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  1. 1. Georgia Army National Guard Environmental Stewardship Branch Newsletter Volume 2, Issue 1 Our Mission The Georgia Department of Defense Environmental Stewardship Branch exists to support Commanders and their Mission by reducing environmental liabilities and promoting the US Army Environmental Stewardship Program. Our Vision Our vision is one of maintaining readiness, while utilizing knowledge and re- sources to make informed decisions regarding our environment. To pro- tect and conserve today’s resources for tomorrow’s National Guard Soldiers and the Citizens of Georgia. SPRING FORWARD INTO ACTION! ENVIRONMENTAL STEWARDSHIP BRANCH STAFFDania Aponte Environmental Programs Director (678) 569-6707 Thompson Sustainability Program Manager, South (912) 767-1823 Nichols NEPA Program Manager (678) 569-6755 Drummond Restoration and Clean-up Manager, (678) 569-6750 Sustainability Program Manager, NorthKaren Corsetti Pest Management Program Manager (678) 569-6751 Edwards Environmental Technical Support Specialist (678) 569-6752 Norton Cultural Resources Program Manager (678) 569-6726 Holloway Environmental Assessor –Cumming (678) 569-3841 Johnson Environmental Assessor –Ft. Stewart (912) 767-9133 Rummel Environmental Assessor– CNGC, Atlanta (678) 569-3840 Hansen Environmental Assessor– Macon Not available Spells Environmental Assessor– Tifton (678) 569-8458 ~Clay National Guard Center- 1000 Halsey Avenue, Building 70, Marietta, GA 30060~ March 2012
  2. 2. Page 2 Ongoing and Projected Activities for 2012The CFMO-ENV group will continue their momentum from last year, moving into 2012. Some of the majorevents and goals planned for the year are:MAR 2012 – CFMO-ENV will be touring the WASTE PRO Recycling Facility, 4785 Fulton Industrial Blvd, Atlantathis month. For information regarding this field visit, please contact Ms. Yvonne Edwards at (678) 569-6752 2012 – We are proud to announce that we will be introducing a building-wide recycling program tentativelyset to start April 2012. Please see article on Page 4.MAY 2011 – May will be a busy month with both the CFMO-UniversityConference and the National Environmental Workshop (NEW) scheduledhere in Atlanta. Please see articles on Page 11.Also, the Cultural Resources Manager and the Environmental Programs Di-rector will be attending the SE Native American Consultation May 29-Jun1 atCamp Minden, LA. Please see Page 7 for information.Natural Resources Management: The Georgia Army National Guard (GAARNG) recently completed an Envi-ronmental Assessment (EA) evaluating the potential physical, environmental, cultural, and socioeconomic ef-fects of the proposed construction and operation of a new Regional Readiness Center (RRC) at the formerMacon Regional Training Institute (RTI or Site) in Macon, Georgia. Please see article on Page 5.Environmental Conditions of Property (ECOP): Environmental Conditions of Property assessments of retiredGAARNG facilities continue this year, as well as continuing cleanup efforts at the Bulk Fuel Farm at CNGC. Pleasesee article on Page 10.Compliance Program: The three new assessors that came on board, to reorganize the effort to a statewide re-gional approach, are excelling in their positions. As a recap, GAARNG assessors are located at Cumming, Clay,Macon, Tifton and Ft. Stewart. The Southern Region program managers, Mr. Butch Thompson, has also success-fully continued training for all Guard personnel through the Environmental Officer classes (EO/UECO training).He continues to work with all facilities to ensure that EOs are properly trained and that we all strive for success-ful environmental practices. Remaining EO/UECO training classes are scheduled as shown on Page 8.GA Environmental Management System (GeMS): Our GeMS program was successfully launched in 2011. Theprogram continues to move forward towards conformance. Please see article on Page 3.Cultural Resources Management : The Cultural Resources Program Division awarded a contract to Brockington& Associates for recordation of the historically eligible former Lorenzo Benn Youth Development Campus. Thecontract will culminate in a booklet-style document that tells the ‘story’ of the campus from its inception in the1930s to its discontinuation in 1999. Please see article on Page 7. Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is a process; working together is success. ~Henry Ford
  3. 3. Page 3 Recently Launched Programs Environmental stewardship is the sus- taining of environmental quality shared by all those whose actions affect the environment. In 2005, the USEPA laid out a vision for environmental stewardship recog- nizing it as a means to a more sustain- The outgrowth of able future. conservation, the inevitable result, is The Environmental Stewardship national efficiency. Branch strives to assess the impacts of GAARNG activities comprehensively ~Gifford Pinchot and proactively. Georgia Environmental Management System (GeMS)As many of you are aware, we have been working towards full conformance with ISO 14001 by December2012. Our eMS Program Manager, Mrs. Rolandria Boyce, accepted a position with another agency and wewish her well in her new career. We are currently working on filling the position and anticipate that processwill be completed over the next couple of months. The January 2012 Environmental Management Systemimplementation training was cancelled due to schedule conflicts and will now be held 19-21 JUN 2012 at ClayNGC. This training is for GAARNG senior leadership and members of the Environmental Quality ControlCommittee (EQCC). The training will provide the basic knowledge relative to ensuring an environmentalmanagement system’s success and complete a critical step in implementation of GeMS.As stated in our December newsletter, the list of significant eMS Targets and Objectives has been reduced toa manageable few that will allow for proper tracking and improvement.The focus areas are: 1) program management, 2) waste, and, 3) energy.If you ‘like’ the Georgia National Guard facebook page you will see pe-riodic posts related to GeMS and helpful tips on environmental sustain-ability.If you have any questions regarding the GeMS program, please contactDania Aponte at (678) 569-6707 or
