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Environmental Support

While the Navy’s mission is national defense, we are committed to operating our forces and conducting training in a manner compatible with the environment. National defense and environmental protection are not mutually exclusive goals. Part of our mission is to prevent pollution, protect the environment and protect natural, historical and cultural resources.

The award-winning Environmental Management office at NAWS China Lake is responsible for making NAWS the best stewards possible of the natural and cultural resources and wildlife located on installation land and ensuring that NAWS adheres to all federal, state and local environmental regulations and policies.


  • Secretary of the Navy Environmental Award:
    • 2003 for Cultural Resources
    • 2005 for Cultural Resources
    • 2007 for Environmental Restoration
  • CNO Environmental Award:
    • 2003 for Cultural Resources
    • 2005 for Cultural Resources
    • 2006 for Environmental Planning
    • 2007 for Environmental Restoration
  • Secretary of Defense Award:
    • 2003 Honorable Mention for Cultural Resources
  • US Dept of Interior Award:
    • 2002 Environmental Achievement for Death Valley National Park Service
  • DoD Meritorious Achievement Award:
    • 2003 for Cultural Resources
    • 2005 for Cultural Resources
    • 2007 for Environmental Restoration
  • Governor's Historic Preservation Award:
    • 2003 to Naval Air Weapons Station
  • CNO Environmental Quality Team Award:
    • 2009 for OBOD permit

Cultural Resources
Protection of the nation's heritage, including historic buildings, districts, archeological sites, ships, aircraft and other cultural resources, is an essential part of the Navy mission. NAWS China Lake is committed to responsible cultural resources stewardship.

Natural Resources
For the past three years, NAWS China Lake has received the Department of the Navy’s Energy and Water Management Gold Level of Achievement award.

The majority of the land at NAWS China Lake is undeveloped and provides habitat for many species of wildlife and plants.

Declared a National Historic Landmark in 1964, the rock art in Little Petroglyph Canyon provides fascinating insights into the cultural heritage and knowledge of the desert’s past.

Related Links

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