Former Lowry Bombing and Gunnery Range, Colorado

Formerly Used Defense Sites (FUDS) Program

Published April 15, 2015
The Former Lowry Bombing and Gunnery Range (FLBGR)
is approximately 20 miles southeast of Denver, Colorado and encompasses approximately 59,000 acres (100 square miles).

The Former Lowry Bombing and Gunnery Range (FLBGR) is approximately 20 miles southeast of Denver, Colorado and encompasses approximately 59,000 acres (100 square miles).

Location and Description: The Former Lowry Bombing and Gunnery Range is  20 miles southeast of Denver, Colorado and encompasses approximately 100 square miles of land. It was utilized from 1942 until 1963 for various inert and live munitions training exercises at numerous bombing and gunnery targets across the site. 

Problem and Response: There are 15 munitions response sites (MRSs) or areas of interest (AOIs) on FLBGR. Munitions response actions at 12 of these sites are complete, except for the proposed plan and decision documents. Numerous live and inert munitions have been identified at each MRS. Development (residential, commercial, recreation) of the range continues to increase in intensity, requiring extensive communications with ongoing munitions response actions. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Headquarters has committed to funding the munitions response actions at a level of $8 million per year. The current schedule to complete based on this funding level is five years. 

Activities for 2015: Munitions response actions will continue where needed. A preliminary assessment to delineate the range will be completed, as will a remedial investigation of approximately 5000 acres, allowing further delineation of the range. 

Proposed Activities for 2016: Munitions response actions will continue at the Rocket Range MRS, General Munitions MRS, 20mm Range Fan, Circle of Bricks AOI, and the newly discovered Black Shack MRS and FV-05 AOI. These actions will include remediation and reporting. 

Issues and other information: The project is highly visible and development encroachment is a concern. Strong positive relationships have been developed between USACE and stakeholders.


Former Lowry Bombing and Gunnery Range, Colorado

Formerly Used Defense Sites (FUDS) Program

Published April 15, 2015
The Former Lowry Bombing and Gunnery Range (FLBGR)
is approximately 20 miles southeast of Denver, Colorado and encompasses approximately 59,000 acres (100 square miles).

The Former Lowry Bombing and Gunnery Range (FLBGR) is approximately 20 miles southeast of Denver, Colorado and encompasses approximately 59,000 acres (100 square miles).

Location and Description: The Former Lowry Bombing and Gunnery Range is  20 miles southeast of Denver, Colorado and encompasses approximately 100 square miles of land. It was utilized from 1942 until 1963 for various inert and live munitions training exercises at numerous bombing and gunnery targets across the site. 

Problem and Response: There are 15 munitions response sites (MRSs) or areas of interest (AOIs) on FLBGR. Munitions response actions at 12 of these sites are complete, except for the proposed plan and decision documents. Numerous live and inert munitions have been identified at each MRS. Development (residential, commercial, recreation) of the range continues to increase in intensity, requiring extensive communications with ongoing munitions response actions. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Headquarters has committed to funding the munitions response actions at a level of $8 million per year. The current schedule to complete based on this funding level is five years. 

Activities for 2015: Munitions response actions will continue where needed. A preliminary assessment to delineate the range will be completed, as will a remedial investigation of approximately 5000 acres, allowing further delineation of the range. 

Proposed Activities for 2016: Munitions response actions will continue at the Rocket Range MRS, General Munitions MRS, 20mm Range Fan, Circle of Bricks AOI, and the newly discovered Black Shack MRS and FV-05 AOI. These actions will include remediation and reporting. 

Issues and other information: The project is highly visible and development encroachment is a concern. Strong positive relationships have been developed between USACE and stakeholders.