  4. 4. Page 4 Recently Launched Programs, contd. GAARNG Waste Recycling ProgramThe GAARNG CFMO-ENV division is helping with the introduction of a CNGC building-wide recycling pro-gram tentatively set to start April 2012. This recycling program will only recycle paper items at this time. Anevent meeting will be scheduled for employees to understand the new program and the benefits of recycling.As part of this program, each building will have a designated contact person for any questions which maycome up regarding the program; location of recycling bins; and when the recycled paper is picked up.If you have any questions regarding the Recycling Program or any of our reporting data, please refer to ClayNational Guard Center’s garrison commander. ISR ReportingThe FY12 ISR-Services Data Collection began in January 2012. The performance measures for Waste WaterServices, Fire and Emergency Response Services, Indoor and Outdoor Pest Management were reported.The 1st Quarter FY12 AEDB-EQ Data Call was submitted in February 2012. The Inspections, Permits andSystems Management, Drinking Water/SDWA Populations and Notifications requirements were reported.Any questions about the reported data, please contact Yvonne Edwards at (678) 569-6752. STEP Updates The CFMO-ENV division is currently preparing for the FY13 and FY14 Environ- mental State Operating Budget (ESOB) Submissions. Budget requirements are being forecast through FY18. The program managers of Compliance, Cultural Resources, NEPA and Restoration are supporting this effort. These require- ments are submitted via the Status Tool for the Environmental Program (STEP). Through forecasting and working with program managers, the continuous viabil- ity of the division is ensured. Only when the last tree is cut; only when the last river is polluted; only when the last fish is caught; only then will they realize that you cannot eat money. ~ Cree Indian Proverb
  5. 5. Page 5 Natural Resources ManagementThe Georgia Army National Guard (GAARNG) recently completed an Environmental Assessment (EA)evaluating the potential physical, environmental, cultural, and socioeconomic effects of the proposed con-struction and operation of a new, approximately 139,000-square foot (ft2) Regional Readiness Center (RRC)at the former Macon Regional Training Institute (RTI or Site) in Macon, Georgia. The new RRC is needed toprovide the GAARNG 48th Brigade and its subordinate units with a consolidated administration and trainingfacility along with vehicle/equipment storage necessary to attain required mobilization readiness levels. Un-der current conditions, the involved 48th Brigade units are dispersed and assigned to the Macon Russell Ar-mory, the former Macon Regional Training Institute (RTI), and an armory in Forsyth, Georgia. The existingfacilities are antiquated, insufficient, and do not meet current standards or specifications and facilities allow-ances set forth in NG PAM 415-12.The facility would be constructed using federal funds. The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of1969 is a federal law that requires if federal funds are spent on a project, operation or activity, the impact ofthose actions must be assessed, documented and provisions made for public involvement before project ini-tiation. Therefore, an EA was developed in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969(NEPA), 40 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Parts 1500 through 1508, 32 CFR Part, and guidance pro-vided in the Army National Guard Manual for Compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969(2006).The purpose of this EA was to inform decision-makers and the public of the potential environmental effectsof the Proposed Action and its considered alternatives, prior to making a federal decision to move forwardwith any action. As part of the NEPA process and development of this EA, the GAARNG conducted exten-sive agency coordination with the following:  US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS).  US Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA).  US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Savannah District.  US Department of Agriculture - Natural Resources Conservation Service (USDA NRCS).  Georgia Department of Natural Resources (GaDNR) - Historic Preservation Division (SHPO).  GaDNR - Environmental Protection Division (EPD).  GaDNR - Wildlife Resources Division.  City of Macon, Mayor’s Office.  Macon-Bibb County Planning and Zoning Department.  Federally recognized Native American Tribes Based on the analysis presented in the EA, the GAARNG determined that construc- tion of a RRC would not have significant direct, indirect, or cumulative effects on the physical, biological, cultural, or human environments and therefore would not violate the NEPA, the CEQ Regulations, 32 CFR Part 651, or other federal, state, or local environmental regulations. As a result, a Finding of No Significant Impact (FNSI) was issued.
