Nov 5, 2010 6:10 PM by Greg Boyce
DENVER (AP) - A draft report from the Army says stationing new aviation units in Colorado and Washington state would have some significant environmental or social impacts.
The report, made public Friday, says the Army's preferred alternative is to place one combat aviation brigade each at Colorado's Fort Carson and Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash. The report says each brigade would have up to 2,700 soldiers and up to 120 helicopters.
The report says soils at Fort Carson and its Pinon Canyon Maneuver Site could be affected, but the impacts could be mitigated. It says traffic, noise, fish and water quality could be affected at Lewis-McChord, and that Yakima Training Center, Wash., could have more wildfires and that its wildlife habitat could suffer.