2005 National Notable Achievement Awards
Land Revitalization Team
Although coordination across programs occurs routinely on individual sites, it generally does not extend much beyond the boundaries of a specific site. An exception to this pattern has been the collaboration of the Little Elk Creek Interagency Workgroup, which includes federal and state representatives. This workgroup created a unified team approach and pooled funds from Superfund, Brownfields, and the One Cleanup program for sampling, assessment, and community outreach that benefitted all sites in the project area. In all, the workgroup coordinated efforts on 15-20 sites in various stages of investigation or clean up. The sites, which included Superfund, RCRA Corrective Action, a formerly used defense site, and numerous state Brownfields sites, were under the jurisdiction of several different federal or state cleanup programs.
Workgroup meetings and field trips often were day-long events. During the meetings the technical and redevelopment teams, created by the workgroup, were able to reach consensus on the project’s priorities and goals. Among the priorities was fostering stakeholder involvement to ensure that any future reuse met the community’s needs. Coordinating resources and data sharing for so many sites was very complicated and required extraordinary commitment and congeniality by everyone involved. In addition, workgroup members volunteered long hours beyond their usual responsibilities to develop a GIS for the project.
Collaboration among workgroup members has greatly improved the interaction between the federal and state cleanup programs, promoted confidence and trust among the agencies and the community, greatly speeded up the assessment and cleanup processes, reduced redundancy, saved time and money, and avoided missteps. As a result, several sites have moved toward new industrial uses that will be consistent with the community’s existing master plan for the area.
2005 Ceremony Summary | 2005 Ceremomy Pictures
Federal Facility Response | Underground Storage Tanks | Superfund | Emergency Management | Regional Science | Environmental Justice | Superfund Enforcement | RCRA Corrective Action | Resource Conservation Challenge | Cross-Program Revitalization | Brownfields |