Brownfields cleanup projects in nine communities across the state have gained momentum in recent weeks with the granting of awards worth a total of $336,000 from the Department of Natural Resources. The help comes from the DNR’s Wisconsin Assessment Monies (WAM) program, which provides grants to eligible recipients in the form of contractor services to investigate potential soil or groundwater contamination at the site.
The communities that have received recent awards include Allouez, Appleton, Eleva, Janesville, Marinette, Prairie du Chien, Stoughton, Watertown and Winneconne.
“The DNR is proud to partner with these communities as local leaders seek to improve those buildings and properties that have seen better days,” said DNR Remediation and Redevelopment Program Director Christine Haag. “These small awards can sometimes provide the nudge needed to move forward a pending deal or planned improvements; we are honored to be a part of a local success.”
In the last decade, WAM has provided more than $2.4 million to 58 Wisconsin communities. The award program is administered through the DNR’s Remediation and Redevelopment Program, using funds provided by the U.S. EPA. Minimal effort is required by the community that receives a WAM award, there is no match or project administration involved and applications can be submitted at any time.
To learn more, visit the WAM web page.