Welcome to Buckley Air Force Base's environmental page. Here, you'll find everything related to Buckley's impact on its environment and what the base does to minimize that impact.
The base operates a Community Advisory Group (CAG) that meets on a semiannual basis to discuss environmental projects at the base. Generally it meets on the third Thursday of the months of April and October.
Information about Buckley's Environmental Restoration Program and Environmental Compliance Program is provided below.
ENVIRONMENTAL RESTORATION PROGRAM
The purpose of Buckley's Environmental Restoration Program is to clean up environmental contamination from historical activities on base. Information on restoration sites included in the program can be found in the Buckley AFB Information Repository (IR). The IR contains all Final Environmental Restoration documents to include work plans, reports, CAG minutes, and correspondence with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The IR is available on CD in the lower level of the Aurora Central Library (14949 East Alameda Avenue, Aurora, CO) on the References shelf; ask library staff if you need help finding it. Please call the library at 303-739-6600 for hours of operation. In addition, the IR can be accessed electronically by following the link at the bottom of the page.
In addition, the latest status of restoration sites can be obtained through semiannual Site Status Reports which are distributed to the CAG email list in January and July and saved in the IR. Should you have any additional questions about Buckley's Environmental Restoration Program, please contact Buckley's Restoration Program Manager, at 720-847-7159.
ENVIRONMENTAL COMPLIANCE PROGRAM
While the Restoration Program addresses issues from past activities, the Environmental Compliance Program assures compliance in current activities. Buckley AFB is committed to leadership and stewardship in protecting the environment, the prevention of pollution, and continual improvement. These are primary responsibilities of each person utilizing or working on the installation in any capacity.
MUNICIPAL SEPARATE STORM SEWER SYSTEM PERMIT
Buckley Air Force Base must comply with federal regulations related to environmental protection while ensuring mission accomplishment. One of the primary environmental laws impacting Buckley AFB is the Clean Water Act (CWA), whose purpose, in part, is to protect and restore the physical, chemical, and biological integrity of our waterways by controlling and limiting discharges of pollutants. In accordance with the CWA, Buckley AFB qualifies as a small municipal separate storm sewer system (MS4) requiring coverage under the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) for storm water discharges; Buckley AFB was issued MS4 Permit Number COR042003 by the Region 8 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) with an effective date of 1 Jan 2014 replacing the previous Buckley AFB MS4 permit that had been in place since 2004. Also in accordance with the CWA, Buckley AFB was issued Multi-Sector General Permit (MSGP) Number COR05F004 which authorizes stormwater discharges associated with our Air Transportation Facilities, the one industrial activity occurring at Buckley AFB that requires coverage under the MSGP; the 2015 MSGP, Buckley Air Force Base's current MSGP, replaced the 2000 MSGP on 22 Nov 2015.
In general, requirements of the Buckley AFB MS4 Permit are to reduce the discharge of pollutants and to protect water quality of the receiving waters. The stormwater management program (SWMP) is a comprehensive program, required by the MS4 permit, that implements permit requirements through Best Management Practices organized into the following six Minimum Control Measures: Public Education and Outreach, Public Involvement and Participation, Illicit Discharge Detection and Elimination, Construction Site Stormwater Runoff Control, Post-Construction Stormwater Management in New Development and Redevelopment, and Pollution Prevention/Good Housekeeping for Municipal Operations. A copy of the MS4 Permit Year 2 (2015) Annual Report, which was submitted to Region 8 EPA no later than the permit mandated deadline of April 1, 2016 is provided for reference below. Additionally, the MS4 permit also requires that the SWMP be reviewed annually in conjunction with preparation of the annual report; a copy of the current SWMP, Rev 2 - March 2016, is provided for reference below.
The stormwater pollution prevention plan or SWPPP is driven by the 2015 MSGP and contains procedures intended to minimize the risk of industrial storm water pollution reaching stormwater drainage infrastructure and conveyances. The SWPPP describes the following: the Identification and evaluation of activities and potential storm water pollution sources, the Identification and implementation of storm water Best Management Practices (BMPs), pollution reduction measures and procedures as well as monitoring and inspection procedures. Be advised that the SWPPP is reviewed at least annually and is updated no later than 45 days after conducting the final routine facility inspection for the year.
For questions regarding the MS4 Permit or MSGP implementation, please contact the Water Quality Program at email@example.com or 720-847-4655.
MIGRATORY BIRD TREATY ACT
As we continue to Building a Better Buckley Together (B3T), just a quick reminder about our "other" base residents during this time of year.
Confirmed western burrowing owl nests have been located on the installation.
This species is a migratory bird that is "protected" under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. It is also listed by the State of Colorado as a threatened species, which warrants additional protection. The nesting season spans from today until 31 October 2016.
If seen, please do not approach nesting areas and do not stop motor vehicles along roadways to view them. If you have any specific questions regarding western burrowing owls, please contact the Natural Resource Manager at 720-847-6937
Additionally, Unit Training Managers or tenant organizations POCs who have questions regarding access to potentially sensitive areas on BAFB for training activity should coordinate with Buckley AFB, Fish and Wildlife Biologist, for BAFB starting today until 31 October 2015 and can be reached at 303-378-7233.