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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

 

 

Site-Specific Removal Action Work Plan_Culebra Island_1993

 

Archive Search Report - 1995

 

Interim Removal Action_Flamenco Bay Campground_Nov 1995

 

Lower Camp Debris Site_Site Inspection_1996

 

Inventory Project Report - Revised - 1997

 

Engineering Evaluation and Cost Analysis - 1997

 

Supplemental Archives Search Report_Revised_2004

 

Findings and Determination Eligibility (FDE)_2005

 

Inventory Project Report - Revised - 2005

 

Archive Search Report Supplement - 2005

 

Environmental and Cultural Resources Survey_MRS 02_Cerro Balcon_2006

Environmental and Cultural Resources Survey_Land_MRS 07_Culebrita_2006

 

Non-TCRA Work Plan - Culebrita and Culebra - 2006

 

Site-Specific Work Plan_Addendum_Land_MRS 02, 07_2006

 

EE/CA Action Memo_Land and Water_MRS 02_MRS 07_2006

 

MMRP Site Inspection - Vol I of II - 2007

 

MMRP Site Inspection - Vol II of II - 2007

 

Site-Specific Report_Non-TCRA_Land and Water_MRS 02,07_2009

Site-Specific Report_Non-TCRA_Amended_Land_2009

 

Site Inspection_HRTW_Work Plan_Land_MRS 00_2010

 

Remedial Investigation/Feasibility Study Work Plan_Land_MRS 02, MRS 04, MRS 05, MRS 07_2010

 

Lower Camp Debris Site_Site Inspection_2012

 

Abbreviated Preliminary Assessment_MRS 16_NW Peninsula_2016

 

Inventory Project Report_Revised_2016

Remedial Investigation/Feasibility Study Work Plan_Land_MRS 06, 08, 09, 10, 11, 13_2011_Vol I of II

 

Environmental Baseline Survey_Work Plan_MRS 03 and 12_2012

 

Environmental Baseline Study_Work Plan_Water_MRS 09 and 13_2012

 

Environmental Baseline Survey_Work Plan_Water_MRS 02 and 07_2013

 

Environmental Baseline Survey Report_Water_MRS 02 and 07_2014

 

Environmental Baseline Survey Report_Water_MRS 02 and 07_2014

 

Environmental Baseline Survey Report_Water_MRS 03 and 12_2014

 

Environmental Baseline Survey Report_Water_MRS 09 and 13_2014

 

Environmental Baseline Survey_Work Plan_Phase II and III_Water_MRS 09, 13_2014

 

Remedial Investigation/Feasibility Study Phase II and III Work Plan_Water_MRS 09 and 13_2014

 

Remedial Investigation/Feasibility Study Phase II Work Plan_Water_MRS 02 and 07_2015

 

RI-FS_Phase II Work Plan_Water_MRS 03 and 12_2015

 

Remedial Investigation/Feasibility Study Work Plan Addendum_Land_MRS 02, 04, 05 and 07_2015

 

Remedial Investigation/Feasibility Study Phase III Work Plan_Water_MRS 02 and 07_Nov 2016

 

Remedial Investigation Report_Water_MRS 09 and MRS 13_2016

 

Quality Assurance Project Plan - Time Critical Removal Action - Cayo del Agua - MRS 02  - November 2016

 

Quality Assurance Project Plan - Time Critical Removal Action - Cayo Botella - MRS 07 - November 2016

 

Quality Assurance Project Plan - Northwest Peninsula - MRS 16 - November 2016

 

Terrestrial Remedial Investigation Report - MRS 06, 08, 09, 10, 11 and 13 - April 2017

 

Terrestrial Remedial Investigation Report - Appendix A-Maps - MRS 06, 08, 09, 10, 11 and 13 - April 2017

 

Remedial Investigation Phase 3 Work Plan - MRS 03 and 12 - October 2018

 

Time Critical Removal Action - Action Memorandum for Congressionally Authorized Areas within the Northwest Peninsula - MRS 16 - October  2019

 

Site-Specific Final Report - Time Critical Removal Action (TCRA) - Specific Areas within the Northwest Peninsula - November 2019

 

Final UFP-Quality Assurance Project Plan - Amended - NW Peninsula - MRS 16 - June 2020

Contact Information

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

Field Work Schedule

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Culebra's municipality requested support from USACE to investigate and remove munitions that may be present under the structures that will be removed by the municipality as part of the renovation of Flamenco Beach and Flamenco Campground areas. Based on the schedule provided by the municipality, it is anticipated that demolition of structures will start July 14. Click here for full announcement

El municipio de Culebra solicitó el apoyo de USACE para investigar y eliminar municiones que puedan estar presentes debajo de las estructuras que el municipio eliminará como parte de la renovación de las áreas de Playa Flamenco Beach y Flamenco Campground. Según el cronograma proporcionado por el municipio, se anticipa que la demolición de estructuras comenzará el 14 de julio. Haga clic aquí para ver el anuncio completo.

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.