The Boeing Company
5800 Woolsey Canyon Road
Canoga Park, CA 91304
Please join Boeing, NASA and the U.S. Department of Energy for a tour of the Santa Susana Field Laboratory, a former federal government rocket engine testing and energy research facility. Started in the 1950s, the site played a key role in the development and testing of rocket engines for the U.S. space program, including the first satellites and the Space Shuttle. From Atlas, Thor and Jupiter engines to the Space Shuttle Main Engine, the work at the site took us to the moon and back.
In addition to its historical significance, the site has diverse wildlife, including rare and protected species and magnificent oak woodlands, meadows and sandstone crags. It is located within the most important wildlife corridor remaining in Southern California -- a rare and vital wildlife linkage between the Sierra Madre Ranges of the Los Padres National Forest and the Santa Monica Mountains by the Pacific Ocean.
As a result of the testing and research, chemicals were used and often disposed of onsite, seeping into the soil and groundwater and impacting storm water run-off. Boeing, NASA and the U.S. Department of Energy are responsible for cleaning up the site with regulatory oversight from the California Department of Toxic Substances Control and the Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board.
Sitewide, environmental engineers have removed or treated about 74,000 cubic yards of soil -- enough to fill 4,625 dump trucks -- tested 50,000 samples of soil, groundwater and bedrock, drilled 400 test and extraction wells and dismantled 400 structures. Boeing has installed a state-of-the-art groundwater treatment system, built stormwater containment and filtration systems to meet water quality standards and replanted more than 900 acres with native plants. After cleanup is complete, Boeing has committed to dedicating our land as open space parkland and cleaning it to a level that provides ten times more safety that what's required for its future use.
As the site transforms to open space parkland, Boeing is working to preserve the thriving ecosystem of native plants and animals. We work with the California Native Plant Society, Pollinator Partnership, Santa Susana Mountain Parks Association, San Fernando Audubon Society and Southwestern Herpetological Society, among others. We you to attend one of the many technical meetings held monthly or attend one of our frequent walking and bus tours so you can see the progress for yourself.
The tours will highlight the history of the site as well as our remediation activities. The majority of the tour takes place on the bus and tour attendees will get out at two locations – the Alfa test stand, the site of the last rocket engine test in 2006, and site of the former Sodium Reactor Experiment. Other points of interest include the Groundwater Extraction Treatment system (GETs), Silvernale storm water treatment system and "The Bowl," the site of the field lab's first rocket engine test stands. The tour typically lasts three hours and is on an air-conditioned bus. (Please note: The bus does not have a wheelchair lift.)
Check back in spring 2015 for our updated bus tour schedule.
When was the last time you watched a red tailed hawk soar? How did you feel when you walked by the rocket engine test stands that tested the rocket engines for the Atlas missle and the Space Shuttle Main Engines? If you can’t recall, then join us and a couple hundred of our walking friends as we see native plants, rocket engine test stands and a catch a glimpse of some of our local wildlife while we walk the Santa Susana Field Laboratory by foot.
Strenuous Skyline Walk; guided seven mile walk.
This walking tour is for the seasoned hiker. Attendees should be prepared to walk with the group between six to seven miles on paved road, with hills and uneven terrain. At the half-way point of the walking tour, you will hike 500 feet in one mile's distance up a road called Skyline Drive which offers views of Simi and San Fernando Valley.
Moderate Rocket Walk; self-guided four mile walk.
This self-guided walk allows attendees a chance to learn more about the crucial role the site played in our nation's space program. The entire walk is on paved road and at the halfway point, walkers will turnaround at the Alfa test stand, the site of Santa Susana's last rocket engine test in 2006. Kids under 12 are welcome if they are accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Nature Walk; guided six mile walk.
This guided walk allows attendees a chance to walk through this vital wildlife corridor while learning more about the site's coastal oak woodlands, protected plant species and thriving wildlife. The entire walk is on paved road and at the halfway point, walkers will turnaround at the Alfa test stand, the site of Santa Susana’s last rocket engine test in 2006.
Unless stated, walkers must be 12 and over and be able to walk unassisted. For security reasons, all adults must have a valid ID and sign waiver. Confirmation email from Boeing is required to attend. We will not be able to accommodate late arrivals or early departures and all attendees will be expected to stay with the group until the tour is completed. In the event of of heavy winds or rain, walks will be cancelled.
Check back in spring 2015 for our updated walking tour schedule.
Documents related to our environmental programs are available for review at three information repositories:
Simi Valley Library
2969 Tapo Canyon Road
Simi Valley, CA 93063
Platt Branch Library
23600 Victory Blvd.
Woodland Hills, CA 91367
California State University, Northridge
2nd Floor, Room 265
Northridge, CA 91330
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For more information, contact Kamara Sams, Manager of Environmental Communications, at 818-466-8793.