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Wisconsin Assessment Monies (WAM)

The Wisconsin Assessment Monies (WAM) program provides funding to address specific brownfields sites where closed or closing industrial plants are acting as impediments to economic redevelopment. The DNR's Remediation and Redevelopment (RR) Program administers funds through WAM contractor services awards.



Since 2010, the U.S. EPA has awarded the Wisconsin Brownfields Coalition $3.3 million in brownfield assessment grants. The RR Program administers these funds through the Wisconsin assessment monies program and uses the funding to aid local governments and others in investigating brownfields throughout the state.

Contractor services awards

Contractor services awards cover Phase I and Phase II environmental site assessments, with potential for limited site investigation work at selected sites. Sites in this program should generally be less than 10 acres and have petroleum or hazardous substance contamination which can be assessed for less than $35,000.

For projects selected for contractor services awards, the DNR will assign one of its contractors to perform Phase I and/or Phase II environmental site assessments (ESAs), or a limited site investigation if warranted. These contractors were selected through a competitive procurement process completed in October 2016, and are currently AECOM, The Sigma Group and Bay West.


Eligible Applicants

The following entities are eligible to apply for this funding:

  • general purpose units of local government;
  • tribe, or other eligible tribal entity under 40 CFR 31.3; and
  • private entities - contact Gena Larson for an eligibility determination.

Eligible Sites

Sites meeting the project profile will be:

  • a closed or closing manufacturing plant, chiefly including sites such as assembly lines, foundries, dairies, electroplaters and other industrial facilities that meets the federal definition of a brownfield site; and
  • a property in a rural area, racially diverse community and/or economically disadvantaged area.
  • a property with potential for economic development at the site and/or neighboring site.
  • a property with community interest and involvement for which reuse plans are consistent with local redevelopment objectives.
  • a single property of less than 10 acres or larger property, whose complexity could be assessed for $35,000 or less.

Sites must meet the federal definition of a brownfield:

  • "...real property, the expansion, redevelopment, or reuse of which may be complicated by the presence or potential presence of a hazardous substance, pollutant, or contaminant."
Ineligible Sites
  • Sites where the local government has caused the contamination.
  • The site is listed (or proposed for listing) on the National Priorities List (NPL).
  • The site is subject to unilateral administrative orders, court orders, administrative orders on consent or judicial consent decree issued to or entered into by parties under CERCLA.
  • The site is subject to the jurisdiction, custody or control of the United States government. (NOTE: Land held in trust by the United States government for an Indian tribe is eligible for brownfield funding.)
  • The site work is eligible for funding under other programs such as the Dry Cleaner Environmental Response Fund (DERF) or the Agricultural Chemical Cleanup Program (ACCP).
  • The site is an agricultural coop.
Sites needing a property-specific determination for eligibility
  • Sites where a viable potential responsible party exists, but where there is no documented contamination.
  • The site is subject to planned or ongoing CERCLA removal actions.
  • The site is subject to unilateral administrative orders, court orders, administrative orders on consent or judicial consent decree or to which a permit has been issued by the United States or an authorized state under the Solid Waste Disposal Act (as amended by the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA)), the Federal Water Pollution Control Act (FWPCA), the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), or the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA).
  • The site is subject to corrective action orders under RCRA (sections 3004(u) or 3008(h)) and to which a corrective action permit or order has been issued or modified to require the implementation of corrective measures.
  • The site is a land disposal unit that has filed a closure notification under subtitle C of RCRA and to which closure requirements have been specified in a closure plan or permit.
  • There has been a release of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) subject to remediation under TSCA at the site.
  • Portions of sites for which funding for remediation has been obtained from the Leaking Underground Storage Tank (LUST) Trust Fund.
    • Former gas or service stations have traditionally been ineligible under WAM due to the availability of other funding sources such as the Petroleum Environmental Cleanup Fund Award (PECFA) program. With the PECFA program now ended, WAM eligibility can be evaluated based on funding, site history, conditions, ownership, redevelopment plans, etc. Please discuss with the WAM program manager, Gena Larson.

Petroleum Sites

Petroleum sites may be eligible for this program if the following criteria apply:

  • If petroleum contamination is discovered or confirmed, the site would be of "relatively low risk." Specifically, LUST trust fund monies have not been applied to this site and the state is not aware of any outstanding requirements under the federal Oil Pollution Act.
  • If petroleum contamination is discovered or confirmed, there would be no viable responsible parties.
  • This property is not subject to a corrective action order under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) Sec. 9003 (h).
  • No viable responsible party exists that can address the contamination.

Activities requested cannot be eligible for reimbursement by other state programs.

For information on obtaining site-specific petroleum eligibility determinations, please visit our Federal Brownfield Grants page.

Generally, costs associated with a Phase I or Phase II environmental site assessment are eligible for funding. In addition, costs for a site investigation, limited demolition or underground storage tank (UST) removal may be considered.


Application Process

  1. Familiarize yourself with the eligibility requirements for this funding.
  2. Contact Gena Larson to discuss your project.
  3. Document eligibility as (1) an eligible applicant, and (2) as having an eligible site.
  4. If you are a local government or redevelopment authority, prepare a signed municipal resolution (see "Model Documents" below).
  5. Sign an agreement allowing the DNR and contractors to access the site.
  6. Complete the application form.
  7. Submit application materials via email to Gena Larson. To provide large files, contact Gena Larson for FTP instructions.

Application Form and Materials

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Model Documents
If you receive an award

If you are awarded WAM services, the RR Program will work closely with you and the selected environmental consultant to begin the assessment project.

Terms and conditions for these funds are established by the U.S. EPA. To learn more, read the EPA Terms and Conditions [PDF].

Materials for Contractors

Materials for Contractors

Invoices must be complete in order to be processed.

Submit one copy of this completed form and invoices for all costs that are a part of this claim to the following address.

DNR Wisconsin Assessment Monies - RR/5
PO Box 7921
Madison WI 53707-7921