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RR Program Presentations & Training Library

The Remediation and Redevelopment Program is committed to providing timely, quality trainings and presentations to our customers and colleagues. Recordings of previous presentations, webinars and teleconferences are available below. Chrome and Edge are the recommended browsers for watching DNR webinar videos.

A list of upcoming presentations and trainings is available on the RR Program presentations & trainings webpage. If there is a topic you would like addressed in a future webinar, please contact Jodie Thistle.

Issues and Trends

Issues and trends webinars

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The Issues & Trends training sessions cover a variety of technical and policy issues affecting environmental professionals, local government specialists and others whose work involves assistance or oversight by the RR Program.

2024 series

Date Presentation Audio/Video
Jan. 31, 2024 When Should a Site Investigation Enter Surface Water [PDF] Webinar recording [VIDEO length 14:25]

2023 series

Date Presentation Audio/Video
Oct. 25, 2023 Vapor Intrusion in Wisconsin - 2023 Updates Webinar recording [VIDEO length 1:12:54]
April 12, 2023 Ready for Reuse (RFR) Revolving Loan Funds Program Webinar recording [VIDEO length 1:07:12]

2022 series

Date Presentation Audio/Video
Nov. 16, 2022 Passive Air Sampling for Vapor Intrusion Webinar recording [VIDEO length 1:07:12]
June 16, 2022 Spring/Summer 2022 - RR Program Updates n/a

2020-2021 series

Date Presentation Audio/Video
11/16/21 Vapor Intrusion – Revised Guidance, Recent Training and Rule Reminders [PDF] Webinar recording [VIDEO Length 1:02:54] [exit DNR]
9/21/21 Contaminated Sediments Guidance [PDF] Webinar recording [VIDEO Length 30:29] [exit DNR]
8/17/21 PFAS and Other Emerging Contaminants: Site Investigation Scoping [PDF] Webinar recording [VIDEO Length 46:50] [exit DNR]
6/15/21 1,4-Dioxane: A Contaminant of Emerging Concern [PDF] Webinar recording [VIDEO Length 1:02:09] [exit DNR]
4/20/21 Vapor Intrusion: Acute Risks Associated with TCE [PDF] Webinar recording [VIDEO Length 54:33] [exit DNR]
3/16/21 BRRTS on the Web (BOTW) Updates and Highlights of the RR Sites Map (RRSM) User Survey [PDF] Webinar recording [VIDEO Length 1:00:46] [exit DNR]
12/16/20 Vapor Intrusion: Screening and Mitigation Decisions, Scope and Timing [PDF] Webinar recording [VIDEO Length 54:11] [exit DNR]
11/18/20 Site Investigation: Scoping, RR’s SI Toolkit and Related Documents, SIR/SIWP Checklist and more [PDF] Webinar recording [VIDEO Length 49:40] [exit DNR]
10/21/20 PFAS: Fate and Transport, Site Characterization and Remediation Webinar [VIDEO Length 1:00:28] [exit DNR]
9/17/20 RR Program Updates: Learn what's new with the RR Program, including the Submittal ePortal, NR 700 Rules and RR Sites Map [PDF] Webinar [VIDEO Length 57:08] [exit DNR]
7/15/20 Vapor Intrusion: New Preferential Pathways [PDF] Webinar [VIDEO Length 40:51] [exit DNR]
Q&A Session [VIDEO Length 14:03] [exit DNR]

2017-2018 series

Date Presentation Audio/Video
4/4/18 The DNR's Vapor Intrusion Guidance Summary [PDF] Audio [MP3 Length 55:31]
10/4/17 An Alternative for Determining Soil RCLs for PAHs [PDF] Audio [MP3 Length 42:43]
9/6/17 Vapor Intrusion: Action Criteria, Mitigation, and Long-term Monitoring [PDF] Audio [MP3 Length 01:01:20]
8/9/17 A Preview and Discussion of the DNR’s New Vapor Intrusion Guidance - RR-800 Revisions [PDF] Audio [MP3 Length 00:53:52]
2/8/17 Asbestos Issues During Building Demolitions [PDF] Audio [MP3 Length 00:41:15]
1/11/17 PCB Remediation in Wisconsin: How PCB Sample Results are Used, Cleanup Options and Steps [PDF] Audio [MP3 Length 00:51:32]

