WCCOG Receives 4th Brownfields Assessment Grant

June 2, 2016

WCCOG can continue its highly successful Brownfields Assessment Program throughout Washington County with an additional $400,000 grant from the USEPA.

To date the Washington County Brownfields Assessment program has completed 29 phase I Environmental Site Assessments (ESAs) and 19 phase II ESAs in 13 towns - exceeding our initial workplan goals.  Most importantly, we see the culmination of community engagement, public-private partnerships, and Brownfields assessment and planning support in 17 completed or active redevelopment projects, creation of more than 75 jobs, and leveraged investment of at least $3.5 million. 

Over the past 7 years we have provided several accredited trainings on Brownfields redevelopment to realtors, assessors, planners and attorneys throughout Maine and New England. Our Brownfields program has led to a broader awareness of Brownfields sites and their significance in the community, both as liabilities and assets with redevelopment potential. 

Our Brownfields program has also supported conservation and working waterfront projects including site assessments on over 125 acres of conservation land abutting the Middle River in Machias and East Machias, and on a waterfront easement in Beals Harbor, securing public access to the shore for fishing, lobstering and recreational use.

For more information visit our web pages describing assessment and redevelopment activity or nominate a site to the program:

http://www.wccogbrownfields.com/

http://gro-wa.org/washington-county-brownfields-program.htm

Maine did extremely well in the current round of awards garnering nearly $7.34 million for assessment and clean up. In the USEPA Region 1,  covering the 6 New England states, Maine secured nearly half of the funds awarded this year. This is a tremendous testament to the professionalism of the consulting community and the strength of the applicants in many cities, towns, and regional planning commissions all over Maine. Follow this link for the Region 1 (New England) announcement:

https://www.epa.gov/newsreleases/epa-awards-nearly-16-million-clean-new-england-brownfields

 

Follow this link to download the RFP for a Qualified Environmental Professional