documents.
This task order was in support of the Navy's objective of creating various in-house environmental reports and required additional effort to produce GIS deliverables in addition to technical reports and document review and reproduction of deliverables. The in-house Navy effort included Archive Search Reports (ASR) for the Marine Corps, Range Condition Assessments (RCA), Water Range Condition Assessments (WRCA) and a groundwater sampling report at the Naval Weapons Systems Training Facility (NWSTF) Boardman, OR. GCE provided the technical expertise for GIS and document review and reproduction that was critical for the Navy to achieve its reporting requirements.
GCE produced the GIS deliverables for the ASRs, RCAs, WRCAs and NWSTF Boardman report. In addition, GCE provided technical editing, formatting of the draft text, and reproduction of deliverables as outlined in the task order scope of work.
For the ASRs, GCE produced GIS deliverables that often required extracting and updating historical range records, range fans, and plotting hand drawn range features into GIS. The GIS deliverables for the ASRs were for the following Marine Corps facilities: Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center (MCAGCC) Twentynine Palms, CA; Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Yuma, AZ; Marine Corps Base (MCB) Camp Pendleton, CA; MCAS Cherry Point, NC; MCB Camp Lejeune, NC; MCB Quantico, VA; Marine Corps Recruit Center (MCRD) Parris Island, SC; MCAS Beaufort, SC; and MCLB Albany, GA.
The ASRs are a compilation of information obtained through site visits, historical research of various records, documents, and interviews with persons associated with various Marine Corps ranges or operations. The search directs efforts towards determining Ordnance Explosives and Chemical Warfare Materials use. The research places particular emphasis on establishing all the military ranges both active and historic, dates of use, and types, estimated quantities and depth and density of ordnance used. This process obtains information for developing recommendations for further action at the installation. The ASR also includes records from the installation's Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) team in attempts to identify where Unexploded Ordnance (UXO) and Munitions and Explosives of Concern (MEC) items were reported throughout the installation. Information regarding locations, density, and types of UXO items reported may help to identify areas not previously known to contain ranges or areas that may have used, stored or disposed of munitions.
For the RCA/WRCA/Groundwater report, GCE produced GIS deliverables consisting of the creation of additional data layers to provide further clarity and context in figures. The GIS deliverables required for the RCA/WRCA/Groundwater reports were for the following locations: NAS Fallon, NV (Terrestrial), Southern California (Terrestrial), Southern California (Water), Northwest (Water), and NWSTF Boardman, OR (Groundwater).
The Navy's Range Sustainability Environmental Program Assessment Process (RSEPA) is designed to assess environmental impacts of testing and training operations and to implement measures to protect the environment when needed. RSEPA was developed in response to a proactive Navy initiative and is not driven by any federal or state regulatory requirements. The RSEPA program is comprised of two major elements. RCAs focus analysis efforts on munitions use and their associated constituents at land ranges. WRCAs focus analysis efforts on munitions use at water ranges and in ocean Operating Areas. As RSEPA documents do not fall under other environmental regulatory requirements and are solely used as an internal management tool for Navy purposes, it is critical that Navy RSEPA documents and their associated public materials be written in a consistent and concise fashion and emphasize program-wide key messages on the purpose and focus of RSEPA. Efforts under this scope of work entailed third party technical review by GCE of Navy-derived RSEPA products and contractor produced updates to RSEPA and other range sustainment figures.
The Navy collected groundwater data at NWSTF Boardman and compiled the data to support a detailed background analysis and refinement of the hydrologic conceptual site model in support of the RSEPA. The Navy used this report to reinforce the concept of naturally occurring background conditions of various substances in the region.