Directorate of Public Works

Randy Heick, left, and Steve Zipnis, LeMay employees, sort reusable and recyclable items at the Lewis Main Recycling center April 19.

JBLM Public Works

Directorate of Public Works

The recycling centers take a wide variety of items, metals, glass, books, clothes and appliances, as well as cardboard, paper, organic waste, plastic and clean wood.


Published: 12:00AM May 4th, 2018

Balloons have a destructive effect on animals, environment and people.

JBLM Community Gardens

Published: 02:02PM April 5th, 2018

Community gardens are open to anyone with access to Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

GO Lewis-McChord

Published: 12:00AM April 6th, 2018

By taking advantage of the GO Lewis-McChord programs — GO Transit, GO Bike and GO Rideshare — you can save time and money and reduce your impact on the environment.

Land restoration

Published: 02:48PM March 8th, 2018

The goals of the renovation area are to create an open landscape for streaked horned lark nesting and improve training conditions for service members.

Chambers-Clover Creek Watershed

Published: 02:38PM March 8th, 2018

Simple choices in our daily activities affect the quality of water we drink, we play in and the water that fish and other wildlife rely on.

Rainier Elementary School

Published: 11:12AM February 13th, 2018

There is a lot of work that goes into restoring habitat, and the students at Rainier Elementary are ready and willing volunteers.

JBLM Master Planning

Published: 01:49PM February 8th, 2018

Bioswales are often used with or instead of traditional stormwater piping. They achieve the same goals as rain gardens but are designed to manage a specified amount of runoff from a large impervious area such as a parking lot or roadway.


Published: 02:32PM January 11th, 2018

Earthworks, the compost facility at closed Landfill 5 on Joint Base Lewis-McChord, takes recycling seriously. It captures organic and inorganic waste generated on the installation and generates products for troop projects, such as compost, mulch, crushed asphalt and crushed concrete.

Environmental Restoration Warrior Program

Published: 02:29PM January 11th, 2018

The Environmental Restoration Warrior program and the Department of Public Works Environmental Division Fish and Wildlife team who initiated it have made unique efforts to accomplish environmental objectives, conserve rare species and comply with the law, while also saving the Army hundreds of thousands of dollars annually, serving the active-duty community and preserving the military mission.

Go Lewis-McChord

Published: 02:41PM November 30th, 2017

The Army will recognize GO Lewis-McChord programs with a 2017 Army Community Partnership Award at a ceremony at the Pentagon Monday.

JBLM Directorate of Public Works

Published: 02:39PM November 30th, 2017

Army regulations require JBLM maintain an environmental management system inclusive of all who work on or for the installation. JBLM meets this requirement by incorporating environmental requirements into existing JBLM management processes.

Wreaths Across Amercia

Published: 01:24PM November 2nd, 2017

Dec. 16 at 9 a.m. is scheduled to be the next Wreaths Across America event at the Camp Lewis Cemetery.

JBLM Directorate of Public Works

Published: 01:25PM November 2nd, 2017

People dump large amounts of trash in the training areas — washer and dryers, leftovers from construction projects or bags of personal trash.

Directorate of Public Works

Published: 04:08PM October 5th, 2017

JBLM practices partial harvesting techniques rather than the common practice in western Washington of removing all trees in clear-cuts. Instead, active forest management utilizes mostly variable density thinnings.

Energy Action Month

Published: 04:07PM October 5th, 2017

With heater season coming soon, DPW is encouraging awareness of energy use in JBLM facilities to make sure heat is kept down and not wasted in vacant spaces. According to Army-420-1, indoor air temperature inside any occupied office/admin building should be at 68 degrees (55 degrees for unoccupied buildings).

JBLM Directorate of Public Works

Published: 02:32PM September 7th, 2017

It may seem counterintuitive restore a piece of land by setting it on fire, but prescribed fire is an essential tool for maintaining approximately 18,000 acres of fire adapted ecosystems, including grass-dominated prairies, Oregon white oak woodlands and Ponderosa pine forests on JBLM.

Warrior Transition Battalion

Published: 02:30PM September 7th, 2017

The Warrior Transition Battalion Healing Garden is a lunchtime volunteer project for Gary Ouellette, a retired sergeant major from the chaplains office and current Madigan Army Medical Center employee.


Published: 02:12PM August 10th, 2017

Audubon-led bird walks occur on the third Thursday every month at Eagle’s Pride. They meet at 8 a.m. in the golf course driving range parking lot and end by noon. A bird tally is kept monthly that is shared among participants.

Qualified Recycling Program

Published: 02:10PM August 10th, 2017

All proceeds from the Qualified Recycling Program on JBLM go back into Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation programs.

GO Transit

Published: 02:00PM July 13th, 2017

The DuPont route travels from Madigan Army Medical Center, through the Lewis Main Exchange on Pendleton Avenue and 41st Division Drive, along Pendleton Avenue, and out through the DuPont gate at Exit 119 to the city. The DuPont stop is located on Wilmington Drive in front of the Best Western Liberty Inn and across from the DuPont Sound Transit Center.

Fire Safety

Published: 12:00AM July 14th, 2017

The Joint Base Lewis-McChord Directorate of Public Works’ air team directs people using fire pits on JBLM people only burn clean, dry wood or presto logs no greater than 3 feet in diameter and no higher than 3 feet. The burning of yard waste and garbage is not allowed.

JBLM Fire Dispatch

Published: 01:57PM July 13th, 2017

JBLM prescribed burn schedule is posted on the Sustainable JBLM Facebook page — Residents can report nuisance smoke by calling the JBLM Fire Dispatch office at 253-912-2049.

Directorate of Public Works

Published: 12:02PM June 15th, 2017

Rainwater harvesting describes a process in which precipitation that falls on a site is diverted, captured and stored for use on-site as opposed to allowing it to run off, evaporate or infiltrate into the soil. JBLM captures rooftop rainwater in above-ground cisterns for use in urinals and toilets and in underground cisterns for use in irrigation.

Directorate of Public Works Environmental Division

Published: 04:37PM June 21st, 2017

There are four environmental advisers on the installation, and they’re here to provide guidance on the procedures to issue, store and properly manage hazardous materials.

Published: 11:34AM August 15th, 2016

Sites managed by JBLM IRP include former landfills, former small arms ranges, leaking underground storage tanks, disposal pits, industrial yards and historical petroleum or hazardous waste spill sites.

Published: 11:34AM August 15th, 2016

Illegal dumping on JBLM costs the installation more than $350,000 a year.

Published: 11:33AM August 15th, 2016

During the last two years, 37 active-duty service members have interned with Environmental Warfighter program, offered through JBLM Public Works (Environmental Division, Fish and Wildlife branch) and Colorado State University’s Center for Environmental Management of Military Lands.