What's New for Brownfields and Land Revitalization in New England
February 2018 Issue
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Soak Up the Rain New England Webinar Series
Wednesday, February 28, 2018 | 2:00 - 3:30 PM EST
The Guiteras Green Infrastructure Community School Project
This webinar will highlight a green infrastructure project at the Guiteras School to save and protect the Silver Creek in Bristol, Rhode Island from polluted stormwater runoff. Two parents designed and created an outdoor educational facility to enhance environmental education and improve environmental quality in and around Silver Creek. From landscape design to community and student engagement, the Section 319-grant-funded project treated and infiltrated stormwater runoff, reduced impervious surfaces, controlled a growing Canada goose population, and engaged 300 students at the school with hands-on projects to restore Silver Creek.
Betsy Dake - Senior Environmental Scientist, Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management
Brooke Merriam - Landscape Designer, Sunflower Designs, LLC
Shannon Rozea – Executive Director/Landscape Architect, Thrive Outside
Edward M. Tanner - Principal Planner, Department of Community Development, Town of Bristol, Rhode Island
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Coastal Resilience Grants Program
Pre-Proposals Due March 7, 2018
NOAA intends to award up to $15 million to support coastal resilience grants that benefit coastal ecosystems and communities. Coastal Resilience Grants support efforts to prepare coastal communities and ecosystems to withstand the impacts of extreme weather and climate-related hazards, which in turn makes our nation safer and our economy more secure.
New project proposals are being solicited for projects that build resilience through habitat restoration. For the part of the program focused on strengthening coastal communities, NOAA will select proposals from the high-scoring projects submitted but not funded during the FY2017 competition.
The FY2018 Federal Funding Opportunity is accessible through Grants.gov, with mandatory pre-proposals due March 7, 2018. Eligible applicants include nonprofit organizations, private (for-profit) entities, institutions of higher education, regional organizations, and local, state, and tribal governments. Each proposal may request between $75,000 and $2 million in federal funds.
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Brownfields Financing Webinar Series
Reimagining Brownfields as Transit Oriented Developments
March 8, 2018 | 2:00 – 3:30 pm EST
Transit oriented development (TOD) is a type of urban development that maximizes housing, retail, office, and other amenities near public transit. This growing movement to create walkable, vibrant communities often begins with the effort to revitalize blighted properties and activate economies. CDFA has partnered with Smart Growth America to demonstrate how communities can develop financing strategies to transform brownfields into transit oriented developments. This free webinar will showcase community redevelopment projects and explore the financing tools that made them possible.
This webcast is designed for professionals who work directly with brownfield sites as well as economic development professionals and communities interested in shaping programs to enhance redevelopment financing opportunities.
Registration is free and open to all interested stakeholders.
Community WINS Grant Program
Applications Due March 16, 2018
The U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM), Wells Fargo Bank, and the Wells Fargo Foundation are offering the CommunityWINS (Working/Investing in Neighborhood Stabilization) Grant Program.
CommunityWINS will be administered by USCM with the goal of awarding $3 million over three years, to support local nonprofits in promoting long-term economic prosperity and quality of life for their community.
Members of USCM are qualified to nominate up to three initiatives or programs through an eligible nonprofit of your choice that addresses one of the following categories:
- Neighborhood stabilization – projects designed to stimulate growth and stability while assisting in the removal of blight and the rebuilding of neighborhoods
- Economic development – projects designed to promote business development
- Job creation – projects designed to aid in local job creation or assist in job training
Six awards are available in 2018 - two awards per population category. Awards are based on population size:
- Large: Population greater than 250,000
- Medium: Population of 75,000 to 250,000
- Small: Population less than 75,000
Deadline to apply is Friday, March 16, 2018.
Wells Fargo Bank and the Wells Fargo Foundation, along with the U.S. Conference of Mayors, aim to award $1 million this year to support local nonprofits with the CommunityWINS (Working/Investing in Neighborhood Stabilization) grant program.
