Salmonberry Corridor – Awarded $400,000 EPA Grant
In December, 2013, a workgroup began developing an EPA Environmental Site Assessment grant application for the Salmonberry Rails and Trails project portion located in Tillamook County. On behalf of the workgroup, we are pleased to announce that Tillamook County’s EPA grant application for the Tillamook County, OR Community Wide Assessment project affiliated with the Salmonberry Corridor Rails and Trails project has been awarded $400,000 and the announcement was released last week.
The redevelopment of the railway into a non-motorized trail requires addressing the potential environmental impacts and identify the cleanup considerations that will impact the reuse planning. With the EPA Environmental Site Assessment (Brownfields) funding, the County will conduct public outreach, assessment work, and remediation planning work. The public outreach will include two phases. The first phase of public meetings will focus on garnering support for the project and to educate the public about brownfields. The second phase of public meetings will be focused on community health and well-being of Tillamook County’s citizens and environment. Specifically, the re-use of the site and its impacts on the community’s health will be explored.