  6. 6. Page 6 Natural Resources Management, contd.The Final EA and Draft FNSI were made available for public review and comment for 30 days following publi-cation of a Notice of Availability (NOA) in the Macon Telegraph. The review period extended from 22 Janu-ary 2012 through 21 February 2012. As announced in the NOA, these documents were available for publicreview at two community libraries in Macon, Georgia. In addition, the GAARNG Public Affairs Office andsoldiers of the 48th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (IBCT) notified, in person, adjacent property owners ofthe availability of the Final EA and Draft FNSI at the time the NOA was published. The GAARNG receivedno comments during this 30-day public review period.The National Guard Bureau (NGB) and the GAARNG affirm their commitment to implement this EA in ac-cordance with the NEPA. They will ensure that adequate funds are requested in future years’ budgets toachieve the goals and objectives set forth in this EA. This is a huge accomplishment and positive step forwardfor the GAARNG!For additional information regarding the GAARNG’s Natural Resources Program, contact Felicia Nichols at(678) 569-6755 or
  7. 7. Page 7 Cultural Resources ManagementThe GAARNG will develop a new Regional Readiness Center (RRC), at the former Lorenzo Benn YouthDevelopment Campus (LBYDC) located in southwestern Fulton County, Georgia. A Phase I cultural re-sources survey of the approximately 112-acre former LBYDC property was conducted in 2010, and includedbackground research, pedestrian inspection, and systematic shovel testing within the 112-acre project tract.The site was found to include 18 buildings, and one structure, considered eligible for listing on the NationalRegister of Historic Places (NRHP). No potentially eligible archeological resources were discovered.The GAARNG has investigated options for the stewardship of this resource. Stewardship through reutiliza-tion and ongoing maintenance of the property is not a practicality due to funding constraints, deteriorationof buildings that had occurred prior to GAARNG ownership, and extant fuel leaches underneath several ofthe buildings. Therefore the GAARNG-CFMO-ENV Cultural Resources Program is following through withrecordation measures to document this resource from a historical perspective.The GAARNG recently awarded the project to Brockington & Associates. Brockington will conduct re-search on behalf of the Construction and Facilities Management Office (CFMO), Environmental StewardshipDivision (ESD) as it pertains to the history of the LBYDC tract. This project will result in a booklet-formdocument, complete with historic photo documentation of the site, interviews with associated parties, andnarrative that tells the ‘story’ of the Lorenzo Benn Campus through the years. The GAARNG, CFMO, ESDendeavors to respectfully document and memorialize this resource. The publication of this document willrecord the historical, cultural, and social significance of the facility for future generations.Other news: The GAARNG Cultural Resources Section plans on attending the ALARNG, MSARNG, andLAARNG formal Native American Consultation in May. The upcoming consultation is tentatively plannedfor May 29-Jun1, 2012 at Camp Minden, LA. Project updates will be provided to tribal attendees. Though buildings from its earliest period of operation are no longer ex- tant, the existing buildings on the property represent an evolving cam- pus which mirrors the evolution of youth development and educational theories through- out the twentieth century. Main dormitory building (front oblique and front entrance views) at the former Lorenzo Benn Youth Development Campus.Originally constructed in 1914 as a women’s reformatory, the facility was later repurposed into a young men’s development cen- ter, c. 1972. In 1991, it was named after Lorenzo Benn, a black state legislator and education champion who died in 1990. The facility was closed in 1999.