For questions, please email: CommunityWINS@wellsfargo.com
Round 2 Brownfield Area-Wide Revitalization (BAR) Planning Grant
Applications Due March 27, 2018
The Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) is now accepting applications for the BAR Planning Grant Round 2. Up to $1 million in grant funding will be awarded to help eligible entities develop a comprehensive implementation plan for the remediation and redevelopment of neighborhoods, districts, corridors, downtowns, waterfront zones or other areas with multiple brownfields. The funding is authorized under Section 1(f) of Public Act No. 15-193. Eligible applicants for grant funding include municipalities, economic development agencies and regional council of governments. Grant applicants can request funding of up to $200,000.
Awards may be used for a range of brownfield planning activities, including: community visioning/public participation exercises; analysis of existing environmental conditions and other issues/conditions; limited phase I and II environmental site assessments; and other eligible activities as described in the Request for Application (PDF) (6 pp, 314 K). The rating and ranking sheet for this funding round, which provides further details on application criteria, as well as the program application, are posted below.
Applications must be submitted via email to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than 3:00 PM on Tuesday, March 27, 2018. If you have any questions please contact the Program Manager, Binu Chandy (email@example.com or 860-500-2454).
NEWMOA Back to Basics Workshop Part 1: Developing the CSM & Site Characterization Plan
March 27, 2018 | Fireside Inn & Suites | Lebanon, NH
March 28, 2018 | UMass Lowell Inn & Conference Center | Lowell, MA
March 29, 2018 | Quinebaug Valley Community College | Danielson, CT
This workshop will focus on the basics of developing an understanding of the nature and extent of contamination at a site including, the conceptual site model (CSM) and site characterization plan. Presenters will share experience with the consequences of data and site conditions that are commonly overlooked. Experienced practitioners can benefit from a refocus on fundamentals and lessons learned. The workshop is also a great learning opportunity for new and junior staff. Topics covered include:
- Common contaminants & businesses that used them
- Understanding subsurface fate & transport
- Developing the CSM
- Developing a site characterization plan
- Lessons learned focus
- William Ottaway, New York State DEC
- Michael Smith, Vermont DEC
- Ryan Wymore, CDM Smith
Continuing Education Credits:
NEWMOA has applied for at least 5.0 CECs for CT LEPs, Mass LSP, and NJ LSRPs. There is a $50 fee to obtain CT LEP, Mass LSP, and/or NJ LSRP CECs - make sure to choose "Private Sector (with CEC)" as your participant type when registering so this fee is included in a single registration payment. Please let NEWMOA know which type of credits you need when registering. If you want only a general attendance certificate, you do not need to pay the extra fee.
The registration fee is $200 (or $250 if CT, MA, and/or NJ CECs are needed) with a reduced rate of $50 for government officials, non-profit staff, and academic researchers. Continental breakfast and lunch are provided.
New Mobile Version of Stormwater Calculator Released
EPA's Stormwater Calculator is an online tool to help support local, state and national efforts to reduce runoff using green infrastructure practices as low impact development controls. The Calculator uses local soil conditions, land cover, slope and historical rainfall records to provide estimates of storm water runoff from specific sites anywhere in the U.S. In the new release, users can now access the mobile web application version which can be used on mobile devices, such as smartphones and tablets. In addition, users can now estimate the cost of their project with the new cost estimation module.
ACRES: Assessment, Cleanup and Redevelopment Exchange System
EPA offers the following ACRES online training courses to aid Brownfields Cooperative Agreement Recipients in reporting their grant-funded activities using ACRES:
For Assessment, RLF, Cleanup, and Section 128(a) Recipients just starting to use ACRES, this training will provide instruction on the process for submitting your property data and demonstrate how to use the tools and functions in ACRES. Approximately 90 minutes.
|Tuesday||March 13, 2018||2:00 pm Eastern Time||WebEx Session|
For Job Training Recipients, this training will provide instruction on the process for submitting your Job Training data and demonstrate how to use the tools and functions in ACRES. Approximately 60 minutes.
|Tuesday||March 13, 2018||1:00 pm Eastern Time||WebEx Session|
|Tuesday||June 12, 2018||1:00 pm Eastern Time||WebEx Session|
For more information, go to the ACRES Training page.