- Long-Term Environmental Stewardship & Sustainability Strategy ›
- Clean the Past ›
- Tour: Environmental Cleanup
- Protections: Cleanup ›
- What waters does LANL protect? ›
- How did contaminants get there? ›
- Control the Present ›
- Something in the Air? ›
- Protections: Sediment ›
- Protections: Sediment Control = Contaminant Retention
- Tour: Sediment Retention
- Protection #2: Trap and Remove Sediment
- Stormwater Controls
- Stop Contaminant Movement & the Individual Permit
- View of Stormwater Monitoring Sites
- Stormwater Control Structures
- How are the aftereffects of wildfire managed?
- Las Conchas Wildfire
- Stormwater Controls after Wildfire
- Los Alamos Canyon Weir
- 10,000 Willows
- Pueblo Canyon Grade Control Structure
- Early Notification Gages
- Protections: Sampling ›
- Protection #3: Sample and Survey
- Tour: Environmental Monitoring
- Groundwater Monitoring
- How does LANL determine where to put a monitoring well?
- Protection of the Groundwater Resource
- The Location Investigation Process
- The Location Determination Process
- Monitoring Well Placement
- Contaminant Sources
- Groundwater Monitoring Network
- View of Groundwater Monitoring Sites
- Well Placement Decision Process
- Create a Sustainable Future ›
- ‹ Planning for Years to Come
- ‹ Living a Sustainable Future
- ‹ Commitment to Public Involvement
- ‹ Why is a long-term strategy important?
- Multimedia ›
Ashley Pond and LANL History
Ashley Pond - Then and Now
In March 1943, a small group of scientists came to Los Alamos for Project Y on the Manhattan Project. Their goal was to develop the world’s first nuclear weapon.
There was little thought about waste disposal or environmental contamination. The objective was to win the war and protect the United States.
The Laboratory still provides national security, which is now inseparable from protecting the environment.
LANL makes components for nuclear weapons.
LANL manufactures an average of two radioactive components or pits per year, certifies that they will work, and dismantles old pits. Current environmental decisions give LANL permission to produce up to 20 pits per year.
LANL does not make nuclear weapons.
Nuclear weapons are assembled elsewhere.