SEWRPC continues to serve as a partner with the Bay Lake, Capital Area, East Central Wisconsin, North Central Wisconsin, Northwest Wisconsin, Southwestern Wisconsin, and West Central Wisconsin Regional Planning Commissions and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR) in the Wisconsin Brownfields Coalition which has obtained, and continues to seek, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency grant funds for brownfields assessment. The current emphasis of the Coalition is on applying funds to the assessment of the sites of closed or closing industrial plants.
In May, 2016 the US EPA awarded the Coalition $600,000 in new environmental assessment funding. Communities can now submit applications to the Wisconsin Assessment Monies (WAM) program. Through WAM, funds are awarded as Contractor Services Awards to aid local governments and other eligible applicants in investigating environmental contamination at closed or closing industrial or manufacturing plants and other similar sites throughout the State. These services awards are given to businesses or local governments for no-cost Phase I and Phase II Environmental Site Assessments and/or limited Chapter NR 716 Site Investigations. For more information on DNR's WAM program: http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/brownfields/wam.html