2016 series

Date Presentation Audio/Video
12/7/16 Hazardous Waste Determinations and Management Options at Remediation Sites in Wisconsin [PDF] Audio [MP3 Length 01:00:51]
11/9/16 Organic Chemistry Refresher - Petroleum & Chlorinated Solvents [PDF] Webinar [VIDEO Length 01:07:40] Use Chrome or Edge
10/5/16 Maintenance Plans: Designing for Compliance after Site Closure [PDF] Audio [MP3 Length 00:30:01]
9/7/16 LNAPL Saturation Concepts [PDF] Audio [MP3 Length 00:48:49]
8/3/16 Calculating Background Levels for Common Soil Contaminants [PDF] Audio [MP3 Length 00:43:20]
6/1/16 LNAPL Transmissivity (Tn) – How quickly does petroleum product move within aquifers? [PDF] Audio [MP3 Length 01:04:53]
5/4/16 Post Closure Modifications: Covers and Property Boundary Changes [PDF] Audio [MP3 Length 00:59:28]
4/6/16 Contaminated Materials Management [PDF] Audio not available*
3/2/16 Off-Site Exemption and General Liability Clarification Letters [PDF] Audio [MP3 Length 00:44:30]
2/3/16 Screening Closed BRRTS Sites for Vapor Risk Audio [MP3 Length 00:52:14]
1/20/16 Importing Soil to VPLE Sites [PDF] Audio [MP3 Length 00:54:30]

2015 series

Date Presentation Audio/Video
11/18/15 Integrating NAPL Distribution & Geologic Data [PDF] Audio [MP3 Length 00:57:02]
10/7/15 Operation, Monitoring, and Maintenance for Vapor Mitigation Systems [PDF] Video not available 
9/2/15 Continuing Obligations Pre- and Post-Closure [PDF] Audio [MP3 Length 00:27:15]
8/5/15 Navigating the Voluntary Party Liability Exemption (VPLE) Program [PDF] Audio [MP3 Length 00:47:17]
7/29/15 Vapor Intrusion Attenuation Factors and EPA’s VI Guidance [PDF] Audio [MP3 Length 00:50:49]
7/15/15 Averaging Soil-Contaminant Concentration Data [PDF] Webinar [VIDEO Length 00:25:18]
7/1/15 Soil Management Requirements under NR 718 [PDF] Audio [MP3 Length 00:51:12]
6/3/15 DNR Case Closure: Vapor Intrusion Continuing Obligations [PDF] Audio [MP3 Length 01:08:30]
5/6/15 Keeping Lenders & LGUs out of Trouble at Contaminated Properties [PDF] Audio [MP3 Length 00:53:41]
3/4/15 LGU Exemption and Property Acquisition [PDF]
Follow-up questions and answers [PDF]
Audio [MP3 Length 00:54:17]

2014 series

Date Presentation Audio/Video
10/15/14 Vapor Intrusion Outreach "Toolkit" [PDF] Webinar [VIDEO Length 00:44:59]
5/28/14 Guidance on cover systems as soil performance remedies [PDF] Webinar [VIDEO Length 00:43:27]
4/17/14 The New Phase I Environmental Site Assessment Standard [PDF] Audio [MP3 Length 00:56:00]
3/6/14 Applicability of the Hazardous Waste Rules to Cleanups [PDF] Audio [MP3 Length 01:10:11]

*Due to a WisLine technical malfunction, the conference call was not recorded.

Consultants' Day

Consultants' Day 2017

Presentation topics included NR 700.11 required submittals, site investigation completeness, PAH reassessment, case closure reconsideration, modifications to continuing obligations, vapor intrusion outreach and more.

NR 700.00 - Where Your Path to Closure Begins [PDF]
BRRTS Demo - New Functions, New Features [PDF]
Site Investigation Completeness - The Fast Track to Closure [PDF]
PAH Reassessment - A New Look at an Old Risk [PDF]
NR 718 and NR 500 - Dirty Dirt: Don't Pick It Up Without a Plan to Put It Down [PDF]
Case Closure - Making Case Closure More Transparent [PDF]
Continuing Obligations [PDF]
NR 724 Vapor Intrusion [PDF]
To navigate to specific presentations within the video, click the information button in the bottom right corner of the video screen to find the menu and then click on the presentation title.
Consultants' Day 2017 [Video Length 5:17:06] Use Chrome or Edge

Consultants' Day 2015

Department staff presented information and expectations related to key aspects of the NR 700, Wis. Adm. Code, rule series. The series of presentations below cover expectations for case closure, the newest guidance documents, emerging issues and more.

