City earns federal EPA grant to spur economic development

Press Release Date:
Thursday, March 27, 2014
Aerial photo of Vancouver looking west along the Columbia River

 

Effort targets land restoration, public health and jobs creation


The City of Vancouver has received a $400,000 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Brownfields Community-Wide Assessment Grant that will be used to help identify, assess and develop clean-up plans for potential “brownfield” sites throughout the City starting this spring. Vancouver was one of only three Washington state jurisdictions to receive the grant.

Brownfields are properties previously used for industrial or commercial activities that may have resulted in low-level soil contamination from oil-related or other hazardous materials. Redevelopment of brownfields can help create jobs, revitalize neighborhoods, potentially increase property values and reduce public health risks.

The project is intended to further the City’s overall goals of economic development and environmental health.

Stantec Consulting has been retained to work with the City and community on this project over the next three years. During this time, the City and its consultant will work with property owners to identify and prioritize potential brownfield sites throughout the city, conduct environmental assessments of key properties to determine issues involved and develop clean-up plans where necessary. 

For more information about this project, please visit www.cityofvancouver.us/ced/page/citywide-brownfield-assessments-project, or contact Bryan Snodgrass in the City’s Community and Economic Development Department, bryan.snodgrass@cityofvancouver.us, (360) 487-7946.