A pollution-reduction and sustainable redevelopment strategy to locate, address, and manage contaminated properties in the City of Dubuque.
A brownfield is defined by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as "a property, the expansion, redevelopment, or reuse of which may be complicated by the presence or potential presence of hazardous substance, pollutant, or contaminant." In 1995, the EPA instituted the Brownfields Program which seeks to safely clean up and sustainably redevelop brownfield properties.
As a fundamental part of the Brownfields Program, the EPA offers several Brownfields grants which support revitalization efforts through funding of environmental assessment, cleanup, and job training activities. Grants offered by the EPA include the Brownfields Assessment Grant, the Brownfields Cleanup Grant, and the the Brownfields Area-Wide Planning Grant. The Assessment Grant provides funding for the inventory, characterization, assessment, planning, and community outreach for brownfield sites. The Cleanup Grant provides direct funding for cleanup activities at brownfield properties with planned greenspace, recreational, or other nonprofit uses. The Area-Wide Planning Grant (AWP) offers both grant funding and direct assistance to research, plan and develop implementation strategies for cleaning up and revitalizing a specific area by one or more brownfield sites.
Recognizing a potential for brownfield redevelopment in Dubuque, the City of Dubuque established the Brownfield Redevelopment Strategy which focuses on locating real or perceived contamination, planning for development, and cleaning up contaminated sites. The City of Dubuque applied for EPA Brownfields Cleanup funds to support remediation efforts at the contaminated Blum property (501 E. 15th Street), a former junk yard and scrap metal dealer. Click here to view copy of the grant proposal and the Analysis of Brownfield Cleanup Alternatives.
In the past, the City of Dubuque has also applied for funds through the EPA Assessment Grant and Brownfields Area-Wide Planning Grant.