General Program Announcements

COVID-19 Update

Thank you to all of our customers for your patience as state agencies work to continue core operations due to the COVID-19 health emergency. As we all work together to continue daily operations, please understand that many of our staff are working from home and may have limited access to files and electronic connectivity.

With this in mind, and to maintain social distancing, we ask that our customers:

  • Utilize email whenever possible to communicate with staff. This will be the quickest way to receive a response from those staff that are teleworking. The RR staff directory can be found here.
  • PECFA claimants and consultants are encouraged to send claims in electronically to the DNRRRPECFAClaims@wisconsin.gov email box.
  • Coordinate virtual meetings. Set up conference calls or Skype meetings whenever possible with our DNR staffers.
  • Request electronic documents where possible after otherwise checking BOTW for those public records. RR staff are happy to work with you to ensure scanned documents and paper versions are sent to you by DNR, rather than scheduling in-person requests to review DNR public records at DNR facilities. Please contact the regional Environmental Program Associate (EPA) if you have questions.

For updates on event cancellations and building closures at DNR properties, visit the DNR website or follow @WIDNR on Facebook, @wi_dnr on Instagram, or @WDNR on Twitter.

This is a rapidly evolving situation. For specific information regarding the COVID-19 we encourage the public to frequently monitor the DHS website for updates. Additional information can be found on the CDC website.

We appreciate your ongoing patience as response times may be delayed. Staff will keep their voicemails and out-of-office messages up to date and will respond as they are able. Thank you again and be well.

DNR Seeks Hydrogeologist Program Coordinator for State Lead Projects

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources seeks a well-qualified candidate to fill a State Projects Manager (Hydrogeologist Program Coordinator) position in the Division of Environmental Management. This position will be stationed in the DNR’s Madison office, located at 101 S. Webster Street.

The deadline to apply for the position is March 22, 2020.

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Consultants’ Day 2020 Registration Now Open

Registration is now open for Consultants’ Day 2020, hosted by the Wisconsin DNR’s Remediation and Redevelopment (RR) Program.

Consultants’ Day 2020 keynote speaker Ginny Yingling.

Consultants’ Day 2020 features two conferences this spring: the first event will be held on Wednesday, April 29, 2020 in Stevens Point at the Holiday Inn Conference Center; the second event will held on Wednesday, May 13 in Pewaukee at the Ingleside Convention Center.

To register, and learn more about the conferences, please visit the RR Program’s Conference and Training web page.

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WAM Awards Granted to Langlade County and Antigo for Cooperative Project

Two brownfields cleanup projects in Antigo are getting financial assistance in the form of grants from the Department of Natural Resources.

The financial awards come from the DNR’s Wisconsin Assessment Monies (WAM) program, which provides contractor services worth up to $35,000 for eligible sites. The DNR awarded the grants to the city of Antigo and Langlade County for two neighboring sites near the intersection of Edison Street and 1st Avenue.

“DNR is proud to partner with the city of Antigo and Langlade County as they work to address environmental concerns associated with these two properties,” said DNR Remediation and Redevelopment Program’s Brownfields, Outreach and Policy Section Chief Jodie Peotter. “Often, WAM grants are able to kick-start a project and may be used as leverage against other grants or loans.”

The neighboring properties that were awarded grants face each other from opposite sides of 1st Avenue. The southern property, located at 915 1st Avenue, is occupied by a vacant building that was formerly Care Partners Assisted Living. The vacant building is being considered for future use as a sober living facility for women. The second property that will receive a grant is located across 1st Avenue to the north at 1020 Edison Street. Redevelopment is anticipated to include a similar sober living facility for men.

Both properties are located along an abandoned railroad yard and maintenance facility that was discontinued from service in the late 1970s. The grants for contractor services will help Antigo and Langlade County officials determine whether environmental contamination exists at the properties.

Since 2009, the WAM program has provided more than $2.5 million to 61 communities across the state, partnering to help clean up and redevelop old, often run-down or underused properties that distract from a community’s potential.

Administered by the DNR’s Remediation and Redevelopment program, WAM awards provide communities with professional environmental site assessments of properties with known or perceived contamination. The program is funded through a U.S. EPA brownfields assessment grant.

Participation in the WAM program requires minimal effort by local governments. Because there is no local financial match, WAM is an attractive opportunity for communities to gain knowledge of environmental conditions. In many instances, WAM awards are leveraged with other sources of funding to kick-start repurposing efforts on properties that may have been underutilized for many years.

Applications for WAM assistance may be submitted at any time. The DNR uses WAM funding to assess brownfields throughout the state, concentrating on industrial sites and closed, or closing, manufacturing plants. WAM awards are also made for sites that may not have had a history of manufacturing but are in rural areas, racially diverse communities or economically disadvantaged areas.

For more information about WAM or other cleanup award programs from the RR Program, visit the DNR’s WAM webpage or the brownfields webpage.

 

Calumet County Receives WAM Award for Site Near Chilton

A brownfields cleanup project near Chilton is getting financial assistance in the form of a grant from the Department of Natural Resources.

The financial award comes from the DNR’s Wisconsin Assessment Monies (WAM) program, which provides contractor services worth up to $35,000 for eligible sites. The DNR awarded the grant to Calumet County for the former Stoeger’s Plating Service/T&M Plating Service, LLC site near Chilton.

