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Since 2003, the Southwest Region Planning Commission (SWRPC) has managed a Brownfields Assessment Program designed to help municipalities in southwestern New Hampshire turn brownfields into community assets. Funded by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Brownfield Assessment grants, it does this by assessing real or perceived contamination of vacant or underutilized properties and working with property owners and partners towards the remediation and redevelopment of those properties. The program is implemented by SWRPC staff with the help of a Brownfields Advisory Committee (BrAC) and a pool of contracted environmental consultants.

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See the Presentation that SWRPC gave with its partners the Town of Winchester, NH Department of Environmental Services, Ransom Consulting, Inc., and Encore Renewable Energy, "Brownfield to Brightfield Case Study:  Winchester, NH" at the Brightfields - New England Conference on July 23, 2019.

Program Video

Watch this helpful informational video about our program, which includes testimonials from past participants including locally elected officials, municipal staff, non-profits and developers.  The video features brownfields sites in Keene, Jaffrey, Peterborough and Richmond.




Program Goals

Assessing brownfields is often a win-win situation, addressing many of our program goals:

Help properties acheive their highest and best use;

Protect Environmental Quality;

Eliminate Public Health Threats;

Create & Retain Local Jobs;

Restore & Enhance Local Tax Revenue;

Protect Community Character, i.e. preserve rural landscapes and enhance downtown areas; and

Support Historic Preservation.


EPA Brownfield Assessment Grants

The Brownfields program is funded through grants from the EPA, which allow SWRPC to inventory, characterize, assess, and conduct planning and community involvement related to brownfields sites. This table lists the grants SWRPC has received to date for the program.

Year Awarded Type of Grant Amount Awarded
2003 Mixed hazardous substances $200,000
2005 Petroleum only $158,000
2005 Mixed hazardous substances $158,000
2007 Petroleum only $200,000
2007 Mixed hazardous substances $200,000
2010 Petroleum only $135,000
2010 Mixed hazardous substances $200,000
2014 Petroleum only $200,000
2014 Mixed hazardous substances $200,000
2017 Mixed hazardous substances - site specific $200,000
2018 Mixed hazardous substances $200,000
Total Mixed hazardous substances and Petroleum $2,051,000