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Fort Wingate’s active mission as a military installation ended in January 1993. A year later, the U.S. Office of the Interior and the Department of Defense announced that the land at FWDA, including its natural and cultural resources and its economic benefits, would no longer needed by the U.S. government. Today, FWDA is undergoing environmental cleanup in order to transfer all suitable land to the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) to benefit the Pueblo of Zuni and Navajo Nation.

The cleanup mission addresses all areas of FWDA, dividing them into parcels. The current conditions of these parcels will be examined parcel by parcel with this strategy:

  • Look for contaminants in the soil (both on the surface and below)
  • Look for contaminants in the groundwater
  • Look for any cultural resources
  • Describe findings in reports
  • Work with Native Americans and other public on cleanup plans
  • Transfer any sites that do not need cleanup
  • Cleanup sites that need it
  • Transfer clean sites to BIA

Click here for more detailed information on FWDA Parcels.

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