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Coalition Brownfields Inventory and Assessment Program
What is a Brownfield?
A brownfield is a property, the expansion, redevelopment, or reuse of which may be complicated by the presence or potential presence of a hazardous substance, pollutant, or contaminant. It is estimated that there are more than 450,000 brownfields in the U.S. Cleaning up and reinvesting in these properties increases local tax bases, facilitates job growth, utilizes existing infrastructure, takes development pressures off of undeveloped, open land, and both improves and protects the environment. Information from the United States Environmental Protection Agency.
For more information on brownfields:
Rogue Valley Coalition
Funding to complete a Brownfield Community Wide Assessment was received from EPA in October 2017. Coalition partners include the City of Medford, City of Central Point, City of Grants Pass, and Jackson County.
The program will look at sites that may be contaminated by petroleum or hazardous materials. Any site, public or private, is eligible for consideration. Funding from EPA will allow the program to:
- Inventory and prioritize brownfield sites
- Conduct Phase I and Phase II Environmental Site Assessments
- Complete site-specific clean up or re-use plans
- Complete area wide planning (AWP) activities in focus areas
- Provide public outreach on the project and get community input on priorities through a Brownsfield Advisory Committee
Project Updates and Products
- Project started in October 2017
- Kick off meeting with EPA in October 2017
- Coalition Kick-off meeting in January
- Inventory work mostly completed for to 2 of 3 focus areas
- Brownfields Advisory Committee being formed
Upcoming Meetings and Events:
Coalition Member Meeting- Thursday, March 22nd, 2018. 1:30 to 3:30 pm at RVCOG
Advisory Committee Meeting Anticipated in early 2018
Greg Stabach, RVCOG Natural Resources Program Manager (email), (541) 423-1370