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Initiatives Overview

Initiatives Overview

NAWS China Lake is home to one of the largest collections of Native American Rock Art in the Western Hemisphere, if not the world. Little Petroglyph Canyon, now part of a 36,000-square mile National Historic Landmark, is open to approved public tours on weekends. Information on the types of available petroglyph tours can be found online.

In addition to protecting the cultural resources found onboard NAWS China Lake, NAWS command is committed to recycling, tracking hazardous waste from cradle to grave, following all Federal, State, County and local environmental laws and regulations, and protecting numerous endangered animals, such as the desert tortoise, Mojave Tui Chub and wild horses and burros.

Conservation & Production

NAWS command is committed to saving and producing energy and conserving its most precious resource, water.

In 2010, NAWS China Lake broke ground for four photovoltaic projects which will provide nearly 2 million kWh of electricity annually, enough to provide electricity to up to 1,200 houses using the Southern California Edison grid, and save NAWSCL approximately $557,000 annually in electricity costs.

The Station is also home to Coso Geothermal, the Navy’s first foray into producing clean power from the earth’s thermal energy (heat). Total electricity production from the field amounts to 270 megawatts (270,000,000 watts). One megawatt of electricity will meet the needs of approximately 1,400 households.

In the past couple of years, NAWS command has also significantly reduced its water usage with additional plans already underway to reduce water consumption even more. For the past three years, NAWS China Lake has received the Department of the Navy’s Energy and Water Management Gold Level of Achievement award for excellent work in innovative energy and water management, successful use of energy and water efficient equipment, superior awareness and conservation principals.


The employees of NAWS China Lake are its most important asset, making their safety the Command’s highest priority. This is evident in the many messages and programs that NAWS Command implements to remind them of the importance of safety whether at work, on the road or at home.

Annual campaigns that cover motorcycle safety, fireworks and grilling safety, safe traveling and prevention of heat-related illnesses, to name a few, are conducted in addition to reminders about safety in the workplace. Signs advertising year-to-date workplace accidents on base appear at heavily trafficked areas as do safety articles in the base newspaper, The Rocketeer II, providing a constant reminder that working safely is paramount. Educating employees about safety in and out of the workplace using multiple channels for delivery has helped to increase employee awareness about work, travel and home accidents.

Community Relations


NAWS China Lake has a good relationship with the three counties it occupies: Kern, Inyo and San Bernardino. It also partners with its closest neighbor, the City of Ridgecrest, in an effort to improve the quality of life of the men and women, military and civilian, who work onboard the Station and to sustain the missions of all the commands stationed at China Lake.

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