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Goats for New Growth: Community Orchard Arises in the Rose City

For at least 20 years, the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (ODEQ's) Cleanup program has addressed brownfield sites across the state, often working in partnership with sister state agencies, local governments, non-profits, and community groups. In addition, ODEQ collaborates with the brownfields team at EPA Region 10 in Seattle on a variety of projects, including those funded through an EPA grant to ODEQ. These are called "site-specific assessments," or SSAs, which have a flexible structure but usually consist of sampling, technical assistance/outreach and reporting. SSAs are designed to promote site reuses that enhance the health of community members—in all ways that word is defined. An underserved area that ODEQ and its partners have focused on in recent years is outer east Portland, which has low family incomes and other environmental justice concerns, including a lack of park space and little availability of locally grown, nutritious food. In this mostly residential…Log In to Read Full Article

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