The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has selected the City of Montrose for two brownfields assessment grants. Community-wide hazardous substances grant funds will be used to conduct approximately eight Phase I and four Phase II environmental site assessments. Petroleum grant funds will be used to conduct approximately four Phase I and three Phase II environmental site assessments. Grant funds of both types also will be used for cleanup planning and community outreach activities. Montrose has been granted $200,000 for both assessment types.

An opportunity to enhance the Uncompahgre River Corridor

In the heart of Montrose, between the rail lines and the Uncompahgre River, the City grew over time with revolving land uses next to the river. The River flows through parks, housing and commercial sites. The Uncompahgre Riverway Master
Plan, adopted in 2011 described opportunities to further enhance the river corridor and provide more connections to the River. This project focuses on helping vacant and underutilized sites in particular to help bring even greater vitality
to downtown Montrose.

Who is involved?

The City has enlisted a partner in this effort, the United States Environmental Protection Agency or EPA. The EPA has a national program that provides communities such as ours, grant support to address redevelopment goals and plans that may be hindered in areas where historic activities have left behind remnants of contamination. Those remnants may have been left by: Old Rail Yards, Blacksmith Shops, Obsolete Industrial Plants, Laundry Operations, and Manufacturing Facilities.

What are the eligible uses of our Assessment Grant?

Assessment grants provide funding to:
  • Inventory Sites: Compile a listing and create a location map
  • Characterize Sites: Identify past uses
  • Assess Sites: Determine presence or absence of contamination
  • Conduct Cleanup Redevelopment Planning: Scope and plan process (not cleanup itself )
  • Conduct Community Involvement: Inform and engage community

About the EPA Brownfields Program

EPA’s Brownfields Program empowers states, communities, and other stakeholders to work together to prevent, assess, safely clean up, and sustainably reuse brownfields. A brownfield site is real property, the expansion, redevelopment, or reuse of which may be complicated by the presence or potential presence of a hazardous substance, pollutant, or contaminant.
LoMo Assessment Grant Study Area

This project is an opportunity to strengthen downtown Montrose by bringing in greater density and amenities to downtown, and create better links to the Uncompahgre River corridor especially targeting vacant and abandoned sites. Your involvement is important to help shape the future infill. Community input will help to prioritize improvements and identify opportunities.