The East Central Brownfields Coalition was created in 2015 in order to obtain federal funding from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for brownfields assessment, and to begin to develop a sustainable brownfields program for the region. Coalitions require three members in order to compete for federal funding, and current members are ECIA (lead), Clinton County, and Jackson County. While these three entities serve as the official Coalition Partners, all five counties are covered under the ECBC.
The Coalition is led by a Steering Committee whose purpose is to:
- Assist in identification of brownfields sites throughout the region
- Provide outreach to local governments on brownfields topics
- Help guide the development of the regional brownfields program
In May 2016, the U.S. EPA awarded the East Central Brownfields Coalition a $550,000 assessment grant. This funding is being used to create an inventory of brownfields throughout the region, provide environmental assessments at selected properties, and create outreach materials and trainings. The grant period runs from October 1, 2016 through September 30, 2019. To request environmental assessment services, please visit the Request for Services tab.
While the grant does not provide any funding for cleanup of properties, the Coalition will be seeking additional funding sources to build on the efforts of the FY16 grant and create a comprehensive toolbox of brownfields resources.