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Blackwater NWR Administrative Offices
2145 Key Wallace Drive
Cambridge, MD 20613
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Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge, located 12 miles south of Cambridge, Maryland, was established in 1933 as a refuge for migratory waterfowl. The National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) includes more than 27,000 acres, composed mainly of rich tidal marsh characterized by fluctuating water levels and variable salinity.

Other habitat types include freshwater ponds, mixed evergreen and deciduous forests, and small amounts of cropland and managed impoundments that are seasonally flooded for waterfowl use.


Originally established for migratory birds, primarily ducks and geese, Blackwater is one of the chief wintering areas for Canada Geese using the Atlantic Flyway. Geese number approximately 35,000 and ducks exceed 15,000 at the peak of fall migration, usually in November. Bald eagles can be seen in season.


Blackwater is also haven for one of our nation's threatened or endangered species. Delmarva fox squirrels are regularly seen on the Refuge.


One of the goals of Blackwater NWR is to foster public understanding and appreciation of the value of, and need for, fish and wildlife management through wildlife interpretation and environmental education.


The Blackwater NWR Administrative Offices is a 6,000-square-foot building built in 2001 at a cost of approximately $850,000. The building is well insulated and uses daylighting, energy efficient lighting and equipment, and programmable thermostats. Propane and electric use at the building is lower than comparable buildings, saving more than 25 percent in energy costs compared to similar buildings.


Blackwater NWR has an environmental management system that contributes to energy awareness at the facility. Staff members consider energy efficiency in their daily work. This awareness translates to good habits such as shutting off equipment that is not in use.


Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge communicates energy awareness to visitors. The nearby Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center uses renewable energy from a solar installation and a geothermal system.


?This energy efficient building has a smaller environmental footprint than similar buildings. This helps to protect natural resources.?

-- Liz Dawson, Architect, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Please note: Narrative information in this profile has been provided by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service or a representative of this facility. Other building information was verified and submitted to EPA at the time of application. Building energy performance, operating characteristics, and ownership/management may be subject to change over time.

Federal Building

Building Owner:*
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Property Manager:*
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Year(s) Labeled (Rating):
2012 (76)

Facility Type: Office

Total Floorspace: 6000 sf

Year Constructed: 2001

Contract Type: None

Technologies Used:
   Stage 2-Lighting
   Stage 4-Fan Systems