Brownfield Program Coordinator: CaSandera Johnson
BBNA’s Brownfield Program is hosting two environmental trainings hosted in Dillingham this summer!
The first training will be a Qualified Sampler (Water Quality and Soil Sampling) course starting May 3-5, 2017. Zender Environmental is conducting this training and will cover how to take water and soil samples to send for laboratory contaminant testing, how to test on-site for surface water fecal coliform, and how to sample and monitor for the basic water quality. Passing this course satisfies the State of Alaska training requirements to become a qualified sampler. Participants can earn University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) course credit for the ENVI 110 Introduction to Water Quality. If you have any questions or want an application, please contact CaSandera Johnson, BBNA’s Brownfield Coordinator, at 907-842-6248 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org or Sean Peterson, Zender’s Environmental Scientist, at 907-854-0505 or by email email@example.com. Click here for the application.
BBNA, ADEC, EPA, USGS, and ITEP are pleased to offer a 24 hour Oil Spill Response Training starting June 6-8, 2017. This 3-day training is free to participants, thanks to the collaborative efforts of those noted here and the financial support of the EPA Alaska Operations Office and EPA’s OLEM. Some of the course highlights are: lessons learned from local case studies, oil spill response tactics, incident action plans, community response, tank farm spill, controls, & countermeasures & facility response plans, and homeowner fuel tank issues. Call or email CaSandera Johnson, BBNA’s Brownfield Coordinator at 907-842-6248 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or Jen Williams, ITEP Program Coordinator at 907-250-3826 email@example.com to get an application or if you have questions. Click here for the application.
If your community would like the Brownfield Coordinator to come do a presentation to the community or tribal council and conduct a site visit, please contact CaSandera Johnson at 907-842-6248.
What the Heck Is a Brownfield?
A Brownfield is piece of land that a community, organization, or agency wants to redevelop or reuse but cannot because of the land is contaminated or perceived to be contaminated by a hazardous substance, pollutant, or contaminant. Some examples of a brownfield site could be abandoned illegal dumpsites, abandoned tank farms, old canneries, buildings that contain contaminates like lead-based paint and asbestos materials, or abandoned gas stations. When these sites are identified, the site has to have a reuse or redevelopment plan which could be using an existing building as a community meeting hall, recreational center, or using the property for a community garden, developing affordable housing, or returning the site back to its traditional subsistence use.
Often, it is the perceived contaminates on a property that hinder redevelopment of the property. Through the brownfield process we can clear stigma and the property can be returned to productive use.
Below is the basic process to get these brownfield sites back to reuse.
- Identify brownfields & tie to Redevelopment Goals
- Investigate (conduct site assessments)
- Cleanup (if necessary)
Example of Brownfield Sites in the Bristol Bay Area (Click Photo for More Information):
Does Your Village Have Contaminated Sites with Redevelopment Potential?
There are two services that can assist in conducting site assessments:
EPA’s Targeted Brownfield Assessment (TBA), which is a service providing an environmental assessment that fits the requestor’s needs. This service can be applied for any time of the year.
Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) provides a Brownfield Assessment and Cleanup (DBAC) service that assist with contracting a contractor for environmental assessments or cleanup for eligible brownfield sites. Deadline to apply for services is usually around January 29th.
BBNA’s Brownfield Program services 19 of our Bristol Bay Communities. The Public Record is a spreadsheet that contains information about contaminated sites and what kind of action has been done with these sites located in the 19 communities. Information found on the Public Record is from DEC Contaminated Sites Database and more detailed information can be found on the DEC.Alaska.gov website.
Click map for Brownfields Interactive Map:
U.S. EPA Brownfield Homepage: http://www2.epa.gov/brownfields
U.S. EPA Land Revitalization Homepage: http://www2.epa.gov/land-revitalization
Alaska DEC Brownfield Homepage: http://dec.alaska.gov/spar/csp/brownfields.htm
Center for Creative Land Recycling Website: http://www.cclr.org/
If you have a question about the Brownfield Program, please call CaSandera at 907-842-5257 ext. 348 or toll free at 1-800-478-5757 ext. 348