Pacific Southwest, Region 9
Serving: Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, Pacific Islands, Tribal Nations
Brownfields Project Completed in West Fresno
In September 2012, EPA completed an Implementation Plan for an Urban Garden in West Fresno (PDF) (33 pp,1.5M). The plan responded to a request from the Fresno Youth Council for Sustainable Development, part of the Center for Multicultural Cooperation to help them establish an urban garden. The plan shows the process the youth used to pick a site and the next steps needed to turn the site into a garden. EPA Region 9 will be conducting an assessment on the parcel to see if there are any contamination concerns. For more information, visit EPA's Brownfield to Urban Agricultural site.
In January 2011, the Redevelopment Agency of the City of Fresno (Fresno RDA) received technical assistance from the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to conduct brownfields training and capacity building community forums involving local community groups. The primary purpose of the community forums was to inform an Action Plan for community-led brownfields reclamation in West Fresno.
Despite having the impacts of decades of public and private disinvestment, West Fresno possesses strong civic, cultural and physical assets upon which revitalization can build. As with many communities around the country, despite the strong social and cultural assets present, the physical and economic environments reflect the negative impacts of disinvestment in many ways including but not limited to brownfields and other environmental challenges.
The goal of the EPA technical assistance is to improve awareness on brownfields issues and to increase the capacity of West Fresno community organizations and citizens to organize and facilitate community-led revitalization of brownfield properties in West Fresno in a manner consistent with their priorities and needs. Central to this assistance is the notion that brownfields can be the focal point for strategic community collaboration whose outcomes catalyze larger revitalization.