The former Camp Elliott is located approximately 12 miles northeast of downtown San Diego, California. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) is investigating and monitoring the former camp through the Formerly Used Defense Sites Program for munitions and explosive hazards that may remain from previous military activity. USACE has divided the former Camp Elliott property into four project areas. The information on this page relates to the Areas D, G and H project.
Areas D, G and H are located in the northern portion of the former Camp Elliott and are the only project areas of the camp north of the current Marine Corps Air Station Miramar. Initial investigations revealed that an extensive small arms range had been located within Area D. Later site investigations identified and removed 300 pounds of munitions debris in Areas D and G. The debris consisted of projectiles, mortars and bomb fragments.
Based on the later investigations, USACE determined that the western portion of Area D is suspected to be on the outer edges of seven training ranges for small arms, artillery, and tank training. Area G was used for anti-aircraft, tank and small and large ammunition training. No evidence of military use or munitions and explosives of concern have been identified in Area H.
Today, the western portion of the project (Area D) and a large portion of Area G have been heavily developed; however, Area H has minimal development. Approximately 107 acres of the project area is designated as the Elliott Chaparral Reserve and is administered by the University of California at San Diego as part of the University of California Natural Reserve System. USACE is continuing to investigate Areas D, G and H through the FUDS Program to determine if additional clearance activities are required.