Minnesota Brownfields News 

U.S. EPA Brownfields grantwriting workshop  
Co-hosted by Minnesota Brownfields
August 12, 
St. Cloud 
More info here
EDAM Summer Networking Event
August 22
More info here   

Brownfield grants workshop 
September 10
Eden Prairie 
More info below 

2013 ReScape Awards
November 7, St. Paul
More info here

Minnesota News
National News
Thank You Members & Sponsors
MN Brownfields ReScape Awards


The ReScape Awards recognizes exceptional brownfield projects completed statewide. Nominations are open now and will be accepted until September 13, 2013.  

Click here for project eligibility criteria and nomination instructions. Questions? Call 651-307-4371.


ReScape Award Minnesota Brownfields 2013 ReScape Awards
It's time to consider projects for the 2013 ReScape Awards, which recognizes exemplary brownfields projects throughout the state. Winning projects feature transformation of abandoned and underutilized sites using innovative solutions to significant environment issues, in these categories: 
  • Economic Impact
  • Environmental Impact
  • Community Impact
  • Small City Impact (for communities with population < 30,000)

Applicants can be an individual, company, organization, governmental body or agency, or a group comprised of any of these. Applications may be submitted by any party having an interest or involvement in a project. The project must be a redeveloped brownfield which has been completed and ready for use between January 1, 2011 - July 31, 2013. More on eligibility criteria here

Nominations due by Friday, September 13.  
Finalist projects will be recognized on November 7. Questions?  Call 651-307-4371. 



Minnesota Pollution Control Agency Releases Updated Guidance
The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) recently released updated guidance for Soil Leaching Values (SLV) and Response Action Plans (RAP).  Guidance for each can be accessed on the MPCA's Cleanup Guidance website.  Select either "Remediation Division guidance and policy" or "Guidance for brownfield redevelopment projects"



PositvelyMNMinnesota Sites Receive $2.9M for Cleanups 
The MN Department of Employment & Economic Development (DEED) recently awarded $2.9 million in Contamination Cleanup grants. Sites receiving cleanup grants will be redeveloped for projects creating about 110 jobs and retain another 225 jobs, putting nearly 15 acres of polluted land back into productive use and generating about $2 million in new property tax revenue. Receiving awards in this round were: 

  • City of Mankato, South Front Street Redevelopment, $935,100
  • City of Minneapolis, 901 Second St. N., $30,000
  • City of Minneapolis, LifeSource, $425,665
  • City of Minneapolis, The Bridges, $424,462
  • City of Minneapolis, Velo, $624,553
  • City of Moorhead, Aggregate Site, $479,135 

Detailed information about each of the awardees and projects can be found on DEED's website.    



Fall Brownfields Grants Workshop Planned 
The MN Department of Employment & Economic Development (DEED), Metropolitan Council, Hennepin & Ramsey Counties will host an informational session on their brownfield grant programs. Learn about funds available, eligible activities, and upcoming deadlines. The session will be held at the Eden Prairie Library on September 10, 2013 from 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. 



Introducing New Media PaThe Line logortner for the ReScape Awards
Online publication The Line tells the story of the new economy in the Twin Cities -- a narrative of creative people and businesses, new development, and the best places to live, work and play. Each Wednesday, this magazine presents original stories, video and photography to tell that story. Click here to learn more. Minnesota Brownfields is pleased to partner with The Line for the 2013 ReScape Awards. 

Connect with Minnesota Brownfields on LinkedIn
Did you know Minnesota Brownfields hosts a LinkedIn group, with 220 members and growing?  It's a great resource for the last minute news and event notices as well as job postings (2 jobs just listed).  


US Capitol
House Appropriations Committee "Zeroes" Brownfields FY14 Budget    

In late July, the U.S. House Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior & Environment "zeroed" the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Brownfields budget for FY14. In response, Minnesota Brownfields signed on to National Brownfields Coalition letter delivered to House Appropriations Committee leadership last week, and prepared talking points for Fourth District Representative Betty McCollum, who sits on the House Appropriations Interior & Environment Subcommittee.  
Prior to last week's congressional recess, the House Appropriations Committee did not complete its mark up of the Interior & Environment appropriations bill. Transportation and Housing & Urban Development appropriations bills were also pulled off the floor last week. Meanwhile, the Senate released its FY14 appropriation bill, holding funding level to FY13 levels for the EPA Brownfields program.
Minnesota Brownfields supports the National Brownfields Coalition's action on federal Brownfields reauthorization, the "BUILD" Act of 2013.  More information on BUILD is available here



Minnesota Brownfields work is largely made possible through the generous contributions of our members. Individual memberships are available starting at $25/year, but a contribution at any level helps pay for this monthly e-newsletter and other publications. Donate now.

Thank you to new RAP Development level members:  Carlson McCain, the Central Iron Range Initiative and the City of Duluth & Duluth Economic Development Authority.

We thank those named below for becoming Redevelopment, Remediation or RAP Development level members, renewing membership at those levels, or for sponsoring our events in the past 12 months:

  • American Engineering Testing
  • American National Bank 
  • Barr Engineering Company
  • Bay West 
  • Beazley Consulting 
  • Braun Intertec Corporation
  • Carlson McCain
  • Central Iron Range Initiative  
  • City of Duluth/DEDA 
  • Jon Carlson
  • Economic Development Association of Minnesota 
  • Fredrikson & Byron, P.A.
  • Gray Plant Mooty
  • Halleland Habicht 
  • Hillcrest Development, LLLP  
  • Historical Information Gatherers
  • Hyde Development, LLC
  • Javelin Group
  • Landmark Environmental, LLC
  • Leonard, Street, and Deinard
  • LHB 
  • Liesch  
  • Loucks Associates
  • Metropolitan Council
  • Minnesota Department of Employment & Economic Development
  • Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
  • The Opus Group   
  • Parkway Law
  • Peer Engineering
  • Pope Architects 
  • Saint Paul Port Authority
  • Stantec
  • Stoel Rives
  • TKDA 
  • Western Bank
  • Xcel Energy      
Through education, research and partnerships, Minnesota Brownfields promotes the efficient cleanup and reuse of contaminated land as a means of generating economic growth,
strengthening communities and enabling sustainable land use and development.