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Waterloo Iowa Empowers Citizens with Brownfield Project Website with Help from HR Green, Increasing Transparency for Ongoing Projects
A brownfields project website geared towards informing citizens of the City of Waterloo, Iowa has been instrumental in empowering them to fully understand the history of environmental investigations completed in their respective neighborhood.
The former Wonder Bread factory located in downtown Waterloo, Iowa, shuttered its operations in November 2012 amidst bankruptcy proceedings. Built in 1927, the vacant building occupied an entire block within the community’s urban core adjacent to numerous public facilities including the library, hockey arena, children’s museum, and public market. City officials immediately worked with several key stakeholders, including the historic preservation committee and Main Street Waterloo, to identify a potential re-use for the 0.94-acre site; however, contamination concerns created anxieties for potential investors.
The Village of Antioch is a community of just over 14,000 residents located within the Chicago metropolitan area in northeastern Illinois. Along its main corridor of Illinois Route 83 (IL 83), many businesses either closed or moved resulting in the environmental and economic decline of the community’s urban core and central business district.
As part of HR Green’s ongoing commitment to helping communities leverage Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) funding for brownfields assessments and cleanup, the company announced today that it has helped the city of Waterloo, IA secure two more EPA grants totaling $400,000. Since 2000, HR Green’s efforts have secured for the city a total of $2.65 million in grants and loans.
Coined less than 25 years ago, the term “brownfields” is relatively new to the environmental science lexicon and remains unfamiliar to many outside the profession. Few realize that, since 1995, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has overseen a program devoted to improving these unpleasant-sounding places.
Minnesota Brownfields has awarded the City of St. Paul Department of Parks & Recreation its 2015 Community Impact Award for the Trout Brook Nature Sanctuary. The Capitol Region Watershed District (CRWD) and City of St. Paul selected the team of HR Green and Inter-Fluve to conduct a feasibility study, develop concept plans and final design, complete three construction bid packages and provide construction oversight for the Trout Brook Nature Sanctuary and Regional Trail.
As the nation continues to move steadily forward in recovering from the economic downturn many community leaders are asking themselves “what can we learn from the past 10 years?” The short answer is: Resilience.
HR Green, Inc. was selected by the City of Dubuque to implement two EPA Brownfield Assessment Grants and provide related environmental services corresponding to various capital improvement projects, provide GIS services, brownfield redevelopment planning assistance, as well as health and safety planning for the City.
On Saturday, October 11 volunteers from HR Green, Inter-fluve and AES planted several trees and bushes at the Trout Brook Nature Sanctuary in St. Paul, MN. Trout Brook is very near and dear to our hearts because it is a project that HR Green has been working on for the past two years and is now reaching the final stages.
HR Green designed the Trout Brook Nature Sanctuary and Regional Trail in St Paul. The preserve was developed in a 41-acre brownfield. During Major League Baseball’s All-Star game, played in Minnesota, a video was played highlighting this project