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The St. Louis Gateway Initiative

The St. Louis Gateway Initiative The St. Louis East-West Gateway Initiativeis a joint effort between EPA Region 7 and EPA Region 5's St. Louis Gatewayproject. This initiative has formed partnerships with local citizens andstate and local governments to identify environmental concerns, set priorities,and develop comprehensive solutions.

The following are just a few of the projects:

EPA's Listening tour

(April 2000) [PDF]

In the fall of 1997, St. Louis Community College introduced EPA's "ListeningTour" to the community, which encouraged residents to voice their environmentalconcerns. The Listening Tour concluded in December 1997, and a final reportand video were produced in May 1998. The community's top 10 issues, inorder of importance, were: air pollution, urban sprawl and highway expansion,Brownfields redevelopment, safety, lack of curbside recycling, vacantand abandoned properties, litter and trash, illegal dumping, solid wasteissues, and water pollution.

Encouraged by the success of this initial endeavor, EPA and St. LouisCommunity College are continuing their collaboration through a new PhaseII of the project, designed to develop leadership among two neighborhoodenvironmental projects. Each project involves 15-20 residents from eachneighborhood, who form a core leadership group. These residents will receivetraining in public affairs leadership; will research and identify an environmentalissue; and will learn how to work local resources to create and implementtheir solution(s).

Abandoned Building Project

(April 2000) [PDF]

Federal, state, and local government officials, local organizations,and businesses are collaborating and sharing resources to conduct environmentalcleanups and will demolish abandoned structures throughout St. Louis.The project is intended to develop and test models for assessing and remediatingproperties and to establish a public policy framework that can be usedfor residential and commercial development throughout the city. The assessment,abatement, and demolition process is already being replicated by the citywith $11 million raised for this purpose. The project will also producean easy-to-understand guidebook and documentary for contractors, developers,and others who need guidance on conducting demolition on contaminatedproperties.

Community Air Project

(Summer 2001) (PDF) (2 pp, 235K, About PDF)

This project was initiated after 89 percent of the participants in theListening Tour identified air pollution as the highest environmental priorityin their neighborhood. The project's primary goal is to include communitymembers, along with other pertinent stakeholders, in identifying sourcesof toxic air pollutants; determining what, if any, health risks are associatedwith the emissions of these pollutants; and, if a potential health riskexists, finding solutions to reduce pollutant levels below predeterminedacceptable risk levels. The community air project work is ongoing.

The St. Louis Lead Coalition

A broad spectrum of stakeholders has come together to address the prevalenceof lead poisoning in the city. The St. Louis Lead Coalition includes variousrepresentatives from city, county, state, and federal agencies, alongwith representatives from the private sector, such as health care providers,real estate and landlord organizations, educational and religious groups,neighborhood organizations, and lead abatement companies.

EPA's Listening Tour

The two neighborhoods being addressed in the St. Louis urban area are:

Abandoned Building Project

Community Air Project

EPA, with the assistance of state and local partners, has defined theproject implementation area as zip codes 63104 and 63118, located justsouth of downtown. The project will consist of the following major activities:

Other Projects

Related Websites

EPA Gateway

St. Louis Regional Clean Air Partnership Exit EPA Click for Disclaimer
St. Louis Community Information Network Exit EPA Click for Disclaimer

EPA Region 7 Contact

Kathleen L. Fenton
CARE Program Manager
(913) 551-7874

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