  8. 8. Page 8 Environmental Compliance Environmental Officer (EO)/Unit Environmental Officer (UECO) Training 18APR12In accordance with AR 200-1(Environmental Protection and Enhancement), CFMO-ENV will provide one 8hour block of training instruction for personnel assigned Environmental Officer (EO)/Unit EnvironmentalCompliance Officer (UECO) responsibilities. Next training course will be conducted on 18APR12 at DLCMacon from 0800-1700. Class size is limited to 20 personnel, to register for the course send an email to Mr.Charles "Butch" Thompson at no later than 13APR12. Ensure email containsrank, full name, and unit/facility assigned to as EO/UECO.EO/UECO training is offered once per calendar quarter by CFMO-ENV and rotates between locations atGGTC, Macon, and Clay NGC. Remaining training courses for FY-12 are:18JUL12 – Clay NGC, Bldg 2, Room TBD17OCT12 – GGTC, Ft. Stewart, Bldg TBDSoldiers should register to attend the course nearest their home station to alleviate issues with obtainingtravel orders and funding. Training will be conducted from 0800-1700 on the specified dates. In accordancewith AR 200-1 and FM 3-34.5 (Environmental Considerations) all units/facilities are required to have person-nel assigned as EO/UECO to manage environmental issues/concerns at the unit/facility. POC is Mr. Charles“Butch” Thompson via email at or telephone (912) 767-1823. Outdoor Water Use InformationSource: GAEPD website Georgia Water Stewardship Act went into effect statewide on June 2, 2010. It allows daily outdoor wa-tering for purposes of planting, growing, managing, or maintaining ground cover, trees, shrubs, or otherplants only between the hours of 4 p.m. and 10 a.m. by anyone whose water is supplied by a water systempermitted by the Environmental Protection Division.The following outdoor water uses also are allowed daily at any time of the day by anyone:  Commercial agricultural operations as defined in Code Section 1-3-3  Capture and reuse of cooling system condensate or storm water in compliance with applicable local ordi- nances and state guidelines  Reuse of gray water in compliance with Code Section 31-3-5.2 and applicable local board of health regulations adopted pursuant thereto  Use of reclaimed waste water by a designated user from a system permitted by the Environmental Protection Division of the department to provide reclaimed waste water  Irrigation of personal food gardens  Irrigation of new and replanted plant, seed, or turf in landscapes, golf courses, or sports turf fields during in- stallation and for a period of 30 days immediately following the date of installation  Drip irrigation or irrigation using soaker hoses  Use of water withdrawn from private water wells or surface water by an owner or operator of property if such well or surface water is on said property
  9. 9. Page 9 Environmental Compliance, contd.  Irrigation of horticultural crops held for sale, resale, or installation  Irrigation of athletic fields, golf courses, or public turf grass recreational areas  Installation, maintenance, or calibration of irrigation systems, or  Hydroseeding.Outdoor water use for any purposes other than watering of plants, such as power washing or washing cars,is still restricted to the current odd/even watering schedule.  Odd-numbered addresses can water on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays.  Even-numbered and unnumbered addresses are allowed to water on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturday . Variances From State Outdoor Water Use SchedulesGeorgia Law (Section 12-5-7) states that local governments may, upon application to and approval by thedirector of the Georgia EPD, impose more stringent restrictions on outdoor water use during periods ofdrought and periods of non-drought. The local authority must be able to demonstrate “good cause” andmust follow a process approved by EPD to be considered for approval.The following communities have applied to, and been approved by the Director of EPD for a variance to thestate outdoor water use restrictions. Click on the links to read the request and the EPD response.City of AmericusCity of ClarkesvilleHeard County Water AuthorityUpper Oconee Basin Water AuthorityCity of JeffersonIf you need information regarding any of the listed communities, please contact the water provider directly.Otherwise, your community should comply with the state outdoor water use schedule at the top of thispage.Please click on the links to learn more about outdoor water use.Water Stewardship ActGovernor Signs Water Stewardship Act - News ReleaseMonthly Water Use Information - November 2007-November 2009Water Conservation - Conserve Water Georgia.netDrought Information from the National Weather Service Burn Ban Season Fast Approaching Georgia Environmental Protection Division (GAEPD) has established open burning rules which are enacted each year due to air quality and draught issues experienced throughout the state. These rules are enforced year round, with specific emphasis and restrictions applied during the period of 01MAY-30SEP of each year. Violation of these rules could result in fines and criminal prosecution. Open burning is not authorized at any GAARNG facility, sensitive/classified documents are to be shredded or disposed of in some other manner that does not involve open burning at the facility. Additional information regarding GAEPD’s open burning rules can be found at
