The former Erie Army Depot is a formerly used defense site located in Carroll Township, Ottawa County, Ohio.
The former Erie Army Depot (EAD) was an artillery and air-defense artillery proving ground facility from 1918 to 1965. Plans for closure of EAD began in 1965 with final base closure in 1967. In 1967, the property ownership was transferred to the Community Improvement Corporation of Ottawa County and has since been subdivided and transferred to several private parties. The former EAD lake impact area that is adjacent to EAD is an active munitions impact area in Lake Erie used by the National Guard facility and private industry.
Congress established the Defense Environmental Restoration Program/Formerly Used Defense Site (DERP/FUDS) program to clean up properties that were under the jurisdiction of the Secretary and owned, leased, or possessed by the United States and transferred from Department of Defense (DoD) control prior to Oct. 17, 1986. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) manages the FUDS program.
- The Corps completed an ordnance migration study in 2004 to better the understanding of potential ordnance migration patterns in the lake impact area.
- The Corps has completed three removal actions to clear ordnance items from shoreline areas at the former Erie Army Depot (EAD). These actions resulted in more than 8,000 non-explosive ordnance items and more than 1,400 potentially explosive items which were rendered safe and disposed off site by Explosive Ordnance Disposal teams.
- The Corps has conducted numerous public information workshops and educational efforts to ensure public awareness and procedures should ordnance items be found.
- The Corps is executed an ordnance removal action on shoreline areas funded through the Office of Economic Adjustment outside of the FUDS Program. This work took place in 2009-2010.
- The Corps continues public education efforts regarding safety procedures if potential ordnance items are found.
- The Corps continues to investigate the history of site ownership and operations by DoD and non-DoD parties. The purpose of the investigation is to establish a full understanding of all potential sources of ordnance fired into Lake Erie and on the former EAD site.
- The Corps is initiating an investigation of the nearby Locust Point Firing Area to determine the history of DoD operations, historical land use, and any potential impacts to this site.
Residents are reminded on “the three Rs” of unexploded ordnance safety: recognize, retreat and report. In the unlikely event they recognize any type of old suspected military-related metal objects, they should never touch or attempt to move the item but should note its locations, safely retreat from the area and report it to local law enforcement or call 911.
Remember the 3Rs
When you discover a suspicious item or a possible munition, remember that they can be very dangerous. Do not touch, kick, throw something or do anything else to disturb the item. Also, remember that old munitions are sometimes not readily identifiable, and may appear to be any other metallic or rusty item. Use caution, leave it alone and do not touch it.
If you know or suspect that you have found a possible munition, mark the area with a small item, such as a hat or pen, and immediately walk away on the same path you came in on. Do not run.
Report the location of the suspicious item immediately to your local law enforcement officials by dialing 911.