Reporting Requirements: NR 700.11, NR 706, NR 708 and NR 716.05 [PDF]
Common Mistakes and Helpful Hints - Soil, Groundwater & NAPL/NR 716 [PDF]
Common Mistakes and Helpful Hints - Vapor Intrusion [PDF]
Managing Contaminated Soil and Waste Materials - NR 718, NR 500 [PDF]
Soil Standard Determination Methods and Processes [PDF]
Site Closure - Tips and Concerns [PDF]
Post Closure Modifications and Reopeners [PDF]
Local Government Days

2018 Brownfields Conference for Local Government

The DNR's RR Program hosted a day-long conference on May 10, 2018, for local government officials on brownfields redevelopment. This conference discussed the steps and procedures to get communities from a brownfield cleanup to a redevelopment groundbreaking.

Brownfield Basics [PDF]
Washington County's Collaborative Site Assessment Initiative [PDF]
Federal Brownfields Assistance for Local Government [PDF]
Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation Grant Programs [PDF]
Municipal Cost Recovery and the Umpire Process [PDF]

2016 Brownfields 101 - Redevelopment Resources for Local Governments

The DNR's RR Program hosted a day-long seminar on Nov. 2, 2016, for local government officials on brownfield redevelopment. Experts discussed strategies and tools to help communities turn around and capitalize on underused or abandoned properties.

Tranformation: Downtown Stevens Point [PDF]
Winner! Winner! Economic Impact of Brownfields Redevelopment in Wisconsin [PDF]
Fundamentals of Wisconsin's Contamination Cleanup Law [PDF]
Brownfields Toolbox: DNR's Programs and Products to Help you Successfully Redevelop Brownfields [PDF]
Federal Resources for Brownfields Redevelopment [PDF]
Ordinances and Acquisition: Control your Site, Control your Future [PDF]
Going Blue at Brownfields: Use of Green Infrastructure for Storm Water Management [PDF]
Inside the Mind of a Brownfield Developer (no presentation for this topic)
Local Brownfield Redevelopment Leaders: Success Stories and Lessons Learned
Brownfields Fundamentals
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The benefits of cleaning up and redeveloping brownfield properties are significant. Returning underused and unslightly commercial and industrial properties back to productive use protects public health and promotes community vitality. The term "brownfield" may not be completely familiar to you, but chances are good that there's one or more brownfield in your community.

Brownfields Fundamentals includes articles, webinars, and panel discussion on the basics of brownfields for communities interested in revitalizing brownfields but aren't sure where to start or need financial resources to make it happen.

RR Report Articles

Whatever the property, whether commercial or industrial, if the reuse of the property is hindered by suspected environmental contamination, it's a brownfield. But with support, vision and some imagination, that brownfield property might be a diamond in the rough; and redeveloping that property may have benefits that extend far beyond the property line.

State and federal financial assistance for brownfield revitalization is available in many forms for local governments. The DNR can help your community put all the pieces together, addresses environmental contamination and move these projects forward.

Among the variety of resources and assistance that the DNR can bring to the table to help towns and cities across the state address brownfield cleanup and redevelopment challenges is the DNR’s Ready for Reuse program. Since the DNR began offering the program in 2004, Ready for Reuse has funded 39 cleanup projects in Wisconsin to the tune of more than $11 million in awards.

5-Minute Webinars

The DNR’s series of on-demand Brownfields Fundamentals webinars cover brownfields planning, cleanup, liability, and other topics as part of a well-rounded crash course in Wisconsin brownfields redevelopment. 

Panel Discussions

Hear firsthand from Wisconsin communities and regional experts about the benefits, resources and best practices for brownfields projects.

Brownfields Assistance: Boosting Redevelopment with Fresh Funds [01:24:00]
A panel of experts from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation, and the Kansas State University Technical Assistance for Brownfields program joined the DNR to discuss brownfields financial assistance available to Wisconsin local governments, with an emphasis on federal infrastructure funding.

Local Governments and Brownfields: Best Practices and Lessons [01:26:00]
Experienced staff from four Wisconsin communities – Calumet County and the cities of Prairie du Chien, Manitowoc, and Appleton – shared best practices and lessons learned while navigating brownfield redevelopment projects.