Fort Edward, New York
Like other communities that have lost industrial bases, the Town of Fort Edward, New York is now home to numerous brownfield sites. As a result, in 2006, Fort Edward was awarded a $200,000 US Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) Brownfields Assessment Grant for petroleum sites.
BRS was contracted by local officials to administer this grant. BRS has since served as outsourced staff for Fort Edward and has assisted with various tasks, including:
- Assisted with determining the eligibility of potential grant activities and sites, and acted as liaison between local officials and the USEPA for all grant matters;
- Developed and populated an inventory database of more than 50 potential brownfields sites;
- Coordinated procurement, including developing all Request for Proposals, evaluating the proposals, and debriefing all respondents;
- Reviewed and evaluated all contractors’ environmental investigation reports;
- Prepared all USEPA reporting requirements, including quarterly reports, forms, and requisite database updates; and
- Maintained the grant budget ensuring the funding is appropriately spent by the required deadline.
BRS also developed successful grant applications on behalf of Fort Edward. These applications brought in an additional $400,000 in USEPA Brownfields Assessment funding in 2010 for sites impacted by both petroleum and hazardous substances. Additional applications written by BRS have resulted in nearly $500,000 in state Brownfield Opportunity Area funding and $90,000 in USEPA Community Action for a Renewed Environment (CARE) funding.