Defense International Environmental Program

Installation Related Publications

Tools and Guidebooks

You Spill, You Dig


Part 1. Background

Part 2. Sustainment

Part 3. Response

Table of Contents

Letter regarding You Spill, You Dig
The Deployment Environmental Video and Handbook

Appendix A

Appendix B

Appendix C

Appendix D

Appendix E


A Joint United States – Republic of South Africa Environmental Security Working Group Project (July 2010). This guidebook explains the importance of the military and civilian communities communicating to each other about their needs and future plans. An outreach program can convey to the public how military needs and environmental protection may be achieved simultaneously. Similarly, regular two-way communication affords the military greater awareness of the civilian community’s plans (some of which may impact military requirements). It identifies a wide range of encroachment pressures and describes how these may affect the military and other stakeholders. It describes how an outreach program may be designed, who ought to be included in such an effort and how to engage them, the principles for a successful outreach program, the tools and resources necessary to execute a successful outreach program, and the results that can be anticipated from a successful program. It focuses only on existing military bases and does not cover expeditionary forces or operations. It contains a number of case studies that illustrate how military installations have used outreach programs to help address various encroachment pressures.

A Joint United States-Republic of South Africa Environmental Security Working Group Project (July 2010). This primer serves as a shorter version of the Guidebook on Outreach for Mission Sustainability, offering a quick reference of the key concepts on the importance and creation of an outreach program

A Joint South Africa – United States Environmental Security Working Group Project (July 2000). This guidebook is intended to assist military and civilian personnel in defense organizations to develop a comprehensive range management process that integrates environmental considerations and criteria into day-to-day training activities, thus enhancing their ability to sustain long-term operations. It applies to air maneuvering ranges, ground ranges, and maritime ranges. Specifically, it suggests how range managers might determine a method for integrating environmental and operational considerations, and provides an inventory of environmental resources that need to be considered for determining the baseline conditions found on or near a facility. It covers legal and compliance considerations and suggests some requirements for an impact analysis process. It presents some range management strategies and standard operating procedures to implement the program. Lastly, it contains suggestions for a training program that engages commanders, troops, and members of the general public while emphasizing the importance of communication.

A Joint South Africa – United States Environmental Security Working Group Project (July 2000). This guidebook lays out a step-by-step process for converting excess military facilities to non-military uses. It was authored with South Africa in mind but presents a process that is general enough to be useful for any nation’s military. It addresses the benefits of base conversion and the need for interagency teamwork in the conversion process, as well as providing examples of successful conversion projects. Specifically, it suggests: how to identify military facilities that are either totally redundant or partially redundant and need to be closed, the constraints that have an impact on converting the redundant facility, how to physically move people and equipment off-base, how to plan for reuse, how to strategically position conversion projects within the government, how to determine the government’s domestic and land reform needs, and how to outsource the conversion to a strategic partner for closure and reuse. It explains the roles and responsibilities of MOD, state, local, and public stakeholders.