Jersey City, New Jersey

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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.

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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.