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EnvironmentalWelcome 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.


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, Mr. Scott Wilson (scott.wilson.7@us.af.mil or 720-847-7159).

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.


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, 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 requiring coverage under the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System for storm water discharges.  Buckley AFB was issued MS4 Permit Number COR 042003 by the Region 8 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency with an effective date of Jan. 1, 2014.  This permit replaced the previous Buckley AFB MS4 permit that had been in place since 2004. For questions regarding the MS4 Permit implementation, contact the Water Quality Program at 460ces.cevwater@us.af.mil or 720-847-4655.

In general, requirements of the Buckley AFB MS4 Permit COR 042003 are to reduce the discharge of pollutants and to protect water quality of the receiving waters.  The stormwater management program is a comprehensive program, required by the permit, that implements the permit requirements through Best Management Practices organized into six Minimum Control Measures which are 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 SWMP, Rev 0, 2014 is provided for reference below. A copy of the MS4 Permit Year 1 (2014) Annual Report is also for reference below; the Annual Report was submitted to Region 8 EPA no later than the permit mandated deadline of April 1, 2015. The permit also requires that the SWMP be reviewed annually in conjunction with preparation of the annual report. A copy of the SWMP, Rev 1, 2015 is provided for reference below.


Western Burrowing Owl nests have been located on the north side of Buckley Air Force Base. This species is a migratory bird 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 now until Oct. 31. There are two unimproved road closures in the highlighted areas. Do not approach nesting areas and do not stop motor vehicles along roadways to view them. Any questions regarding Western Burrowing Owls, please contact the Natural Resource Manager at 720-847-6937.

Unit Training Managers and tenant organizations requiring access to the sensitive area for training need to coordinate with the Natural Resource Manager from now until Oct. 31.

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Environmental Restoration Documents are now available through the Air Force Civil Engineer Center (AFCEC) online Administrative Record web site at http://afcec.publicadmin-record.us.af.mil/
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