- Mark your calendar for the 2016 Oregon Brownfields Conference
May 16-17 at the Sunriver Resort Conference Center, Sunriver, OR
Save the date for the biggest brownfield event in Oregon! This two-day conference will provide both longtime professionals and newcomers with insight into the brownfields re-use process from start to finish, along with tips on finding and managing resources for each step of a project. Presentations will use case studies and incorporate a mix of traditional panel sessions and interactive roundtables, covering everything from downtown planning/historic preservation, to turning landfills into community assets, to land banking – and more. For a special treat, you'll be able to learn about what's happening statewide with brownfields "Pecha Kucha" style!
Learn more about the event | Download the full agenda
Note that discounted room rates at the conference center are available until April 15.
- St. Helens receives EPA grant for waterfront plan
A generally accepted definition of a brownfield is "a real property
where expansion or redevelopment is complicated by actual or
perceived environmental contamination."
Every Oregon city and county, whether rural or urban, has vacant, underused and potentially contaminated properties. To get lists of sites that DEQ considers brownfields (sites that have received financial or technical assistance), visit the DEQ Environmental Cleanup Site Information query page, and click on "Search complete ECSI database." Then, when the fill-in form appears, click the box at the bottom right labeled "Return only Current or Former Brownfield Sites," enter other limiting parameters as desired, and click "Submit."
Many programs assist with brownfields. Listed below are links to federal, state and local programs and funding sources commonly used to assist in brownfield investigation, cleanup, and redevelopment, plus news and links to related web pages.
Federal Brownfield Resources
State of Oregon Brownfield Resources
Oregon Health Authority's Brownfields Initiative
designed to involve community members in identifying actions that
support healthy living, fostering collaboration among stakeholders,
providing education, and understanding the health benefits of
- DEQ Prospective Purchaser Agreements
- DEQ Site-Specific Assessments of Brownfields
- DEQ "USTfield" Pilot Projects
Leaking Underground Storage Tank sites.
- Business Oregon
- Technical Assistance to Brownfields Communities
In 2008, EPA awarded new TAB grants, which provide
geographically-based technical assistance and training free of
charge to communities and other stakeholders on brownfields issues,
with the goal of increasing the community's understanding and
involvement in brownfield cleanup and revitalization. The TAB grants
serve as an independent source of information assisting communities
with community involvement, better understanding the health impacts
of brownfield sites, science and technology relating to brownfield
site assessment, remediation, and site preparation activities,
brownfield finance questions, and information on integrated
approaches to brownfield cleanup and redevelopment. The Center for
Creative Land Recycling, located in San Francisco, CA, is the
TAB grantee that serves communities in EPA Regions 8, 9, and 10 –
including all of Oregon.
Local and Other Brownfield Resources