Other environmental and nature enhancement projects have included the creation of nesting sites for birds and inviting habitats for the abundant waterfowl found in the region to include the colorful wood duck. In addition, CBD contributes to the planting of trees, shrubs and flowers to aid in preventing erosion and excessive water run-off into the bay. In 2010, CBD joined Maryland's oyster restoration and revitalization effort by growing oyster spat along the CBD dock in Chesapeake Beach, and in the coming months CBD will begin a one-year stream restoration and enhancement project on the grounds of the nearly 170-acre facility.
Because of its location high above the Chesapeake Bay, unique experiments using low clutter and generally low background radar can be performed at CBD in conjunction with the Tilghman Island site, located 16 kilometers directly across the bay. Basic research is also conducted in radar antenna properties, testing of radar remote sensing concepts, use of radar to sensor ocean waves, and laser propagation. CBD also hosts facilities of the Navy Technology Center for Safety and Survivability, which conducts fire research on simulated carrier surfaces and submarine platforms.
The U.S. Naval Research Laboratory provides the advanced scientific capabilities required to bolster our country’s position of global naval leadership. The Laboratory, with a total complement of approximately 2,500 personnel, is located in southwest Washington, D.C., with other major sites at the Stennis Space Center, Miss., and Monterey, Calif. NRL has served the Navy and the nation for over 90 years and continues to advance research further than you can imagine. For more information, visit the NRL website or join the conversation on Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube.