Guidance for Mitigating Environmental Concerns During Range Siting
ENGINEER RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT CENTER CHAMPAIGN IL CONSTRUCTION ENGINEERING RESEARCH LAB
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The effective training of soldiers, leaders, and units is vital to ensure the readiness of the U.S. Army to fight and win decisively in combat. Training must provide the opportunity to practice individual and battle- focused tasks and missions in a setting where conditions are realistic and challenging. To facilitate this, the Army developed and continues to improve its training infrastructure, including combined arms training centers and an array of training areas, ranges, and target systems designed to increase individual skills and unit tactical and technical proficiency in sophisticated weapons systems and equipment. Three key dynamics have evolved in recent years and are adversely affecting the Armys ability to continue to maintain its training mission 1 a significant growth in environmental regulations to which installations must adhere, 2 many installations are becoming surrounded by population centers and are experiencing closer public scrutiny of activities that occur on installations, 3 transformation of the Army to the Objective Force. This report provides information encompassing the major environmental factors that influence the planning and siting, design and construction, and operation and maintenance of the range elements most commonly found on training ranges and that possess the highest potential for environmental degradation.
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