United States
                   Protection Agency
                   Washington, D.C. 20460
 Solid Waste
 and Emergency
 Response (5101)
EPA 500-F-00-092
May 2000
                   Brownfields  Assessment
                   Demonstration  Pilot
                                                               Fort Dodge, IA
 Outreach and Special Projects Staff (5105)
                   Quick Reference Fact Sheet
EPA's Brownfields Economic Redevelopment Initiative is designed to empower states, communities, and other
stakeholders in economic redevelopment to work together in a timely manner to prevent, assess, safely clean up, and
sustainably reuse brownfields. A brownfield is a site, or portion thereof, that has actual or perceived contamination and
an active potential for redevelopment or reuse. EPA is funding: assessment demonstration pilot programs (each funded
up to $200,000 over two years), to assess brownfields sites and to test cleanup and redevelopment models; job training
pilot programs (each funded up to $200,000 over two years), to provide training for residents of communities affected
by brownfields to facilitate cleanup of brownfields sites and prepare trainees for future employment in the environmental
field; and, cleanup revolving loan fund programs (each funded up to $500,000 over five years) to capitalize loan funds
to make loans for the environmental cleanup of brownfields. These pilot programs are intended to provide EPA, states,
tribes, municipalities, and communities with useful information and strategies as they continue  to seek new methods
to promote a unified approach to site assessment, environmental cleanup, and redevelopment.

EPA has selected the City of Fort Dodge for a
Brownfields Pilot. Fort Dodge is a city that has a
population of 26,000 people and serves as a regional
hub for about 100,000 people.  Due to a devastated
farm economy and the closing of a few of its large
employers, the  city experienced a very depressed
economy in the 1970s and 1980s. Property values
plummeted, and about 17 percent of the population
left the city to find work in urban areas of larger cities
and states. Since the mid-1990s, when community
effort helped reverse a decision to close down amaj or
employer, community pride and motivation have been
high. The city has added new industry, diversified into
value-added production, and begun a cleanup initiative.

The maj or redevelopment focus of the city is to make
its river corridor clean and safe for recreational use
through its riverfront master plan. As the first step in
the riverfront improvement plan, the Pilot will target
three brownfield sites—Volunteer Park  Junkyard
(12th Avenue, SW), Soldier Creek Dump (5th Street),
and the Hawkeye Avenue Elevator—all located along
the Des Moines River or Soldier Creek and in the
                    Date of Announcement:
                    May 2000

                    Amount: $200,000

                    Profile: The City of Fort Dodge
                    targets three sites within the
                    city, all located along waterways
    Fort Dodge, IA
City of Fort Dodge
 Regional Brownfields Team
 U.S. EPA-Region 7
      Visit the EPA Region 7 Brownfields web site at:

     Forfurtherinformation, including specific Pilotcontacts,
   additional Pilotinformation.brownfieldsnewsandevents.and
   publications and links, visit the EPA Brownfields web site at:

greenbelt corridor system. In addition, the sites are
located in the city's oldest neighborhoods  and are
characterized as low-income areas (e.g., 24 percent
of the families live in poverty).


The  City of Fort Dodge's goal is to complete the
riverfront redevelopment project, which includes
streambank stabilization, pond restoration, development
of a footbridge,  and encouragement of a private
property ownerto donate its riverfront property. The
Pilot will facilitate these efforts by identifying any
contamination  problems  in the  project area and
planning for cleanup at three targeted brownfields.


Activities planned as part of this pilot include:

• Conducting Phase  I and II site investigations to
  determine  whether the three targeted sites  pose
  risks and need to be cleaned up;

• Developing cleanup and mitigation plans at the
  targeted sites; and

• Engaging community participation in the assessment
  and cleanup planning at the targeted sites.

The cooperative agreementforthis Pilot has not yet been negotiated;
therefore, activities described in this fact sheet are subjectto change.
 Brownfields Assessment Demonstration Pilot                                                   Fort Dodge, IA
 May2000                                                                          EPA 500-F-00-092