  10. 10. Page 10 Restoration and Clean-up ProgramA large portion of the work effort for the Cleanup and Restoration Section has been to complete Environ-mental Condition of Property (ECOP) reports for our vacant buildings and surrounding property at Confed-erate Avenue and across the state. These site assessments document the condition of the property prior toturning it in for use by another agency. The good stewardship of those facilities over the years by the Georgia Department of Defense has been evident as very few en- vironmental issues have been noted. Even the issues found have been very minor in nature. Site surveys are considerably simpler to accomplish when we have prevented spills and minimized the use of hazardous materials, even in our administrative areas. However, conducting these surveys for disposal of our facilities and armories that are vacant had been somewhat bittersweet.Having worked as a Guardsman and as a State Employee since 1987 inthese facilities, there is a melancholy remembrance of days and peoplelong gone. But inversely, there is also an excitement as new andmore energy efficient facilities arise; new soldiers and airmen eager towork in an all-volunteer armed force undergoing dramatic transformationand modernization; and experienced professionals eager to mentor thenext generation filling the offices and motor pools.Thank you to all members of the GaDOD for keeping environmental stew-ardship at the forefront of your everyday activities. It sure makes our jobs easier when it is time to accountfor the impacts of our past practices and activities.For more information about this program, contact Randy Drummond, Cleanup and Restoration ProgramManager, at 678-569-6750. Environmental Tips Recycling is one way of reducing waste and manufacturing byproducts within our environment, but is not always optimal since resources are used in this process as well. If at all possible, reuse items as many times as possible prior to recycling or discarding them. An example of this would be keeping blank printouts from copy machines and using them for scratch and note paper.
  11. 11. Page 11 Upcoming Conferences National Environmental Workshop (NEW)The ARNG-ILE National Environmental Workshop (NEW) will be held 1-3 MAY 2012 at the Atlanta HyattRegency. The NEW is the primary annual forum for the ARNG environmental community to come togetherto exchange ideas and insights into every day environmental issues. The NEW provides training for person-nel; sharing of critical planning factors; and national policy updates insuring proper and consistent implemen-tation across the Nation. Some of the training provided allows personnel to receive continuing educationcredits – a plus when many environmental professionals must keep up to date on their certifications andfunding to attend nationwide relevant training is very limited.The NEW is the year’s primary forum for Guard environmental staff to receive training by professionals fo-cused on mission and readiness. The event is a multimedia event and encompasses all environmental proto-cols. NGB personnel will also assist state personnel in unique environmental circumstances affected by regu-latory changes.This year, GAARNG environmental personnel will have the opportunity to attend the NEW. We are look-ing forward to the training opportunity and networking with our colleagues.Direct questions regarding the NEW event and class schedule to Ms. Dania Aponte at (678) 569-6726 CFMO University The GAARNG is excited that CFMO University will be held in Atlanta this year. The purpose of the Construction Facility Management Officer University is to provide es- sential training to the staff members of the 54 National Guard CFMOs. This training will cover virtually all areas of responsibility including Construction, Energy, Environment, Fa- cilities Management, Real Estate, and GIS. The training includes familiarization, refresher, advanced, and special topic training to augment sessions from previous years. FY2012 CFMO University Monday, May 7, 2012 - Friday, May 11, 2012 Hyatt Regency Atlanta 265 Peachtree Street NE Atlanta, Georgia 30303 404 577 1234The point of contact is MAJ Tom McQue, Strategic Planning Branch, at DSN 327-7915, 703-607-7915,