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Brownfield Community Wide Assessment Program
Additional Funding Received for 2022-2026!
RVCOG was selected to received additional funding from EPA focusing initially on newly created or identified brownfields in the Almeda fire footprint in Phoenix, Talent, and Jackson County. The funding can help with needed assessment work for rebuilding and revitalizing the communities. Funding will be used to identify potential Brownfield sites, conduct Environmental Site Assessments, completed areawide plans, and remediation plans. Brownfield programs help turn unproductive sites into community assets including housing, parks, grocery stores, solar farms, community gardens, and other needs. Program funding provides jobs and other regional economic benefits.
Funding can also be anywhere areas in Jackson County to build on Phase I of the successful regional program that started in 2017 with the awarding of a Communitywide Assessment grant.
The program has officially started and we are looking for potential brownfield sites. In addition, we working to host a public meeting in October. Check back here for updates.
Current Project June 2022-Present
What is a Brownfield?
A brownfield is a property, of which the expansion, redevelopment, or reuse 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.
The above information is from the United States Environmental Protection Agency.
For more information on brownfields:
EPA Brownfield Site – https://www.epa.gov/brownfields/overview-epas-brownfields-program
Work Completed 2017 – June 2022
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 looked at both public and private sites that may be contaminated by petroleum or hazardous materials. EPA funding allowed the program to:
- Inventory and prioritize brownfield sites
- Conduct Phase I and Phase II Environmental Site Assessments to determine if there is contamination, If contamination was identified, the assessments also identified the contaminants, sources, and extent of the contamination.
- Complete site-specific clean-up or re-use plans
- Complete area wide planning (AWP) activities in focus areas. Two focus areas were identified and a plan was completed for the Liberty Park neighborhood.
- Provide public outreach on the project and get community input on priorities through a Brownfields Advisory Committee
Project Updates and Products
Public Involvement Plan (Draft)
Site Nomination Form – Public and Private Properties
- Fourteen coalition meetings have been held (December 2017 – September 2020).
- Inventory work completed for focus areas.
- Public Involvement Plan, Site Nomination Form, and other deliverables completed.
- Quarterly reports submitted to EPA.
- Public meetings held in Grants Pass and Medford.
- Class held with Rogue Valley Realtors.
- 9 Phase I Environmental Site Assessments (ESAs) and 8 Phase II ESAs have been completed.
- Work is ongoing for additional Phase I’s and Phase II’s.
- One Contaminant Media Management Plan (CMMP) has been completed.
- Area wide planning has started for two locations – Liberty Park and a corridor along Table Rock Road
- An inventory of potential brownfields in portions of Phoenix and Talent along Highway 99 was completed with funding provided by Business Oregon.
- Held an online public meeting on Monday, November 1st to talk about program accomplishments and next steps.
- Applied for funding for continuation of the program in December 2021.
- We completed final reports for the project in March 2022.
- In May 2022, we received notice that we were awarded additional funding for the next phase of the assessment which will focus on areas impacted by the Almeda Fire in Phoenix, Talent, and unincorporated Jackson County.
Upcoming Meetings and Events:
No additional meetings are scheduled for this portion of the project.
General Information and Resources
To learn more about brownfields, click on the links and videos below:
Video on brownfields and the Eugene-Springfield-Lane County Coalition: