DNR grant to help pay for work at former railroad properties in Sparta

MADISON (WKBT) — A Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources grant will help investigate potential environmental contamination at two former railroad properties in Sparta.

The DNR announced Monday that it will provide services worth up to $35,000 from its Wisconsin Assessment Monies program to assess eligible brownfields sights.

Brownfields are abandoned, idle and underused commercial or industrial properties where reuse is stalled by potential contamination. The two vacant properties in Sparta — located near the intersection of Milwaukee and Walrath streets — are considered brownfields. They are adjacent to a railroad corridor that has operated since the late 1800s.

“Conducting an environmental assessment of brownfield properties is an important first step towards revitalization and reuse,” said Jodie Peotter, DNR Brownfields, Outreach and Policy Section Chief, Remediation and Redevelopment Program. “The DNR will work with Monroe County to ensure public health is protected and help get these properties back into productive use.”

The sites were used to store coal and lumber. Monroe County acquired the properties through tax delinquency proceedings in 2016.

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