Covington, Newport Get $600K EPA Grant for Licking River Greenway
The Northern Kentucky Area Development District was awarded $600,000 in Brownfield grant money from the US Environmental Protection Agency and will partner with the Cities of Covington and Newport for work at the Licking River Greenway & Trails.
Funding will be used to assess properties along the Licking River Greenway.
Brownfields are properties that are abandoned or underutilized due to contamination or the perception of contamination. They can include old factories, abandoned hospitals, old schools, former service stations and mine-scarred lands. Over the past eight years, with the help of the Kentucky Brownfield Redevelopment Program, Kentucky communities have received $8.3 million in EPA brownfield grants to help assess and remediate the estimated 8,000 brownfield properties in Kentucky. The Kentucky Brownfield Redevelopment Program offers assessment and grant review services, technical assistance and brownfield grant writing education to those communities and organizations that wish to revitalize properties with an environmental past.
“These brownfield community-wide assessment grants will allow the communities to progress toward their goal of redeveloping contaminated properties and putting them back into productive reuse. This will stimulate economic development, protect the environment and improve the lives of those people living in these communities,” said Kentucky Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bruce Scott.
Kentucky received $1 million in this grant cycle, with $400,000 going to the City of Frankfort in the form of a community-wide assessment grant.
Photo: Licking River Greenway & Trails in Covington/RCN file