“DNR is proud to partner with Calumet County as officials work to clean up this property,” said DNR Remediation and Redevelopment Program’s Brownfields, Outreach and Policy Section Chief Jodie Peotter. “Often, the time and expense of looking into potential environmental contamination is daunting for local governments. An award like this can be very helpful to communities that take on the task of redeveloping brownfields.”

The site, located at N3503 Highway 55 near Chilton, was a cheese factory before it was purchased by the Stoeger family in 1971. The Stoeger family ran an antique store until the late 1990s, when they transferred the nearly two-acre property to their sons. The sons operated a plating business at the site for much of the early 2000s. The property eventually became tax delinquent; Calumet County acquired the site through tax foreclosure proceedings in March of last year.

After the county acquired the property, the U.S. EPA completed the removal of 100 drums and other containers of hazardous materials that were left behind when the building was vacated. Potential environmental issues related to the plating business and other historical site uses require additional environmental investigation. The WAM grant for contractor services will help Calumet County investigate whether environmental contamination exists at the property.

Since 2009, the WAM program has now provided more than $2.5 million to 60 communities across the state, partnering to help clean up and redevelop old, often run-down or underused properties that distract from a community’s potential.

Administered by the DNR’s Remediation and Redevelopment program, WAM awards provide communities with professional environmental site assessments of properties with known or perceived contamination. The program is funded through a U.S. EPA brownfields assessment grant.

Participation in the WAM program requires minimal effort by local governments. Because there is no local financial match, WAM is an attractive opportunity for communities to gain knowledge of environmental conditions. In many instances, WAM awards are leveraged with other sources of funding to kick-start repurposing efforts on properties that may have been underutilized for many years.

Applications for WAM assistance may be submitted at any time. The DNR uses WAM funding to assess brownfields throughout the state, concentrating on industrial sites and closed, or closing, manufacturing plants. WAM awards are also made for sites that may not have had a history of manufacturing but are in rural areas, racially diverse communities or economically disadvantaged areas.

For more information about WAM or other cleanup award programs from the RR Program, visit the DNR’s WAM webpage or the brownfields webpage.

Consultants’ Day 2020 Update: Keynote Speaker; Mediasite Option; Registration Opens Soon

Plans for Consultants’ Day 2020 are in full swing, with an exciting keynote speaker identified for both events and a distance-learning option in place for the May conference.

The first of two Consultants’ Day conferences is scheduled for Wednesday, April 29 in Stevens Point at the Holiday Inn Convention Center. The second event will take place on Wednesday, May 13 in Pewaukee at the Ingleside (formerly the Country Springs). The Remediation and Redevelopment (RR) Program anticipates registration opening soon for both events. That announcement will be promptly shared via the RR Report and shared on the RR Program’s Conference & Training web page.

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RR Program Submittal Portal Online

The Remediation and Redevelopment (RR) Program’s submittal portal is now back online after upgrades were made at the beginning of the new year.

The URL to the application is slightly different. The new link has been updated on the RR Program Submittal Portal website as of this morning, January 7.

Full details about the update are available in the December 20 article in the RR Report titled “Overhaul Coming for RR Program’s Submittal Portal.”

 

RR Program Seeks Program & Policy Coordinator

The Wisconsin DNR is hiring a Program & Policy Coordinator within the Remediation and Redevelopment Program. The position will be located in the downtown Madison, Wis. office.

The deadline to apply is January 19, 2020.

The Program & Policy Coordinator will coordinate the work of multi-disciplinary teams to develop program planning, policy and procedures related to complex scientific and policy issues. This person will be responsible, within the direction of the management team, for setting goals, objectives and strategies, and implementation of policy initiatives.

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PECFA Usual & Customary Schedule #27 Now Available Online

The Remediation and Redevelopment Program has released the Petroleum Environmental Cleanup Fund Award (PECFA) Usual and Customary (U&C) U&C standardized invoice #27 for the time period January 2020 through June 2020.

The following was updated for the U&C #27:

  • Task 37 – Limit of 5 vapor points has been removed
  • Task 37, Subtask VIS05 – This subtask should be used for reimbursement of initial installation and sampling of vapor points only.
  • Task 37, Subtask VIS06 – This new subtask has been added to separate out costs associated for equipment needed to install vapor points. Subtask is reimbursed per day.
  • Task 37, Subtask VIS10 – This subtask for mobilization can be used for the initial installation and sampling of vapor points, as well as subsequent sampling events. This subtask is reimbursed once per event.
  • Task 37, Subtask VIS15 – This new subtask has been added for subsequent vapor sampling events (after initial installation and sampling).

This invoice is effective January 1, 2020.

Important PECFA Claim Submittal Update

The PECFA Program’s longtime claim reviewer, Tim Prosa, is set to retire in early 2020. Tim will begin training Mae Friederich, the RR Program’s new PECFA Specialist LTE, on claim reviews starting January 13.

All electronic claims should now be sent to DNRRRPECFAClaims@wisconsin.gov. This will ensure that both Mae and Tim see all incoming claims and can process them as quickly as possible, and that claims will continue to be processed after Tim’s retirement.

Thank you for your cooperation.