Understanding Brownfields and the Benefits of Redevelopment
A brownfield is a property where expansion, redevelopment or reuse is complicated by real or potential contamination. Brownfields vary in size, location, age and past use; a brownfield can be anything from a 500-acre former automobile assembly plant to a small, abandoned gas station.
Brownfield properties may present public health threats, along with economic, environmental and social challenges for the communities where they are located. Brownfield redevelopment can benefit your community, and the DNR can help.
How the DNR can assist with your brownfield project
The DNR is here to assist you in navigating the brownfield cleanup and redevelopment process, including help with:
Start by contacting the DNR's brownfields experts for a "Green Team" meeting.
DNR publication Brownfields Redevelopment in Wisconsin: Essential steps and resources for successful redevelopment of brownfields (RR-933) also offers an excellent overview of the process and steps for redeveloping a brownfield project.
- Redevelopment benefits
- Additional brownfield redevelopment resources
More Available Resources
The U.S. EPA (EPA) provides assistance to local governments, non-profits and states. For information on federal brownfields programs and policies, visit the EPA Brownfields page.
The EPA Land Revitalization Toolkit includes thorough guidance, fact sheets and links to resources to help succeed with every part of the process including planning, site reuse, leveraging resources and more.
EPA’s information sheet “Cleaning up brownfield properties” provides introductory information about environmental cleanup methods and risk-based options.
The Technical Assistance for Brownfields (TAB) is an EPA-funded program that provides help to local governments and others in Wisconsin. TAB and its affiliated partners can help with EPA grant applications and assist a brownfield project by providing site reuse planning, market analysis, identifying possible financial incentives and much more. Visit https://www.ksutab.org/ for recorded training seminars.
Information regarding state and federal financial resources for brownfields is available on the DNR's financial resources webpage.