This page contains resources and links to help communities learn about Brownfields and answer basic questions.


Brownfield Basics

Funding Basics

ESA Basics

Redevelopment Timeline

All Appropriate Inquiries (AAI) – Guidance on pre-acquisition due diligence, generally satisfied with a Phase I environmental assessment

Iowa DNR’s Considerations for Property Transactions

Anatomy of Brownfields Redevelopment (EPA)

Brownfield Redevelopment Process Steps


Important Links

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Brownfields

Iowa Dept. of Natural Resources (IDNR) Brownfields Program

IDNR Land Recycling Program

IDNR Leaking Underground Storage Tanks Program


Regulations & Relevant Laws

Iowa DNR Statewide Standards for Contaminants in Soil and Groundwater

Iowa UST/LUST Regulations

2002 Small Business Liability Relief and Brownfields Revitalization Act (aka the “Brownfields Law”)

1986 Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act (SARA)

1980 Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA)


State Financial/Technical Assistance Programs

IDNR Technical and Financial Assistant for Environmental Assessments and Cleanup

Derelict Building Program (IDNR)

Redevelopment Tax Credit Program (Iowa Economic Development Authority – IEDA)

Nuisance Property and Abandoned Building Remediation Program (IEDA)

Hazardous Waste Site Health Assessment Program (Iowa Dept. of Public Health – IDPH)


Federal Financial/Technical Assistance Programs

Brownfields Grants (EPA) – Assessment, Cleanup, Revolving Loan, Area-Wide Planning, Environmental Workforce and Training

Targeted Brownfields Assessments (EPA)

Kansas State University Technical Assistance for Brownfields Communities (TAB)


Other Links

National Brownfields Coalition – National group of organizations that support federal policies that will accelerate cleanup and redevelopment of contaminated and abandoned land.

Brownfield Listings – Nationwide redevelopment market place for listing properties, projects, and RFPs