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By: NSWC Dahlgren Division

This page provides daily information about the operations and scheduling of activities at the Potomac River Test Range and the Explosive Experimental Area (Pumpkin Neck). These facilities are used by our military to conduct munitions testing and should be avoided while testing is in progress. Click on any of the areas of interest to the right for additional information.

**** NOISE ADVISORY FOR APRIL 7, 2020 ****

NSWC Dahlgren will conduct range testing April 7, 2020, from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Testing has the potential to produce VERY LOUD NOISE in communities surrounding NSF Dahlgren. Access to the Potomac River Middle Danger Zone (MDZ), as described in 33 CFR 334.230, will be restricted during testing.

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Range / Weapons Testing Hotline: 877-845-5656 (toll free) for daily updates on range operation and test schedules.

Noise Questions & Comments: 866-359-5540 (toll free) to comment or ask a question about noise or vibrations you think are being caused by operations at Dahlgren.

For more information on NSWC Dahlgren’s range schedule, contact the NSWCDD Public Affairs Office, (540) 653-8152.Range Schedule for the week of April 6-10, 2020

Monday, April 6

Testing at: EEA

*Operating Times: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
* Noise on Station: Potential to create “Some” noise in the southern (Building 101) area of NSF Dahlgren.
* Noise Down Range: Potential to create “Some” noise downrange and in communities surrounding NSF Dahlgren.
* River Restrictions: None
* Roads Closed on Station:
* Barricades Closed on Station: Churchill Range/Harris Range
* EMCON Conditions: Condition 2 in Buildings 995/948/1122/455, Condition 1 in Buildings 1180/1186, Condition 4 in Buildings 102/161/943
* MR Shelter Condition:
* Other Notifications: None

Tuesday, April 7

Testing at: Main Range/EEA/PRTR River Operations

*Operating Times: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
* Noise on Station: Potential to create “Very Loud” noise in the eastern (Main Range and Terminal Range) area of NSF Dahlgren.
* Noise Down Range: Potential to create “Very Loud” noise downrange and in communities surrounding NSF Dahlgren.
* River Restrictions: Restricted approximately 20,000 yards downrange from NSF Dahlgren below the yellow “K” buoy (Maryland) and to the yellow “J” buoy (Virginia).
* Roads Closed on Station: Holden Road/River Bank Road/Fuze Road
* Barricades Closed on Station: Churchill Range/Harris Range/Building 997 Gate 1/Building 997 Gate 2/Building 370 Gate/PRTR Main Gate/Star Gauge Road Gate/Olup Gate/Leatherneck Gate/Devil Dog Alley Gate/North Main Range Gate 2/North Main Range Gate 1/Fuze Road Barricade/ Building 1373 Barricade/ Building 235 Barricade/ Building 1160 Barricade
* EMCON Conditions: Condition 2 in Buildings 995/948/1122/455, Condition 1 in Buildings 1180/1186, Condition 4 in Buildings 102/161/943
* MR Shelter Condition: Local
* Other Notifications: None

Wednesday, April 8

Testing at: EEA/PRTR River Operations/Directed Energy Building 213

*Operating Times: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m
* Noise on Station: Potential to create “Some” noise in the southern (Building 101) area of NSF Dahlgren.
* Noise Down Range: Potential to create “Some” noise downrange and in communities surrounding NSF Dahlgren.
* River Restrictions:
* Roads Closed on Station:
* Barricades Closed on Station: Churchill Range/Harris Range/Local barricades around the perimeter of B213
* EMCON Conditions: Condition 2 in Buildings 995/948/1122/455, Condition 1 in Buildings 1180/1186, Condition 4 in Buildings 102/161/943
* MR Shelter Condition:
* Other Notifications: None

Thursday, April 9

No testing today 

Friday, April 10

No testing today. 


David M. Higgins II, Publisher/Editor

David M. Higgins was born in Baltimore and grew up in Southern Maryland. He has had a passion for journalism since high school. After spending many years in the Hospitality Industry he began working in...