Jersey City, New Jersey
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 2009, BRS developed a site inventory for the Jersey City Redevelopment Agency in New Jersey, which was funded by a US Environmental Protection Agency Brownfields Assessment Grant. The inventory targeted a former industrial neighborhood, Morris Canal, which was overwrought with brownfields. The inventory effort ultimately identified nearly 100 sites and populated information for each site. Specific activities performed by BRS included:
- The review of state and federal hazardous site databases, particularly the New Jersey Known Contaminated Sites List;
- File reviews of sites targeted by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection;
- Review of tax maps to discern exact site location;
- Development of a database that supports user queries and generates useful reports to fulfill developer requests and to track program progress;
- Creation of Multiple Listing Service-style fact sheets to assist with site marketing;
- Management tools to identify and prioritize sites for development; and
- Reporting tools to assist with meeting funder reporting requirements.