Environmental Conditions of Surface soils, CFB Gagetown Training Area – Delineation of the Presence of Munitions Related Residues (Phase III, Final Report)


  1. Thiboutot, S.
  2. Ampleman, G.
  3. Bouchard, M.
  4. Hewitt, A.
  5. Jenkins, T.
  6. Walsh, M.
  7. Bjella, K.
  8. Ramsey, C.
  9. Ranney, T.A.
Corporate Authors
Defence R&D Canada - Valcartier, Valcartier QUE (CAN);Cold Regions Research and Engineering Lab, Hanover NH (US)
Troop readiness requires live-fire training with various types of ammunitions. By better understanding the potential environmental impacts of each type of activity, the Department of National Defence will be able to mitigate potential adverse effects by adapting the practices to minimize them. In this context, the Director Land Environment (DLE) tasked DRDCValcartier to initiate an R&D program on the environmental characterization of their main training areas. This report presents data acquired at the CFB Gagetown training area, following previous studies done in 2002 and 2001. The objective of the 2003 sampling effort was to further develop our understanding of the spatial distribution of explosives and heavy metals on five live-fire ranges, to assess their vertical migration and to verify the presence of TNT in background samples observed in 2002. DRDC-Valcartier performed the surface soils study in collaboration with Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory (CRREL) scientists. In 2003 soil samples were collected in five specific area: The antitank range, the hand and rifle grenade ranges, one small arms range, the propellant burning pads and in the vicinity of the live firing area (background samples). In the antitank range, a new sampling pattern involving the collection of multiple increments (more than 50) in a large sampling area was evaluated to better assess the overall extent of soil contamination. Vertical profilings were also conducted to study the migrati

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Energetic materials;Environmental impacts of explosives;Live fire training environmental impacts;Site characterization;Gagetown training area;Live fire range characterization;Impacts of live fire training;Environmental impacts of munitions;Explosive contamination
Report Number
DRDC-VALCARTIER-TR-2004-205 — Technical Report
Date of publication
01 Oct 2004
Number of Pages
Hardcopy;Electronic Document(PDF)

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