An amazing report entitled Evaluating Encroachment Pressures on the Military Mission in the California Desert has been released discussing encroachment issues caused by urban development; renewable energy; electrical transmission lines; extractive industries like mining; recreation; and natural resource management.
Interestingly, the report identifies the preservation of wilderness and other natural areas around military bases as a force for their future success in that urban development is excluded.
NAWS China Lake is one of the bases studied, and groundwater depletion is discussed as a local encroachment problem. Water as a resource needed for urban development is also mentioned as a source of conflict with military bases in other areas of water scarcity.
The study was done with the full cooperation of the military, and reported results have their approval.
The full report may be downloaded at www.tiny.cc/camilitary . Tellingly, the title of the download is ProtectingCalDesertMilitary.
It is lengthy, but readable if you do not attempt to decipher the detailed maps. And it is very informative! (I would hope that presentations at the open houses to be held will have maps that are big enough to see.)
An open house meeting will be held in Ridgecrest from 3:00 to 4:30 PM on Thursday, June 29 in the Fossil Falls Room of the Kerr McGee Center, 100 W California Ave.
Another will be held the same day in Victorville, from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at the Hilton Garden Inn, 12603 Mariposa Road.