Prescribed burns are essential for training and the environment.
Fort Bragg, N.C. is home to various endangered species.
Fort Bragg's Endangered Species
Anthropologist Charles Heath, Fort Bragg's Cultural Resource Management Program, discusses the Battle of Monroe's Crossroads. (Photo bySgt. Michael J. MacLeod)
Maintaining Fort Bragg's environment is essential for training. (Photo by Lewis Perkins/Paraglide)
Sandy Grove Presbyterian Church at Fort Bragg,N.C. This graveyard is one of Fort Bragg's 26 historical cemeteries. (Courtesy photo)
The Fort Bragg DPW Environmental Division is committed to environmental excellence in all aspects of the Fort Bragg mission. In accordance with the Sustainable Management System, Fort Bragg’s environmental policy focuses the installation’s efforts on operating “The Right Way, The Green Way, All the Way.”
IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT TRAINING AREA WELL WATER
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On December 10, 2020, the Department of the Army issued guidance on monitoring drinking water on US Army installations. Fort Bragg completed sampling of Army owned non‑community wells to monitor for Perfluorooctane Sulfonate (PFOS) and Perfluorooctanoic Acid (PFOA). PFOS and PFOA are chemicals that are part of a larger group referring to Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS). These chemicals are manmade and do not occur naturally in the environment. Because these chemicals have been used in a number of consumer products, most people have been exposed to them.
Fort Bragg is reporting testing results received in March 2021. All data reported in this notice applies to wells providing drinking water to training areas on Fort Bragg. No water from these wells enters the public water supply that services the main cantonment and all housing areas.
Testing results are posted at each well site. Site-specific information is provided as needed.
The water system at the Pre-Ranger site contained PFOS and PFOA. The PFOS result was 13 ng/L and the PFOA result was 11 ng/L. The results are below the EPA HA level. In accordance with Department of the Army issued guidance, quarterly sampling will continue until results are below the EPA HA level for four consecutive quarters. An alternate drinking water source continues to service the site. Notification has been provided to potential customers at the site to communicate continued need for water use restrictions.
The water system at the Eureka Springs site contained PFOA. The PFOA result was 4.9 ng/L. The PFOS result was below the method reporting limit. The results are below the EPA HA level.
The water system at the Range 74 site contained PFOA. The PFOA result was 5.2 ng/L. The PFOS result was below the method reporting limit. The results are below the EPA HA level.
Fort Bragg has nine water systems with results for PFOS and PFOA below the method reporting limit. This indicates neither PFOS nor PFOA was detected at a reportable level. These sites include the ATF #1, ATF #2, Camp Mackall, Range 30, Range 33, Range 43, Range 63, Range 79, and the USAJFKSWCS site.
Exposure to PFOS and PFOA over certain levels may result in adverse health effects, including developmental effects to fetuses during pregnancy or to breastfed infants (e.g., low birth weight, accelerated puberty, skeletal variations); cancer (e.g., testicular, kidney); liver effects (e.g., tissue damage); immune effects (e.g., antibody production and immunity); thyroid effects; and other effects (e.g., cholesterol changes). The EPA calculates health advisory levels to offer a margin of protection against adverse health effects to the most sensitive populations: fetuses during pregnancy and breastfed infants. Consult your doctor if you have specific health concerns.
Monitoring will continue at all wells in accordance with Department of the Army Guidance.
For more information please contact the Fort Bragg Public Affairs Office at firstname.lastname@example.org or 910-396-2920.
Date Distributed: April 15, 2021