Superfund Information Systems: Site Profile

Superfund Site:

ROCKY MOUNTAIN ARSENAL (USARMY)
ADAMS COUNTY, CO

Redevelopment

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About the Superfund Redevelopment Initiative

This nationally coordinated effort provides EPA and its partners with a process to return Superfund sites to productive use. Learn more at Superfund Redevelopment Initiative.

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Redevelopment at the Site

The once-contaminated site now provides visitors with recreational and educational opportunities and local wildlife with a place to call home. In 1992, Congress passed the Refuge Act, which designated the transfer of cleaned-up site lands for use as a wildlife refuge. As cleanup continued, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service made areas of the site available for environmental education and wildlife viewing for visitors. EPA has completed five partial deletions at the site, removing cleaned portions of the site from the NPL. These five partial deletions created opportunities for local road expansions, the development of a 24-field soccer complex and music venue known as Prairie Gateway, and expansion of the wildlife refuge.

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 provided about $3 million for a new visitor center at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal Wildlife Refuge. Thousands of visitors are reaping the benefits annually. Construction efforts for the new visitor center used green construction techniques, including recycled pavement and reflective roofing materials to reduce the need for air conditioning. The Rocky Mountain Arsenal Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center opened to visitors in May 2011. In addition, in 2009, EPA issued a Ready for Reuse (RfR) Determination for 294 acres along the northern edge of the site. The RfR Determination designated the surface as ready for residential use with appropriate operation and maintenance procedures in place.

Return to Use Initiative: 2010 Demonstration Project (PDF) (2 pp, 250 K)

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Economic Activity at the Site

As of December 2017, EPA did not have economic data related to on-site businesses, or economic data were not applicable due to site use. View information about redevelopment economics at Superfund sites.

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