Grass Valley Brownfields Outreach

20150225_181833The City of Grass Valley has been awarded two additional Brownfields Assessment Grants by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to assess and plan remediation for properties within the City’s targeted reinvestment areas that are potentially contaminated by hazardous substances and/or petroleum. The Sierra Fund is assisting City of Grass Valley with community outreach activities for the Brownfields program.

Recent Events:

Public meeting: Grass Valley Brownfields Assessment Grant program, funded by the U.S. EPA

When: Wednesday, February 25th, 2015 from 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Where: Council Chambers at City Hall in Grass Valley, 125 East Main Street, Grass Valley, CA (for directions, click here)

For more information about the public meeting, visit:

Click here to view the Power Point slides from the event

About the Program:

The U.S. EPA first selected the City of Grass Valley for the Brownfields Assessment Grant in 2009. During the three year grant period, the City successfully provided several assessments to property owners at no cost, enabling properties to be cleared for redevelopment.

The City of Grass Valley was then awarded two consecutive U.S. EPA Brownfields Assessment Grants in 2012 and 2013. The 2012 Assessment Grant is site-specific and aimed at conducting an Environmental Site Assessment of the Village at South Auburn, an 11-acre parcel adjacent to historic mining property and containing hazardous substances from historic mining and dumping activities. The grant will also be used to prepare a cleanup plan for the site and conduct community outreach.

The 2013 Assessment Grant is community-wide and provides funds to conduct additional Environmental Site Assessments at nonresidential properties within the targeted reinvestment areas of Grass Valley. Grant funds will be used to compile and rank an inventory of sites, conduct property assessments, develop cleanup strategies for impacted properties and conduct community outreach. Owners of nonresidential property in the City of Grass Valley are encouraged to attend the public meeting to learn about opportunities to participate in the program. The meeting will be held on Wednesday, February 25th from 6:00 – 7:30 pm at the Council Chambers at City Hall in downtown Grass Valley.

More information:

For summaries of the 2009, 2012 and 2013 Brownfields Assessment Grants, click here.

For answers to Frequently Asked Questions, click here.

For a list of acronyms related to the program, click here.

For more information or to receive updates, go to the City of Grass Valley’s Brownfields project website at:

Non residential property owners wishing to participate in the program should contact Amber Taxiera at