Brownfields are abandoned or underused properties where development may be problematic due to the presence or potential presence of environmental contamination. For local governments, brownfields are also real estate resources that can be investigated, cleaned up and redeveloped. Brownfield redevelopment can allow communities to use local land again - producing jobs, increasing the tax base, preserving neighborhoods, and reducing urban sprawl.
2018-2021 Regional Brownfields Assessment project
Under funding from the U.S. EPA, the Bay-Lake RPC will conduct brownfields assessments throughout the region’s eight counties and the Oneida Nation. The BLRPC will work with a regional group of stakeholders to create a brownfields redevelopment strategy, select and prioritize sites for Phase I and Phase II environmental assessments, and provide input into the development of final reuse plans.
For more information, please contact:
Elizabeth Runge, Economic Development Planner
Phone: (920) 448-2820, Ext. 107
Wisconsin Brownfields Coalition
The Wisconsin Brownfields Coalition (WBC) was created in 2003 to assist local communities with brownfields cleanup by obtaining federal funding from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The WBC members include the WDNR as well as all nine of Wisconsin's Regional Planning Commissions. Funding opportunities include:
- Revolving Loan Funds that are awarded to the WBC are managed by the WDNR through the Wisconsin Ready for Reuse Loan and Grant Program.
- Coalition Assessment Grants that are awarded to the WBC are managed by the DNR through the Wisconsin Plant Recovery Initiative Assessment Monies (WAM) program. The WAM program provides free Phase I, Phase II and limited site investigations (up to $35,000 in services) for smaller closed or closing manufacturing sites to help local government, private parties and non-profits return the site to productive land use. WAM has a simple application, requires no match or grant administration, and has a quick project turnaround. Currently there is $450,000 available for service awards. Also view this WAM promotional flyer for more information.
For more information on cleanup and redevelop of brownfields in Wisconsin, please visit the following WDNR brownfields website: http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/Brownfields/