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Area-Wide Planning, Superfund Sites, Environmental Justice and Green Infrastructure: Tying it All Together in the Freeport Community Planning Project
Sponsored by: US EPA OSRTI TIFSD
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February 20, 2014, 2:30 PM - 4:30 PM, EST (19:30-21:30 GMT)

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The economic vitality and the quality of neighborhood housing of the East Side neighborhood of Freeport, Illinois, have been severely impacted over time by the neighborhood's location in the Pecatonica River floodway. In addition, this environmental justice community has suffered from the legacy of racial segregation, strained relationships with civic leadership and diminished access to community amenities. EPA's Superfund Redevelopment Initiative (SRI) selected the East Side neighborhood to receive support after an initial meeting regarding the CMC Heartland Superfund site in which City staff identified flood impacts and strained relationships as key challenges to community revitalization. Designed with the goal of mending and rebuilding the relationship between the City of Freeport and East Side residents, the resulting community engagement and planning project has become a shining example of a community-specific SRI area-wide planning project. This webinar will provide an in-depth look at the project and include topics such as restoring strained relationships between environmental justice communities and government agencies, reusing contaminated areas to improve neighborhood quality of life, and developing green and grey infrastructure strategies to reduce flood impacts on residential areas.

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