Camden, New Jersey

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US Environmental Protection Agency Brownfields Grant Administration: Camden, New Jersey

In 1996, the City of Camden, New Jersey was granted $200,000 in US Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) Brownfields Assessment Demonstration Pilot funding. Camden subsequently received additional supplemental funding from the USEPA, totaling more than $400,000 available for the investigation of sites and related activities. This funding went unspent for more than ten years. Given that the funding went untapped for so long, an interlocal agreement was established thereby designating the Camden Redevelopment Agency (CRA) as the grant manager.

BRS was contracted by the CRA to administer the grant. Unlike most grants—which are initially provided for a period of three years but are typically active for five or more years— the funding had to be spent in two years, or it would have to be returned to the USEPA. BRS then served as outsourced staff for the CRA, which like many government agencies was not financially able to replace outgoing agency employees. BRS assisted the CRA with a variety of tasks, including the identification of nearly ten sites that benefitted from the grant funding.

BRS successfully:

  • Assisted with determining the eligibility of potential grant activities and sites and acted as liaison between the CRA and the USEPA for all grant matters;
  • Coordinated procurement, including developing all Requests for Qualifications and Request for Proposals, evaluating the proposals, and debriefing all respondents;
  • Reviewed and evaluated all contractors’ and subcontractors’ environmental investigation reports;
  • Prepared all USEPA reporting requirements, including quarterly reports, forms, and requisite database updates;
  • Maintained the grant and project budgets ensuring the funding is appropriately spent by the required deadline; and
  • Assisted with community outreach related to the target sites, including supporting the steering committees for the City’s two state-designated Brownfield Development Areas.

BRS successfully developed additional grant applications on behalf of the CRA. These applications brought in an additional $600,000 in USEPA Brownfields Cleanup funding in 2010, $400,000 in USEPA Brownfields Assessment funding in 2009, and $400,000 in USEPA Brownfields Cleanup funding in 2008.

Location: Camden, New Jersey
Client: Camden Redevelopment Agency  13th Floor, City Hall Camden, New Jersey 08101-5120