what are brownfields?

Brownfields are former industrial or commercial sites where future use is affected by real or perceived environmental contamination.

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) initiated the Brownfields program to support assessment, cleanup, and reinvestment in properties that supports the community, enhances the economy, and protects the environment.

The California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) and Regional Water Quality Control Board (RWQCB) collaborate with EPA to monitor and provide assistance for the Brownfields program.

what is happening in siskiyou county?

The SEDC contributes to the environmental health, safety, and economic development in our communities through work in Brownields redevelopment. The SEDC invests in Siskiyou County by effectively managing grants and projects which allows for the removal of contaminants, utilization of existing infrastructure, and development of new businesses. This work makes the environment safer for human and natural habitation, keeps down costs related to new infrastructure development, provides more jobs and brings on more income for the local economy.

The SEDC conducts this work by working closely with cities and businesses to identify locations of concern, obtaining grant funding, and developing plans for the renovation and redevelopment of these sites. With these steps concluded, the SEDC contracts with geo-environmental contractors to sample, analyze, assess, and finally clean up former commercial and industrial sites.  The SEDC also works with local and regional agencies to provide transparency on this process and marketing to attract new developments on the conclusion of these steps. The end result of this work is cleaner, safer, healthier cities, and new business and developments in many cases.