Fort Edward, New York

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Site inventories allow officials to identify and prioritize brownfields in their communities, thereby establishing a basis for future site investigation and remediation. The development of inventories can include the review of variety of historic records. Inventories can also cover a variety of geographic areas, from the smallest neighborhood to an entire region. Finally, the information can be presented in a variety of manners, such as spreadsheets, databases, and Geographic Information Systems-based maps.

In 2008, BRS developed a site inventory for the Town of Fort Edward, New York. The work was funded by a US Environmental Protection Agency Brownfields Assessment Grant and resulted in an inventory of more than 50 properties for this rural Upstate New York community. Specific activities performed by BRS included:

  • The review of historic Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps, which provide detailed descriptions of properties from the late 1800s through 1970;
  • Review of state and federal hazardous site databases;
  • Comprehensive site windshield survey;
  • Research of historic and current tax maps;
  • Development of a database that supports user queries and generates useful reports to fulfill developer requests and to track program progress;
  • Management tools to identify and prioritize sites for development; and
  • Reporting tools to assist with meeting funder reporting requirements.