EPA's Region 6 Office
Serving: Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, and 66 Tribal Nations
What is Land Revitalization?
In support of our mission, the Land Revitalization Program is focused on restoring land and other natural resources into sustainable community assets that maximize beneficial economic, ecological and social uses to ensure protection of human health and the environment. See the Land Revitalization Program brochure (PDF, 2 pp, 2.24 MB), produced by the EPA Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response (OSWER), that outlines the strategies it will enact to enhance this mission.
EPA Region 6 presented at the Southwest Regional Economic Development Associations' conference, "Sustainability Assistance at EPA" (PDF, 32 slides, 3.2MB) during the Practitioner Session on May 16, 2012, The presentation summarized grants. technical assistance and other resources available at EPA to assist communities to meet the Partnership for Sustainable Communities Livability Principles.
New Request for Proposals FY 2015 Brownfields Area-Wide Planning Grant
EPA is announcing the availability of funding to eligible entities who wish to develop an area-wide plan for brownfields assessment, cleanup, and subsequent reuse. This funding is for community engagement, planning, inventory of brownfields properties, technical assistance, and/or training activities directed to revitalization of a specific area (such as a neighborhood, district, local commercial corridor, community waterfront or city block). For more information, visit the Brownfields and Land Revitalization Apply for Funding page.
Equitable Redevelopment of Petroleum Brownfields
A smart growth approach allows communities to achieve multiple economic, social and environmental benefits, even though resources and funding can be limited. EPA Office of Underground Storage Tanks, Office of Brownfields and Land Revitalization, Office of Sustainable Communities and Region 6, have recently completed a guide, "Equitable Redevelopment of Petroleum Brownfields for Zuni Pueblo and Other Tribal Communities," that can be used by virtually any community to move forward with their revitalization efforts. This seven step guide will support long-term implementation of redevelopment goals. See how it is being put to work for Zuni Pueblo at: http://www.epa.gov/smartgrowth/pdf/Zuni-Guide.pdf(64 pp. 1.5 MB)
Assessing Feasibility of Building Deconstruction
Region 6 Land Revitalization recently completed a pilot that consisted of the development of two interactive tools, specifically designed to assist tribes and rural communities. These tools provide a step-by-step approach to calculate the feasibility and value of deconstructing buildings, reclaiming materials and/or recycling for potential profit. The Building Deconstruction Checklist provides an overview for assessing the feasibility. The Estimating Tool allows actual calculations of quantities and types of materials that can be reclaimed and recycled. Both are available for download.
Powering Off the Grid - Caddo Lake National Wildlife Refuge
U.S. EPA Region 6 completed a feasibility study to power a 1300-square-foot cabin to be used by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service as both a research center and temporary housing for researchers studying the Caddo Lake National Wildlife Refuge. A Success Story (PDF, 1 p., 396 KB) and the complete Feasibility Study (PDF, 42 pp., 4.4 MB) are available for your review.
Evaluation Guide for Fuel Cell Deployments at EPA Superfund Sites
The decision to deploy a fuel cell to meet on-site energy services needs is highly complex, driven by a series of evaluations for fit and function. U.S. EPA Region 6 Land Revitalization has recently completed a study, "An Evaluation Guide for Fuel Cell Deployments at EPA Superfund Sites," (PDF, 56 pp., 5.7 MB) to guide prospective users on fuel cell drivers, an overview of the technology, and a process to determine the feasibility of use.
Closed Automobile Dealership Revitalization Pilot
Region 6 Land Revitalization recently completed a pilot project, "Leon Valley Automobile Dealership Revitalization Study," (PDF, 40 pp., 2.57 MB) focusing on the revitalization and reuse of vacant, abandoned or under utilized automobile dealerships. The final report summarizes technical assistance provided to the City of Leon Valley, Texas, a northwestern suburb of San Antonio. It includes data collected as part of market and site technical analyses prepared for a webinar and a community workshop. This pilot provides the City of Leon Valley, and other similar communities, an action plan to address closed auto dealerships in a sustainable manner—one that focuses on putting properties back into productive use and benefits all key stakeholders.
Healing Tribal Lands through Brownfields Revitalization
The Cherokee Tribe in Oklahoma and the Jamestown S'Klallam Tribe in Washington successfully applied Brownfields resources to assist with redevelopment projects that support healthy lifestyles for their tribal members. Offices and a gymnasium were built in the former dormitories at Markoma Bible School campus in Tahlequah, OK, by the Cherokee Tribe. The restoration of an 82-acre area on tribal land was completed by the Jamestown S'Klallam Tribe in Sequim Bay, Washington. This effort provides clean sediment and habitat for shellfish, salmon, and other natural species to repopulate the area. Now there are fin fish and shellfish in the Sequim Bay that the tribal members can eat and sell. Here is a link to the Agency for Toxic Substances & Disease Registry's website to view and request a copy of the video: "Healing Tribal Lands through Brownfields Revitalization."
CARE Project, Gallup, New Mexico
With the help of an EPA CARE (Community Action for a Renewed Environment) grant, Gallup is proving that planting the seeds of change can have a positive and immediate impact on a community. CARE grants are competitive and provide communities ways to renew their environment. Gallop used their grant (PDF, 1 p., 686 KB) to develop a multi-faceted approach to developing sustainable waste stream reduction initiatives.
New Purpose for 20 Closed U.S. Army Reserve Centers
Approximately 20 former U.S. Army Reserve Centers (ARCs) in Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Texas are located on federal property and are being closed as a result of the Base Realignment and Closure Act of 2005 (BRAC 05). Most remediation of known contaminants has been conducted, although no explicit determination has been made whether the facilities meet residential or industrial use standards and requirements at this time. Most of the facilities (14) are planned for reuse by nonfederal entities. However, six of the facilities are planned to be retained for federal reuse. For a complete listing of the facilities and their locations, information on the contaminants and reuse possibilities, click here (PDF, 8 pp., 872 KB).
Elements of Land Revitalization
Underground Storage Tanks
EPA's Brownfields Program is designed to empower states, communities, and other stakeholders in economic redevelopment to work together in a timely manner to prevent, assess, safely cleanup, and sustainably reuse brownfields.
(Base Realignment and Closure) EPA's Federal Facilities Restoration and Reuse Office works with other federal entities to facilitate faster, more effective, and less costly cleanup and reuse of federal facilities.
EPA's Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) Brownfields Prevention Initiative encourages the continued use and reuse of RCRA sites so that the land better serves the needs of the community. The Corrective Action program requires the investigation and cleanup of on-going operations. See also Non-Hazardous/Solid Waste.
EPA'S Superfund Redevelopment Program is working to encourage communities at every cleanup site to consider anticipated future reuses early so that cleanups can accommodate those uses while maintaining standards that protect human health and the environment.
EPA's Office of Underground Storage Tanks supports the cleanup and reuse of abandoned properties contaminated with petroleum from underground storage tanks.
The National Academies issued a report from the National Research Council, "Sustainability and the U.S. EPA" in September 2011. Visit Sustainability at The National Academies to view the report. For more information, visit Sustainability at the EPA.
Other Programs to Assist in Land Revitalization:
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