EPA Brownfields Assessment Program

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Community-Wide and Site-Specific

City of Oroville Awarded 2014 Brownfields Assessment

Grant by US Environmental Protection Agency

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In 2010, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) selected the City of Oroville for a Brownfields Assessment Grant totaling $400,000 to conduct environmental assessments for properties located within the Downtown Brownfields Redevelopment Project Area. This 618-acre area, adjacent to the Feather River, contained properties contaminated with hazardous substances and petroleum including former lumber processing facilities, transportation-related facilities and abandoned commercial operations. With these funds, the City successfully conducted several environmental assessments to property owners at no cost, enabling properties to be cleared for redevelopment.

Our Current Program

We are excited to announce that the U.S. EPA has awarded the City of Oroville two additional assessment grants totaling $750,000. The grants were awarded in 2014 and the City is one of only two cities in California that received assessment grant monies from the U.S. EPA under this program. These funds will be used within the City’s targeted reinvestment areas to:

  1. Identify and evaluate a number of properties within Oroville; and
  2. To more thoroughly investigate and make cleanup plans for a specific property

The first grant is a community-wide grant set aside to assess properties potentially impacted by hazardous substances and petroleum. This grant will be used to inventory brownfield sites and conduct at least ten Phase I and four Phase 2 environmental site assessments to determine environmental conditions. All work will be performed within a 2,169 project area which consists of industrial and commercial areas within Oroville, including southern Oroville. (Community-Wide Project Area Map)

The second grant will provide funding to further characterize the extent of contamination from 1920s timber operations at the 39-acre former Las Plumas Lumber Mill Facility at 1245 Oro Dam Boulevard, which has been vacant since 1999. This information is needed to determine how best to clean up the site and is an important step in future redevelopment of the property. (Site-Specific Project Area Map)

Phase I: Environmental Site Assessment (ESA) - 1245 Oro Dam Boulevard

Community Outreach and Involvement

Grant monies will also be used to develop and execute a public outreach and education program to help inform local residents, property owners, businesses and stakeholders of the Brownfields assessment activities and solicit support and participation to identify, select and prioritize sites. To maximize public participation, the City will host meetings and workshops to provide information about the program and to consult with the community about the grant process. The City will use a variety of communication tools to find prospective partners among local businesses and property owners seeking to participate in the program.


The Brownfields Assessment Grant Program will be conducted over the next two and a half years with the majority of the field work being completed in two years. The grants allow field investigation work to be conducted through June 30, 2017.

Upcoming Events

Come learn about the City of Oroville's Brownfields Grant Program and how the program will work to provide economic benefits for your property and/or business!

  • When: Wednesday, April 1, 2015 from 4:00 - 6:00 p.m.
  • Where: Southside Oroville Community Center located at 2959 Lower Wyandotte Road
  • Immediately following the meeting, a reception will be held from 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. at the Purple Line Urban Winery, a successfully redeveloped brownfield site, located at 760 Safford Street in downtown Oroville.

For More Information

The City has hired a talented team with proven experience managing Brownfields Assessment Grants to help design, implement and administer this program. For more information on the program you are encouraged to call the following individuals:

Luis A. Topete
City of Oroville 
(530) 538-2408
Megan Cambridge
BSK Associates
(916) 853-9293
(Community-Wide Consultant)
Cynthia Esperanza
Craig Communications  
(510) 672-0281
(Community Outreach Consultant)
Jim Ritchie
SCS Engineers
(650) 995-3312
(Site-Specific Consultant)

Information Materials

As data and information created through the program is developed, the City will be posting additional materials available for viewing or download below.