The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced that the City of South Bend will receive $600,000 to conduct various environmental assessments throughout St. Joseph County.
Part of the funding will be used to develop a countywide brownfield inventory using a geographic information system designed to gather, store, analyze, manage, and present data on area brownfield sites. South Bend will lead the assessments in partnership with the St. Joseph County and the City of Mishawaka.
Nationwide 171 communities have received 264 grants totaling $67 million to clean and redevelop contaminated properties, boost local economies, and create jobs while protecting public health and the environment.
“The brownfield grant represents a win-win-win for the environment, economy, and people of South Bend,” says Deputy Mayor Mark Neal. “This funding will help improve the quality of life in many ways across our communities.”