US Army Corps of Engineers
Jacksonville District

Formerly Used Defense Sites (FUDS)

The island of Culebra, and its associated islands (cayos or keys), are located 17 miles east of the mainland of Puerto Rico and 9 miles north of the island of Vieques. 

The Defense Environmental Restoration Program (DERP) was established by Section 211 of the Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act (SARA) of 1986.

Between 1903 and 1975, the U.S. Navy and the U.S. Marine Corps used Culebra to resupply coal on ships, communications, and training.  The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) divided the island and cayos into project areas in order to prioritize environmental investigations to address the potential presence of munitions (click the Project Area tab to left to see a map and list).  This prioritization did not include the area designated as the Northwest Peninsula since the law that authorized transferring the property from the Navy to the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico prohibits the use of federal funds for its cleanup.  However, Congress did authorize restoration of some recreational areas within the Northwest Peninsula, specifically, portions of the Carlos Rosario, Tamarindo, and Flamenco beaches; Carlos Rosario Trail; and the Flamenco campground.

Click on the tabs to the left to find more information about the projects and to read documents from previous and current investigations.

Map, (Downloadable version)

map of Culebra outiling 15 FUDS project areas

List of Projects in Culebra, (Downloadable version)

PROJECT NUMBER PROJECT NAME PROJECT TYPE PHASE
00 US Navy Headquarters/ Maintenance Area Non Munitions Remedial Investigation/ Feasibility Study
01 Not Used
02 Cerro Balcón Mortar Range and Adjacent Cayos (Land and Water) Munitions Remedial Investigation/ Feasibility Study
02 Cayo del Agua (Land) Munitions Remedial Investigation/ Feasibility Study
03 Flamenco Bay (Water) Munitions Remedial Investigation/ Feasibility Study
04 Flamenco Lagoon Maneuver Area (Land) Munitions Remedial Investigation/ Feasibility Study
05 Mortar and Combat Range Area (Land) Munitions Remedial Investigation/ Feasibility Study
06 Artillery Firing Area (Land) Munitions Remedial Investigation/ Feasibility Study
07 Culebrita Artillery Impact Area (Land and Water) Munitions Remedial Investigation/ Feasibility Study
07 Cayo Botella (Land) Munitions Remedial Investigation/ Feasibility Study
08 Cayo Norte Impact Area (Land) Munitions Remedial Investigation/ Feasibility Study
09 Soldado Point Mortar and Bombing Areas (Land and Water) Munitions Remedial Investigation/ Feasibility Study
10 Defensive Firing Area 1 (Land) Munitions Remedial Investigation/ Feasibility Study
11 Defensive Firing Area 2 (Land) Munitions Remedial Investigation/ Feasibility Study
12 Luis Peña Channel (Water) Munitions Remedial Investigation/ Feasibility Study
13 Cayo Luis Peña Impact Areas (Land and Water) Munitions Remedial Investigation/ Feasibility Study
14 Airport (Land) Munitions No Action Required
15 Community Relations On-Going Communication with Community
16 Congressionally Authorized Areas within the Northwest Peninsula (Land) Munitions Interim Removal Action

 

Contact Information

Toll-Free 1-800-710-5184
FUDS.PuertoRico@usace.army.mil

Field Work Schedule

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To view  the fieldwork schedule announcements for September - October 2019, Click here.

Para ver los anuncios del itinerario de trabajos de campo para septiembre - octubre del 2019, haga clic aquí.

We are glad to report that the underwater intrusive investigations at Projects 02 (Accessible Cays), 07 (Culebrita), 03 (Flamenco Bay) and 12 (Luis Peña Channel) and the Time Critical Removal Action at Cayo del Agua have been completed in addition the Corps' contractors have demobilized from Culebra.  We will now focus on the analysis of the data and preparation of the reports. During the recent field work, we removed and appropriately disposed of over 4,500 munitions. We want to thank the community for your patience and support during this period.  

Nos complace informar que las investigaciones intrusivas bajo el agua en los Proyectos 02 (Cayos Accesibles), 07 (Culebrita), 03 (Bahía Flamenco) y 12 (Canal Luis Peña) y la Acción de Remoción de Tiempo Crítico en Cayo del Agua han sido completadas además los contratistas del Cuerpo de Ingenieros se han desmovilizado de Culebra.  Ahora nos centraremos en el análisis de los datos y la preparación de los informes.  Durante el trabajo de campo reciente, se removieron y dispusieron adecuadamente más de 4,500 municiones.  Queremos agradecer a la comunidad por su paciencia y apoyo durante este periodo.